Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charm and Style in the Country

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charm and Style in the Country

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THIS impressive country manor has been lovingly restored to it's former Georgian glory by interior design duo Mike and Andrew Bottomley. The brothers, who run Compleat Interiors, bought the substantial period property back in 2009 from the Bowes Lyon family following the death of previous owner Lady Mary Bowes Lyon. "We then set to work modernising the house," explains Mike. "The property, which is a fine example of a classical Georgian country house dating from 1750, was owned by the Bowes-Lyon family for several generations before being purchased by us.

"Members of the Royal Family, including the late Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, made a number of visits to Beltingham House to visit Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon.

"We had worked at the house with Lady Mary on several occasions and always admired it.

"When the opportunity to purchase the property arose, we were delighted to be able to acquire it.

"We then spent the next year undertaking a labour of love to respectfully and tastefully restore Beltingham House to its former splendour, blending original features with simple, clean lines to provide luxury accommodation for private hire.

"The house needed totally bringing up to date but miraculously all its original features survived. As interior designers, we work on some of the finest houses in Northumberland but we have never seen a house with more character and original features than Beltingham House."

Elegant accommodation includes an entrance vestibule and hall, drawing room, dining room, reading room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, three bedrooms with en suites, four further bedrooms, two family bathrooms, an attic and a cellar.

Mike continues: "When we acquired the house it needed complete refurbishment and so were set to work doing all the essentials such as plumbing, electrics and heating. …

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