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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 love@brinkburnnorthumberland.com 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 http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/sarah-chris/ 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 love@brinkburnnorthumberland.com to book an appointment or simply pop in on either of those days

‘ 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…

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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.’
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  • 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: love@brinkburnnorthumberland.com   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.

Champagne season is here again.

Since I came back to Northumberland in 2007 I have been keen to get going with my foraging.  The simplest thing to forage is the blackberry They are easy to identify and easy to prepare and when the girls were small we had great pleasure in heading out for the hedge rows and bringing the back for a crumble. This lead to me to discover a good place for Sloe berries.  Once again they are easy to identify and simple to process.  It was whilst I was doing this that I started discussing brewing recipes with my local squirrel hunter a true country man currently dedicated to keeping the Grey Squirrels at bay.  He had a recipe for everything, blackberry whisky, sloe gin , and cider.  He introduced me to the ‘hooky stick’ for reaching the best pickings at the top of the trees.  All these are autumnal brews and require a bit of time to mature before they can really be appreciated.  A nearby farm cracked open their cider to celebrate a 40th birthday last weekend, and it wasn’t bad but any earlier in the year and it can be pretty tangy. However if you are looking for something quick and summery the only thing to brew is Elderflower Champagne. Brinkburn Elderflower I had three goes at it before I got to something drinkable. The first attempt I depended upon the natural yeast in and around the flowers.  Nothing seemed to be happening and I think my mum then took it upon herself to introduce some yeast into the process.  What came out can only be described as a cross between slime and glue.  The second attempt I picked the flowers too late and ended up throwing everything away.  I had produced a stagnant pond stew.  Each time Squirrel Hunter gave me the benefit of his years of experience after he had tasted the filthy brews. Last year I had an epiphany.  As we run a wedding business one thing which is not in short supply is empty champagne bottles.  I sourced some new cages and corks and alongside the internet page I saw and advert for some champagne yeast.  I watched the elder trees come into flower and picked as early as I could around the first week in June.  The recipe I used was very simple 34 elder flowers, 2 kilos of sugar, 10 lemons, 4 tablespoon of vinegar, 20 litres of water, and the champagne yeast. What a vintage 2013 was.  I managed two brews 52 bottles of elderflower champagne, and it was a success.  Opening a bottle was a mixture between diffusing a bomb and standing on the winner’s podium at a Gran Prix.  The alcohol content was deceptive, the taste incredible, and the last of the summer wine was finished in March. I have another week before we start bottling, and we will be drinking it in mid july.  I saw Squirrel Hunter yesterday and he hasn’t even got the brew bin out.  Can I steal a march on him?  Let’s wait and see. elderflower3          

Peace & Quiet of the B6344

Many of our guests, brides and grooms, and visitors ask us about the closure of the Weldon Bridge to Rothbury Road.  For us this is no problem as the closure happens beyond Brinkburn further up the Coquet Valley at Cragend .  The only family member to truly suffer is Amelia her bus to school takes her off to Longframlington and then over the moor to Rothbury, and adds a further 20mins to her journey.  Unfortunately she suffers from motion sickness and it has taken her a while to find a way to overcome this by use of extremely loud music, headphones and a book.  Whatever happened to staring into the distance at a spot on the horizon? The whole sorry episode started on Boxing Day 2012 and if you want to understand the technical side of things you can look at the Geological Survey report here , but put it his way when the British Geological Survey are interested in road slippage then you can begin to appreciate how significant an event it has been. So here we are 18 months later and the road is still closed.  But whenever there is change people start to adapt.  We have found that many more people are taking to walking along the road.  Guests head off on foot to The Anglers Arms for a Sunday lunch, cyclist arrive to visit The Priory, the farmers are using the road to herd their sheep, something we used to do in the 70s.  So whilst there are less commuters from Rothbury, wagons leading timber from up the valley, and motorcyclist the road is still utilised but with a different crowd, at a different pace, with rather less urgency. The future seems assured with the council determined to repair the road and the government committing funds to help with the approximate £10 million cost, but as the tendering process has not even started it looks like it will be at least another 18 months with the road closed, and by that time who knows what use it will be put to.

Cosy Winter Wedding

Warming, White Room, Winter Weddings Crystal clear days, frosty night skies and a possible sprinkling of snow make winter magical at Brinkburn. Cosy up next to our roaring fires and find a retreat from the cold. Our new exclusive Winter Wedding Package for 50 close friends and family includes: Exclusive use of the White Room, Stables and Gardens
  • 3 nights’ accommodation for 14 guests including a local produce breakfast hamper
  • Warm winter punch for after your Civil Ceremony
  • Canapés with your drinks
  • 3 Course Wedding Breakfast
  • Half a bottle of wine per person
  • Glass of Prosecco per person for the speeches
  • Coffee and homemade fudge
  • Spiced rum evening cocktails in the Snug
  • Northumberland Platter evening buffet food
  • PA for the Party – just add your own playlists
Applies October to March, based on 50 people - £7,300 Additional guests charged at £70.00 per person (maximum capacity for seated wedding breakfast is 60 guests)  

Holiday Accomodation

  Revel in a weekend retreat or spoil yourself with a week of blissful relaxation in on of our award winning holiday cottages in the heart of beautiful Northumberland. Our two cottages were originally the Stables and Coach house for the Brinkburn Estate and have been sympathetically renovated to accommodate our holiday guests and bridal parties. Both properties have been graded as 5 star Gold award by Visit England. We are also proud to be members of the Families Welcome, Pets Welcome, Cyclists Welcome and Walkers Welcome Scheme. Gold Award Winner     Star Rated Self Catering Cottage   Pets Welcome   Walkers Welcome   Cyclists welcome at our luxury holiday cottage in northumberland near rothbury with real fire