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Encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the South West is one of the most popular cottage holiday destinations in the UK. Boasting some of the most unspoilt countryside and coastline in the UK, it is easy to see why booking holiday cottages in the South West is so popular. See all of our South West Cottages
The Southern counties of England are varied, each with their own character and charm. Our collection of holiday cottages in Southern England covers the areas of Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. See all of our Southern England Cottages
The North West England region is home to the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, each with their own unique qualities that draw in international visitors. The region is steeped in history as well as popular tourist attractions making it a popular destination to visit all year round. See all of our North West Cottages
Visit historic North East England with its castles and ruins, beautiful coastline and family attractions whilst staying in one of our luxurious holiday cottages. The region is home to countless Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. See all of our North East Cottages
Highlands of Scotland
Borders & The Lothians
Perthshire, Fife & Tayside
Skye & The Hebrides
Grampian & Speyside
Handpicked Cottages have selected what we believe are some of the finest holiday cottages in Wales. We have some superb properties in the most beautiful areas of the country. Rural valleys meet with the stunning coasts to make Wales a perfect self-catering cottage destination. See all of our Wales Cottages
The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty anywhere in the world. For us, these stretch from Isles of Scilly holiday cottages in the south to the very tip of Scotland. The largest of these is the Lake District but there are well over 50 in total. See all of our Cottages in Special Places
If you are looking for a truly unique holiday experience then Craster Tower Penthouse may well be the perfect choice. This stunning penthouse apartment occupies the entire top floor of historic Craster Tower, a superbly preserved Grade 2* country house dating from the fifteenth century. The property can accommodate up to 8 guests in total comfort with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Well behaved dogs are also welcome.
Refurbished to the highest standard, the apartment provides elegantly decorated and furnished accommodation, with stunning views on all sides. Here you can enjoy plenty of social areas which are spacious and with many original features retained. The apartment has its own front door, giving access to a large garden area with a patio with cheminea and lighting, garden furniture, barbecue and large trampoline. There is a tennis court available for the use of guests., and EV charging is available on site
There is plenty to see and do here and the charming and picturesque fishing village of Craster is just a short walk away. There are exhilarating coastal walks passing some dramatic scenery, including one from the village along to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.
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The apartment has the use of a large grassed area within the walls of the garden, perfect for football practice and containing a large trampoline. The tennis court is accessed through the curtain wall and the woodland beyond. As well as down the road there is access to the village across the field through a private gate in the garden wall - a 10 minute walk.
The house is built around a 14th century pele-tower (fortified dwelling), with a Georgian manor house on the south side, and a Victorian wing to the east; all 3 parts are 3-storey in height. The house was divided into 3 apartments in 1968, and the part to which this statement applies is the whole of the top floor.
The apartment has its own front door, accessed from the stableyard to the north of the house. Entry is from the minor road leading down to the village of Craster, through electric gates which are controlled by a button on the gate pillars (button height 1.85m). Departure is by means of an electronic beam breaker. There is ample parking for up to 5 cars within the stableyard, which is cobbled and where the EV points are located, and cars can be driven right to the front door.
Through the door is a stone-flagged entry hall, with a toilet and wash basin off, a glass screen and through the screen a further hall giving access to the stairs. Off this inner hall is a large utility room with sink, washing machine, tumble dryer and airer. The pipes for the central heating and hot water pass through this room which therefore acts as a drying room.
There are 2 flights of stairs, with a small half landing, up to the first floor where there is a larger mezzanine landing with a table-football. From there the stairs go straight up to the top floor.
Second Floor Description
Once on the top floor the apartment consists of a large sitting room with a log burner and views to north, east (over the harbour) and south; a large fully equipped kitchen with seating for 8, a wall mounted TV and a music centre; a long gallery, running the full length of the house, off which on the east side are a small bathroom and an east facing wing with two twin bedded rooms (each with wall mounted TV), a shower-room and a family bathroom. On the west side are two large double-bedded rooms, and a small play area for children (with TV and a games console), while finally, up a further short flight of stairs, is the drawing room at the top of the pele tower, with its grand piano. The apartment is carpeted throughout (including the stairs) with the exception of the utility room, kitchen and bathrooms all of which have vinyl floor coverings. There is a 55ins Smart TV in the sitting room, and Wi-fi throughout.
Window Views Description
From the sitting room there are extensive views eastwards out to sea across the harbour, south down the coast across the garden (depending on the season - better in the winter months when the trees are no longer in leaf!), and north to Dunstanburgh Castle. The small east facing bedroom has a stunning view out to sea, which is especially useful for those who enjoy spectacular sunrises, while the other 3 bedrooms have extensive garden vistas. The drawing room, with its enormous west-facing window, is the ideal location for a "sundowner".
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