There are not one but three attractions to see at Belsay. The most prominent is Belsay Hall, a lovely mansion built in the early 19th century by Sir Charles Monck, a member of the Middleton family who were also responsible for the nearby castle and mansion house.
Bywell Hall is an elegant Georgian mansion near the River Tyne, built in 1766 by William Fenwick, whose ancestors bought Bywell from the crown after the Neville family owners were implicated in the Rising of the North. Bywell is full of fine furniture and artwork, and set in beautiful parkland near a pair of Saxon churches. Bywell, Northumberland, England, NE43 7AD
Chipchase Castle is a marvellous Jacobean mansion near Wark, Northumberland, built onto one of the best-preserved medieval pele towers in the north of England. The castle was built in 1621 and is probably one of the finest early 17th-century houses in England. The castle is set in three acres of gardens, and both castle and gardens are regularly open to the public. Wark, Hexham, Northumberland, England, NE48 3NT
Cragside is a 19th century mock Tudor mansion set in rock gardens atop a rugged hill. It was built by Norman Shaw for a wealthy industrialist in 1880 and is famous as the first house in the world to have lights powered by hydroelectricity. Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, England, NE65 7PX
Seaton Delaval Hall is a glorious Baroque mansion built by Sir John Vanbrugh for Admiral George Delaval between 1718 and 1728. This is perhaps the best of Vanbrugh's work, which also included Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. The house sits in extensive gardens designed in 1947 by James Russell. In the grounds are numerous garden features, including a fountain, pools, and topiary. Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, England, NE46 3NB
Wallington is an elegant 17th-century mansion, built by Sir William Blackett around the core of an earlier medieval house and pele tower. Blackett was a wealthy shipping magnate and mine owner from Newcastle, and he intended Wallington to be a country retreat, a place to hold occasional shooting parties, but it evolved into much more than that. Cambo, Morpeth, Northumberland, England, NE61 4AR