Plans to split a north Northumberland grade II-listed country house into two private homes have been submitted to the county council.
Owner Trevor Thorne, who is also a county councillor, has run Embleton Hall on the outskirts of Longframlington as a country hotel for more than 20 years.
According to material submitted with the planning application, Mr Thorne wants to retire and the property has been on the market for much of the year as a going concern.
Now, ‘in order to extend the market appeal’, he wants to separate the hotel into two large family homes, restoring the house to the way it was before he took over.
The house was constructed in 1730 by Thomas Embleton and later owned by the Fenwick family from 1780.
In 1893 a substantial Victorian south wing was added ‘giving rise to the two distinctive characters of the north and south wings of the house’.
In terms of alterations to the building, a majority of the changes would involve removing late 20th-century changes that were made to allow for the running of a commercial hotel.
Alterations within the proposals that the document describes as ‘intrusive to the original building’ are mainly limited to the removal of part of the floor to the north wing to create a new staircase and also the construction of a new bathroom to the landing to the south wing.
The external layout of the house won’t change but the layout of the grounds will be altered so that each house benefits from separate access and parking.