Recently, I was privileged to be asked to do a photography shoot at Beltingham House in rural Northumberland. The house dates back to 1750 and was formerly owned by the Bowes-Lyon family. The late Queen Mother, who had been a member of the Bowes-Lyon family, visited the house from time to time, as did Princess Margaret, and it is rumoured that Prince William has spent time there too.
It was a real pleasure taking photos in and around the house. It has a number of beautiful rooms, each one quite unique, with special features such as original fireplaces, high ceilings, wonderful ornate chandeliers and four poster beds. The house exterior and the grounds are equally as grand and impressive as the interior. There are immaculately manicured lawns, a secret walled garden and views of the stunning surrounding countryside that are probably the same today as they were 260 years ago!
Recently purchased and painstakingly refurbished by Hexham-based Bottomley brothers, Andrew & Michael, the house retains all of its original grandeur and splendour whilst having an air of a hunting lodge and boutique hotel.
It was a memorable time for me capturing the house and gardens for posterity and a real honour to spend time in such a magnificent house.