Medieval castle with 17 en-suite bedrooms hits the market at £3million

Eleventh century Northumberland castle which comes with 32 acres of land, 17 bedrooms and its OWN source of spring water goes on the market for £3 million

  • Otterburn Castle is being sold by Sotheby’s after decades as a country hotel
  • The former tower dates back to the days of William the Conqueror, who granted it to his cousin Robert ‘D’Umphraville
  • Plans are afoot for the rural retreat to be restored as a private family residence 
  • A Grade II-listed castle has gone on the market for £3 million – complete with seventeen en-suite bedrooms, three staff apartments, 32 acres of land and even its own source of spring water.

    Otterburn Castle is located on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and it has a rich history which hails back to at the least the 11th century, when William the Conqueror granted Otterburn to his cousin Robert D’Umphraville.

    Originally named Otterburn Tower, it belonged to several aristocratic families for centuries before being bought and converted into a hotel in the mid 1940s.

    It is now on the market with UK Sotheby’s International Realty, where it is being sold with a view to returning it to a private family residence with an asking price of £3m.  

    Grade II-listed Otterburn Castle has gone on the market for £3 million, complete with 17 en-suite bedrooms

    Grade II-listed Otterburn Castle has gone on the market for £3 million, complete with 17 en-suite bedrooms

    The castle also boasts three staff apartments, 32 acres of land and even its own source of spring water

    The castle also boasts three staff apartments, 32 acres of land and even its own source of spring water

    The castle saw scenes from the Jacobite Rebellion of the early 1700s and poet Sir Walter Scott was a guest in the 19th century

    The castle saw scenes from the Jacobite Rebellion of the early 1700s and poet Sir Walter Scott was a guest in the 19th century

    It has a rich history which hails back to at the least the 11th century when William the Conqueror granted Otterburn to his cousin Robert D'Umphraville

    It has a rich history which hails back to at the least the 11th century when William the Conqueror granted Otterburn to his cousin Robert D’Umphraville

    Along with the total 32 acres of land, the castle also enjoys fishing rights along 3.5 miles of one bank of the River Rede

    Along with the total 32 acres of land, the castle also enjoys fishing rights along 3.5 miles of one bank of the River Rede

    The extraordinary castle sits within four acres of beautiful landscaped and wilded gardens and it also has a further 28 acres of agricultural land to the north eastern side.

    The castle saw action in the Jacobite Rebellion of the early 1700s and housed the poet Sir Walter Scott as a guest in the 19th century.

    According to its listing on Historic England, Otterburn Tower was largely rebuilt in 1830, incorporating the masonry of an eighteenth century country house – which may in turn have contained parts of the medieval building.

    Along with its total 32 acres of land, the castle also enjoys fishing rights along 3.5 miles of one bank of the River Rede, with its source in the Northumberland National Park, well known for its brown trout. 

    The castle even has its own source of spring water.

    It also boasts a large reception hallway, several reception rooms, a sitting room, a drawing room, a bar area, a dining room and a breakfast room.

    Each part of the castle retains much of its historical detail, including deep ceiling mouldings, prominent architraves and most have beautiful fireplaces.

    The day the Scots fled Otterburn Castle after laying siege… 

    A historical plaque outside the castle describes how it defended itself from an attack by the Scots in 1388. 

    A historical plaque describes how the castle defended itself from the Scots in 1388

    A historical plaque describes how the castle defended itself from the Scots in 1388

    It reads: ‘A.D. 1388. After they (the Scots) had burnt the town and castle of Ponteland, they marched away to Otterburn which was 8 English leagues from Newcastle and there they encamped themselves. 

    ‘This day, they made no attack but very early on the morrow their trumpets sounded and they made ready for the assault, advancing towards the castle which was tolerably strong & situated among marshes.

    ‘They attacked it so long and so unsuccessfully, at last they were fatigued and therefore sounded retreat. 

    ‘In the old list of castles and towers, it is called the Tower of Otterburn and said to belong to Sir Robert Umfreville, who died in 1456.

    ‘In 1716, John Hall, owner of the castle at that time, was condemned and executed for high treason, being implicated in the [Jacobite] rising of the 15, at Tyburn. His initial are said by Hodgson to be over one of the doors of the castle.’

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    The large professional kitchen has three sections and two freezer storage rooms, making this an ideal spot for entertaining and parties. 

    In addition, there are three staff flats, workshops and housing stores.

    Jason Corbett, director of country sales and lettings at UK Sotheby’s International Realty, said: ‘This castle is truly something special – one of very few castles in England and boasting a rich history. 

    ‘Situated on the edge of Northumberland National Park and Kielder forest, the surrounding scenery is second to none.

    Over the years, the castle has been modernised and upgraded and each its bedrooms has their own unique styling

    Over the years, the castle has been modernised and upgraded and each its bedrooms has their own unique styling

    There is a reception hallway, a sitting room, a drawing room, a bar area, a dining room and a breakfast room.

    There is a reception hallway, a sitting room, a drawing room, a bar area, a dining room and a breakfast room.

    Each room retains much of the historical detail including deep ceiling mouldings and most have beautiful fireplaces

    Each room retains much of the historical detail including deep ceiling mouldings and most have beautiful fireplaces

    This ornate window looks out on to the beautiful countryside of the Northumberland National Park

    This ornate window looks out on to the beautiful countryside of the Northumberland National Park

    ‘Currently operating as a hotel, the time has come to return it to its original use as a private family residence, following in the footsteps of the established aristocratic families who have lived there throughout the centuries.

    ‘With 17 bedrooms, 3 staff apartments and 32 acres, this really is the most magical opportunity for a family to enjoy a truly enviable house – perfect as a weekend or holiday retreat. There’s even a rumour of the odd ghost or two!’

    For more information, view the listing here.

    UK Sotheby's International Realty is selling the property with a view to returning it to a private family residence with an asking price of £3m

    UK Sotheby’s International Realty is selling the property with a view to returning it to a private family residence with an asking price of £3m

    Otterburn castle belonged to several aristocratic families before it was converted into a hotel in the mid 1940s

    Otterburn castle belonged to several aristocratic families before it was converted into a hotel in the mid 1940s

    The extraordinary castle sits within four acres of beautiful landscaped and wilded gardens

    The extraordinary castle sits within four acres of beautiful landscaped and wilded gardens

    The grandiose site was largely rebuilt in 1830 but is thought to incorporate much older aspects dating back to the 13th century building

    The grandiose site was largely rebuilt in 1830 but is thought to incorporate much older aspects dating back to the 13th century building

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