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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 sections by date and also by type and you can dip into a specific area of interest for example, History, or Accommodation.

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

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Dog Friendly Accommodation this summer East Cottage sleeps 4 and has plenty of beautiful views of the surrounding countryside in Northumberland. Dog Friendly self-catering accommodation  with plenty of walks on and  around the f arm. Cragside National Trust property is near by, as is Wallington House, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Belsay Castle. The Armstrong Wing ...

Rhododendrons at Cragside National Trust Property The Rhododendrons are still flowering at Cragside in Rothbury Northumberland and we have Bed and Breakfast rooms available for those wishing to walk or drive to see them. Stay at Cragend Grange, once part of the Cragside Estate and enjoy a relaxing visit with added information and history. ...

The floor boards  The top floor of the Silo Tower was rotten, with wood worm, water damaged and falling apart, and we removed what was left of it, to replace it with new joists and floor boards. The scaffolding now has to be removed to the lower level so we can start to replace the second floor. When the rain finally stops work will resume. ...

Ben and Tia came to visit with their owners from Scotland for a few days, and they loved all the walks at Cragend Farm. It was tricky to get them to slow down to get a photograph for the Rogues Gallery but we just about managed it. ...

Our thanks to Marjorie Davy, who suggested we plant this - Cerinthe Major or Honeywort. The bees love it and it has the most beautiful delicate colour of green and blue grey in the garden. It is a Mediterranean plant originally and likes a sunny spot. ...

Work has started to replace the joists in the Silo Tower at Cragend Farm. They are 4.3m long (14 feet x 11 inches x 4 inches imperial) long, heavy wooden beams to support the floors. There are 11 on each floor. Above you can also see the inside of the roof that was replaced in 2012. Our thanks to the Historic Houses Foundation for all their support. ...

Hard Graft - but worth it! It took 50 yellow buckets of debris (mainly pigeon poo and rotten wood) to fill the tractor bucket. Each bucket took 20 pulls on the rope to hoist it from the ba se of the Silo Tower to the maine entrance. Shaun dug out all the muck and Lou pulled the bucket to the surface and emptied it into the bucket. We had 2 tractor buckets full of metal, 4 of ...

Scaffolding in and ready for the next phase on the Silo: We would like to say a massive 'Thank you' to The Country Houses Foundation and CSL Services and Scaffolding for the #scaffolding that arrived today @cragend in order to repair the Grade II* Silo Tower. ...

Book The Armstrong Wing or The West Room this summer and enjoy the Terrace Courtyard at Cragend Grange. ...

Silo Snap This photo is, as yet, one of the earliest photos we have of the Silo (as most older pictures where of the view looking at the farm and excluded it; mainly, we think, because there was no panoramic photography back then to capture such a long range of buildings). It shows the north facing wall with the two doors, and the massive hole in the roof which we repaired in ...

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?