Cragside is the magnificent country house and estate built by Lord Armstrong in the 19th century. It sits just outside the market town of Rothbury in the Simonside hills of Northumberland and is administered by the National Trust.Although there is no accommodation on the estate you can easily rent a room or a cottage amongst the beautiful Northumberland hills which surround Cragside.
So what do you need to know in advance?
The first thing is that it is closed on Tuesday’s. We have forgotten this a few times and sat in amazement as we watch car after car turn up and turn away!
The car parks are at the entrance. From here there is a short walk either to the bottom lake with its restaurant or you can quickly reach the main country house. To get to the Lakes and see the Rhododendrons in their full colour you need to drive through the courtyard and follow the estate roads up hill.
The nearest town is Rothbury but in reality this is within easy driving distance for Wooler, Alnwick and Morpeth.
This picture shows the country house from the gardens below
The road to the lakes actually runs through the house and courtyard
The lakes offer peace and tranquility
Article written by Mike Holly who often visits Cragside and the nearby market town of Rothbury.