VENUE TOUR: BRINKBURN
When it comes to beautiful wedding venues, the UK really has it sussed. From the southernmost point to the most northern tip there are barns, manors, marquees and warehouses to suit every wedding style. But what about those of us who aren’t getting married but still want to soak up a little luxury and pretty? Luckily for us, some of these exclusive venues also offer holiday and mini-breaks, so we can get a touch of luxe – without having to blag an invite to every wedding going!
If you’re looking to get away from it all in the UK, but still be close to local amenities, Northumberland is a hidden gem. Nestled away in the north-east, this part of the country is often forgotten in favour of the Cotswolds and Lakes but with miles and miles of unspoiled countryside, beautiful views, stunning coastlines and an impressive list of luxury accommodation, this is certainly one region that has grabbed my attention. Local photographer Melissa Beattie would agree, and when she’s not busy shooting weddings she’s scouring the countryside for the very best venues and hotels to tempt not just her brides, but her family clients to come and join her ‘Oop North’.
Brinkburn is one venue that captured her heart – and it’s easy to see why. The beautiful stone buildings seem to glint in the soft spring sunshine, while comfortable yet elegant interiors entice visitors to stay a while, relax and unwind. Built as an Augustinian Priory in the 12th Century, it was taken into the estate of the Fenwick family where it remains to this day. In 2007 current owners Emma and Mark upped sticks from London to share the magic of Brinkburn with visitors, families and couples alike.
Nestled in a bend of the River Coquet in the idyllic Coquet Vally, gorgeous self-catering accommodation is available in The Stables (sleeps 6) and the adjoining Priory Cottage (sleeps two) as well as Bel House, the cosy former lodge-keepers cottage (sleeps 4). Set in 35 acres of private woodland and countryside there’s plenty to explore on-site for families, and further afield Rothbury, Morpeth and Alnwick are a short drive away and the simply beautiful Northumberland Heritage Coastline (including my fave beach, Bamburgh) is within easy reach.
If that doesn’t sound just dreamy, I don’t know what does!
- Photography: Melissa Beattie