We arrived via the rear of the building (road to craster) and came up the gravel drive to the car park. Upon getting out of the car we were greeted by three chickens who were wandering in the scenic gardens. Staff were very friendly and we were personally shown to our room by one of the (new) owners. The double room we had booked had everything you would require for a short stay, warm, comfy and quiet with an immaculate en-suite bathroom. We were advised to book for dinner, due to the restaurant being subject to a large number of bookings (always a good sign).
After a visit to Craster village itself, we came back and sat in the bar area by the open fire before ordering from menu. Good selection of local ales. Fully recommend the food, even if passing. A first for a starter of fresh home-made crab and whisky soup was delicious. This was followed by the lamb jenny and a home-made cheesecake washed down with a bottle of wine. Decision to eat in the bar area was a wise one, given the party of 23 in the adjoining restaurant. We were made to feel welcome by the new owners, with the promise that the bar would be open as long as we wished.
The room was warm and comfy, and slept like a log, with no noise from outside.
Breakfast of choice had to be fresh and famous local kippers which were delicious.
The food was so good, we did enquire if we could take the chef home with us upon check out.
Will most certainly make a repeat visit, and the inn being dog friendly is a bonus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family run guest accommodation (all en-suite), traditional bar, separate restaurant & conservatory, large beer garden & car park. Set in 5 acres of woodland garden. Within walking distance of the pretty fishing village of Craster and the fantastic ruins of Dunstanburgh castle. Ideal for a relaxing short break. We offer well appointed rooms with good quality locally sourced food including lobster when available and excellent real ales. Free wifi in public areas. Dog friendly bar & accommodation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Cottage Hotel Dunstan Village
- The Cottage Inn Dunstan, Northumberland