Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa in Northumberland invited the Mr and I to visit, so last weekend we headed up to this beautiful country escape for an autumnal weekend break. After a rainy week, Saturday was a glorious day and the hotel grounds were in their element. That said, I also can’t think of anything nicer than cosying up at Doxford with the rain lashing down outside. This stunning four star hotel truly offers the best of both worlds.
Doxford Hall is located in rural Northumberland and can be accessed easily from the A1. It’s a lovely drive across winding countryside roads and for me, this journey started our rural retreat weekend in style. Stepping into reception, we received a lovely welcome. The hotel has 34 unique rooms, all named after castles in Northumberland or iconic figures from the North East. The room in which we stayed, no 33, is called Capability Brown as an ode to the local landscape architect who died in 1783.
A spacious room with opulent trimmings and a beautiful bed plus breathtaking chandelier, Capability Brown looks out onto the hotel’s grounds. These include a maze which is well worth a visit, and walking routes that can keep you occupied for just under half an hour of picturesque Northumberland scenery.
After exploring both outside and indoors, we wandered through the hotel to the spa. Comprising a pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, there is a very relaxing feel which immediately envelopes you. Spa treatments are available too, should you be looking to make a day of it. I noticed groups of friends enjoying spa days and afternoon teas, and a birthday party was going on- demonstrating how delightful and versatile a destination Doxford Hall is. The hotel even hosts part of the Northumberland Music Festival.
Dinner is served in the George Runciman Restaurant, where the Head Chef and his team have been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for their brilliance. To kick off our evening, we ordered a bottle of Italian red wine and browsed the tempting menu. The entire team were attentive and knowledgeable throughout our meal, just as they were for the duration of our stay. It’s no surprise that Doxford Hall is the only hotel in Northumberland to have been awarded the prestigious accolade of AA 4 Red Stars, for providing exceptional service.
To start, C chose the Roast Breast of Wood Pigeon while I had the Seafood Chowder. Each dish looked and tasted absolutely delicious and were brightly adorned plates of warming autumnal fare. Onto the mains and I picked the Pan Seared Fillet of Trout, while my Mr plumped for the Tasting of Northumbrian Low Town Farm Lamb. Meat and produce are sourced locally, from nearby farms such as Low Town. Much like the starters, our mains impressed both our appetites and our eyes.
Finally, at dessert time, it was always going to be the refreshing Champagne Jelly with Mango Sorbet for me. Mr B had petit fours, followed by a coffee.Full of yummy food, we slept soundly in our extremely comfortable bedroom.
In the morning, we tucked into pastries and cooked breakfasts, with fresh fruit and juice. After breakfast, we took our coffee to the library, devouring the Sunday papers in peace. It was true bliss; as was the entire break actually. Packed full of elegant and luxurious design features, the hotel is lovely for a romantic break, but also a really nice place to bring the whole family or take a trip with friends. On the way out, I even bumped into a childhood friend who was coming to view Doxford as a potential wedding venue.
There are certainly a lot of excellent excuses for a return visit to Doxford Hall very soon…
Our stay at Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa was complimentary in return for this review. All thoughts are my own.
Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa