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100 acres, Shield Hall, Slaley, Hexham, NE46, Northumberland
Under Offer - Guide Price £2,250,000

  • Grade II Listed Shield Hall
  • Walled gardens, grounds and lake
  • Three well-appointed cottages
  • Peel tower and extensive traditional outbuildings
  • Meadow, parkland and woodland
  • In all about 100 acres (40.47 hectares)

Historic Estate in a private Tyne Valley setting


Shield Hall is superbly situated in the heart of the Tyne Valley, close to the village of Slaley and the historic market towns of Hexham and Corbridge. The immediate surroundings comprise traditional livestock farms and undulating grassland, interspersed with attractive woodlands rising towards the Pennines.
There are good transport links being close to the A69 and only 19 miles from the outskirts of Newcastle and the A1 Motorway. The East Coast mainline railway has regular services to London, from Newcastle Station, some in under three hours. Newcastle International Airport is only 21 miles to the east.


Shield Hall is an excellent example of a small private Estate, the origins of which can be traced back to the 13th Century Peel Tower still standing today. The property is rich in history and has been extended and amended to create what is a beautiful home with some outstanding features, grounds and gardens.

In addition to the Hall, the property includes three cottages and a range of outbuildings and stores, together with the Peel Tower. In all, the Estate extends to approximately 100 acres approached by a private drive, lined with rhododendrons, trees and mature shrubs. The farmland encapsulates meadow, parkland, wooded areas and a picturesque lake which the Hall and cottages overlook.

Shield Hall sits in the centre of the Estate overlooking the lake, adjacent to the courtyard of traditional buildings and cottages. The Grade II Listed property dates back to the 18th Century, originally built as two properties, long since developed into one large family residence. The property retains wonderful historic features such as traditional fireplaces and shuttered windows. Notwithstanding the historic nature of the property, it has been renovated and improved over the years by the owners to provide modern family living spaces, which compliment and enhance the historic features of the property.

The property is brick built with a slate roof, internally extending to nearly 4,000 sq ft. The ground floor accommodation includes a porch, with stone flagged floor, from the carriage sweep, opening into an entrance hall with log burning stove, and a cloakroom with separate WC and wash basin. The kitchen includes a two door AGA and a range of fitted units. Adjacent to this is the dining room with fireplace and glorious views over the patio and gardens. Across the hall is the large drawing room with fireplace and marble surround, again with glorious views over the gardens. There is an additional snug with inset fire. Beyond the kitchen is a lower ground floor with utility and cellar/pantry, complete with stone shelves, and both with flagged floors. There are two external doors to the north of the property from this floor. From the hall a wonderful staircase, with large fan window leads to the first floor accommodation, which includes a large principal bedroom with dressing room and ensuite. In addition there are five further bedrooms, some of which have wash basins and built in wardrobes, and a family bathroom sits centrally.

The property has been improved and renovated by the vendors, however does require some updating. There is potential to extend and connect into the attached traditional outbuildings and Peel Tower, which form an L shaped divide to the courtyard of cottages (subject to the necessary consents). The property has oil fired central heating and a private drainage system shared with the cottages.

To the south of the Hall is a beautiful walled garden which provides a superb sheltered outside space, with lawns and mature shrub borders. The centre piece is a gravel carriage sweep. The south elevation of the house has a wonderful Wisteria and a Magnolia framing a small patio area. Beyond the walled garden area is a Ha-ha which opens to the Parkland beyond. To the north of the Hall, the land falls away to the Lake area which is flanked by mature trees and views over the Tyne Valley in the distance. The grassland areas surrounding the Lake are interspersed with large stones arranged to provide seating from which the area can be further enjoyed.

The Cottages have been tastefully developed from an impressive range of traditional farm buildings and stables, utilising the central courtyard and additional outside space. The three cottages range in size from 2 to 3 bedrooms and incorporate some wonderful traditional features and have gardens with views over the lake area.

Adjacent to the cottages is an extensive range of traditional outbuildings which forms the divide between the Hall and courtyard. These include the Medieval Peel Tower which is understood to date back the 13th Century, and is Grade II* Listed. This has some wonderful historic features such as a barrel vaulted ground floor, mullion windows and stone spiral staircase. Attached to the Peel Tower is a range of double height traditional outbuildings, which provide garaging and general storage. This space could be repurposed for additional living accommodation for the Hall, offices or holiday and leisure use, subject to the necessary consents.

The land gently undulates and surrounds Shield Hall, bordered to the east by Shield Hall fell and north by Shield Hall wood. The freehold farmland extends to around 87.3 acres, comprising productive meadow and parkland, the remaining 12.7 acres comprising the grounds, gardens, lake and wooded wildlife areas.

Acreage: 100 Acres


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