Spring Breaks in Northumberland – Late Availability Offers!

We are really enjoying the mild, sunny weather here in Hexham. The birds are in full song, the crocuses and daffs are in full bloom. Walking through the Hexham parks and woods we see clumps of dwarf daffodils and snowdrops through the dappled spring sunshine and we take a deep breath and hope the worst of Winter is over with!

The Perfect Time for Spring Breaks in Northumberland!

Spring is our favourite season in Northumberland, we suffer the long dark winter, perfect for star gazing but not so good for the school run! Once the milder weather arrives and the bulbs start to bloom we are filled a renewed purpose and the hope of a Summer like last year! The Sele Park in Hexham is a great place to spot all the colours of Spring with the stunning backdrop of the majestic Hexham Abbey. Strolling through the park past the Victorian bandstand to Seal Cottage today, its hard not to smile at the bright blooms and children rolling down the vast Sele Field. Only a few weeks ago they were sledging down! The dogs are chasing each other and catching balls with energy and zest for life that we could all do with a bit of and their owners are passing the time of day and chatting in a way that Hexham folk do!


Seal Cottage – Hexham – Perfect Spot!

It’s a joy to be at the Cottage preparing for guest arrivals today, opening the windows and letting in the mild air. We can finally buy Spring flowers in the Market Square and and their colours dress the cottage kitchen table perfectly. Vicky and I busy ourselves with bed changing, chatting on about our respective lives, our parenting and relationship challenges and comment on how good our hospital corners are becoming! Guests are arriving from France this week and it looks like the lovely weather will hold for them. We have had lots of European guest bookings this year coming to walk Hadrian’s Wall and visit the many Roman sites a stones throw away from Hexham. Other guests travel to meet Scottish friends at a central location with lots to offer. Some visit to see friends and family or attend weddings at local venues. Others just simply want to explore Hexham Abbey and further Northumberland. We love to hear about what our guests adventures entail!






Great time to book a Spring Break in Hexham!

With a few remaining weekends left in March, we are offering new and previous guests 15% off all March stays at Seal Cottage so they can share the Northumberland Spring sunshine with us!

Book here and use the code SPRING for the 15% off!











Matfen Hall Wedding Open Day 2018

Looking for a Northumberland Wedding Venue? The Matfen Hall Wedding Open Day is the perfect opportunity to check out this popular setting!

The Matfen Hall Wedding Open Day – The best place to start your venue search!

Matfen is the perfect spot for a wedding, with the beautiful scenery, picturesque surroundings and luxurious interiors, you can start your married life off feeling like royalty! Recently refurbished, the venue is incredible and beautiful images will be captured in this stunning setting so you can treasure your day forever!  Add your own personal touches and get help along the way with the wedding coordinator who will oversee any queries you have, up-to and on your wedding day.

Fantastic Facilities!

There’s a golf course within the grounds that will surely entice the men or ladies in your life! With packages to suit your budget and views for miles around. However, it’s the Spa that really interests us! The pool, the treatments and the atmosphere are divine! Perfect place for a girly day before the big day to test out the surroundings and get pampered. You’ll thank us I’m sure! The gym is a temptation for the guest who likes exercise, it’s your choice to bring the gym gear if you fancy a workout. There are Spa offers and packages to purchase, find all the deals here


The Shellbraes Farmhouse

The Hotel can of course accommodate you and your guests for the evenings before and after your big day. However many couples are choosing The Shellbraes Farmhouse, just a 5 minute drive away from The Matfen Hall Wedding Venue, to extend and personalise their wedding celebration. Here you can create a more relaxed and informal gathering where the bride can get ready at leisure with make-up artists and hairdressers coming to The Farmhouse. The florist can deliver all the flowers and everyone can get ready together in a celebratory atmosphere!


The Shellbraes Chef!

The day after the wedding is becoming a really popular day for family and friends to get together reminisce about your wedding and bring the celebrations to an end with a big brunch and last glass of fizz. The Shellbraes Chef can step in here and provide a final luxurious touch to start married life with a bang!


Visit This Weekend!

Why not visit The Matfen Hall Wedding Open Day this Sunday and get a feel for the venue, you won’t be disappointed.  With a glass of fizz when you arrive and your chance to sample the delicious canapes. You don’t need to register and entry is free. Meet the team and view your potential venue. Start planning the biggest day before you start the journey into wedded bliss.

The next wedding event is this weekend, so head there and start planning your big day this festive season.