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.
Winter walk on New Year's Day
linda13blair, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
It was a bitter cold afternoon on the 1st January but Kirkharle up on the A696 has a bleak beauty about it and the enormous trees are magnificent when in silhouette. If you don't know already, this is the birthplace of Capability Brown, whose tercentenary was celebrated in 2016. They have finished creating a serpentine lake there, which was actually designed by Capability Brown himself and we managed to get some lovely photos. Usually the courtyard has plenty of great art and craft shops open and you can browse, buy, admire and then buy a lovely hot drink in the converted barn, which als houses some information about the famous gardener.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for your review. I am so pleased you had a great afternoon at the Courtyard and enjoyed your walk around the lake. I do hope you will visit us again soon.
peterholmes35, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Visited on 28th December, maybe the sixth visit this year. Food and service is always lovely. We have took several friends and family this year, every one has enjoyed the experience. The broccoli and Stilton soup was devine, words cannot describe how much I enjoyed the malteaser are white chocolate cheesecake. We always enjoy a walk round the lake after eating, there were two swans looking majestic. The shops have some nice little gifts.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your kind review. I am so pleased you enjoyed the experience at Kirkharle Courtyard and do hope you will visit us again soon.
bekoubetts, Newcastle upon Tyne
Glorious crisp cold winter's day: the beauty of Northumberland never fails to impress me. Drove the 20 or so miles from NCL especially (I heard there was a Krampus exhibition on locally) and on recommendation, popped in. My mam ordered a pot of tea and a cheese toastie and I ordered an Americano and cheese and ham toastie. Drinks were good and the toasties were quite the delight. Good VFM. I think it's a cracking little gaff. I was mistaken about the Krampus exhibition but don't let that put you off.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your meal at the Coffee House and very much hope you will visit us again. I do hope you eventually found the Krampus Exhibition!
Lunch time visit
Superb food and service a real treat we were very impressed don't expect to rush in and out as everything is freshly prepared give yourself time to savour the experience well worth a visit
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review - our staff in the Coffee House work very hard to ensure excellent quality and I am so pleased you enjoyed your meal. I do hope you will visit us again.
Cosy & welcoming
Had a very pleasant, leisurely, light lunch here with friends. I had ham terrine which was good though there was a fair amount of fat around the meat. The salad dressing was tasty. The dessert was large and very filling- a coconut and lime cheesecake. Service was friendly and accommodating.
Kirkharle Lake & Courtyard replied: Many thanks for taking the time to write your review. I am pleased you enjoyed your meal and do hope you will visit us again.