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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.

Hadrian's Wall Path Walk 84 miles from coast to coast following the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall, past Roman settlements and forts. There's history every step of the way, and cosy pubs, bustling market towns and great views too. We suggest that if you are keen to walk in Northumberland that Hadirans Wall is just one of many walks and that coming to stay at Cragend Gr ...

Green Award for Sustainability We have been accredited with a  Green Award for Sustainability at East Cottage for doing our part to help the environment and recycle, remain carbon neutral/negative and energy light. We make every effort to make the cottage as comfortable as possible without waste or excess and hope you enjoy your part in saving our planet by staying with us ...

Remembrance Day 11th November 2018 100 Year Anniversary of the end of the First World War. George Thompson went to war in 1940 having been the eldest son at Cragend Farm, who did not need to go because he was a farm worker. However, he felt it was his duty to go, and he sadly died, killed in action. His younger brother James (Jimmy) then took over the farm. There is a mem ...

We have had some cine film translated into a movie file and have it here on our YouTube channel for people to enjoy. The Bowes family rented East Cottage from The Thompsons at Cragend Farm from 1914-1954 and were keen film makers. We have been given permission to show this movie which highlights the farm, the cottage and the river. It is available on twitter, Facebook and ...

Boutique is defined by Oxford Dictionary as “a business that serves a sophisticated or specialized clientele”. It can be a small, unique and luxurious space. We hope you think that Cragend Grange falls into this category. Without doubt we can promise you a unique visit to an historic and stylish house full of character and intrigue. Vintage furniture mixes with contempora ...

Mugs for Christmas This year we are introducing our mugs as gifts for Christmas. Our mugs reflect the environment of Cragend Farm, our Rare Breed cattle, our Listed Building and our Victorian heritage. If you would like to order a mug as a gift for someone please contact us before 8th December 2018. We will hope to get the mugs to you before Christmas with that cut off dat ...

Cragend Grange offers a unique experience to stay in an extraordinary building full of history, vintage furniture and surrounded by tranquil countryside. The meaning of 'luxury' as found in The Collins English Dictionary is 'as v ery great comfort, especially among beautiful and expensive surroundings'.  Some may think a  luxury  is something expensive which is not necessary ...

This is a Fritillary Small Copper butterfly. We found a small colony of them in the top field near the I-Spy rock. The Small Copper is usually seen in ones and twos, but in some years large numbers may be found at good sites. Males are territorial, often choosing a piece of bare ground or a stone on which to bask and await passing females. They behave aggressively towards any ...

At Cragend Farm, we hope to offer all our visitors the chance to experience a life from another time, with peace and tranquility, countryside and exploration, as written about in  The Famous Five books, a series of children's adventure novels written by English author Enid Blyton. The novels feature the adventures of a group of young children – Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina ( ...

OTTO 2001 - 2018 Our beloved and very best Parsons Jack Russell dog died last Saturday 13th October 2018 after a week of not being very well. He was nearly 18 years old and had a marvellous life, living with us at Farnham, Alnham and Cragend. He sired 4 litters of puppies and was a 'Rat Pack' Terrier with Champion parentage. He has given us so much pleasure over the years ...

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?