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Sitting room with original fireplace and modern woodburning stove.
Sitting room with original fireplace and modern woodburning stove.

This Victorian cottage was built to house families who worked on the Cragside Estate, with original features, such as the large open fireplace. There are original outhouses, and a netty, which we now use for storage of bicycles etc. Amazing views of the Northumberland hills and space to walk and relax.

We take booking on a Friday to Friday basis. Short breaks are available during off peak season any day of the week.

Prices range from £490-£880 with Short Breaks also available.

East Cottage has wood fuelled central heating and comprises:

  • Kitchen: with tiled floor, breakfast area, wood burning stove, electric cooker, Esse solid fuel Range, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
  • Dining/Sitting Room: with wood burning stove in an inglenook fireplace and fantastic views
  • First Floor Sitting Room: with Freeview TV and lovely views over the countryside.
  • Bedroom 1: with King size bed with views over to Cragside.
  • Bedroom 2: with twin beds.
  • Bathroom: with shower over bath and toilet.
  • Parking for 2 cars.
  • WIFI
  • All logs supplied
  • Dogs welcome.

All fuel, electricity, logs, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi Travel cot and highchair supplied on request. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with seating, garden furniture and BBQ stored in the outhouse. 1.5 miles of salmon and sea trout fishing (by arrangement). Detached barn providing lockable storage for bikes and walking equipment. Near the Sandstone Way, St Oswalds Way and St Cuthberts Way. Dogs welcome. National Trust members welcome - Cragside House is within walking distance. Cookery courses including lunch and Visitor days by arrangement with the owner.

We are proud to have been awarded a Green Award for Sustainability.

The property is situated on a working rare breed cattle and sheep farm, with free range chickens, and gets its water from a natural water supply.

Brimming with character on the edge of the National Park, East Cottage is in an ideal location for exploring the many visitor attractions throughout this glorious county. Only two miles from the pretty market town of Rothbury with its own private stretch of salmon and trout fishing (by arrangement and seasonal), East Cottage is set on a small historical site featuring the only agricultural weighbridge left in the UK today and a Grade II* listed agricultural building of National Importance.

The property was built by Lord Armstrong of Cragside in the 1880s as part of his Cragside Estate to show off his model farm. Situated next door to the National Trust property itself, within easy driving and walking distance, the cottage boasts eco-friendly features and is powered by a wood burning stove and an Esse Range in the kitchen as well as a traditional electric oven. With an established garden to the side with lovely views, East Cottage is an idyllic location for families or friends and we are happy for you to bring your dog too!

Hand made furnishings: The blinds, bedcovers and curtains are all handmade at East Cottage, with the cushions by local cushion maker Velvet Thistle. Fabrics are mainly William Morris or Vanessa Arbuthnot.

"Stay With Us" Gift cards are available for you to give to a friend or relative.

What you need to know:

Lambing at Cragend starts in early May, with calves due in June. Goats are more unpredictable but if we do have any goat kids it will be from April.

Rothbury has a fine selection of pubs and tea rooms with an award winning butcher and Alnwick with the Ducal Castle famous for the scenes in Harry Potter, is only a few miles drive where a little further the coast can be easily reached. East Cottage is a great location for ramblers, cyclists, fishermen and golfers or those simply wishing to tour the delights of this very special, unspoilt county. The Sandstone Way, St Oswalds Way and St Cuthberts Way are all close by.


We may have availability and price variations for last minute bookings so please contact us if you would like further information.


Spring (April - June)

7 Night Stay (Change over day is a Friday, guests are asked to checkout by 10am)


£450 - £650 per week (Seasonal pricing applies POA)

Summer (June-September)

7 Night Stay (Change over day is a Friday, guests are asked to checkout by 10am)

£480 - £800 per week (Seasonal pricing applies POA)

Half-Term Holidays

1 week (Friday to Friday)

£480 - £650 POA

Off Season  (October-March)

7 Night Stay (Change over on a Friday, 10am checkout)

Short Breaks available.

£380 -£500 (per week)


Christmas and New Year

Christmas and New Year availability with Christmas tree.



Bed & Breakfast Prices

The Armstrong Wing - Check out by 11am.

The West Room - Check out by 11am.


£90 - £140 per night for 2 people includes breakfast

£10 per extra bed for children in Armstrong Wing only.

Travel cot available.

Camping Parties

Cragend Farm has woodland and open areas available for camping by arrangement.

Prices from £250 including camp fire and the Bell-Tent which sleeps 10.

There are strict Insurance and Health & Safety guidelines to be followed and therefore permission to camp must be arranged in advance with the owners.

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You can book direct by clicking the date search or ask us a question using the contact form.

