Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Portico | Grand Reception Hall | Drawing Room | Service Kitchen | Cocktail Bar | Orangery | Dining Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Utility Room | Billiard Room | Cloakroom
Nine Bedrooms with En-suite Bathrooms | Further Bedroom with Private Bathroom
The North Wing
Reception Hall | Breakfast Kitchen | Dining Room | Cloakroom | WC | Cellar | Laundry/Utility Room | Upstairs Sitting Room | Five Bedrooms (One En-suite) | Two Bathrooms
The Coach House
Entrance Hall | Reception Hall | Sitting Room | Drawing Room | Playroom/Study | Dining Kitchen | Cloakroom | Utility Room | Five Bedrooms with En-suite Bathrooms
Courtyard Garden | Parking
Entrance Hall | Dining Kitchen | Sitting Room | Downstairs Cloakroom | Bedroom | Bathroom
Gardens | Parking
Open Plan Kitchen/Dining/Sitting/Bedroom | Bathroom
Parking | Woodland Garden
Entrance Hall | Kitchen/Dining/Sitting Room | Master Bedroom with En-suite Shower Room | Two Further Bedrooms | Family Bathroom
Garden | Garage | Parking
The earliest documented history relating to the estate dates to around 1107 when it is believed that the land was gifted to Roger De Muschamp by Henry I. A family feud led to a transfer of ownership to Mr Stephen Bulmer, who had married into the De Muschamp family. The land continued to be passed down through the generations until King Edward III took possession of the land where Middleton Hall now stands.
By 1821, the Middleton estate was under the ownership of Mr Stephen F. Gillum and then sold onto John Towlerton Leather in 1857. To this day, John is referred to as "The Father of Middleton" and he extended the boundary of Middleton Hall by purchasing the surrounding land, as well as adding a substantial Tudor wing to the existing two storey farmhouse.
John Leather's grandson, Colonel Gerard F.T. Leather continued the legacy left by his grandfather, although his efforts were hindered when the farmhouse burnt down in 1915. In 1925, Gerard started the rebuild of Middleton Hall using fixtures from nearby Haggerston Castle. The extensive redevelopment of Middleton Hall sadly led Gerard down the path of financial ruin, which inevitably meant much of the land needed to be sold off.
Captain Ralph Towlerton Leather became the final member of the Leather family to inherit the estate, before the sale of Middleton to the Greenwich Hospital Trust in 1945. Latterly Middleton Hall was purchased by the current owners, and an extensive refurbishment and renovation project began. The gardens and grounds have been restored to their original glory, embracing the influence of John Towlerton Leather.
Middleton Hall Estate
Middleton Hall Estate is nestled amidst stunning Northumberland countryside, combining both rural and coastal outlooks. Middleton Hall sits within the heart of the estate and is built from rock-faced stone under a graduated Lakeland slate roof. It has undergone extensive renovations in recent years whilst still retaining original period features including high ornate ceilings, a stone fireplace emblazoned with the house crest and the grand staircase.
The estate offers various unique properties; The Folly, The Boathouse and Lake Cottage all have individual charm. The estate covers almost 29 acres, including well-managed wooded grounds that provide plenty of scope for walking and wildlife spotting and two stocked manmade lakes which will appeal to fishing enthusiasts. There is also a Victorian walled garden and manicured lawns, adding to the diverse landscape of the estate.
Balustrade stone steps rise to the entrance portico which leads through to the grand reception hall and a truly stunning and imposing welcome to Middleton Hall. The grandeur of the room is enhanced by stone mullioned windows to the front and rear, allowing natural light to accentuate the detail of the ornate high ceilings and generous proportions. A stone fireplace bearing the house crest sits central to the room, a more recent addition commissioned by the current owners to reinstate some of the history of the building. Adjacent to the reception hall is the dining room, which can easily become part of the main hall, or be closed off to create a more intimate entertaining space. A full height stone mullioned window with window seat provides views over the grounds to the front whilst the Victorian cornicing, wood paneling and Italian marble fireplace are fitting for the magnificent surroundings.
