Boasting fantastic views over Craster harbour, the scene is already well and truly set for a relaxing getaway.
Taking inspiration from the colours of the coast
Occupying a prime spot in this picture perfect fishing village it will be a dream find for those seeking some much needed calm along with a little warm, friendly Northumbrian hospitality. Bright and spacious, the owners have carefully reconfigured the property to make the most of its striking vantage point. Here you can ease into the day with a rich espresso watching the sun rise over the horizon and simply unwind to the captivating sound of the sea.
Taking inspiration from the colours of the coast, whitewashed walls and restful hues allow the views to take centre stage here. The main living space has a lovely free flowing layout which is ideal for making the most of together time with friends and family, while a second lounge will suit those looking for a spot of quiet contemplation watching the ever changing colours across the bay.
The well equipped kitchen benefits from all mods cons and a superb floor-to-ceiling glass corner wall may very well distract you from any cooking aspirations! There’s a dining space for eight leading into a sitting room with wood burner and a 42” flat screen TV.
The property sits over three floors with four bedrooms and three bathrooms (2 en-suite). On the first floor, you will find a master king size room with sea views, juliet balcony and en-suite shower room, along with a twin room with en-suite shower.
The second floor benefits from a further king size bedroom and also a cabin room where the full size bunk beds have a maritime feel - much loved by children but also suitable for adults too.
Outside the grounds extend to half an acre of sloping landscaped garden leading down to a small stream. A decked terrace off the kitchen is an incredibly popular space for summer entertaining while the harbour and a renowned gastropub sit just a stone’s throw from the door.
Large open plan living space comprising:
Sitting room with large sofa and armchairs set around a wood burner, 42” flat screen TV with Sky TV, Netflix and Blu-ray DVD player.
Dining space with large dining table with seating for eight.
The kitchen benefits from large floor to ceiling windows overlooking the harbour, American style fridge/freezer with ice maker and filtered water, double Neff oven and grill, microwave, coffee machine, washing machine and dryer.
Lounge/snug with sea views, comfortable sofa, 42” smart TV with Netflix and Wii.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
Bedroom one is the master bedroom with sea views, king size bed, Juliet balcony, side tables, wardrobe, chest of drawers, small wall mounted TV.
En-suite bathroom with large shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Bedroom two with 3’ twin beds, side tables, chest of drawers, fitted wardrobe and small wall mounted TV.
En-suite bathroom with large shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Bedroom three with 5' king size bed, side tables, small chest of drawers and double wardrobe
Bedroom four with full size bunk beds, double wardrobe and sea views.
Family bathroom with compact bath, basin, heated towel rail and WC.
Decked area from the kitchen with outside seating. The wider area comprises a large lawned area of approximately half an acre. Important - Harbour lights is set on a steep hill which affords great views but because of this, part of the garden is very steep and it gets extremely slippery in the wetter months. We ask all guests to exercise caution but also to point out to those with small children that there is a stream at the bottom of the garden and it is unfenced. All young children must be supervised at all times.
It should also be noted that there is a little known and un-signposted public right of way across the garden, which was traditionally used by the lifeboat crew and local fisherman. It does not affect the privacy of the house.
A garage can be made available on request for the storage of bikes and outdoor gear.
Gravelled private parking for 2-3 cars.
Children & Babies
A travel cot and highchair are available on request. Important - please refer to the section regarding the garden and stream as young children will require careful supervision.
Dogs are not permitted at Harbour Lights.
High quality bed linen along with towels and hand soaps are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
High speed fibre broadband is available.
Please note there is limited or no mobile coverage on most networks in this area. A landline is available for reasonable guest use - the owner asks for a small donation to the honesty box.
Full oil central heating throughout the property with a wood burning stove in the sitting room. Initial supply of logs provided.
Harbour Lights sits in an excellent position in Craster and a short wander will take you to the highly-regarded Jolly Fisherman pub and restaurant or the lovely Shoreline Café where breakfast is served 7 days a week along with a steaming cappuccino. There’s also the Craster Fish Restaurant, part of Robson's Smokehouse overlooking the harbour and home of the famous Craster Kippers. Pop next door and you can purchase a selection of smoked delicacies from the shop as well as fresh fish, shellfish, cheeses and other delicious local produce from the Northumbrian heartlands.
A little further afield, you will find a greater range of amenities in nearby Alnwick (7 miles) with an eclectic selection of specialist shops, including a deli, bakery, award-winning butcher’s, charming coffee and gift shops, as well as a number of supermarkets for holiday provisions. It’s also home to the extraordinary Barter Books, one of the largest second-hand book shops in Europe where you can spend a blissful few hours browsing or relaxing in a comfy armchair in this characterful and beautifully restored former railway station. Also not to be missed is the wonderful Treehouse Restaurant at Alnwick Gardens set high in the treetops for a very unique dining experience.
