Eshott Hall Estate

Eshott, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 9EN

Guide Price £4,995,000

38 acres

Bedroom Count icon 11

Reception Count icon 6

  • Grade II listed Georgian Hall
  • Situated in private wooded and parkland setting on the edge of Eshott village
  • Converted stable block incorporating one 2 bedroom cottage and 6 ensuite rooms
  • Detached house forming 6 ensuite rooms
  • Principal house with 11 ensuite rooms
  • Village Chapel with potential to convert to a 3 bedroom home (subject to necessary consent).
  • Formal Victorian walled garden, terrace and parterre, pleasure grounds and lake
  • Tennis court
  • In all about 37 acres
  • For sale as a whole or the principal Hall building and grounds only.

SummaryEshott Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian country house hotel with exceptional and fine period features having been adapted from a private residence in 2009. This magnificent building requires little imagination to return it to the prestigious gentleman’s residence which it was so recently. Built in 1738, the property lies within attractive and mature landscaped gardens and woodland and includes a fine walled garden, converted stable block, a detached 6 bedroom house, a village chapel presenting an opportunity for conversion (with necessary consent) and hard tennis court. Eshott Hall Estate is accessed by two private and gated tree lined drives.LocationEshott is enviably located in the heart of the rolling Northumbrian countryside, between the towns of Morpeth and Alnwick and just minutes away from Northumberland’s heritage coastline.Situated close to the thriving village of Felton which offers a wide range of local amenities including a renowned gastropub and an immensely popular tearoom, artisan bakery and real ale hostelry, post office/store, first school, church and gallery. Eshott Hall is almost midway between Morpeth and Alnwick which provide a wider range of shopping facilities including supermarkets and a range of independent stores along the bustling and vibrant high streets. The area is renowned for its wonderful sandy beaches, while the coast provides a wealth of walking, cycling and riding routes. Links golf is available nearby at the Percy Wood Golf Course and Warkworth Golf Club amongst others. The Northumberland coast also provides excellent opportunities for surfing, diving and other coastal pursuits and water sports.The A1 is just 2 miles from the property, providing fast and easy access to Newcastle with its schools, shops and amenities, whilst also connecting to the Scottish borders and Edinburgh beyond. The nearest mainline train station is Alnmouth, which offers direct services to Edinburgh, London Kings Cross and Newcastle.HistoryAlthough accounts differ as to the exact history of this property, records of a Hall at Eshott date back to 1310, when Roger Mauduit was given a Royal license to crenellate his dwelling house. At this point the village is referred to as ‘Esshete’ and the Castle of Esshete is mentioned in the list of fortalices in 1415 belonging to Sir John Heron, a knight. In 1588 William Carr purchased the Estate, rebuilding it to the designs of Robert Trollope in the 17th century. It is this original design which can still be seen today, albeit slightly modified. In 1792 the Estate was sold to Thomas Adams for £34,000 who left it to his brother and who, in turn was succeeded by his son, Dr. William Adams of Calcutta. He died intestate in 1818 and the Estate was eventually bought by one of the Adams’ daughters. In 1877 the Hall and Estate were bought by Emerson Bainbridge (founder of the Newcastle based, first department store in the world, which became part of the John Lewis Partnership in 1952). At this time the Estate comprised the Hall, three hamlets (population of 140) and 1775 acres of land. Bainbridge substantially enlarged and improved the Hall making it one of the most elegant houses in Northumberland. More recently it was sold in 2009 by a great grandson of Bainbridge after he had carried out significant restoration works. Since then it has operated as a successful country house hotel.Nicholas Pevsner records,“A five-story front block perhaps by Robert Trollope c1660 but much recast in c1850 and 1881. Curly open pediments to the windows. The central first floor window is a c19 insertion. The present porch is of c1850 of the same period as the sumptuous plasterwork in the drawing room done in the style of 1750 by the Italian Stuccari who worked at Alnwick Castle. This is a matter for conjecture - some expert’s claim that the intricate decoration is of a much earlier period and is carved wood. The older central block which lay behind was demolished in the early 1960s but the 1881 North wing, copying the style of the South was retained as a separate house.”DescriptionEshott Hall is the archetypal grand manor house, with rooms steeped in period detailing and character, and a beautiful stained glass window features on the sweeping staircase, designed by William Morris. A sweeping tree lined driveway leads through imposing iron gates providing good privacy to a large gravelled turning area. Eshott Hall, which is of attractive honey coloured ashlar stone construction under a slate roof, extends to 12,511 sq. ft. The house feels light and welcoming due to the well-proportioned Georgian rooms with large windows having a southern aspect from the principal rooms. This beautiful building retains fine period architectural features, including marble fireplaces, exquisite decorative plaster work and cornicing. In particular the magnificent plaster and carved wood ceiling in mid-18th century style, by the Italian stuccatori working circa 1850, can be found in the principal drawing room. The setting is fitting, with the Hall enveloped by acres of ancient woodland, mature gardens, including a restored Victorian fernery and a productive walled kitchen garden.The main features of the estate include:The principal buildingEleven generously sized ensuite bedrooms, four reception rooms including library and a grand entrance hall with the feature William Morris stained glass window. Spacious extension containing a magnificent ballroom/function room, further reception rooms and compact catering kitchens with an additional 2 bedroom “staff flat” above the kitchen. In addition, there are two rooms currently occupied as offices for the hotel management.Eshott GrangeThis appealing detached house and garden was acquired by The Robert Parker Collection as an adjoining property and value adding piece to the hotel. Before then it was one of Eshott’s fine detached houses with its own private and pretty garden to the front, rear and side. The recently decorated former Gamekeeper’s House provides a further six ensuite bedrooms, kitchen, living space and amenities. It is conveniently located by the rear drive for additional accommodation, security or for alternative income. StablesThe original estate stables have been restored to offer one 2 bedroom cottage and six separate ensuite double rooms and a workshop with the potential for ancillary accommodation or rental income and a workshop.As a whole, Eshott Hall can provide 11 grand bedrooms in the principal building for family and their private guests, and a further 15 bedrooms for overflow guests or staff.General InformationNearest PostcodeNE65 9ENWhat 3 Words///dignity.midwinter.nuptialsDirectionsThe Hall can be accessed easily by either north or south by turning east off the A1 between Earsdon and Newton-on-the-Moor signposted ‘Eshott’ which is about 1.5 miles from the A1. The principal entrance to the property lies to the southwest of the village.Morpeth 10 miles, Alnmouth 11 miles, Eshott airfield 3 miles, Newcastle Airport 21 miles, (all distances are approximate)ViewingStrictly by appointment through joint sole selling agents Galbraith on 01434 693693, & Sanderson Young 0191 223 3500, property is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession upon completion.Method of saleEshott is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole. All prospective purchasers are encouraged to register their interest with the selling agents as soon as possible.Rights of Way, Easements & WayleavesThe property is sold subject to, and with the benefit of, all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way, public and private whether specifically mentioned or not. A public footpath crosses the field at the north east corner of the estate.ServicesOil fired central heating, private water, village foul drainage system.Fixtures and FittingsAll items usually designated as fixtures and fittings are included in the sale. The contents of the property may be available in addition by negotiation at a separate valuation.Local AuthorityNorthumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EFBusiness RatesRateable value £85,000Energy Performance CertificateMain Hall: D RatingPlanningEshott Hall (Southern Block) is a Grade II listed building and was first listed on the 18th December 1985 under list entry number 1156142. A copy of the listing is available from the selling agents. The Property has been occupied as a hotel since 2009 which will determine its current status in terms of use class, however prior to 2009 it had only ever been a dwelling.