Set beside the Lake, inspired by Capability Brown’s original plan, Kirkharle Courtyard is a unique shopping experience, promising home cooked food, creativity, heritage and culture in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside - only thirty minutes north of Newcastle upon Tyne, Hexham, Morpeth and Alnwick.
Within the 18th century courtyard, you'll find work for sale from a variety of nationally-renowned crafts people who sell everything from papier mache artwork to classically inspired sculpture. There's hand-made jewellery and traditionally-constructed bespoke furniture, as well as local crafts, gifts, vintage and antiques. There's also a coffee house which offers some fantastic contemporary cuisine, often using local produce, as well as the traditional cream tea.
Kirkharle's success lies in the way it has managed to combine a modern, but unique, shopping experience with its interesting and varied past.
Kirkharle was the birthplace of Lancelot Capability Brown, the landscape artist once described as the Shakespeare of Gardening. Brown lived on the estate until he was 23 and you can find an exhibition about the man and his work within the courtyard.
The inspirational vision of Capability Brown has recently been brought to life. You can now enjoy his birthplace yourself by taking the pleasant walk around the lake on the fully accessible footpath.
With the recent addition of the Capability Brown play area (for children aged 2-9 years) and a series of activities for the kids - including historic games, a nature trail and a large sandpit area - there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained whilst visiting the workshops and galleries in the courtyard.
Visit to Craft Fair at Kirkharle Courtyard
25sue2015, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Decided today despite the rain to Kirkharke to visit the Craft Fair I saw advertised, a good turnout despite the weather, having been there before for a coffee and a look around I knew of the place with is picturesque and delightful well kept grounds. Coffee time and a visit to their nice coffee house, despite being busy the staff were quick to take our order and then bring our order to our table a lovely Cappacino, Latte and Fruit Scone and Jam. Finishing off looking at there nice craft studios I noticed they have extended there play area which looks really good, think next time we come will bring the Grandchildren.
Really nice country surroundings and a nice feel to the cafe. The staff were friendly and the food really nice nice to go and just chill out.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your kind review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our Coffee House and your comments have been passed on to our staff. We look forward to seeing you again.
Try a sharing plate
Jan T, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
2 of us had lunch in the coffee shop at Kirkharle and although it didn't look a large amount when it arrived was definitely plenty. With salad leaves (not dressed and I should have asked if there was any dressing for me), gherkins, cherry tomatoes and locally produced ham, pork pie and cheese it was a delicious combination of tastes and not expensive at £8.95. The birthplace of Capability Brown and set in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside you can see where he got his inspiration. With a deli larder where I bought some of the cheese we had had for lunch (Capability cheese made by Doddingtons), and small craft shops, together with a lakeside walk what's not to like?
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am pleased you enjoyed your lunch at the Coffee House and that you had a good afternoon enjoying all the Courtyard has to offer. We look forward to seeing you again.
Ideal place on a nice sunny day.
Mike V, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Nice sitting out in the courtyard eating our toasted sandwiches on a warm sunny day. Dogs are allowed so our three collies enjoyed lying outside telling the sparrows off which dared to come down and grab the crisps that had fallen on the ground. The sandwiches were tasty and after eating them we enjoyed a pleasant stroll around the lake, didn't see Capability Brown but he had certainly been around.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Coffee House, Courtyard and lake. We look forward to seeing you again.
zakattack19, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
What a lovely place to visit.... Wonderful coffee shop in a gorgeous setting. We had a mango wrap (recommended) and a pesto cheese melt. I recommend a visit to Brown's Larder opposite. I picked up deli goodies and some pressies for later. What's not to like? Stop by the Hygge Shop (she's online as well).... arts and crafts fair in August.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a glowing review. We appreciate hearing from our visitors. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Kirkkharle and we hope that we can welcome you again very soon.