It’s not too late to book your 2017 dream wedding at Brinkburn Northumberland!

Our dedicated wedding team can help create the wedding of your dreams in 2017 with their Late Availability packages.

What’s included;

Exclusive hire of Brinkburn Northumberland, including their fabulous reception tipi’s 3 night’s accommodation for up to 16 guests in the Five Star, Gold Award Winning Stables, Priory Cottage and Bel House 3 course wedding breakfast 1 glass of fizz per guest for reception drink 1 glass of fizz per guest for toast ½ bottle wine per guest during the wedding breakfast Evening munchies for up to 150 guests

Pop along to our Spring Open Weekend. 25th & 26th February 2017, 11am - 3pm or to discover more, organise an alternative viewing date and provisionally book your perfect date please call 01665 570 870 or email and chat with Suzette.

Photography @KatyMelling

Flowers @BellsFlowers

‘A page full of dreamy peachy loveliness’, Sarah & Chris at Brinkburn

Katy Melling Photography

Katy Melling Photography

Brinkburn is a rustic, idyllic venue set in the Coquet Valley (Northumberland) with the spectacular Priory as the ceremony venue and quirky tipis for the reception – it really was the best of both worlds, a touch of tradition with the added festival feel we were looking for. All of this thrown in with an unbelievably organised wedding coordinator was truly a dream come true! Brinkburn is a rustic, idyllic venue set in the Coquet Valley (Northumberland) with the spectacular Priory as the ceremony venue and quirky tipis for the reception – it really was the best of both worlds, a touch of tradition with the added festival feel we were looking for. All of this thrown in with an unbelievably organised wedding coordinator was truly a dream come true!' Excerpt from Rock My Wedding. Read the full article here Brinkburn Northumberland is hosting a wedding open weekend on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 11am-3pm both days. If you would like to find out how you too can make Brinkburn your perfect venue then call 01665 570 870 or email to book an appointment or simply pop in on either of those days

‘Enjoy dog holidays with bracing walks, ball fetching and beach scampering’ at Brinkburn Northumberland

No need to leave your four legged friends behind when you book a holiday with us

Not only are all of our houses dog friendly we also have 35 acres of fields and woodland to explore and rivers to jump in - if you and your pooch are brave enough!  To check availability click here As featured in the new Sawday's Special Places to Stay Dog Friendly edition    

Styling a Brinkburn Wedding

This is a little peek into something special that happened a couple of weeks ago at Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland.  A collaboration of amazing wedding suppliers and our stunning wedding venue To read the full feature and see more beautiful images from the shoot visit Rock My Wedding Our next wedding open weekend takes place on November 19th & 20th between 11am and 3pm, pop along to meet the team or email for a dedicated appointment Photography by Katy Melling Photography  

Brinkburn Northumberland Wedding Open Weekend 19th & 20th November 2016, 11am-3pm

Come along to our wedding weekend on November 19th & 20th between 11am and 3pm and view the stunning White Room, Tipi and the 12th Century Priory church alongside the accommodation on offer in The Stables, Priory Cottage and Bel House. Our in house Chef, Neil Wilkins,  will also be here to chat through menu ideas with you to ensure the perfect wedding breakfast is designed for you and your guests You can book a one to one appointment with our dedicated wedding team contact or call 01665 570 870 or simply pop in and see us slide1 slide2brinkburn-weddings-open-weekend-november-2016

Winter preparation at Brinkburn

We have just been speaking to Lee from Henzell.  They are the local agricultural contractors, this means that they have lots of big tractors and diggers.   If it snows they do quite a bit of work for Northumberland County Council. keeping the roads clear and safe. snow contractors At Brinkburn we have 800m of private drive between the main road and The Stables and need to ensure that guest and couples can get in and out particularly when it snows. Brinkburn in the snow is really magical but it is always nice to know that you can leave when you want.  So now we have Lee on standby I know we can check that box.river coquet in the snow You can find out about the local weather conditions here We also have Priory Cottage available for Christmas if you want to experience winter Brinkburn first hand.

‘ This is absolutely my biggest venue crush right now’ Emma Hla Coco Wedding Venues

      Emma Hla has put together the most amazing wedding directory for Exclusive Wedding Venues across the UK, and this week she has featured Brinkburn Northumberland. Emma Hla We really like the way you can build up a search using geography and some style terms Bohemian Beats, Classic Elegance, Rustic Romance, City Chic, Modern Vintage finder-bohemian-beats finder-rustic-romance You can find our more here as-seen-on-coco-wedding-venues  

