Doxford Hall Hotel

Doxford Hall: 11 Things You Didn’t Know About This Wedding Venue

Doxford Hall Hotel recently celebrated its 200th anniversary and for years it has hosted celebrations fit for royalty within its charming surroundings. Built in 1818, the elegant stately home is based in Northumberland and boasts the ideal wedding setting situated within ten acres of land.

The Georgian architecture, formal gardens and charming features make it a dream location to tie the knot and the most beautiful backdrop for your wedding photographs. Your guests will love the hidden touches and intriguing history the hotel has to offer.


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Doxford Hall outdoor shots
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Doxford Hall Hotel: 11 Facts That Make it All the More Special for Your Wedding Day

Four AA Red Stars

The hotel is one of only 27 country house hotels that holds a four AA red star rating, and the only of its kind in Northumberland. The prestigious award goes to only the best country houses, offering impeccable service in an incredible setting.

A Northumberland Legacy

The beautiful architecture was designed by the highly-acclaimed John Dobson, along with Doxford Hall he was the architect who designed Newcastle Railway Station.

Novel Enthusiasts

Doxford Hall was completed in 1818, a year that is famously known for the publication of two Jane Austen novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

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Doxford Hall Hotel Dining set up
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Famous Residents

Walter Runciman, was the 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford and a prominent liberal in the early 1900s, he was a resident at Doxford Hall and now has their in-house restaurant named after him.

Hotel Grounds

The beautiful gardens surrounding Doxford Hall are incredibly well kept and offer a stunning opportunity for photos and the perfect chance for guests to relax and take in the day. Not only are they tranquil and peaceful, but the grounds also hold Europe’s largest yew tree maze.

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Millennium Maze

Although the yew tree maze appears historic, it was actually planted by local school children to mark the millennium in 2000.

Being the largest of its kind across Europe, the maze is sure to keep the little ones at your reception entertained.

Doxford Hall bride around the grounds
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Secret Garden

The grounds offer so much beauty nestled within the Northumberland countryside. The magical hidden walled garden masks espaliered fruit trees and adds an extra touch of romance to the location.

Individuality and Influence

Individuality is key for each bedroom at Doxford Hall. The rooms are individually named after historic Northumberland castles or influential characters from the North East of England.

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Talent and Creativity

George Runciman was the talented man behind the hotel’s wood carvings and incredible staircase, which were commissioned for the grand opening of the hotel. At the time of completion and within the hotel’s first year, George celebrated his 80th birthday.

Doxford Hall Manor house interior
Image Credit: Katy Melling Photography


In 2010 the hotel changed ownership. The previous owner of the mansion, a philanthropist, donated all the proceeds to a cancer charity that he himself set up in order to help those who were suffering from the disease.


The north of England is known for being home to red squirrels, with their number decreasing it is wonderful to see that families of native red squirrels live in the grounds of Doxford Hall, enjoying the surrounding countryside.

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