Cragside Visit – 7/5/2016

You never really appreciate what you’ve got around you on your own doorstep or at least we didn’t till a few years ago when we started seriously walking up the Northumbrian coast and along Hadrians Wall . Earlier this year we decided to take out a yearly membership of the National Trust to encourage us to do even more walking , The trust have some great walks in their properties .

This was the first real time we’d had the time to use it , we decided to hit Cragside as i’d never been their before , drove past it numerous times on my way to Rothbury but never entered its gates , as i said you never appreciate……

It was suppose to be nice and sunny today but when we got up into North Northumberland there was a heavy mist on the moors which spilled over onto Cragside , hence the dullish photos . 

(Click on the images to see full size)

cragside_001  The first view of the house from the car park

Built as a weekend retreat for Lord Armstrong in the 1860’s the house has been enlarged several times through it’s life .

one of the 2 gateways

one of the 2 gateways

The full exterior

The full exterior

The interior of the house is one of the most impressive i’ve seen , it was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electric power (Armstrong was the leading pioneer in hydraulics , the house has many devices powered by water including a lift and the kitchen rotisserie !). The rooms have been well preserved in their original state…….

Water , one of the most important components of Cragside.....

Water , one of the most important components of Cragside…..

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The Kitchen Rotisserie !

The Kitchen Rotisserie !

The Iron Bridge from one of the Rooms

The Iron Bridge from one of the Rooms

The Pretty impressive snooker room

The Pretty impressive snooker room

Now that's what i call a Marble Fireplace !

Now that’s what i call a Marble Fireplace !

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Carving on a bed

Carving on a bed

The interior photos haven’t turned out too bad given that they were hand held (some as low as 0.5 Secs ) without the use of a flash !

After a walk around of the House we went for a wander in the grounds , including through the Rock Garden and Formal Garden. we didn’t cover much , just over 2.5 miles , which isn’t bad considering there are 40 miles of walks in the grounds !!!

The Iron Bridge from the Rock Garden

The Iron Bridge from the Rock Garden

Melanie !

Melanie !

The Iron Bridge from the valley

The Iron Bridge from the valley

One of the many varietys of Primrose

One of the many varietys of Primrose

Melanie Again !

Melanie Again !

Haven't a clue what this is !

Haven’t a clue what this is !

The Stream

The Stream

The House and Iron Bridge from the other way

The House and Iron Bridge from the other way

Melanie..... on a bridge this time.....

Melanie….. on a bridge this time…..

Part of the Formal Garden

Part of the Formal Garden

A Wood Carving in the Formal Garden

A Wood Carving in the Formal Garden

Another View of it.....

Another View of it…..

An early flowering rhododendron

An early flowering rhododendron

And another....

And another….

A local Phessie !

A local Phessie !

 

A Bridge not too far..... (One of the Gorgeous Melanies Photos)

A Bridge not too far….. (One of the Gorgeous Melanies Photos)

Cragside Gardens are famous for their Rhododendrons (over 100 species on site ) and we’ll be returning in the not too distant future (late May / Early June) to see their flowering . We’re planning on returning several times during the year to see the place in different seasons .

More Info about Cragside can be found here on the National Trusts site

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