Alternatively head to Seahouses (10 miles) or Bamburgh (13 miles) where there is always a fresh supply of fish and seafood on the restaurant menus in this area, and fans of the traditional British takeaway can savour some of the best lightly battered fish and chips whilst watching the comings and goings of life on the coast.
The beautiful scenery at Craster is a haven for walkers, photographers and artists who are drawn by its dramatic coastline, colourful fishing boats and the rich birdlife and wildlife of the area’s coastal nature reserves. The walks around Craster regularly feature in the top ten coastal walks in the UK and guests can enjoy some fabulous routes right from the doorstep. From the property you can walk south along the coastal path and through Howick gardens coming back via a circular walk into Craster; or walk north along the coastal path to Dunstanburgh and onwards to Newton-by-Sea where you can stop for a leisurely lunch at the Ship Inn (located on the beach) and sample a craft beer from its micro-brewery.
Alternatively head along the flat shoreline where the skeletal fingers of Dunstanburgh Castle jut dramatically towards the skyline; take in the wonderful views over towards the Farne Islands seabird colony; head south to explore the sheer diversity of the landscape on a coastal walk to Cullernose Point; or discover the hidden cove of Rumbling Kern once used as a cache for whisky smuggling and bootlegging.
Embleton Bay (3.5 miles) and Low Newton-by-the-Sea (5.5 miles) cover a breathtaking stretch of silver sands just perfect for families where you can spend endless hours paddling, sandcastle-building, walking, surfing and body-boarding. The Northumberland Coastal Path and National Cycle Route 1 run right through this area taking in scenic coastal paths and never-ending beaches all the way along to Beadnell Bay, one of the best equipped places in the county for watersports. Backed by huge dunes which offer shelter for a cosy picnic on blustery days, the wide, golden sands of this horseshoe shaped bay make it a popular destination for families.
A short drive will take you to the charming village of Alnmouth with its brightly painted houses nestled along the bank of the North Aln Estuary, while a little further south will take you to the docks of Amble Harbour where you can take a boat charter to the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island which is home to over 36,000 sea birds, including thousands of characterful puffins.
For golf fans, there are scenic courses at Dunstanburgh, Alnwick, Alnmouth and Seahouses, while fishing enthusiasts can cast a line on the River Coquet for sea-trout, or book a sea-fishing charter from the harbour at Craster or Amble.
History buffs will delight in visits to the grand stately homes and medieval castles of the area - Warkworth, Bamburgh and Lindisfarne stand as reminders of the area’s turbulent past, or head inland to the magnificent Alnwick Castle or Chillingham Castle for a super family day out. Here you will find an activity programme brimming with adventure where children can take part in all sorts of magic and mayhem inspired by the characters of Harry Potter. For garden lovers, a visit to the stunning setting of Alnwick Gardens or Howick Hall is an absolute must, with spectacular spring and autumn colours and beautiful walks through the grounds.
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
Local food and drink
Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
Note - we require a copy of liability insurance from any caterers employed at Harbour Lights.
Cooks and Chefs
Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Babysitting and Nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
"We had a fabulous week - thank you very much."Ms Chatterton & family
"Fabulous stay in this beautiful house."Jones family
"A wonderful few days here at Harbour Lights. House fabulous, view spectacular - did not want to leave!"Lynn family
"Our second Christmas at the wonderful Harbour Lights and yet again we are not disappointed. Blue skies everyday. Thanks for the lovely Christmas decorations and the treats. We have drank and laughed and fallen asleep in front of the fire. I think we will be back for our third visit before too long. Thank you!"Jack family
"We’ve loved our stay here in Harbour Lights. Its such a lovely comfortable house, spacious but has still got the ‘cosy factor’. Its been wonderful watching the sea and the tides changing at breakfast time and we were amazed to see a rowing boat being taken out on New Years Day when the waves were particularly buffety! The coastal walks to Dunstanburgh Castle and Embleton Bay were breathtaking. We loved Bamburgh Castle and enjoyed walking through the sand dunes. Our final treat was fireworks on New Years Eve, the view from the front bedroom was so good! We don't want to head back to the city!!"Awan family
"Our stay was wonderful. The house was finished to a very high level and had everything we needed. We absolutely loved the view and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."Ms Jones
"We had an excellent few days in a very well equipped house in a superb location. We, and the friends who were with us, intend to be back in the not too distant future. Your service and communications were exemplary. We couldn’t fault anything. We look forward to dealing with you again."Finlayson family & friends
- Sorry, dogs are not allowed.
- Typical arrival day: Friday, with the additional option of Monday out of high season.
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Take some time for a spot of quiet contemplation watching the ever changing colours across the bay."Kirsty, Crabtree & Crabtree