Architectural History

Capheaton Hall was designed and built in 1668 by Robert Trollope for Sir John Browne-Swinburne 1st Baronet. In 1800 it was enlarged but still retains baroque features, and wonderful grounds overlooking the magnificent parkland.
Capheaton itself is a small village which overlooks St Edwards Lake. Within a conservation area, the buildings have not been changed and there are cobbles along the front of the houses.

Architectural Features

Described by Pevsner as 'one of the most interesting houses of its age in England and far too little known" Capheaton Hall is a triumph of restoration ebullience. Built in 1668 the central block was designed by Northumbrian architect Robert Trollope for the first Swinburne baronet, John. The influence is Italian with huge pilasters and highly decorated, door and window frames. All the carving tells a story from the celebration of wars end to agriculture and the arts. Sundials on the south and west fronts are another feature of the restoration influence. For Northumberland this house is more akin to something Louis X1V would have built and must have been a sensation in the 17th century. A true celebration of the reinstatement of a king by a deeply loyal royalist and catholic family.

Added to the original house is a Georgian North front and wings built by William Newton in the classic style. Symmetrical and austere it is Georgian through and through and while it lacks the charm of the original house it's scale and grandeur is impressive when approached from the North.

Filming Attributes

The drive (tarmac) up to the Hall takes you through an avenue of beech trees. There is hard core/ concrete surrounding the back of the hall and the west and east wings of the hall, making it easy access for Lorries, vans, heavy plant and machinery. Plenty of free parking is available.
It is the family home of the Browne- Swinburne’s but they are most obliging, and amenable, and have staff if required to help with the film crew’s needs.
The house has large floor to ceiling windows providing plenty of natural light, with French windows leading out from the Dining room into the landscaped grounds.
There is stabling provided for up to four horses and animals are allowed on site with prior notice given.


Special Considerations

  • Accommodate Unit Base
  • Accommodation for Cast & Crew
  • Animals Allowed
  • Remote Area


Around the Hall the surface is tarmac or hard core in some areas. The front of the hall is straight on to lawn with two rectangular ponds positioned at either side of the front door. Looking over the Ha-ha from the front doors you look over to the beautiful parkland with trees as far as the eyes can see. To the north of the Hall, the tarmacked road leads you through large double gates, bringing you through beautifully thinned woodland. The Estate is surrounded by trees, and there are many pathways leading you to Cap Heaton Village and St Edwards Lake.
Situated 35 minutes from Central Newcastle, 25 minutes from Newcastle Airport

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