From the Riches of the Royalty to the Incredible Inventors..
History can be found everywhere in Northumberland, including in some of the most amazing countryside houses, all of which have stories and tales to be discovered!
Step back in time to explore the goings on behind closed doors, from ingineous inventions and flamboyant parties hosted by a serious practical joker..
Built between 1810 and 1817, this house was regarded as the first British country house to be built entirely in new, Greek revival style.
The hall is displayed without furnishings, revealing to visitors the fine craftsmanship that went into its construction which was designed by Sir Charles Monck with assistance from architect John Dobson.
For more information, opening times and prices, visit: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/belsay-hall-castle-and-gardens/prices-and-opening-times
This beautiful Northumbrian farmstead is the birthplace of famous artist and naturalist Thomas Bewick, who is perhaps Northumberland's greatest artist.
He was a wood engraver and a naturalist who revolutionised print art in Georgian England.
The setting of his home, with a tranquil garden and views across the Tyne Valley is the the natural world that inspired his work.
Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cherryburn for more information, opening times and prices.
This extraordinary Victorian House, gardens and woodland was designed by Lord Armstrong - an inventor, innovator and landscape genius.
The first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity - it is crammed full of ingenious gadgets, most of which are still working!
For more information, opening times and prices, visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside
A stunning Grade II listed building in the village of Howick, is the ancestral seat of the Earls Grey. It was the home of the Prime Minister Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, after whom the famous tea is named.
The ground floor of Howick Hall is open to the public and the Visitor Centre features an exhibition on the family. You can also take a wander around the gardens, which are primarily the work of Charles, 5th Earl Grey, his wife Mabel and daughter lady Mary Howick between 1920 and 2001. They are best known for their spring bulbs, summer borders and new woodland walks through the arboretum.
For more information, visit: https://howickhallgardens.com
Situated in the Scottish Borders, this country house was built between 1758 and 1766 for Patrick Home of Billie, in an unsuccessful attempt to "woo" a Prussian heiress.
Inside the house lies an extensive collection of British and European paintings, collected by Patrick Home during his eigh-year-long Grand Tour. Unfortunatley, he died before the paintings were all unpacked. They are on display in a gallery within the house, which Jean Home decided on creating with the help from an architect. The gallery is now the only room left specifically to house a collection of paintings.
There is even a Teddy Bear Trail throughout the house which will keep any young visitors busy!
For more information, visit: https://paxtonhouse.co.uk
This Grade I listed country house has quite the unfortunate history since the completion in 1728. Neither architect nor patron lived to see its completion; it was then passed through a succession of heirs who liked to leave their mark..
Once the home of the "Gay Delavals" due to their high spirited and flamboyant lifestyle, an invation to their parties was the hottest ticket in town. Be sure to read about the tricks they used to play on their guests - especially by the eldest son, Sir Francis Blake Delaval
Unfortunately in 1822 the central block was gutted by a fire and has remained an empty shell ever since.
For more information, visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall
This country house situated about 12 miles West of Morpeth has been owned by the national trust since 1942, after it was donated complete with estate and farms by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, the first donation of its kind.
This impressive house was home to Sir Charles and within it you can discover more about this remarkable man and his unconventional family, aswell as the history of Northumberland in huge pre-Raphaelite paintings around the Central Hall.
The Trevelyans loved being outdoors and close to nature, so the house is surrounded by an abundance of lakes, woodland, parkland, farm land and lawns with an informal landscape, making it the ideal place to explore.
For more information visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington