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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.
Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa
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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.
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.
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.
The Staff — they make you feel at home.
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
The Walks — the walks you can go on from the Doxford Hall are marked out for you.
The Bathroom – charming and delightful with an old fashioned claw bathtub, as you’d expect in an English country inn.
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.
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
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.
And so the journey must go on. To enjoy the delights of English countryside the way you dreamed it up as a child.