Call 01669 621533 or email to ask us

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It was nice being on a small working farm with rare-breed cattle and sheep in the fields...Shaun gave us a tour of the farm and showed us the Grade 2* listed silage barn which is the original and the only one of its kind remaining. We spent a whole day on the Cragside estate, it's walkable from the cottage. We travelled to Alnwick Castle, Hadrians Wall and two of the best beaches anywhere. Rothbury is a five minute drive with a nice variety of small shops. All in all a lovely, relaxing place to stay.
T&J Oxford

Thank you for a wonderful stay at the cottage. Everything was perfect, and all the necessary amenities provided were well above our expectations. Locally there is so much to do, we loved the Seahouse's seal trip. The cottage is comfortable and everything was easy to use. The rooms are cosy and homely. Can't wait to come and see you again soon.

G P S T L Canada

Relaxing holiday, comfortable cottage, dog friendly, so many places to visit! Many thanks!

Daisy & Rosie and family

Just returned from a wonderful stay at East Cottage. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we had the most amazing and relaxing time. East Cottage is incredibly comfortable - a real home from home - with everything you'd need everything catered for, even down to dressing gowns for all. When we arrived Lou and Shaun had a roaring fire underway in the lounge and logs burning on the range in the kitchen. They really are wonderful hosts, going above and beyond, even offering to keep the fire and range going whenever we went out to explore the local area. Lou even took Bonnie, our Golden Retriever for a walk. I managed to cook a Sunday roast on the range - the first time I had used one and absolutely loved it. We couldn't praise East Cottage … Thank you Lou and Shaun for making our stay so enjoyable. With Holy Island, Bamburgh and Kielder on the doorstep, there are loads of things to do. However, if you're anything like us, you'll enjoy being in the cottage so much, you won't want to venture out at all.

ID from Bexleyheath

So much to see and do in this beautiful part of the country. Top of the to do list 'Cragside' then Alnmouth and Alnwick also exploring Druridge Bay, yet another lovely stretch of coastline and a coffee and cake at the Running Fox Bakery. The Cottage is delightful, such a welcome with the fire going and a "bubbly" welcome pack - thank you! We have been very cosy and enjoyed being so close to Cragside.

V N & E W.Yorks

Thank you for a most comfortable week in East Cottage. We enjoyed the views and the wonderful autumn colours. So much to see and do.

S & K, Norfolk

We had a great time at East Cottage. We went out every day visiting lots of interesting places. Woodhorn Museum well worth a visit. We also walked part of St Oswalds Way, and to the waterfall in Cragside and up to the lakes.

J & S, Lancs

We have thoroughly enjoyed our week at East Cottage - comfortable, cosy and very welcoming. We have packed in so many fantastic days out - Halloween at Cragside and Alnwick Castle are just brilliant!

H & J, Lancs

We have had the most wonderful week staying here! East Cottage has been a complete pleasure to stay in - it is beautifully set out - a real home from home, and using the wood burner and range has been a complete treat! Cragend Farm is set in the most beautiful of settings - we have thoroughly enjoyed exploring Cragside Estate - the dogs have never had so much exercise. Bamburgh Beach, Holy Island and Dunstanburgh Castle, have also been amazing places to visit. A brilliant stay!

S & R, Devon

We have thoroughly enjoyed our week, long beach walks, Keilder Water and visits to various castles. The seafood here is excellent. The house is beautifully furnished and very comfortable. It has been a super week.Many thanks.

G & D, Herefordshire

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.

Award Winning Accommodation

Northumberland offers so many challenges and delightful scenery for the cyclist and Cragend Farm is the perfect base. Lou and Shaun will be able to offer excellent local knowledge on routes of varying lengths as well as hearty breakfasts and secure cycle storage.

I headed out on the first day to explore the Northumberland National Park and had the roads almost to myself (during the Easter holidays!!) Although slightly more undulating than my home in the Cotswolds, Northumberland packed in regular climbs without ever becoming too daunting. Shaun offered to show me the route of the Tour of Britain which would have been fun.

On day two, I made the most of the Cragside Estate's 6 mile carriage route and completed a few circuits of this. The Cragend Estate borders Lou and Shaun's Cragend Farm and it's great fun whizzing around the estate, passing the many lakes and varied scenery, climbing the hills steadily and whizzing down the far side and through the archway and over the cobbles of Cragside House and then passing the farm two or three times. The Cragside Loop is on Strava and I managed the 6 mile loop in just under 30 minutes. The record of 17 minutes 20 seconds will take some beating!!

On my third day, after a more informed chat with Shaun, I ventured into the Northumberland National Park again and completed a 30 mile loop with about 3000 feet of climbing. The scenery is stunning and the cycling options are so varied. The welcome at Cragend Farm is exceptional, a real treat for cyclists.

I'm already planning my next trip to Cragend Farm and either a ride to the coast or a quick dart into Scotland!!

R & S King, Oxon

Find Out More About Cragend

Cragend Farm has a interesting and diverse history, from technical innovations to historic buildings. Tied in closely to the neighbouring Cragside Estate home of Victorian inventor and industrialist Lord Armstrong.