|Maften Hall Hotel and Country Club|
|Location||Matfen, Northumberland, England|
The manor of West Matfen was owned in the 13th century by Philip de Ulcote and passed through his sisters to Felton, by marriage to Hastings and later to Lawson. In 1625 the estate was bought by Lancelot Fenwick of a branch the old established local family of Fenwick Tower. The manor and manor house, West Matfen High Hall, was sold in 1680 to John Douglas. His granddaughter and Douglas heiress married Sir Edward Blackett, Bt., in 1757, thereby bringing the estate into the Blackett family.
The present house was built to replace the old manor, in 1828 for Sir Edward Blackett, 6th Baronet. The impressive Jacobean-style mansion has a three-storey seven-bay entrance front. An important internal feature is a full-height Gothic hall.
Sir Hugh Blackett, the 12th Baronet, and Lady Blackett have since converted the hall into an hotel and country club, which opened in 1999. The Blacketts now live at Halton Castle a few miles west of Matfen.
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