Cragside Bunkhouse, Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX

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A traditional conversion of Victorian workers cottage in the centre of the Cragside estate with fabulous views overlooking the lake and surrounding hills.Cragside is at the heart of Northumberland. It is home to the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of them still working. The gardens are incredible and home to one of the largest rock gardens in Europe alongside a formal garden. Children will love the adventure play area and exploring Nelly's Labyrinth, a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest. The bunkhouse is perfect for groups of family and friends, walkers, special interest groups, people that love the outdoors or looking for a base to explore the area. The building is fully centrally heated and sleeps up to sixteen people in bunk beds. The bunkhouse was originally converted from two adjoining cottages and there is no internal connecting door. There are two separate shower blocks in separate building five yards from the main building, with three showers and w.c. in each shower pod. A fully equipped kitchen includes cooker, microwave and fridge. Outside there is a barbecue area and whilst there is no designated garden, guests have access to 1000 acres of garden and woodland on the doorstep.
Photo: ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey, ©National Trust Images/Roger Coulam

This accommodation is featured on our map of Northumberland and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    16: 1x6, 1x4, 3x2
  • Open:

    All year. All day
  • Price per night:

    Sole use: 2 nights from £380.
  • Booking:

    Book via National Trust Holidays. Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Directions:

    On B6341, 15 miles north-west of Morpeth on Coldstream road (A697). Turn left on to B6341 at Moorhouse Crossroads, entrance 3 miles on left.
  • Public Transport:

    Morpeth train station is 12 miles away. The bus station at Rothbury is 1.4 miles.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is in a National Park, is available only to groups and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, a dark sky area, the St Oswalds Way, the Sandstone Way, the map of accommodation for school groups and the National Trust Bunkhouses map.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
kSelf catering facilities
pClothes washing facilities
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
\A National Trust Property
ZDogs by arrangement
wGroups Only


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News & Offers from Cragside Bunkhouse

The National Trust is delighted to announce that Cragside Bunkhouse in rural Northumberland is now open

July 21st 2020

Booking now available for all dates at this Bunkhouse on the National Trust Cragside Estate. Due to the government guidance on social distancing we’ll currently only accept bookings from no more than two households per stay. We’ve postponed all organised group bookings until Wednesday 30 September 2020.


The mystic collage of colours that is Cragside Bunkhouse.

July 19th 2019

Some say, if you peep through the curtains at twilight, fairies can be seen dancing around the lakeside…

The gardens of this National Trust property inspire the imagination of us all. Strolling in the formal garden, you retrace the steps of the original Victorian inhabitants, enjoying your leisure time with them, two centuries apart. It is home to one of the largest rock gardens in Europe, and with Nelly’s Labyrinth to explore, you can truly get lost in your imagination. For the children is a modern adventure play area, encouraging their natural instinct to explore.


Cragside Bunkhouse

February 16th 2018

Set in the heart of a fairytale estate.

Cragside Bunkhouse is a National Trust bunkhouse on the historic Cragside estate near Morpeth in Northumberland. 

This little complex of buildings is gathered round a pretty secluded courtyard with picnic benches. The National Trust have converted two Victorian estate worker’s cottages. It sleeps 16 in a range of room sizes. There are shower blocks a few steps away and fully equipped kitchen/dining room. 

The real joy of this bunkhouse though, is the location. It is in the centre of the estate with easy access to all its charms. The road winds back and forth up the steep hillside to a breathtaking plateau. Everywhere rocks vie with the woodland for dominance. Rhododendrons  have been cut into tunnels and labyrinths. Flat stones give great vistas over the valley, the lakes and the trees. 

At the heart of it all is the romantic fairytale house of Cragside itself – yet it has an industrial soul because Cragside was the first house to be lit by electricity from its own hydroelectric supply. 



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