The ornately carved solid oak staircase leads to a galleried hallway overlooking the reception hall and has a discreetly enclosed cocktail bar to one end, adding an element of glamour. The drawing room has a stunning southerly aspect with bay windows to two sides, making this spacious room naturally bright and welcoming. An open fireplace and decorative ceilings continue the style and period charm. A secondary compact kitchen is situated immediately off the drawing room. Also off the galleried hallway is an exquisite sitting area focused around a highly decorative, carved marble fireplace adorned with cherubs.
A more modern addition is the delightful orangery, with underfloor heating, glazing to three sides and French doors leading to the sun terrace and garden. The orangery is positioned to give a relaxing and secluded location to enjoy the grounds which surround the hall.
A further hallway leads off the grand reception hall through to what would have been the former servant areas, now forming an integral part of the property.
The main kitchen is fitted with a range of cupboards and complementary granite work surfaces. An extensive range of integral appliances includes two ovens, induction hob set within an inglenook, two dishwashers, microwave oven, fridge and freezer. A generous island extends to the centre of the room whilst a large window gives views over the garden. Just off the kitchen is a store cupboard and useful utility room with plumbing for a washing machine, space for a tumble dryer and external door leading to the garden.
A cloakroom is situated off the hallway with charming circular porcelain Victorian wash hand basin decorated in blue and white with marble surround and WC. Further guest cloakrooms are also off the hallway.
To the end of the hallway is the billiards room, with parquet flooring, bay window, fireplace with original carved marble mantle and ornate ceilings. Access to the cellar sits opposite the billiards room.
The grandeur of the hall continues with the barley twist design oak staircase sweeping up to the first floor landing. Decoratively crafted newels mirror those crafted in stone on the main entrance steps. The bedrooms are all naturally bright and spacious with the master bedroom being located in a private corner of the hallway offering dual aspect to the south and east. This bedroom is served by an en-suite bathroom comprising bath, shower, wash hand basin and WC. A useful storage cupboard sits adjacent to the bathroom. A second bedroom with en-suite shower room is located next to the master bedroom. Both bedrooms are easily closed off with a door located between the landing and inner hallway, and could become a fabulous master suite. Three further bedrooms of generous proportions are located off the landing, each with views over the stunning grounds and lake. Two offer en-suite shower rooms whilst the other has a spacious bathroom with original freestanding roll top bath, separate shower, original wash hand basin and WC.
At the end of the landing, steps lead down to a cosy attic bedroom with en-suite shower room. The seventh bedroom is situated to the rear of the hall with a glorious outlook over the garden, off the mezzanine with domed glass ceiling lantern and fabulous stone steps, originally thought to have been the servants' stairs. This bedroom has private use of a bathroom which sits in close proximity and consists of a bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC. Three further bedrooms all benefit from en-suite facilities, one with a quirky and fun feel with windows overlooking the garden to the rear.
The entrance to Middleton Hall Estate is through two pillars and along a tarmacadem road which meanders through leafy woodland with displays of colourful rhododendrons, native trees of holly, yew and beech, scots pine and various conifer mixes.
To the left is the Boathouse, which the stream passes underneath and through into the two private manmade lakes. The larger lake is ideal for fishing and is stocked with carp, trout and sturgeon, feeding the smaller lake via a weir with a metal bridge over. Otters, kingfishers, red squirrels and deer are a common sight.
The driveway continues through the estate, passing The Folly and following around onto the graveled area to the front of the main hall. Nothing quite prepares you for the first sight of this impressive 17th century mansion sitting peacefully amidst around 29 acres of grounds.
