Haunted Northumberland


Englishman's home is his castle, and it could be yours for £346 a week.

With its striking turrets, stone ramparts and glorious views, Bellister Castle is a once-in-a-lifetime family residence.

But this imposing seven-bedroom pile could be yours for just £346 per week, or £1,500 per month, after being put on the market by the National Trust.

The unique 19th-century property on the outskirts of Haltwhistle, Northumberland, overlooks the Tynedale Valley and boasts more modern comforts than the 14th century ruins it is attached to.

It has been owned by the National Trust since 1976, and is available to rent unfurnished on a long-term contract subject to a £2,500 deposit.

Andrew Poad, general manager for the charity in the Hadrian's Wall area, said: "While the ruins are of a medieval castle, the home itself was converted into a mock-Gothic house by the famous architect John Dobson in the 1830s to offer the country gent the chance to live in a stately home in miniature.

"It is a seven-bedroom family home which is a pocket-size castle. It could also be a potential business venture as a bed and breakfast, benefiting from excellent access to the east and west via the A69."

The castle is approached along a tree-lined drive and is surrounded by mature grounds including a walled garden, lawns, stables and an orchard.

It also features grand reception rooms with wood-burning stoves and intricate ceiling mouldings, as well as a wide oak staircase, three bathrooms and an additional attic room.

Not all of the current inhabitants are moving out, however, as Bellister Castle is said to be haunted by the "Grey Man" - the ghost of a minstrel who, having been unjustly accused of being a spy, was savaged to death by hounds as he fled the castle.

The property is part of the Bellister Estate, owned by Robert de Ros and his descendants from 1191 to 1295.