The Estates lie in the valley of the River Till, just a few miles inland from Holy Island and Bamburgh. Close to the Scottish border this green and pleasant land is dotted with castles and battlefields, highlighting long centuries of conflict. Today it is farmed and managed much as it has always been and life is still ruled by the seasons.
Ride a steam train at Heatherslaw Light Railway, stroke a heavy horse at Hay Farm, learn how the power of water is harnessed to produce flour at Heatherslaw Corn Mill, or discover Lady Waterford hall, a Victorian schoolroom in Ford with walls covered in huge Pre-Raphaelite paintings. With a schedule events throughout the year, there’s always something new to see and do at Ford & Etal Estates.