The Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa in Northumberland England

The Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa in Northumberland England

Conjuring up images of English countryside is something we do as children. Wide open spaces, gorgeous #forests, winter #walks, howling wind and typical #English mansions. I wasn’t thinking of my teenage years reading Mansfield Park and watching Poirot and Jonathan Creek. While they had their fair share of English mansions, I wanted some #relaxation for my return to England after a stint in #Edinburgh, #Scotland.


When reality of these English countryside resorts hits you though – they are exactly what you expected. I had already stayed in another countryside manor — the Clumber Park Hotel and Spa in Nottinghamshire — and so was now ready for The Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa in Northumberland England.

from  $218.24

Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa

 Chathill, Alnwick N/A Northumberland, Northumberland, United Kingdom
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The Great Mansion 
The great Mansion 
Inside and exploring  
Inside and exploring  

The Rooms: I had Alnwick Castle, 14. Note that each room is named after a castle and mine is the nearest local castle in Alnwick which is en route to Newcastle.

Keeping the tradition though out 
Keeping the tradition though out 

The Library – the library is great for getting work done, or if you want to take in some reading of the likes of Mansfield Park (and the odd Jonathan Creek mystery). It’s relaxing, peaceful and the perfect spot for some travel writing and a cup of Earl Grey tea. 

The library 
The library 

Abundant Breakfasts – I awoke and headed hungrily to the restaurant to find a huge range of food and even a breakfast menu. For a start – yoghurts, cereals, fruit all fresh, a range of juices and toast with jam, honey and butter. 

Not short of choice here! 
Not short of choice here! 
A great dining room 
A great dining room 
A buffet breakfast! 
A buffet breakfast! 

The Staff — they make you feel at home.

A beautiful period mansion 
A beautiful period mansion 

The Countryside – having grown up in Northern Ireland and lived in Tasmania for a while, I love the rural countryside. True relaxation, harmony and views unobscured by skyscrapers. 

True relaxation, harmony and views unobscured by skyscrapers

Endless gardens 
Endless gardens 
Our Beautiful Hotel
Our Beautiful Hotel

The Walks — the walks you can go on from the Doxford Hall are marked out for you. 

Manicured gardens 
Manicured gardens 

The Bathroom – charming and delightful with an old fashioned claw bathtub, as you’d expect in an English country inn. 

A wonderful bath tub for me to relax in
A wonderful bath tub for me to relax in

The Spa — Kick back in the jacuzzi, go for a swim or let off steam in the sauna. The Doxford Hall has a fairly large Spa centre and even better – I went down early morning and had the place to myself. 

Ohh yer! 
Ohh yer! 

The Decor is All Things English — do you bother to look at the walls when you stay in another hotel in another town in another country? Walls, carpet, cornices, chandeliers all with a design and flambouyance to them that are oh so very English — rural English that is. 

 flambouyance to them that are oh so very English

I love a circular room 
I love a circular room 
...And this furniture! 
...And this furniture! 
A grand staircase 
A grand staircase 

The Tea Tray — afternoon tea or coffee with English biscuits? Yes please! My room had a tea and coffee tray with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, a kettle and biscuits. It wouldn’t be England without afternoon tea. 

A good cup of English Tea! 
A good cup of English Tea! 

And so the journey must go on. To enjoy the delights of English countryside the way you dreamed it up as a child.

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