The Hall is surrounded by expansive gardens mainly laid to lawn along with a terrace and outside seating area to the rear. A wrought iron gate and stone steps lead up towards the substantial woodland area which is separated from the fields beyond by a stone ha-ha. A woodland play area for children and picnic area take in the fabulous far-reaching views over the Northumbrian countryside towards the coast. An exploration of the woodland walks reveals native tree species such as willow, yew, holly, beech and fir along with rhododendrons, ferns, an abundance of wild garlic and vast areas under the tree canopies carpeted with snowdrops.
The original tiered Victorian walled garden sits in a prominent position overlooking the back of the hall and the mill race. The buttress walls absorb the heat from the sun and offer the opportunity to grow varying types of fruit including espalier apple trees, blackcurrants, gooseberries, raspberries and various herbs and vegetables. In addition, there is an original greenhouse along with the potting shed and cold frames. An attractive patio area nestled in a sheltered corner of the garden is an ideal spot to enjoy the evening sun and for al-fresco dining, with access to stone steps down to the mill race and the main bridge back towards the house.
The North Wing
The North Wing is a more recent addition to the hall, constructed in the same rock-faced sandstone as the main building, with a solid wood door with arched lantern above leading from the parking area. The character of the main hall continues throughout the North Wing with solid wood doors, parquet flooring, high ornate ceilings and historical artifacts from Haggerston Castle, all adding to the individuality of the building.
The main entrance is currently used as the estate office but could easily become a stunning reception hall, with parquet flooring, stone mullioned window and a wood burning stove set within a stone fireplace and hearth. A useful storage room is situated off. The parquet floor continues through to the inner hallway, with a staircase leading to the first floor. The breakfast kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and floor cabinetry with complementary granite work surfaces, Belfast sink and range style cooker set within an attractive inglenook. Further integral appliances include a wine cooler, two fridges, freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The original butlers' cupboard has been retained and extends across one wall, giving further storage space and an element of period interest.
The dining room has a window to the front which enhances the stunning effect of the wooden wall paneling, with secret cupboard, and parquet flooring. A wooden mantle surrounds the open fire and is beautifully carved with the house crest.
A substantial laundry and utility room are located at the end of hallway, offering ample room for a washing machine and tumble dryer and the exceptionally large original Belfast sink as well as giving access to the garden at the rear. A further door located in this room provides a link between the North Wing and the main hall. A rear hallway gives access to the cellar, downstairs cloakroom and external door to the side.
The staircase has a bright and open feel, enhanced by large windows, leading to the first floor and a mix of living and bedroom accommodation. A comfortable sitting room sits to the front of the wing, enriched with a dual aspect and attractive bay window. The magnificent wooden fireplace, originating from Haggerston Castle, gives a most striking focal point, delicately carved with intricate detail.
Two generous bedrooms, both with feature fireplaces, are located off the landing and are served by a good sized bathroom, comprising a bath, shower, wash hand basin and WC with high level cistern. A further staircase leads to the second floor attic accommodation with three bedrooms, all with their own character and charm. The first bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with crux beam, giving a sense of space to the room. To one wall is the original wooden work bench used by Colonel Leather for carving ivory, whilst a freestanding roll top bath sits to the other. An adjoining WC is located in the corner of the room.
A second generous bedroom on this floor has a vaulted ceiling whilst a further bedroom sits to the rear with access to the roof top terrace, another charming feature of this historic building. All three bedrooms have access to the bathroom with freestanding roll top bath, shower, wash hand basin and WC.
The Coach House
The Coach House, as the name suggests, was dedicated to housing the estate coaches as well as incorporating the original kitchen for the main hall. Extensive renovation have taken place to create a stunning and spacious property with a wealth of character throughout. Original period features such as stone flagged flooring, original cold-water pipe and parquet flooring are all incorporated and combined with 21st century modern style.
