Cragside Bunkhouse

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.