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Middlerigg

3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
The motherly arms of Craster harbour’s two whinstone piers hold a protective embrace. The resulting small cove shelters from the wild North Sea. It has welcomed Craster’s fishermen and their cobles for generations. Ramshackle stacks of lobster pots mirror the ragged silhouette of tumbledown Dunstanbugh Castle in the distance. Plucky oystercatchers peep support for their industrious colleagues, frantically strutting and prodding in the mud. The orange of their elongated beaks a close match for Middlerigg’s pantile roof that sits in contrast above its dark grey stone walls. Proudly, the house looks down at the boats resting at jaunty angles below, each one decorated with ropes strewn with oversized colourful plastic baubles. If Craster is the harbour, then the harbour is Middlerigg.

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Middlerigg perches above the harbour on the aptly named Haven Hill. With its strong stone walls and elevated position, it’s removed enough to observe the activity below but close enough to feel part of it all. It is both homely and elegant—a palette of slate and oak, dressed with Welsh woollen blankets and warmed by a woodburning stove—ready for friends and family to gather. The glazed archway in the well-equipped open-plan kitchen-diner looks out to the immensity of the North Sea and a spellbinding coastline stiff with magic. The dramatic ruins of 14th-century Dunstanburgh Castle loom to the north. The mezzanine floor adds to the airy ambience but also, usefully, provides an additional upstairs lounge area. The main lounge, downstairs, with its woodburning stove, Smart TV, wifi, and Sonos speakers, provides the perfect space for a cosy evening in with loved ones. There’s also a handy utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

Upstairs there are three roomy bedrooms, all with luxurious super king-size beds and one with useful zip and link system that converts it into two twin beds. A combination of Egyptian cotton, hypo-allergenic duvets and Melin Tregwynt woollen blankets will spoil you for anywhere else. Every bedroom has an ensuite shower room with toasty underfloor heating.

There’s air source central heating throughout Middlerigg; the perfect foil for any chilled winds brought in by the North Sea.

If you’re not a weather watcher already, you will inevitably become one while at Middlerigg. Watch as the seascape constantly repaints itself. When the sun shines, the glazed archway doors of the kitchen-diner lead to a patio seating area, where you can sit and watch not only the weather but turnstones pick through the bladderwrack and linnets, cormorants and eider ducks going about their respective business. Don’t be surprised if the enticing aroma of oak-smoked kippers wafts from the nearby L Robson & Sons – home of the legendary Craster Kippers. Not to be missed. On your doorstep is the wonderfully take-me-as-you-find-me Jolly Fisherman. A simple pub serving well-priced crab sandwiches that are perfect washed down with a pint of Black Sheep ale. There’s even off-road parking for up to two cars—a real coup for the intimate streets of this small village.

This retreat by the sea awaits you and your family this summer.

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Location
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 usual 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 – 50 metres
Shoreline Café – 82 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

A perfect holiday cottage and location. A beautiful cottage overlooking Craster harbour. The house has everything you need and is well appointed.

Mrs McIntyre

We have just returned from the most brilliant stay in Middlerigg with our 3 children aged 10, 8 & 8. The property is beautiful appointed and the recently refurbished decor has been completed to a very high standard. The house also benefits from the best view in the village! We loved our stay here so much, as did our children so we've already booked again for next year.

Mrs Evans

Middlerigg is a fantastic place to kick back and relax. You don't really have to do much more than open the French doors on to the terrace and spend your holiday taking in the view. We spent a week there in August and had the type of weather you should not be expecting from a Northumberland summer. The renovation of the property is masterful - subtly combining the traditional feel of the original building with modern surfaces and appliances. No stone has been left unturned by the owners in seeking to provide you with everything you might need for a relaxing and stimulating holiday. We liked it so much, we booked for next year before we had finished with this one. We hope to be coming back for many years to come.

Mr Peel

Middlerigg has the most fantastic setting. The views from it are simply amazing with Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance and the sea at one's feet. It was wonderful to hear the waves from the house. It is right on the coastal path and has the kipper smokery next door with its excellent shop and the Jolly Fisherman pub behind it.

Mrs Stevens

Staying at Middlerigg exceeded all expectations in every way. Newly refurbished and luxuriously fitted out, the property is an extremely high end home from home. Our holiday consisted of dining and lazing around on the patio with it's wonderful views of Craster Harbour and Dunstanburgh Castle to trips to Alnwick Castle, Seahouses for a boat trip to the Farne Islands and the beautiful Bamburgh and its lovely castle. Highly recommend the Jolly Fisherman next door and also The Joiners Arms at Newton by the Sea. Also not forgetting the delicious Craster kippers! We've already booked again for next year!!

Mrs Van de Velde
 
 
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