Set in the wonderfully rugged landscape of the Northumberland hills, this 16,000 sq ft historic Georgian country house (the first unfortified property to be built in Northumberland) has been Fiona’s family retreat for many years. Extensive renovations to the main hall, cottages, outbuildings and formal gardens were completed over five years.

The house is situated in what was “no man’s land”—the land above where the Romans made the boundary of their empire, Hadrian’s Wall. Stone was taken from the wall nearly three hundred years ago and used in the construction of the house. “Hallington Hall” in ancient Celtic means holy valley, and it is very much a sanctuary of calm, which is ironic given the bloody history of the land on which the house resides.

“When you own a property of this age and history, we believe you become a custodian for the future, and you must restore with integrity, quality, and passion. These houses have stood for many years and will stand for centuries to come”


As always with a historic building, the main challenges arise when trying to integrate modern mechanical, electrical, and technological requirements within existing walls and ceiling voids without compromising the existing features. Internal layouts were updated to include en-suite bathrooms on the first and second floors. Period panelling and cornicing was reinstated throughout.

All of the bespoke built-in joinery, including the custom-designed kitchen cabinetry and handles were made locally in a workshop located on the banks of the Tyne River in Newcastle. Focusing on handcrafted skills, we utilised talented artisans in the northeast of England throughout all construction and fit out stages.