A charming courtyard leads to the front door and into the entrance hall with coat storage and a useful cupboard. A cosy sitting room sits central to the property with a wood burning stove. Off the sitting room is an inner hallway which leads through to the modern kitchen, where contemporary design blends fluently with the original appeal of the property. The kitchen is fitted with a range of white high gloss wall and floor units with complementary granite worksurfaces and integral appliances including an electric double oven, induction hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge. An external door, built into the original coach house opening, leads onto the courtyard garden. A well-proportioned dining room leads off the kitchen and is an ideal spot for entertaining whilst enjoying views of the surrounding gardens. A utility room sits adjacent to the kitchen with space for a tumble dryer and freezer, plumbing for a washing machine and additional sink unit.
A playroom, incorporating creatively designed storage areas, overlooks the garden and could be utilised as a study. The drawing room benefits from a dual aspect, is of generous proportions and offers a more formal yet relaxing entertaining space, focused around a multi-fuel stove set on a stone hearth with decorative mantle. An external door leads to the gardens. A cloakroom with wash hand basin and WC completes the downstairs accommodation.
The stairs lead to the first floor landing, which is naturally light and provides access to the bedroom accommodation. The master bedroom is of a generous size with views of the grounds to the rear and offers its own private bathroom featuring an original freestanding cast iron bath with claw feet. Four further double bedrooms each have an en-suite shower room and views of the surrounding grounds.
A sheltered courtyard garden sits to the front of the Coach House and provides a delightful area to sit and enjoy the grandeur of the surroundings.
The Folly is a stunning and unique property with timber painted lattice work facias and clock tower nestled in the heart of the estate. It has been creatively arranged to provide a rare and individual living experience, thought to be inspired by a trip to Italy made by the original owner of the estate. The history of the The Folly is evident throughout, with the original workings of the clock featuring in the second floor bathroom. The luxuriousness of the surroundings is enhanced with high quality fixtures and fittings.
The solid wood front door leads into the ground floor reception hall before entering the naturally bright kitchen and reception room. The kitchen is fitted with a range of units with complementary polished wood worksurfaces, electric oven and hob, slimline dishwasher and fridge with freezer compartment. A breakfast bar is situated to the centre of the room and provides a distinct partition between the kitchen and sitting room without detracting from the open plan feel. The sitting room offers large windows to three sides and a vaulted ceiling with exposed crux beams. A wooden, part glazed door, with glazed arch above provides access to the gardens. Off the entrance hall is a useful cloakroom with wash hand basin and WC, as well as space for a washing machine. A cloaks cupboard is also accessible.
A double bedroom sits to the first floor of The Folly with an original arched window to the side and a door leading out to the balcony; a tranquil seating area to enjoy the gardens. A further staircase leads to the second floor with landing area leading into the bathroom. A vaulted ceiling adds to the charm with a freestanding roll top bath with claw feet sitting central to the room along with a wash hand basin, shower and WC.
The Folly comes complete with a private Italian-style garden with formal pond and the pretty mill race running alongside, which in the past was used to generate electricity for the estate. A private patio sits to one side of the property with a further patio to the other with a stone wall boundary. The property also benefits from a private parking area.
The Boathouse sits amongst mature woodland and enjoys uninterrupted views over the lake and countryside beyond. The building was constructed of French oak around 2009 and is truly fitting for its location, blending into the surrounding woodland effortlessly.
The living accommodation for The Boathouse sits to the first floor and is accessed via a substantial wooden staircase to the side. Double doors lead straight into the open plan living area which is distinctive in its design. A fabulous vaulted ceiling exposes the true construction of the building with its pegged beams and individual markings. The sitting and dining areas are located to the front and ideally situated to enjoy the waterside aspect. The kitchen is well served with a range of units with complementary granite worksurfaces. Integral appliances include a wine cooler, electric double oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher and microwave.
The bedroom area is located to the back of The Boathouse with a useful built in cupboard adjacent. The bathroom is enclosed within a separate room but still enjoys the vaulted ceiling. The bathroom offers a freestanding roll top bath, shower, wash hand basin and WC.
