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Lorbottle Hall

Whittingham, Northumberland

Formerly the home of doyenne of British fashion Jean Muir, Lorbottle Hall is the epitome of fine Georgian architecture set in extensive private grounds.

Lorbottle Hall

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Overview

Formerly the home of doyenne of British fashion Jean Muir, Lorbottle Hall is the epitome of fine Georgian architecture set in extensive private grounds.

A tranquil setting for entertaining and sporting lets

Dating back to 1789, this Grade II listed property encapsulates the very best of fine country living, ideal for corporate entertaining, private get-togethers and sporting parties.

Beautifully proportioned throughout, the house has perfect symmetry with high ceilings, elegant cornicing and fine period detailing. This is further enhanced by the juxtaposition of elegant French and Asian design influences with some of the current owner's large collection of Railway memorabilia.

The main access is through an impressive central Venetian doorway with arched recess, open fire and wrought iron staircase. 

Positioned on either side of the hall is an elegant drawing room with open fire, enriched with fine art, antiques and a selection of fine table top books, including the works of Matisse and Dürer. A stunning dining room decorated with delicate hand-painted wall hanging of birds commissioned by Jean Muir is her legacy to the house.  

The property benefits from a study/library for work or relaxation; a snooker room with original industrial railway signage reflecting the current owner's collection; and a day room with seasoned oak flooring and two open fires which is perfect for enjoying a post walk cup of tea or a wee dram after dinner around the warming heart of the fireside.

Offered with full service for the ultimate holiday indulgence, your let includes a full-time House Manager and Chef to meet all the needs of your party. Full catering services are included. The kitchen set-up includes professional Wolf appliances and a large Everhot range cooker.

The property has the added benefit of a large boot room with wood burner which is ideal for outdoor kit and dogs, as well as a pilates reformer and recumbent bike for an early morning work-out. 

Upstairs are five beautifully appointed guest bedrooms with full en-suite facilities set around the central staircase hall.

Outdoors, the exclusive grounds extend to over 28 acres with a large lawn surrounding the property extending into a private restored walled garden and orchard. The woodland meadow and garden are ideal for walking and have plenty of spots to sit and watch the light shift across the dramatic heather-covered moorland of Callaly Crags.

15% discount available on all dates between now and 31st May 2019, including complimentary picnic lunch.

Property details

Ground floor

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.

First floor

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.

Outside

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.

Parking

There is ample private parking to the front and side of the property.

Babies & Children

Please enquire.

Dogs

Two dogs are welcome. Others may be considered on request. Dogs must be kept to the utility area and boot room areas only.

Guest Amenities

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

Heating throughout the property, with a combination of open fires and wood burning stoves in the main ground floor reception rooms.

Guest Privacy

The property sits in extensive private grounds offering complete guest privacy.

Guide Price

£1700 per night which includes breakfast. Discount available for longer stays. 

Location

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.

Activities

Local food and drink

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.

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Horse riding

Horse riding

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!

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Walking

Walking

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.

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Historic houses and castles

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.

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Golf

Golf

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.

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Classes at your holiday home

Classes at your holiday home

Enjoy art, cookery, photography, flower or chocolate classes or whisky tasting in the comfort of your own holiday home...

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Wildlife

Wildlife

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.

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Shooting

Shooting

For sheer variety alone Northumberland and the Scottish Borders are irresistible to any gun.

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Gardens

Gardens

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.

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Fishing

Fishing

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.

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Cycling & mountain biking

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.

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Children and families

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.

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Spas and beauty treatments

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.

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Shopping, arts and crafts

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.

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Museums, galleries and culture

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.

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Ancestral history research

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.

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Adventure Sports

Adventure Sports

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.

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Services

Cooks and Chefs

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.

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Beauty and spa treatments

Beauty and spa treatments

Everyone needs some pampering, whatever the occasion.

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Holiday photography

Holiday photography

Family holidays, reunions and honeymoons kindle priceless moments that deserve preserving.

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Fresh Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Fresh cut flowers delivered to your holiday home.

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Wine Delivery

Wine Delivery

Crabtree & Crabtree have teamed up with Corney & Barrow one of the longest established independent Wine Merchants in the UK to offer a bespoke service.

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting

Our experienced dog sitters will look after your furry friends whilst you are out exploring.

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Babysitting and Nannies

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.

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Additional Housekeeping

Additional Housekeeping

Award yourself a real break and let us provide a pair (or more) of helping hands.

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Reviews

Location Rural - 6 miles to Rothbury, 11 miles to Alnwick
Dogs
  • Two dogs are welcome. Additional dogs may be considered on request.
Guide Price
  • £1700 per night with breakfast. Discount available for longer stays.
Arrival / Departure
  • Typical arrival day: Friday
  • Arrival time: 4pm
  • Departure time: 10am
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The beautiful Chinoiserie silk lined wall panels by former owner and designer Jean Muir. The Little Things We Love....
"The beautiful Chinoiserie silk lined wall panels by former owner and designer Jean Muir."
Sue, Crabtree & Crabtree