First a little history: Dobson House is a graceful and unique house within the award winning Grade I listed Georgian Belford Hall in the North Northumberland village of Belford, a former historic coaching town steeped in history and intrigue.
A few miles away from the stunning heritage coastline and only 5 miles from Bamburgh, which was recently voted the best place to live by the sea in the The Sunday Times Best Place to Live in Britain 2015. Commutable to Newcastle which is 49 miles away, Berwick 16 miles and Alnwick 15 miles. The location is rural enough to feel you are taking time away from the crowd but accessible to the larger towns and cities should you wish to venture further.
Belford Hall is a striking Grade 1 listed mansion designed by James Paine and constructed in 1756. The elegant wings were added in 1810. The Hall fell into disrepair after the Second World War before being sympathetically restored and converted by the North of England Civic Trust and the Monument Trust in the 1980’s into 16 self-contained flats and houses.
Dobson House is set in the west wing of Belford Hall and enjoys magnificent views over the parkland and the surrounding countryside. Although part of the Hall, this home has its own private entrance with a separate garage nearby. The surrounding parkland is owned by the lessees of Belford Hall. The share allocated to Dobson House is included in the sale.
A grand driveway through the parkland leads to Belford Hall. Dobson House is accessed via a private entrance located in the west wing.
What’s Inside Dobson House?
A light reception entrance via part- glazed double doors, CH radiator, stairs to the first floor. Access to ground floor principal rooms.
Ground floor cloakroom with WC and wash hand basin. Half tiled walls, CH radiator, extractor fan.
A lovely, bright dual-aspect room, facing south and north. Two sash windows with fabulous views across the parkland and lake, two additional sash windows to the rear. Original feature fireplace with cast inset, living flame gas fire, tiled hearth, two CH radiators.
South-facing with sash window overlooking the parkland and side views of Belford Hall. Fitted with a range of cream, country style wall and base units, work surfaces, under cabinet lighting, tiled splash-backs. Brushed steel Bosch integrated double oven, 4 ring gas hob and extractor fan. Bosch fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. One and a half bowl stainless steel sink unit and drainer with mixer tap. CH radiator, walk in pantry.
Stairs leading to first floor:
Half-height sash window and doors to first floor rooms.
Master Bedroom with En-Suite:
Double bedroom with pleasant views over the grounds of the hall. Dressing area, CH radiator. Door leading to en-suite, fully tiled shower room with white three piece suite, WC, double shower enclosure with chrome shower fed from mains. Wet wall splash-back, extractor, chrome heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2 :
Double bedroom with views over the gardens to the rear of the hall. Triple built-in wardrobes, CH radiator.
Bedroom 3 :
Guest bedroom or study with views over the gardens to the rear of the Hall, CH radiator, access to loft.
Fully tiled room with white suite, WC, wash hand basin and double shower enclosure, mains fed shower. Wet wall splash-back, extractor fan, chrome heated towel rail.
What’s outside Dobson House?
Set in 27 acres of beautiful parkland, of which a share is owned by Dobson House. In addition to the parkland, Dobson House has shared use of the 5 acre landscaped gardens at Belford Hall. Perfect for special occasions, all of the residents of Belford Hall have the use of two beautiful communal rooms within the main house, by appointment with the Belford Hall Management Committee. There is a private, separate garage and patio area to the rear of the house.
The maintenance and running of the Hall, (upkeep and structure) together with the grounds, driveway and common areas are maintained by the Belford Hall Management Company Limited. The company is jointly owned by Belford Hall’s leaseholders. The current annual service charge is approx £2,800.00 which also covers buildings insurance and window cleaning. The use of the property as a commercial holiday let is not permitted both under the terms of the lease and by the Management Company. This ensures the fabric of the building and common areas are maintained to the current high standard one would expect in a listed building of this calibre.
What Propology love about Dobson House, Belford Hall
You can have the best of both worlds. Be Lord or Lady of the manor without the cost of all the upkeep or the bother of mowing the lawn.
We love the location. Just off the A1 and only 5 miles from Bamburgh. Belford village has good local schooling at primary and middle school level. Doctors surgery, dentist, chemist and a range of independent shops, inns and restaurants. There is a supermarket, farm shop and nine-hole golf course.
Further afield but not too far away, set out on a walk to St Cuthbert’s cave, just a few miles from Belford. The highlight of this walk is the cave itself where Lindisfarne monks reputedly brought St Cuthberts body in AD 875 following Viking raids on Holy Island. Grab your wellies and flask, head to nearby Waren Mill and the stunning beach at Budle Bay to watch thousands of waders and wildfowl on the tidal lagoon.
Looking for a castle? Bamburgh is 5 miles away, The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, accessed by a tidal causeway is a little further north. Heading for the hills? Belford is midway between the coast and the stunning Northumberland National Park. What’s not to love?