A veranda to the first floor further enhances the living space and has been creatively designed to maximise the stunning outlook. A jetty-style decked area reaches out over the lake for al-fresco dining with a more sheltered area under the balcony, along with a store room and boiler house/utility room set beneath the living accommodation.
A parking area is located off the main drive with wooden steps leading down to The Boathouse. Mature woodland surrounds the area giving a sense of privacy and seclusion.
Lake Cottage sits on the edge of the estate within its own garden. The property has been extended and renovated over recent years to create a charming and flexible layout, conveniently over one level. The main entrance to the property is via fully glazed wooden doors, leading into the bright and welcoming entrance hall with underfloor heating which continues throughout. The open plan kitchen, dining room and sitting room stretches over the full width of the property and offers a spacious area to relax and entertain. The kitchen sits to the rear and is fitted with a range of units with complementary work surfaces. Integral appliances include an electric double oven and hob, microwave, wine cooler, dishwasher and fridge with freezer compartment. The comfortable sitting area is focused around a Jøtul multi-fuel stove, set within a stone fireplace and French doors lead out to the garden. A useful cupboard is located off the hallway with plumbing for a washing machine, as well as housing the boiler.
The master bedroom is of a generous size and benefits from an en-suite shower room. There are two further bedrooms, both of which enjoy views over the garden and are served by the family bathroom, comprising a bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC.
The gardens are laid mainly to lawn and surround the property, with paved and gravelled pathways meandering through and a sun terrace to the front. The well-established hedge on the boundary adds to the privacy, with a variety of young fruit trees and a further area of garden accessed via a wooden hand gate.
Otters Cove is a building plot situated on the edge of the largest lake, amongst the natural surroundings of Middleton Hall Estate. Plans have been drawn up to create a building sympathetic with the surroundings whilst still giving an impressive and individually designed structure. Otters Cove is to be timber framed with wooden cladding, ensuring the rustic nature of the surroundings are retained. The accommodation creates an open plan sitting/dining/kitchen area with utility room to the rear and two en-suite bedrooms.
Victorian Garden Building Plots
The Victorian walled garden sits on the northern edge of Middleton Hall Estate and plans have been drawn up to create two four bedroomed detached properties, both contemporary in their design. The properties will have the backdrop of the original wall and a stunning outlook over Middleton Hall, the gardens and surrounding grounds.
An original greenhouse sits within the walled garden on the bank above the mill race and there are plans to restore the building to its former glory, creating a modern and contemporary home within the parameters of the historical structure. The plans show a charming single storey house with open plan sitting/dining/kitchen area with a bedroom and en-suite bathroom.
Wayleaves, Easements & Rights of Way
The property is being sold subject to all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way, whether or not specified within the sales particulars.
Middleton Hall is approximately one and a half miles outside the picturesque village of Belford, with its coffee shops, pub, farm shop and golf course. It is around six miles inland from the beautiful Northumberland coastline, which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (aonb). The area is home to several seabird reserves and welcomes increasing numbers of tourists each year who enjoy the regular boat trips which run to the Farne Islands to see the sea birds and seal colonies. The rural nature of the area offers a wide selection of activities for outdoor enthusiasts and is also close to the Coast and Castles tourism route with Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Dunstanburgh close by. Alnwick provides everyday amenities with supermarkets, a good range of shops, primary and secondary schooling, a modern leisure centre, playhouse/cinema, hospital and Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Berwick upon Tweed and Newcastle are within easy reach and provide further comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities.
For the commuter, the A1 provides access north to Berwick and south to Newcastle City Centre and Newcastle International Airport. The closest main line rail station is at Alnmouth which provides regular links to both Edinburgh and Newcastle, which in turn link to other main line services to major UK cities north and south.
Belford 1.6 miles | Berwick Upon Tweed 13.5 miles | Alnwick 17.6 miles | Newcastle International Airport 50.3 miles | Newcastle City Centre 51 miles | Edinburgh 70.7 miles