24th May 2021

Northumberland is blessed with some 30 miles of wide dog-friendly beaches, a national park with over 600 miles of marked footpaths and trails and some of the best dog walking country to be had in the UK. But if you fancy a change of scene or need a wet weather ‘plan B’ there are plenty of attractions to visit with your canine companion in tow. Here, in no particular order, is our round up of the best castles, roman forts…

3rd February 2021

Valentine’s Day feels a little different for all of us this year, so we’ve compiled some of our favourite gift ideas for that romantic gift – we would be (really) happy to receive. There are so many ways to celebrate love in Northumberland and you don’t need to break the bank if you decide to treat yourselves to a romantic weekend break away. You are sure to find something your favourite person will just love. Think rugged landscapes, mighty and…

7th December 2020

Meet the Team at Doxford Hall Doxford Hall’s enviable location and fine Georgian architecture might be the hook that entices guests to book a stay, but it’s the closely-knit team at the heart of the hotel that makes them return, not the bricks and mortar. The hotel’s 4 AA red stars puts them in the top 200 of UK properties who go the extra mile to provide outstanding levels of hospitality and service and it’s an accolade that the team…

15th September 2020

England’s northernmost county is a heart stealer. Visit once and you can be damned sure you’ll be coming back for more. From rugged coastlines and ruinous castles, to the dazzling, star-studded skies, England’s last great wilderness offers the perfect ingredients for romance. Add a dash of Northumberland charm and you’ll be hooked.   To the moon and back Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Europe’s largest area of protected night sky, making Northumberland officially the best place in England for…

24th August 2020

When Claire Davison joined the Spa Team at Doxford Hall in 2016 there was more than a little sense of deja vu. Back in 2008 when Brian Bernie, then owner of the Hall, was looking to design a luxurious space for guests to relax and unwind in, it was Claire that he turned to. As an experienced therapist and spa manager, with 20+ years in the industry, Claire was able to visualise how today’s spa would look and how guests…

18th August 2020

Sir David Attenborough’s favourite place to ‘see nature at its best’ is surely somewhere worth checking out. Famously home to 55,000+ pairs of puffins, the largest breeding colony of grey seals in England and an array of other seabirds including terns, razorbills, eider ducks, shags, kittiwakes and guillemots, the Farne Islands offer one of the best wildlife experiences in the UK. Just off the coast of North Northumberland, the Farne Islands are open to visitors from 28th March to the 1st November….

14th July 2020

Northumberland’s much-loved coastline, dotted with iconic castles, pretty seaside villages, abundant wildlife and to-die-for views makes for some of the best coastal walking around. Whether you want to hot foot the entire length of the Northumberland Coastal Path or merely fit in a few circular walks during your stay, Doxford Hall offers a luxurious retreat from which to base yourself. Situated down a quiet country lane and with ten acres of private gardens to roam you’ll find ample space for…

21st April 2020

Recommended Reading to Fire Your Wanderlust   We all know that a good book can provide a wonderful escape so if you’re in need of some inspiration to reignite your wanderlust, read on. We’ve compiled a list of great reads that will transport you to a better place (Northumberland, no less) and serve as inspiration for your next trip.   Fiction    The Vera Stanhope Mysteries by Ann Cleeves  Crime fiction doesn’t come much better than Ann Cleeves’ series featuring…

17th April 2020

Despite the very obvious downsides of the Coronavirus pandemic, we, like so many, have been trying to make the best of a bad situation. Food, being so close to our hearts, seems like a good place to start because while staying in is the new going out, there’s no reason to deny yourself a decent meal.  Whether you’re a budding master chef or simply want to feed an ever- hungry family, Head Chef, David Quinn’s isolation recipes could be just…

15th April 2020

Mother nature wasn’t sent the memo about the Coronavirus lockdown. While the pause button was pressed on normal life as we know it, the arrival of spring, new life and warm weather continued, undeterred. Now, with time on our hands and the desire to create good from a bad situation, many of us are getting out in our gardens and growing for victory. We chatted to Doxford Hall’s Head Gardener, Essie, to find out how we can transform our own…