The hamlet of Dunstan is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides the perfect base from where you can start to explore the region, its coast and majestic castles. It is near to Craster a small fishing village on the Northumberland coast and famous as the home of the Craster Kipper, a smoked fish exported to food lovers across the country. It has a small and attractive harbour and offers a view northwards along the rocky shore to the spectacular ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

The spectacular 20 mile stretch of heritage coastline is on the doorstep with many coves and bays to be discovered; quite often you can have a beach to yourself. The landscapes and the sea are spectacular whatever the season or weather!

This area is very popular with walkers and there are an abundance of footpaths to explore. The third stage of the Northumberland coastal path route starts in Craster, heading north past the dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle and onto the golden sands of Embleton Bay. Past the beach huts and on to picturesque Low Newton by the Sea, with its village square and the Ship Inn, a perfect place to stop for well earned food and refreshments. Then to the vast expanse of Beadnell Bay finally ending-up in the bustling holiday town of Seahouses. There is a coastal bus service which passes through Dunstan so you could always plan your itinerary to take advantage of catching the bus back.

 

Howick Hall Gardens are less than two miles away from the cottage with acres of grounds providing plenty to see, make sure you allow time to enjoy a delicious cream tea in the wonderful old fashioned tea room. Howick Hall is the home to Earl Grey tea which was specially blended by a Chinese mandarin for Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, to suit the water from the well at Howick.

Just 6 miles inland from Cherry Cottage is the bustling market town of Alnwick, with its dramatic castle and the beautiful Alnwick Garden with its cascade waterfall and the largest tree house in Europe! - is a popular visitor attraction, whatever the season.

Eight miles north of the cottage is Seahouses where boat trips depart for The Farne Islands, they are a must to see for any wildlife lover. The delights of Holy Island, Bamburgh, Warkworth, Berwick and the Scottish Borders are all also within easy reach.

For those wishing to explore even further you could always travel to Edinburgh or Newcastle by train from Alnmouth station which is 8 miles away.

Local activities include sea fishing, golfing, bird watching, cycling, walking, surfing and swimming, not to mention the obvious delights of seaside strolls on some of the most unspoilt sandy beaches.

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