Once the home of Jean Muir, the doyenne of British fashion, Lorbottle Hall is the epitome of elegance and understated luxury set amidst extensive private grounds.
An exclusive country house retreat, complete with in-house team to help you make the most of your stay
Dating back to 1789, Grade II listed Lorbottle Hall affords the opportunity to enjoy a fine country house lifestyle and is ideal for corporate entertaining, private get-togethers and sporting parties.
Beautifully proportioned throughout, the house has perfect Georgian symmetry with high ceilings, elegant cornicing and fine period detailing. As you enter the impressive hallway through a Venetian arched doorway, exquisitely appointed reception rooms unfurl before you, all furnished with fine antiques and works of art; a notable highlight is the magnificent dining room with hand-painted wall hangings commissioned by Jean Muir herself.
Complementing the elegant drawing room is a library, a day room and a billiard room, collectively providing a wonderful range of rooms for entertaining, socialising, playing, working, reading, relaxing or enjoying afternoon tea or a wee dram after dinner in front of a crackling log fire.
For a real sense of being ‘to the manor born’, a full time House Manager and Chef will be on hand throughout your stay to ensure all the needs of your party are met. Breakfast is provided as part of your stay, with catering at additional cost, with everything from a picnic by the riverside, afternoon cream tea, or special dinner parties for those looking to do a little evening entertaining.
Upstairs are five beautifully appointed bedrooms arranged around the central staircase hall, each with its own bathroom.
The house has the added benefit of a large boot room with wood burner, ideal for storing outdoor kit and drying out dogs, where you’ll also find a Pilates reformer and recumbent bike.
Outdoors, the private grounds extend to over 28 acres; a manicured lawn surrounds the property leading into a walled garden, orchard and woodland meadow beyond, where you’ll find endless delightful spots to pause and watch the light shifting across the dramatic heather-covered moorland of Callaly Crags.
Kitchen with catering size fridge with freezer drawer, professional four burner Wolf hob, Everhot range cooker with 4 ovens and 2 hot plates, dishwasher, filter coffee maker. Large selection of cook books, DAB radio. A separate large Pantry includes a professional Wolf oven, microwave, large freezer and sink.
Snooker room with half size size billiard table with seating.
Cloakroom with basin and WC.
Day room with what was Jean Muir's farmhouse kitchen table. Seating four, a wood burning stove at the north end and open fireplace and club fender to the south. Large sofa and armchairs. A large floor to ceiling window allows access onto a terrace with views over the garden to the west.
Formal drawing room with large sofa and armchairs set around an open fireplace, with very fine period furniture.
Hallway with central Venetian access and staircase. Open fire.
Dining room with seating for ten guests but with capacity for up to fourteen for formal entertaining. Open fire.
Study/Library with writing desk, armchairs, extensive library of books, large Smart flatscreen TV, Bose radio/CD.
Large boot room with bench seating and plenty of hanging space for outdoor gear and sporting kit. It also includes a pilates reformer and recumbent exercise bike. Wood burning stove.
Cloakroom with plenty of hanging space. A beautiful leaded arts and crafts period screen leads into a characterful Thunderbox WC.
Central staircase framed by an impressive arched window.
Bedroom one with king size bed, side tables, chest of drawers, wing-backed armchair, feature fireplace, cupboard with hanging rail and storage.
En suite bathroom with bath, shower unit with rainforest head and handheld mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom two with king size bed, side tables, feature fireplace, dressing table, armchair, large wardrobe, chest of drawers.
En suite bathroom with roll top bath, shower unit with rainforest head and handheld mixer, heated towel rail, double basin and WC.
Bedroom three with king size bed, side tables, armchair, dressing table, large wardrobe.
En suite bathroom with bath, shower unit with rainforest head and handheld mixer, French dresser, window seat, heated towel rail, double basins and WC.
Bedroom four and five sit off the main landing on the east side, down into a small inner hall (4 steps down)
Bedroom four with Chinese furnishing influences, side tables, decorative fireplace, window seat, cupboard with storage and hanging space.
En suite bathroom with bath, shower unit with rainforest head and handheld mixer, heated towel rail, basin and WC.
Bedroom five is a smaller room with king size bed, side table, armchair and chest of drawers. With separate bathroom.
The extensive private grounds extend to 28 acres. This is a combination of formal lawned garden and woodland. A semi-circular terrace with café table and chairs, and garden seating and benches throughout the grounds. This extends into a walled garden which is currently being sensitively restored to its former glory and a separate fruit orchard. To the North of the property there is a large pond.
There is ample private parking to the front and side of the property.
Babies & Children
Two dogs are welcome. Others may be considered on request. Dogs must be kept to the utility area and boot room areas only.
High quality bed linen including luxury bed toppers. Towels and guest toiletries are provided.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Reception
Wi-Fi is excellent. Mobile reception is generally good.
Heating throughout the property, with a combination of open fires and wood burning stoves in the main ground floor reception rooms.
The property sits in extensive private grounds offering complete guest privacy.
£1700 per night which includes breakfast. Discount available for longer stays.
Alnwick (11 miles) and Rothbury (6 miles) both have a strong base of independent shops and offer plenty of choice for high quality locally produced food as well as cosy country pubs for eating-out. For provisions, there is an award-winning butcher’s shop in Rothbury, famous for its ‘Cragside cracker’ sausage; the equally renowned Rothbury Bakery for quality pies and freshly baked local produce; or Tully’s deli on the High Street.
