Cragside is another National Trust place located near Rothbury in Northumberland. Cragside was the first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. The day we visited, we arrived too late to be able to visit the house. Instead, we enjoyed the formal gardens and the park, and we had an amazing time !
The formal garden has a varied plant collection offering amazing colours throughout the years. It is a perfect example of a Victorian formal garden and is extremely well maintained. Within the garden, you can find a restored orchard house as well as a clock tower that was previously the estate’s timepiece, chiming the start and finishing times for the estate’s workers.
In the middle of the garden, there was a wonderful carpet bed and apparently the design dates from 1900.
We easily spent a few hours over there, walking through this wonderful garden, taking pictures of birds eating a fig and flowers ;-)
We definitively have to go back there, to visit the house this time !