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Welcome to the Cragend Farm blog, where we try to keep you up to date with what is going on on the farm. There are also historical entries cataloguing what has happened in the past.
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We hosted SPAB touring visitors this last weekend as part of Mills week and showed people around our heritage site where threshing, milling, awning and crushing. took place using water powered hydraulic machinery. SPAB means Society for the Protection of  Ancient Buildings and Cragend Farm is 'ancient' with Victorian amendments. ...

Visit Northumberland have sent a number of their Partners to lectures, seminars and on location to place in Northumberland to learn all about the history and the places that make northumberland so special. Lou Renwick has taken the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award 2024. Cragend Farm is included in this distinguished list of great places to visit and our tours that take place o ...

Sunshine and Flowers May is the start of an amazing time in Northumberland. Our B&B and self catering cottage are a great base to explore all the beauty that Northumberland has to offer. Book now with us and find an amazing view everywhere you look. ...

Great Reviews   We pride ourselves in giving everyone a great experience at Cragend Farm whether you stay in our B&B rooms or our self catering cottage. Here is a great review from a recent visitor for you to judge for yourself: 'Lou & Shaun were fabulous hosts that were very welcoming and provided a wonderful breakfast too. They were also very knowledgable abo ...

Visit Northumberland and stay at historic Cragend Farm with self catering cottages and B&B rooms. Historic Tours start in May - visit the machinery invented by Lord Armstrong of Cragside. Dog friendly Children welcome. Dark Sky Stay and Gaze ...

Stay In May April is a fabulous time to visit Northumberland as the trees and hedgerows start to green up. By May the light is bright and the weather starts to seem more like the Mediterranean. Book now to stay in our B&B or self catering accommodation on our historic farm near Cragside Northumberland. The Northumberland coast is within easy driving distance and there ...

Children Welcome   Make a holiday a family affair with a stay at Cragend Farm with your children. Northumberland is the land of castles and adventures, outdoor escapades and wilderness wanderings. We are happy to have your family here with you in our B&B room The Armstrong Wing. East Cottage sleeps 4 persons so there is plenty of room for your and the kids to stay in ...

Walking & Cycling  Cragend Farm is an excellent base for those wanting to walk or cycle in Northumberland. We have lockable bike storage and a drying room for laundry, and wet coats and boots if needed. We also have hose down facilities for you and your dog. Most importantly for those who want to relax after a busy day of exercise, we have baths in both our Armstro ...

Discover the true meaning of hospitality when you are greeted by Shaun & Lou Renwick who take pride in sharing the secrets of their beloved Northumberland. For farmhouse chic bed and breakfasts to charming self-catering holidays, experience the warmth that makes your stay truly special at Cragend Farm, for you and your family. Your Northumberland adventure awaits. Come and ...

WE ARE OPEN We are taking bookings for 2024 and 2025 via our booking form or contact page. If you need help just send us an email and will get you booked in for either self catering or B&B holiday accommodation and our award winning Historic Tours.   info@cragendfarm.co.uk ...

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to your fantastic farm on the Historic Houses tour on Tuesday. We both agree that it was the most interesting HHA visit we have ever done - and we have done many over the years! We had no idea of the extent of the Armstrong connection or what you have there, having visited Cragside on so many occasions in the past 50 years or so. And indeed looked down on the farm from the walks at Cragend quite recently. We particularly enjoyed ascending and descending the ladders to look at the hydraulic equipment and get an idea of how it all functioned, the beautiful and unusual buildings which had housed the cattle, and were intrigued by the contents of your "underground " loo! Peacocks and chicks, hens and a beautiful pet lamb added to the feel of the farm.

Shaun & Lou Renwick are keen to harness the farm's natural resources, using wood to heat their water, to cook with on a wood burning range, and to heat the houses on the Farm. Even if your house is not equipped to totally run on wood there are things you can do to make sure you are using the best quality wood for your fires.

Why use Seasoned Wood?

Seasoned wood is a definition for 'wood drying'. About 5% of the energy of the log is wasted through evaporation and heating the water vapour of damp logs.

Moisture effects the burning process with unburnt hydrocarbons going up the chimney, which can in time create 'sooting' in the chimney, with the possibility of a chimney fire, all of which requires specialist sweeping.

Drying the wood before burning reduces moisture content in the wood before it is used for burning,

Air drying is the most traditional method, and it takes time. usually over and above 2 years! The fire will use less energy to burn the log if the water content is below 20%. Therefore is can give OUT more energy in the form of heat!

Cragend Farm endeavours to provide their customers with the best seasoned wood possible.

if you would like further information on the process of burning wood please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Why seasoned wood?

Thank you so much Lou and Shaun for a great holiday break on your farm at Cragend last week. East Cottage was a super place to stay. Very comfortable accommodation with everything we needed for self-catering and situated next to the beautiful Cragside National Trust gardens. It was super for our dog with fields to walk across as well as a secure fenced place for her to run off lead! Such interesting history too about the farm and how you have restored the buildings, the Victorian silo and so much else of the past farming life at Cragend. We look forward to returning! J&M Nottingham.

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