Last year, I wrote about Doxford Hall as part of a post on five of my favourite places to stay in the North of England. Since moving to Scotland, it’s now pretty much the halfway point between our new house and our old house in Middlesbrough – which makes for a convenient stop off point…

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To celebrate Mrs C’s 30th birthday, we treated ourselves to a night in the ‘Earl Grey’ room – as big tea drinkers, it was a pretty appropriate name. After weeks of intense essay deadlines, a little bit of R&R was was just what we needed.

We ate in the George Runciman Restaurant and as always, it was excellent. We didn’t take any photos of our food (I know, right?) so you’ll just have to trust me when I say how great it was!

The only criticism I have of the place is the music. Midi panpipe covers of pop songs are never acceptable and they definitely don’t fit with the ambience of a beautiful place like Doxford Hall. I think I’ll make them a couple of mix CDs and pop them in the post!

After our delicious breakfast this morning (those croissants… mmm!), we had a stroll around the grounds, including in Doxford’s very own maze.

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We didn’t get chance to use the swimming pool or spa facilities on this occasion, but we’ve enjoyed them previously. With the temperature closer to 10 than to 0 for the first time in a week or two, it seemed only right to embrace the outdoors.

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Not only is Doxford Hall a lovely place to stay, but it’s also an ideal base from which to explore. The likes of Alnwick, Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island are all only a short drive away. On this occasion, we travelled a little bit further North and stopped off at Cove in the Scottish Borders.

What an absolutely incredible little place, I could’ve spent hours watching the waves crash by the harbour. The Borders and Northumberland coastline is absolutely breathtaking and almost reminds me of a miniature Big Sur; Little Sur, if you will…

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