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Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa located between the historic Castle town of Alnwick and Seahouses on the award Winning (BBC CountyFile) Coastline in north Northumberland is renowned for its superb standards of hospitality and quality facilities.  In recognition of this, they have once again been granted 4 Red Stars, awarded by the AA, for their continued attention to detail and service. In doing so they are one of only 65 hotels in the UK to have been awarded this status.

Consequently, this puts Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa amongst an elite group of highly esteemed establishments, designed and run to provide sought-after luxury facilities around the UK. In order for an establishment to be awarded this accolade, they must consistently show the highest levels of excellence, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa’s dedication to the highest levels of customer service and constant improvement makes a significant contribution to Northumberland’s reputation as one of the UK’s most progressive and increasingly most popular tourism destinations.

Jude Leitch director of Northumberland Tourism, at Northumberland Tourism said:

“In a county full of wonderful local produce, food is an important part of our offering to both tourists and residents alike. We’re thrilled that Doxford Hall have once again retained their AA Red Star status. As the only hotel in Northumberland to achieve this accolade, they continue to raise the bar for food providers in Northumberland. We hope to see more venues following their lead.”

Part of the Robert Parker Collection, Doxford Hall is located close to the Northumberland Coast, midway between Newcastle and Edinburgh.  With a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant, a handful of other accolades, including North East Small Hotel of the Year and 4 gold stars for the quality of its staff, accommodation and public areas, attention to detail is evident throughout as soon as you drive into the grounds of the 37-bedroom Georgian Mansion.

Robert Parker, owner of the Hotel, comments on how Doxford Hall has achieved and continues to hold the award:

“The outstanding achievement of receiving the 4 Red Stars and maintaining the exceptional standards for which the hotels is renowned would not be possible without the hard word and commitment of every single member of staff, who work together to deliver the highest of standards and service.  The high ratio of staff to guests means we can realise this result by offering the very finest standard of service, accommodation food and drink.”

With conference and banqueting space for up to 300 delegates complimented with wonderful gardens, the largest yew tree maze in Europe, luxurious spa and superb backdrops for magical weddings it is a sought-after venue for both the business and leisure markets.  It is also one of the venues for the prestigious Northumbrian Music Festival, and is scheduled to host an Opera Gala Evening, Sacred and Sublime Music and the renowned Northumbrian Ranters.

The AA has been recommending hotels since 1908, but in 1912 adopted a more critical approach to the hotels listed in its handbook.  The AA’s Secretary then, Stenson Cooke, had once been a wine and spirits salesman and felt that the star rating of brandy would be a familiar yardstick to apply to hotels.  From then on, the AA star rating for hotels was born. Establishments are awarded between one and five stars depending on set criteria following a visit from an AA Hotel Inspector.

For further information about Doxford Hall please visits – www.doxfordhall.co.uk

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