Hall to appear on national TV

Belsay Hall.
Belsay Hall.

A Northumberland tourist attraction will feature on BBC One this afternoon.

The episode of Escape to the Country, which starts at 3.45pm, includes a visit to Belsay Hall.

The building is an austerely classical Greek revival villa, now displayed without furnishings to reveal the fine craftsmanship of its construction.

Begun in 1807, it was designed by Sir Charles Monck (formerly Middleton), a man inspired by Ancient Greece and the buildings he had seen on his honeymoon in Athens.

Despite its austere facade, it had a comfortable interior, arranged round its eye-catching central two-storey ‘Pillar Hall’.

As well as his feature on the building, presenter Alistair Appleton is house hunting with a couple looking to buy their first home together in the Northumberland countryside on a budget of £300,000.