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Rock Lobster

4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
8 guests
Perched on the edge of the intimate fishing village of Craster, Rock Lobster sits where the sea meets the sky, and ocean waves swell against igneous rock. This stylish holiday home by the sea, with uninterrupted views of the magnificent coastline, provides the perfect base to explore Northumberland. Or, to simply sit and look out to the North Sea continually repainting itself.
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Pull up on the drive of Rock Lobster, and you are immediately struck by how much you start to hear the world differently. Simple sounds all the more audible, somehow—the crunch of the gravel under tyre; on any given day, the North Sea lisping, washing or crashing against the stubborn volcanic rocks. The wind whistling a breezy sea shanty or carrying with it the billowing of Norse gods. One thing, however, remains constant: the utter calm and mesmerising tranquillity of Rock Lobster. Step through the slate blue front door, and the combination of space, light and quality fixtures and fittings instantly say that you’re going to enjoy this break. The sense of openness is soothing and rejuvenating.

Rock Lobster’s open plan kitchen/diner/living room dispenses with blinds or window dressings to take full advantage of the superb views out to sea. The elegant kitchen, with its cool blue hues and dining area, is the perfect place to watch the sunrise. An oven and warming drawer, induction hob, two dishwashers, American-style stainless steel fridge/freezer, and microwave makes feeding eight guests a breeze. A dining table to accommodate your whole party is a sociable way to start or end the day. The lounge area with its large comfy sofa and armchairs comes with a wall-mounted TV, electric wood burner-style stove, and patio doors to the front of the property. There’s also a handy utility room with washing machine and condenser tumble drier, and a cloakroom with WC and basin.

Two of the four bedrooms are on the ground floor. One with a double bed and ensuite shower room and WC. The other that can be made up as either a super-king or twin beds and a bathroom that also has a walk-in shower, and WC. It’s been said that nearby Dunstanburgh Castle was built to resemble and outshine the castles built in Wales. And it’s from Wales that Rock Lobster borrows too, with Melin Tregwynt Welsh woollen blankets and throws adorning all the beds; simple in spirit, satisfying in quality and timeless in design.

The main lounge occupies the house’s prime spot on the first floor. There are enticing, comfy sofas and a smart TV, although the bifold doors to the balcony with stunning sea views will probably mean you’ll watch less TV than ever. Don’t be surprised if you’re rewarded with the sight of dolphins dancing.

There are another two bedrooms on the first floor, each with a king-size bed, ensuite shower room and WC, although a shrewd guest will work out which one has the Juliet balcony with stunning views and bagsy that one first.

With central and underfloor heating, all power, linen and towels taken care of, you’re free to kick back and plan your Northumberland adventures. The world’s your oyster. Or is that lobster?

Full-length doors lead out to the patio area with its tasteful wooden table and chairs—it is many a guest’s favourite spot. The secure wrap around lawn is as simple and well-kept as the house.

The converted garage is now a games room with table tennis, table football, sofas, separate shower room, WC and basin—handy if the North Sea winds bring with them inclement weather.

There’s parking on the drive for up to four cars.

Within walking distance of Rock Lobster is a brilliant children’s playground, Jolly Fisherman pub, The Shoreline Cafe, Mick Oxley Art Studio as well as the famous tiny horseshoe harbour and L Robson & Sons for your legendary Craster Kippers (not to be missed).
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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 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 – 357 metres
Shoreline Café – 352 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

Rock Lobster, Craster

This is possibly the best self catering accommodation I have ever stayed in, in the UK. It was hired for a belated special birthday celebration. The guests I invited were taken aback by the property and it's stunning location. For the wild location, the uninterrupted view out to sea and the sound of the crashing waves was all that was needed. Absolutely first class.

Mrs Christensen

Wonderful coastal retreat in the wilds of Northumberland

Second stay at this superb location. Blessed by the best weather Northumberland has experienced in a long time. Just love the sound of the waves breaking on the rocky shore and the numbers sightings of dolphins during the week. What more can you want...idyllic!

Ms Christensen

Simply Stunning!

The house is stunning and the views amazing! Perfectly placed in the village of Craster, a five minute walk to all amenities and the local pub which serves a delicious Sunday lunch.

The beds are very comfortable and everything you need to make your stay pleasant is provided plus a lovely welcome hamper. The customer service is excellent, we can't wait to stay again and quite frankly we were sad to leave.

Mrs Horne

Lovely house. Amazing location.

A holiday with friends. House is well equipped with everything we needed. The welcome pack is a lovely touch. The house was warm and welcoming and the information book was very comprehensive. The views of the sea are breathtaking and we spent many hours on the balcony watching the waves and looking for dolphins but only spotted them briefly once. We will definitely stay again.

Mrs Tate

A great Easter break at Rock Lobster

Fantastic stay at Rock Lobster - the location was amazing and the house was really well equipped, with lots of space for the family to spread out and relax.

We will definitely be back

Mrs Paddy
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