Bywell Hall is open to the public on selected days between April and August. The tours are guided and take in the state rooms, which include paintings, furniture, ceramics and silver.
BYWELL OPEN DAY DATES 2017
April: Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th
May: Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, Friday 5th, Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th
June: Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th
August: Monday 28th
The tours are at 11.30am and 1.00pm each day. The doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of each tour when complimentary tea/coffee/biscuits are on offer.
THE HALL HISTORY
Home to the Beaumont family since 1810, the Palladian building sits by the River Tyne at Bywell, Northumberland. The privately owned 18th century country house is a Grade II* listed building set in extensive parkland and houses an important collection of furniture and art.
The manor of Bywell and Bywell Castle were owned by the Neville family in the 14th century but following the attainder of Charles Neville, 6th Earl of Westmorland for his part in the Rising of the North the Neville estates were forfeited and Bywell was sold in 1571 by the Crown to the Fenwick family.
William Fenwick (son of John Fenwick High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1727) built the new house at Bywell to designs by architect James Paine in 1760. Alterations were made by John Dobson in 1817, and further extensions were added in the 1890s. The estate was sold to Thomas W Beaumont for £145,000 early in the 19th century and the house was improved by the Beaumonts, with the assistance of architect John Dobson, in 1827 and further altered later in the 19th century. Bywell Hall is now home to Wentworth Beaumont, 4th Viscount Allendale.