Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

To the Manor Born; A Derelict Mansion Has Been Transformed into a Stunning Wedding Venue and Holiday Let. Ellie McGann Finds out More

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

To the Manor Born; A Derelict Mansion Has Been Transformed into a Stunning Wedding Venue and Holiday Let. Ellie McGann Finds out More

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Byline: Ellie McGann

DESIGNING the interior of a formerly derelict 10-bedroom mansion has been a real labour of love for entrepreneur Brian Morton and his wife June.

The couple bought Middleton Hall, a Grade II-listed stately home near Belford, Northumberland, three years ago. Since then they have turned it into a luxurious wedding, conference and holiday venue.

It had previously been owned by Victorian industrialist Trowlett Leather and later the Crown's Greenwich Trust, which used it as a home for recovering naval officers after the Second World War. But it was in danger of falling down until the Mortons bought it.

"We have been through all the emotions a project of this size brings, from loving it at first sight to the organisation and start of the project," said Brian. "With one of the severest winters in recent history, trying to preserve and restore damaged original features of the house proved troublesome."

The property, which dates back to 1871, exudes luxury, with high ornate ceilings and original fireplaces.

Brian said: "A lot of the furniture has a classical style, to tie in with the listed building itself."

The tone is immediately set on entering the imposing main hall, which has a grand stone fireplace featuring the house crest, a flowing oak staircase with tartan carpets and stone mullioned windows It also boasts a dining room, lounge, bar and orangery looking out on to lawns and woodland. There's also a billiard room with full-size snooker table, decked out in true gentlemen's club style with a dark wood floor, green walls and large brown leather chairs.

The large kitchen is fitted to professional standards with all the equipment needed for up to 22 self-catering guests, for when the hall is hired out for holiday groups.

All 10 bedrooms have en suite or private bathrooms and each has its own identity with floor to ceiling curtains adding a touch-of-colour, which is then incorporated into the room. …

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