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Life's not a bitch in this historical tower house
24th September 2010
tower house for sale
Bitchfield Tower, Belsay, Northumberland, NE20
Guide price £3,900,000

Historical Tower House For Sale
Bitchfield Tower is a highly impressive and unique country house set within stunning Northumbrian countryside.

For those who love their history, they'll be in seventh heaven as this place is steeped in it. The tower, a fine example of a Northumberland Pele tower, dates back to Medieval times. This was the original dwelling, which was sold around 1502 to Majorie Harbottle, the heiress of the Harbottle estate, who later married Sir John Fenwick. In 1622 Robert Fenwick built the charming manor house which now adjoins the tower to the west side and a date stone inscribed "RF 1622 JF" is incorporated into the building.

Successive owners continued to add to and improve the property, by remodelling and adding features such as the formal walled gardens. By the 1930s, the property was sadly in a state of ruin but has since been wonderfully restored with great care to its current excellent condition.

With four reception rooms and nine bedrooms, the house is a Cluedo delight. The three bedroom staff flat, one bedroom gatehouse, offices and outbuildings would make this the ultimate in "working from home" properties.

The gardens and grounds of six acres include a championship sized all weather tennis court, a croquet lawn, beautiful walks winding through the mature woodland and a well stocked trout lake. The layout of the grounds, with a series of walled gardens is much admired, the formality of the principal gardens to the southern elevation has formed a superb backdrop for several charitable functions and weddings.

All in all for anyone wanting to be the king of their very own castle in a beautiful area within easy reach of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this one takes some beating.

Selling Agents: Savills
Tel 01423 535807

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