In Alnwick you will find an excellent range of amenities and an eclectic mix of charming specialist shops. Here you can wander the cobbled streets and gift shops around the marketplace, or stop-off at one of the many quaint cafes across the area, including Bari Tea based in the Castle Quarter for a very lovely lunch or a decadent afternoon cream tea! While there, seek out Barter Books - ‘a book heaven’ with thousands of paperbacks, hardbacks and collector’s editions based in a beautiful former railway station.
For provisions, you will find plenty of choice - try award-winning Turnbull’s for fine food and quality meats; The Alnwick Deli for delicious local produce, cheeses, hampers and gifts; or the Alnwick Bakery for home-baked breads, pies and pastries. There is a market every Saturday, a farmer’s market on the last Friday of every month, and a large supermarket nearby for all your holiday essentials.
This is frontier land, full of history, heritage and wild, natural beauty; where walking and cycling routes have been shaped by ancient Romans, drovers and plundering Border reivers through the ages. Through it, the River Coquet meanders through vast stretches of moorland and picturesque valleys.
Clennell Street follows the ancient drover road where you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views over the Coquet Valley and Cheviot Hills, dropping down to the tiny village of Alwinton where you can rest tired legs and enjoy a pie and a pint at the Rose and Thistle pub. Alwinton is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery site so it’s also a perfect spot to indulge in a spot of stargazing.
Alternatively the Street or ‘clattering path’ is a Roman road where you can walk the Border Ridge and look for iron age hill forts and enigmatic rock carvings, or why not take a ranger led walk from Harbottle to see the fabled Drake Stone.
If you prefer to spend your days on two wheels, why not explore nearby Kidland Forest and Upper Coquetdale which is a super loop involving lovely woodland tracks and long riverside trails, or for something a little more high energy the Reivers Cycle Route will tick the right box.
The area is also a fantastic spot for climbing and bouldering with crags at Simonside and to the north and west of Rothbury, while fell runners will simply be in their element here.
For those looking for a more relaxed option, enjoy a pampering treatment at your cottage with Harmony Holistic Mobile Spa.
Nearby Cragside House and Gardens offers a fascinating day out for the family where you can discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Crammed full of gadgets developed by Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius, Lord Armstrong, Cragside is truly a wonder of its age. The adventure playground with its network of paths and tunnels will be a huge hit with children and the gardens are an absolute delight.
Also within easy reach are the award winning Alnwick Gardens and Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland and one of Britain’s most iconic castles. With its rich history, exquisite art, beautiful gardens, and film location for Harry Potter, there is plenty of wizardly magic and mayhem to keep all ages entertained.
Finally the stunning beaches of the Northumberland coast can be easily reached in under an hour - perfect for picnics with a bucket and spade. Visit Bamburgh Castle and its amazing dog friendly beach where you can walk for miles on white sugary sands, stopping off for an ice-cream along the way, or why not follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to the mystical Holy Island of Lindisfarne to complete the final journey of St. Cuthbert and enjoy the breathtaking views from the sheltered dune-fringed sands of this uniquely special place. Simply magical!
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
Cycling & mountain biking
Whether you ride fast or slow, on-road or off-road, there is something uniquely special about enjoying some outdoor time on two wheels. Here in the region we have something for everyone from high-energy mountain biking blasts to gentle forest paths the whole family can enjoy.Find Out More
Local food and drink
Our region is a delectable foodie heaven! From quality local producers to fine dining experiences, there is an outstanding array of choice on offer and everything in between.Find Out More
Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Classes at your holiday home
Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...Find Out More
Our region is home to outstanding scenery which boasts emerald forests, pristine lochs and rivers, heathery hillsides, sweeping moorlands as well as a picture perfect coastline.Find Out More
For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.Find Out More
If your passion is beautiful gardens a visit to our area will not disappoint. Spend a little time here and discover some spectacular gardens through the ever changing vista of the seasons.Find Out More
Welcome to the realm of the king of fish, the mighty River Tweed. Every year thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up river, an annual odyssey that is one of nature's miracles.Find Out More
Spas and beauty treatments
Everyone needs a little time-out to relax and for many that may involve a little pampering, the chance to experience new therapies, or simply some dedicated ‘me time’ to enjoy or practise disciplines which bring a sense of well-being and good health.Find Out More
Children and families
Here at Crabtree & Crabtree, we like to think we’ve pulled together some rather nifty ideas to keep tots to teens happy and entertained during your stay.Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
Ancestral history research
Crabtree & Crabtree know that tracing the history of your family can be a wonderful journey of discovery. Here are our top tips for starting your family tree.Find Out More
If you love a challenge or just crave a little excitement away from the day-to-day bustle of working life, we have lots to offer - whether it be watery pursuits, muddy blasts or thrill seeking, adrenaline-charged adventures.Find Out More
Cooks and Chefs
Our region is a natural larder so it’s really no surprise that we are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks on hand.Find Out More
Beauty and spa treatments
Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.Find Out More
Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.Find Out More
Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.Find Out More
Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.Find Out More
Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.Find Out More
Babysitting and Nannies
Relax, explore the local area, enjoy a long lunch or a romantic evening out by hiring one of our fully qualified registered and experienced nannies or babysitters to come to your house.Find Out More
Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.Find Out More
- Two dogs are welcome. Additional dogs may be considered on request.
- £1700 per night with breakfast. Discount available for longer stays. Catering subject to separate arrangement.
- Typical arrival day: Flexible
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"The beautiful Chinoiserie silk lined wall panels by former owner and designer Jean Muir."Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree