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Welcome to Ford & Etal Estates

Welcome to Ford & Etal Estates

Ford & Etal is one of rural Northumberland’s best kept secrets. Home to the Joicey family for over 100 years, this  working estate has fascinating heritage attractions, beautiful countryside to explore, tempting places to eat, drink and shop and a welcoming range of accommodation.

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.

Here you can ride a steam train, stroke a heavy horse, learn how the power of water is harnessed to produce flour, or discover a Victorian schoolroom with walls covered in huge Pre-Raphaelite paintings. With a schedule of events throughout the year, there’s always something new to see and do at Ford & Etal Estates.

Most attractions open for the 2023 season on Monday 27th March and remain open until Sunday 5th November. If you are visiting in January, February or early March 2023 please look at our activities page, we have walking and cycling routes you can download as well as information on pottery workshops, fishing and birdwatching and as well as information on where eat, shop and stay.

We take real pleasure in welcoming thousands of people to Ford & Etal every year, whether for their first visit or because they come back time and again. I hope you too will come to love the place as much as we do.

James Joicey

Our Sites

Lady Waterford Hall

A unique community
brought to life in art

Heatherslaw Corn Mill

The power of water harnessed;
unchanged for centuries

Ford & Etal Sawmill

Quality timber supplies from
Northumberland's forests

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