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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. If you would like to see more updates please also check our Facebook page Cragend Farm, East Cottage Cragend Farm, and The Silo Cragend Farm.

The garden is starting to come into bloom with snowdrops and aconites. Rotovating has been done with the frost doing a really great job of killing things in the soil this year we hope as its so cold. The peonies are now ready for their tentative emergence in late spring too. 'Felix Crousse' and 'Mothers Choice' are the varieties we have in our main bed. ...

There are plenty of places to choose from to eat in Northumberland if you are planning a visit starting with a tasty breakfast at Cragend Farm. There are Pubs and Restaurants in Rothbury and in nearby villages and towns, here is a list of just a few of them: Rothbury: The Turks Head Newcastle House Hotel The Queens Head Tomlinsons Bunkhouse and Cafe The Coquetvale Hotel ...

These beautiful Husky Dogs came to stay and had a great time in and around the Cragside Simonside and Cheviot area - and alot of walking they need. Added snow and frost on some days, as they love the colder days. Thank you to A&J for bringing them! ...

This notice has appeared at an office in Birmingham and we thought it was such a great idea we wanted to thank them for their support by giving them a mention: "TO ALL STAFF: In the Kitchen at Stechford is a picture if the 8 Sheep of which 6 may be in lamb. Some have scans  stating 2 foetus seen, some 1 and some are just scanned not confirmed.  The competition relates to th ...

New arrivals are imminent with another 8 sheep due to lamb in March and April. This will hopefully increase our stock to a reasonable sized flock. ...

Reviews are helpful and we are thrilled when they are so full of praise for Northumberland and what this county has to offer. Here is one recent review that we felt we had to share! An absolute amazing B&B with fabulous short and longer term stay options both catered and self catered. The Site is on the original Cragside estate and you are in a beautiful and well kept rur ...

Now the snow has finally melted we have been able to start preparing the garden for the spring planting. The last of the cabbages stand victorious after all the cold weather. Rotovating will help the plants grow and last nights frost will kill some of the bugs that like living in the soil. Plans afoot for some delicious veg in the summer. ...

Enjoy a relaxing stay at Cragend Farm at East Cottage (self catering accommodation) or in one of our Bed and Breakfast rooms in Cragend Grange. Book DIRECT or call us for further information. Short Breaks and longer stays available. Other websites may charge commission to sell you the same dates so book DIRECT! ...

This is Ellie the Labrador puppy who came to stay in The Armstrong Wing with her owners. Totally adorable and a gorgeous character. ...

It was -15C here at Cragend Farm and the chickens and peafowl had frost of their backs as they came to be fed. ...

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

This is a very comfortable, unfussy, well equipped house. We found lots of enjoyable walks and places to visit within easy reach. Perfect. The easy access to walks in Cragside were a delight.

T & M, Cara the Kelpi

Cragend Farm sells seasoned wood, in a variety of sizes for use in wood burning stoves and open fires.
The logs are available in "easy to lift" log bags or delivered in bulk loads and stacked if required.

Prices:
Carry Bag (soft wood) £17
Carry Bag (hard wood) £20
Sack Barrow (soft wood) £32
Sack barrow (hard wood) £35
Cubic Meter (soft wood) £82.95
Cubic Meter (hard wood) £96.60
Delivery extra. Please contact us for more information.

Seasoned Logs for sale

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?