- Premier host
- Craster, Northumberland
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- Sleeps: 18
- Bedrooms: 10
- Bathrooms: 7
- Minimum stay: 3 nights
Ideal for large group breaks that call for something special, Dunstan Hall is a stunning, Grade II*-listed country retreat that sleeps up to 18 guests in ten elegant bedrooms.
Secluded in a Northumberland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll be a mere mile away from the scenic coastal village of Craster, with the golden beach of Embleton Bay accessible along a charming bridleway.
Drenched in fascinating history, Dunstan Hall itself has a wealth of stories to tell. Parts of its existing pele tower are said to date all the way back to the 11th century, while most of the rest of the house was constructed between the early 14th to 18th centuries.
Along with modern comforts that include a breakfast room with a four-oven Aga, and a laid-back games room complete with leather sofas, table football and a TV, there are plenty of authentic period features that promise to make your eyes widen in wonder as you explore your new surroundings.
The entrance hall features an intricate 15th century fireplace and stonework from the lost Tudor house of Gloster Hill, while Queen Anne panelling, mullioned windows, Morris tapestries, and Tudor stone staircases all create a captivating sense of travelling back in time.
Tinkle the ivories on the grand piano in the spectacular drawing room, or enjoy the cosy lounge to swap catch-up stories with your favourite people, in the shadow of the Jacobean carved fireplace, before coming together to break bread in the dining room.
Equipped with a 14-foot-long oak refectory table and a stone fireplace, you’ll feel ready for an epic, wine-fuelled banquet that lasts long into the evening!Keep reading
At a glance
- A unique Grade II*-listed country hall, nestled in a Northumberland Area of Outstanding Beauty that’s a mere mile from the sweeping coast.
- Dating back to the 11th – 18th centuries, the Hall boasts many authentic period features, and sleeps up to 18 guests in 10 bedrooms
- The bedrooms are a convenient mix of doubles, singles, and twin/bunk rooms, some with their own en-suite facilities, (one single bedroom has a 2 ft 6 bed in it)
- There is a friendly pub just 400 yards away, while the beach at Embleton Bay is accessible within a mile, along a charming bridleway. Local attractions include Alnwick Castle and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
- Family Friendly
- Large Groups
Historic country hall, sleeps 18 guests. Entrance hall with 15th-century fireplace. Sitting room with cleaded walls, Jacobean carved wooden fireplace and attached wooden brattish (fireside settle). Drawing room with Queen Anne panelling throughout, grand piano. Dining room with 14ft long oak refectory table (seats 18), stone fireplace, Morris tapestries. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with large electric range. Breakfast room (seats 10) with 4-oven Aga. Tower, small sitting room with stone vaulted ceiling adjoining the main sitting room. Utility/toilet. Separate toilet. Tudor stone staircase to second floor and early 20th-century staircase to first floor: Large double bedroom with magnificent 18th-century panelling, window seats, cupboard leading to blocked door to lost second tower. Master double bedroom with window seats on two sides, 18th-century panelling, leading to tower twin bedroom. Double bedroom with ensuite shower room, looking west over the garden. Further twin bedroom with ensuite shower room, looking east to Dunstanburgh Castle. Bunk bedroom with panelling. Two single bedrooms, one with 2ft 6in bed. Two bathrooms, each with separate shower cubicle, one with bath. Further standalone shower room (no toilet) Tudor stone staircase to second floor: 25ft long games room, TV. Twin bedroom, mullioned window facing west, leading to tower twin bedroom with window facing east to remains of a medieval garderobe. Outside: walled gardens, extensive lawned grounds. Parking for 8 cars. Provided: cot/highchair, welcome pack of essential items.
Coastal walks, beaches, watersports, castles, gardens, golf, pubs, shops, restaurants
When it’s finally time to turn in, you’ll find that the ten bedrooms are conveniently equipped for couples, singles, and families, each one boasting its own charm and character.
Some bedrooms feature their own en-suite facilities; others scenic window seats with coastal views towards the romantic Dunstanburgh castle ruins. Simply choose your favourite, then settle in for a sound night’s sleep.
Enjoy a peaceful morning coffee in the walled garden, before setting out to explore the windswept coast in all its glory, taking endless strolls along the beaches and dunes. If you’re in the mood for a breakfast treat you could even pick up some fresh kippers from Craster – where they are world-famous!
You could also pay a visit to the many local attractions, including Alnwick Castle and Garden, Bamburgh Castle, and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne – or even spoil a good walk with a round or two of golf – before coming together for another evening of food, wine, stories, and laughter in the evening.
Things to note
Arrival and departure days are Friday or Monday. Pets are not permitted. Please note that there are a number of uneven steps throughout the property.