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Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa


When a big birthday looms, where

you go and how you spend it

seems to attract a lot of interest

from friends. Having skirted past my last big

birthday ending in ‘0’, I was in no

hurry to draw attention to the

next decade’s milestone. I

opted instead for a quiet

break with my husband

at a dog friendly,

luxury hotel, about

an hour and a half’s

drive from home.

During our stay

at Eshott Hall last

autumn, fellow guests

recommended Doxford Hall

to us as the perfect place for a

special celebration. Friends of ours also

recommended it and, as it sounded so good,

we thought we would book a two-night break

there for my birthday.

With unseasonably sunny weather for

December, we made the most of the first day

of our mini-break by stopping off at Bamburgh

beach, where we breathed in the sea air while

Tilly and Henry ran about like puppies.

The beaches in Northumberland are such

a treat: unspoilt, quiet, and largely litter-free.

They are also a beacon for dog walkers, so

there are always interesting new friends for

Tilly and Henry to meet.

Unfortunately for us,

Bamburgh Castle wasn’t

open in December, but

while we were in the

area, we did learn that as

of 1 April, the grounds

were becoming dog

friendly. (We’ve been

back since and we can

highly recommend it as an

interesting day out. Although

the castle is inhabited, there

are 14 rooms open to the public, so

there’s plenty to see – from antique porcelain

and furniture to a dedicated Aviation Museum.

And, the view from the ramparts is stunning.)

For lunch, we headed to The Saltwater

Cafe – a dog friendly cafe in Beadnell whose

mouth-watering food photos on Twitter

tempted us to visit. We were not disappointed.

The atmosphere was warm and welcoming,

and the food was scrummy. If like me,

you have a sweet tooth, I can recommend

the buttermilk pancakes with berries and

maple syrup. Or, if you’re looking for local

delicacies, try the locally

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with its acres of unspoilt beaches and pretty coves to explore, dramatic clifftop castles and thriving seaside towns to amble around. There’s the Northumberland National Park, the Cheviot Hills and the North Pennines for those who love big skies and wide-open space. The area’s rich with wildlife, and mile after mile of coastal paths make for invigorating walking and cycling adventures. Head inland and you’ll discover beautiful gardens, family-friendly attractions and a wealth of stately homes to explore.

Indeed, Doxford is one of those stately homes – a Georgian masterpiece built in 1818, it’s been lovingly restored over the years, including a wealth of beautiful wood panelling and a grand handmade staircase. Old stone fireplaces, classic leather armchairs, elegant sitting rooms, grandfather clocks – the sense of a grand but homely residence pervades. The Doxford estate has a sedate, secluded air, but is conveniently accessible from the A1, and as Northumberland’s only four AA red star awarded hotel, in recent years it’s become very much a destination in its own right. We have 36 handsomely appointed bedrooms, elegant lounges and a fabulous spa, swimming pool and gym, making Doxford the ideal place to unwind after exploring the delights of Northumbria. Add to this the award-winning dining in our George Runciman restaurant, the yew maze and acres of landscaped gardens to explore and everything’s in place for a relaxing and memorable stay.

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Listing Updated: 02/08/2019

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Doxford Hall
NE67 5DN
01665 589700

Listing Details

Can Leave Dog Unattended


Exercise Area


Limit On Dog Size

No Limit

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