REPAIRS to a Grade II listed country house visited by members of the Royal Family are planned.

Beltingham House was once owned by the Bowes-Lyon family, and the Queen Mother, born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, would visit there to see her relatives when she travelled north.

Both the present Queen and her father King George VI have also been guests there.

Listed building consent is being sought for repairs at the property, which dates back to the mid 18th century, by agents IDPartnership Northern on behalf of applicant Paul Mackings.

The proposed works include repairs to the roof and chimneys, as well as the replacement of windows and doors.

According to the design, access and heritage statement submitted alongside the application to Northumberland County Council, the applicant has recently acquired the property.

Some of the property's window frames have rotten wood, while other windows have cracked glazing panes, the statement said. 

It added its chimneys and chimney flues are not operational.

The statement said: "The impact of the proposed works will be to have a significant benefit on Beltingham House, safeguarding its long term condition and ensuring that the building remains a focal point and attractive piece of townscape within the small settlement of Beltingham.

"The works will assist in ensuring the long term appreciation of this building and prevent further deterioration and dilapidation which if not addressed now will result in more significant damage to the building."

For more details, visit the county council's planning portal and search reference number 22/01242/LBC.