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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.

For our sheep news on Facebook: Cragend North Country Cheviots, park

for our Rare Breed Cattle news on Facebook: Cragend Whitebred Shorthorns

This is Orla a gorgeous labrador from Surrey who came to stay with her owners this week. She is a wonder dog as she had to have a blood transfusion to save her life when she was 2 - she is now 6! She was very much at home @cragend and we thought we might have to kidnap her so she would stay! Her owners were visiting a relative @PortofBlyth @Maersk # dogfriendly ...

The Renwick & Geddes family #team doing some Historic Buildings #volunteer work @cragend @Historic_Houses @JohnDeere  helping us to remove the RSJ from the Silo. It had been used to secure the turbine with straps whilst we repaired the floors. ...

Last minute availability is often found by using Google and finding out if we have had a last minute cancellation and can fit in a guest at short notice. Use your search engine to find us and we may be able to help you. The Armstrong Wing sleeps a couple or a family of four and has ensuite bath and shower room. The West Room sleeps a couple  and has ensuite shower room. ...

This is George, a splendid Working Cocker Spaniel who came to stay with his owners from Yorkshire. They stayed in The Armstrong Wing which has its own outside door making it so easy to go for walks around the farm,  day and night. ...

This is the critical moment when we get our cows ready for the artificial insemination programme that will hopefully give us 3 more rare breed whitebred shorthorn cattle. Our Breeding programme is in its 2nd year and we are hoping that our beautiful girls will be pregnant and calf in May 2020. ...

Family Accommodation During the holiday's we are happy to have families of 4 in The Armstrong Wing. It is a large room with ensuite bath ands shower, and we can make sure you are all together rather than being split into two rooms, as in most hotels.  Family breakfast with lots of fruit in season and cereals, and full English for those wanting a great start to their day! C ...

This is Mr Tibbs (Tibby for short) a Pomeranian who came with his owners to stay at Cragend Grange at the weekend. He is blind but that doesn't stop him finding the best spot under the table for breakfast and for being very well behaved. ...

Tree Dedication: The Storer family have lived in the Coquet Valley for over 300 years, and to celebrate this Rob and Helen Storer decided to dedicate a tree to the family past and present as part of our Scots Pine Stand at Cragend Farm. The trees are positioned on a high point on Cragend Farm. The tree furthest east has been dedicated to William Storer and all his forebears. ...

Cress Sign: Made by our children  Welcome to Cragend Farm: Accommodation for families and couples, visitors with dogs and everyone interested in heritage and farming. ...

Interesting finds as we clear more of the Silo Tower: These items were found lodged behind the listed Gilkes machine and covered in pigeon poo! Once cleaned up we can see it is a very larger spanner and hook. ...

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?