Driftwood | Holiday Home By The Sea | Catch The Breeze
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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
If you're searching for a classic Craster fisherman's cottage, you'll most certainly find it in Driftwood. The exterior is classic Craster: hand-shaped local stone , little windows and a slate-tiled roof, with a sweet front garden accessed via its own white picket gate. There’s also a decked seating area at the front where you can sit and enjoy the sun and watch the daily goings-on down in the harbour. Inside, Driftwood is packed with period charm – from the original fireplace to the cosy bedrooms, it makes the perfect cosy bolthole for your Northumberland adventures.
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The cottage is only a minute’s walk up Haven Hill from Craster’s harbourfront, so you’re right in the heart of the village here, but the cottage is set back from the road, guaranteeing peace and quiet.

Driftwood is one of a cluster of similar cottages, most of which date from the late 1800s (in fact, it’s right next door to one of our other Craster properties, Harbourway).

Like the other cottages in the terrace, it’s pretty as a postcard. Step through the gate and walk up the garden path to the house, then enter the delightful open plan kitchen/dining/living room a beautifully designed space with deep sofas a window seat to view harbour life taking place, and a gorgeous stone fireplace, the hearth charred coal-black by a couple of centuries’ worth of open fires (thankfully, for ease of use, there’s a woodburner these days).

The room sets the decorative tone for the rest of the house: light walls, pine doors, wood effect porcelain floors and knick-knacks dotted around for character. The kitchen is compact but well equipped, with induction hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and a washer dryer. At the rear of the property, there is a further small stone seating area with a barbecue, ideal for summertime suppers.

Both bedrooms are upstairs, and furnished in our "Catch the Breeze" signature style; one has an en-suite shower room and there is also a further bathroom in between them. If it gets really chilly there is air source central heating throughout keeping the cottage toasty, but once the woodburner’s roaring away downstairs you more than likely won't need them.

Handily, there are two parking spaces – a rarity in Craster – and the cottage is in a super spot for exploring: Dunstanburgh Castle is just north along the coast, while southwards, the coast path leads to Cullernose Point. Don’t miss picking up some smoked fish from the harbourside curing sheds: a fresh kipper makes the ultimate Craster breakfast.

A well-behaved dog is welcome: all we also ask that they’re aged one or over.

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Lying six miles northeast of Alnwick, the quiet village of Craster seems to tumble into the sea. Sandy and salty, it was an important fishing harbour in the 17th century. And it’s safe to say that seafood is still Craster’s raison d’ être. There’s a fish restaurant, and the fish shop boasts the best kippers in the world. In the early 20th century, 2,500 herring were smoked here daily, and the kippers produced here today grace some of the finest breakfast tables in the world, including the Queen’s. The Farne Islands, Holy Islands and Hadrian’s Wall are all within easy reach.

The Northumberland coast is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Stonehatches are common in the area and look out for wheatear and linnet. The carolling of the skylark overhead fills the fields between Craster and Cullernose. Little auks are occasional visitors when bad weather blows them south from their normal habitats. Snow buntings winter along the shoreline in small flocks, and heron, curlew and redshank reside all year round. The Northumberland Coast—designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty—is abundant with wildlife and is as wild and windswept as it is utterly spellbinding.
The Jolly Fisherman – 190 metres
Shoreline Café – 200 metres

Alnwick – 7 miles
Alnmouth Train Station – 8 miles

Dustanburgh Castle – 1.3 miles
Embleton Bay – 3 miles
Bamburgh Beach – 13 miles
What our guests say

perfect cottage and perfect location

Enjoyed being in such a well designed cottage with a real feel of luxury. It was in a great location too being quiet and friendly and within easy reach of so many places to visit.

Mr Burgess


The cottage is in one of our favourite locations on the Northumberland coast and has a harbour view. Beautifully warm and refurbished to a high standard, Driftwood was inviting and comfortable to come home to after a day out.

We always enjoy a holiday by the sea, and Driftwood was one of the best cottages we have stayed in Craster.

Mr Botham


We had a wonderful staying in this delightful cottage which is furnished to a very high standard and fully equipped.

We look forward to returning, hopefully very soon.

Mrs Hudson

Another great accommodation from Catch the Breeze

A week away in our go-to county. We love Craster. Ideal for us to celebrate a birthday.

Having experienced this company before we were confident that the house would be great. There was an initial problem with getting warm which was addressed remotely.

We look forward to staying in more of Catch the Breeze properties in 2024 with friends.

We enjoyed eating at The Jolly Fisherman twice and The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh.

Dr Royle

A luxury stay in a beautiful place

This was our first holiday since 2017 and we decided to treat ourselves to a really good holiday cottage. We chose Driftwood and were not disappointed!

Every comfort was provided for, the welcome package was exceptional, the decor was tasteful and we absolutely loved it. Having a good sized en suite meant that both we and our teenage daughter could have use of a nice bathroom.

The kitchen was really well-supplied with crockery, cutlery and utensils.

The sitting room was comfortable and the TV very new and all hooked up to the Wi-Fi.

The location is stunning with views down the hill to the sea. Craster itself is beautiful and only 15 minutes drive from Alnwick so you get the best of both worlds in terms of how you spend your time.

We had a brilliant week and would thoroughly recommend Driftwood to anyone looking for a quiet getaway.

Mrs Barnes-White
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