Otterburn Hall

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Otterburn Hall Hotel)
Jump to: navigation, search
Otterburn Hall
Otterburn Hall Hotel lounge.jpg
Otterburn Hall is located in Northumberland
Otterburn Hall
General information
Architectural style Neo-Elizabethan style
Location Near Otterburn, Northumberland, England
Coordinates 55°14′35″N 2°11′4″W / 55.24306°N 2.18444°W / 55.24306; -2.18444Coordinates: 55°14′35″N 2°11′4″W / 55.24306°N 2.18444°W / 55.24306; -2.18444
Current tenants Hotel
Completed 1086
Technical details
Structural system Brick with stone

Otterburn Hall is an English country house and estate in Otterburn, Northumberland. It is situated in 500 acres (200 ha) of deer park and woodland in the Northumberland National Park, northeastern England. The building was constructed in 1870 for Lord James Douglas, the land given to him as recompense for the death of Lord James Douglas, who fought at the Battle of Otterburn, and was killed near Otterburn Tower (originally a castle), itself founded in 1086, and rebuilt in 1830. Both Otterburn Hall and Otterburn Castle have been seats of landed gentry.[1]

From 1980 to 2012, Otterburn Hall was used as a hotel. The house is Grade-II listed with English Heritage, and rated with four-stars by the Architectural Association School of Architecture.


The English country house is situated in the Redesdale valley in a rural national park. It is north of Otterburn in Northumberland, and 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Cramlington.[2][3] The hall's estate encompasses an area of 500 acres (200 ha) of deer park and woodland. An 8 miles (13 km) stretch of the River Rede flows close to the estate.[4][5] There are several historical buildings nearby, including Otterburn Church, built in 1857; Otterburn Tower, a Grade II listed castellated mansion built in 1830 at the site of a medieval tower whose vestiges no longer remain;[6] and Otterburn Mill, which dates to the 1800s.


An older Otterburn Hall existed at least as early as 1777. At that time, the Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland asked the hall's owner, Henry Ellison, for permission to erect a monument on the field to honor his ancestor who died during the Battle of Otterburn. Ellison denied the request and raised a monument himself which included an obelisk, possibly an architrave removed from Otterburn Hall's kitchen fireplace, which was placed into a socketed battle stone.[7]

The present building was constructed in 1870 for Lord James Douglas on land gifted as recompense for the death of his ancestor, Lord Douglas, who fought at the Battle of Otterburn.[6] Stables, lodges, and a farm were part of the 19th century complex.[8] By 1907, Sir Charles Morrrison-Bell, 1st Bart. was of Otterburn Hall.[9] During World War II, from 1940 to 1944, the hotel was used as a military hospital. The Otterburn Training Area, established in 1911 and owned by the Ministry of Defence, is nearby and is the second largest live firing range in the country.[10] In 1948, it was acquired by a group of Christian business men who wanted to start a new venture in Christian education.[11] By 1980, the building was converted into a hotel.[8]

The hotel was owned by the YMCA until 2002, when it was sold to the London-base Angel Group. The hotel was closed suddenly in 2012.[12]

Architecture and fittings[edit]

The building, in Neo-Elizabethan style, is constructed of brick with stone dressings. Renovation occurred in 1905 for Sir Charles Morrison Bell including the addition of a porch which accentuates the facade of the hall. Another renovation occurred in 1930 subsequent to a fire. A large conservatory is located in the rear of the building.[6][8] The hall has had its own landing ground since the early 1930s.[2][3] Otterburn Hall contains 65 rooms and a restaurant.


  1. ^ Bartholomew, John George (1904). The survey gazetteer of the British Isles, topographical, statistical, and commercial: compiled from the 1901 census and the latest official returns. Newnes. pp. 619–. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom; United Service and Royal Aero Club (July 1933). Flight International. IPC Transport Press Ltd. p. 783. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Burke, Thomas (1933). The beauty of England. G. G. Harrap. p. 305. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Otterburn Hall, Otterburn (Northumberland)". Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Otterburn Hall Hotel". Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Pevsner, Nikolaus; Grundy, John; McCombie, Grace; Peter Ryder; Humphrey Welfare (11 March 1992). Northumberland. Yale University Press. pp. 537–. ISBN 978-0-300-09638-5. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Goodman, Anthony; Tuck, Anthony (1992). War and border societies in the middle ages. Psychology Press. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-0-415-08021-7. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Paul Frodsham; Council for British Archaeology (2004). Archaeology in Northumberland National Park. Council for British Archaeology. p. 122. ISBN 978-1-902771-38-0. Retrieved 6 July 2011.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "FrodshamArchaeology2004" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  9. ^ Addison, Henry Robert; Oakes, Charles Henry; Lawson, William John; Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen (1907). Who's who. A. & C. Black. pp. 1511–. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Otterburn Training Area". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Spectator". The Spectator. 180: 89. 1948. 
  12. ^ "Otterburn Hall Country House Hotel closes without warning". The Journal. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 

External links[edit]