I am at peace, I am calm, I am nourished…


Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and book a luxurious Relaxing Brinkburn Retreat. Relaxing retreat for groups of 6 Guests – 9 Guests (in five different bedrooms) for 2 night weekend stay or 3 night midweek stay with yoga, nutrition, meditation and massage in a unique and tranquil setting. Brinkburn-40 What’s included:
  • Luxury Accommodation for two weekend night – or three midweek nights for groups of six people.
  • One and a half hour yoga session followed by a 1 hour mediation session after lunch with Lucy Maresh. ‘Lucy Maresh has worked with therapeutic massage and yoga since 2004, serving individuals and families from all walks of life.’
  • Nutritional advice from Catherine Riley with morning juices, smoothies and lunch. ‘Sample uplifting juices and nourishing wholesome soups made in a mindful way just for you’. Cath will be here for you to share her knowledge and thoughts on mindful cooking and the difference it can make to how you eat, what you eat and how nourished it makes you feel.
  • One Hour tailored Massage with Josie, ‘Josie Donaldson is a fully qualified clinical aromatherapist, kinesiologist, counsellor, nutritionist and shamanic healer. She is an internationally renowned therapist.”
  • Two Breakfast hampers, plus dinner hampers for arrival night and second night.
  • And not forgetting some serious me time.
  Available Dates: January 2016 Monday 18th – Thursday 21st Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th Monday 25th – Thursday 28th Friday 29th – Sunday 31st   February 2016 Monday 1st – Thursday 4th Friday 5th – Sunday 7th Monday 8th – Thursday 11th Friday 19th – Sunday 21st (Arrival is from 4.00pm & check out is by 4.00pm) Price £220 per person The Brinkburn Team Brinkburn, Northumberland Tel: 01665 570 870 Email:   Brinkburn-63Brinkburn-49

From Beech to Bar

The winter time at Brinkburn is a moment for the team to look back review the feedback from our previous season reflect and respond by improving the service. We get feedback from many different people in all sorts of different ways and it is all very useful. I pretty much understand the merits of Trip Adviser but I am certainly not clear about the current etiquette for using it as a guest to a wedding to review the venue your friends, the bride and groom, have selected and invited you to attend. I am going to ask some of my friends working in the social media world to give me some guidance on this. We had a trip adviser review of one of our weddings suggesting that we need to up the impact of our bar. We are pretty sure this was about the structure rather than the amount, range or strength of the drinks. The reviewer came from Glasgow and having spent some time in Glasgow I know they can certainly build a good Bar. My favourite is Rogano   an Art Deco legend Rogano Bar or somewhere like the Corinthian Club which can only be describe as palatial TheCorinthianBarGlasgow At Brinkburn we are going to do something slightly different. We have a real interest in Sustainability and a few years ago we acquired a lot of wood which had been felled and milled locally. It was a mixture of Beech and Oak. It had been seasoned for a decadeBrinkburnWoods I have been talking with John Purkins a local green wood worker and carver to see if he could do something with this timber. This week he has started sorting through the planks, selecting the pieces he wants to work with and preparing them. Let’s see what we can come up with to rival the Glasgow Style.

Bees at Brinkburn, and the art of making the perfect hive.

Ever since I was a kid we have had bees at Brinkburn and they have always been kept in the walled garden.
The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden

I have vivid memories of my elder brothers and his friends sitting on the wall and persuading me to bombard the hives with apples.  We were scrumping.  The consequences were to be expected the bees were not happy and came straight for me with an unexpected ferocity.  I took off at a pace screaming and trying to bat away the bees.  This just provoked them more.  I ran along one side of the wall out of a gate through the potting shed and back along the other side of the wall.  The thing about the walled garden at Brinkburn is that it is quite a long wall,  particularly for a seven year old.  All the time I was running and batting away the bees, I could hear my brothers and friends on top of the wall hooting and laughing and cheering me on my way. Ever since then I have a great respect and not a little wariness when it comes to the hives.  They are kept along the open side of the garden and sit on top of a ha-ha, the other three side being walled .  This is a mysterious garden feature basically it was a hidden boundary, a sunken fence, separating park from garden on an estate.  It meant that when you stood in the garden you could not see the boundary between you and the landscape beyond; however no animals were able to overcome the barrier and so the garden was secure from sheep, cows, or any other roaming beasts.  The ha-ha at the walled garden is now a little dilapidated and this secret barrier is an easy hop skip and a jump for any agile sheep.  But the platform it creates is also a great place to keep the beehives. As you may be aware bees have been having quite a difficult time over the last decade with the hives being devastated and are currently declining.  The cause or causes of the losses are not yet fully understood but it's believed that a number of factors have contributed. The four most significant are: Environmental changes such as the extensive use of pesticides, specifically insecticides, in farming. The loss of the flower-rich habitat on which bees depend for food. Natural habitats such as hedgerows, hay meadows and chalk grassland have all depleted over the past 70 years as a result of the intensification of agricultural systems. Disease is another serious concern. Varroa is an external parasitic mite that attacks bees and spreads viruses to the bee. A serious mite infestation will lead to the death of an entire bee colony. Changing climate. Recent wet summers have prevented bees from doing what they do best, searching out pollen. So keeping bees is never easy and the constantly being inspected, fed, and cosseted.  Pigeon Bill is the great font of knowledge when it comes to bees.  He dresses in an ex Bio chemical suit from the Gulf War claiming that the charcoal impregnated trousers are the most effective deterrent against bee stings.  Pigeon Bills second claim to fame is his home made beehives.  Now this is a serious business.  He claims no design education and yet he seems to be pushing the boundaries when it comes to hives.  I have seen the traditional, the tower block and his latest the beehive bungalow.
The Traditional Beehive

The Traditional Beehive

Brinkburn Beehive Bungalow Style

Brinkburn Beehive Bungalow Style

Towerblock Beehive

Towerblock Beehive

Whether it has any effect on the taste of the honey I will let you know as we are starting to get some honey return now from these architectural endeavours.

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