Last Sunday we took the boys to Belsay Hall in Northumberland for the afternoon.
Belsay Hall, built in 1807, is a notable, Regency style country house regarded as being the first British country house to be built in entirely in new, Greek revival style. It was built to supersede Belsay Castle and its adjoining earlier hall just a few hundred yards away, and part of the same estate. Between the hall and the castle is a picturesque garden located in the quarry which provided the stones for the hall.
The castle was built in about 1370 to provide the Middleton household with some protection from Scottish raiders.