A BUSINESSMAN who bought the country house which he grew up in the shadow of is putting the property up for sale.
As the son of a dairy farmer in Northumberland, Trevor Thorne visited Embleton Hall as a child to deliver milk and scrump apples.Related content
The 58-year-old went on to build a successful career which saw him working for the Bank of England, but when the chance to buy the hall came along in 1986, Mr Thorne and his wife Judy returned to his roots.
The Thornes turned the hall into a small hotel but are now retiring and selling up, with the 18th Century hall up for sale for £875,000.
Mr Thorne, a county councillor representing the Shilbottle ward, said: “I bought Embleton Hall as a business. Before I was a hotelier, I used to work in the Bank of England and my job there was looking after foreign visitors and it was that which gave me the idea.
“In 1993 we won best small hotel in Northumberland. It’s been a good little business, we’ve enjoyed it. It’s supported our family and provided quite a few jobs for people in the village.”
Built in 1730 by Thomas Embleton, Embleton Hall is steeped in history. The property was bought by the Fenwick family in 1780, whose descendants remained living in the hall until Trevor and Judy bought it.
Mr and Mrs Thorne first lived in the hall’s North Wing before moving into a converted stable block 26 years ago.
The hall is set in three acres of mature grounds, and has a striking entrance and reception hall with period staircase, and magnificent drawing room with decorative ceiling cornicing and deep skirtings.
There is a morning room and dining room with expansive views and feature fireplace. The Georgian part of the hall comprises commercial kitchens, three bedroom suites, and a former library which has views over the gardens and coast.
The property offers fine examples of architecture from different periods including a Georgian timber panelled sitting room and large Victorian rooms in the south wing. It also includes 13 en-suite bedrooms.
Mr Thorne said: “It’s been wonderful to be part of the hall’s restoration and rebirth – to see the gardens looking so nice and the buildings in good order. I do a lot of gardening and personally look after the grounds. I also grow vegetables.
“I’ll also miss the contact with the public. We’ve had some lovely customers over the years. We’re hoping to remain living in the stable block and see out our days there.”
For more details and pictures of Embleton Hall, see today’s Homemaker.