Philanthropist sells hotel for fight against cancer

Mr Burnie commented: “After seventeen years this is an important milestone for me and my family and of course we will be sad to leave. However, I am reassured that Robert and Gina will continue to operate Doxford Hall to the same high standards as ourselves.”
 
Attention to detail is evident throughout the hotel for sale, from the 25 luxury bedrooms (including 2 suites), each named after a Northumbrian Castle, to the locally sourced produce in the George Runciman restaurant.
 
An impressive grand staircase, hand-picked pieces of furniture, beautiful woodwork and local paintings adorn the interior, whilst extensive leisure facilities include a pool, fitness room, sauna and steam room as well as a stunning new spa for complete relaxation.
 
The hotel is also available for private banqueting for up to 350 and regularly hosts corporate events, wedding and private parties.
 
Leigh Parsons, partner, hotels – Leeds, Knight Frank, who handled the sale, said: "Doxford Hall is an exceptional property and Knight Frank was delighted to accept Mr Burnie’s instructions to find a suitable purchaser to continue its development into one of the region’s finest country house hotels; and in the process help fund a number of new services for the Northumberland’s cancer sufferers.
 
“We believe that Robert Parker is just the man to take the hotel forward in harness with his other business interests in the region. We wish him all the best in his endeavours.
 
“We also wish Mr & Mrs Burnie a long and happy ‘retirement’ although no doubt Brian will now dedicate even more time to his charitable work."
 
In common with the former owner, Mr Burnie, Mr Parker is keen to invest in the local economy and is fastidious about sourcing local staff and suppliers. A stringent local sourcing policy will be at the heart of his business strategy.
 
He already has the same policy in place with his other properties, including Guyzance Hall where over £1 million has been spent since its purchase three years ago, much of which has gone on local labour.
 
Guyzance Hall is another elegant Estate, the Grade II listed house is available to hire for holidays, weddings and special occasions and there are also a number of self catering properties on the estate.
 
Commenting earlier today about his purchase Mr Parker said: “Brian Burnie has done an amazing job with the creation of Doxford Hall and every aspect of it has been finished with stunning attention to detail. I understand he now wants to focus on his charity work and we are delighted to purchase this hotel from such an inspirational person. Our aim is to take this hotel forward ensuring that it becomes one of the most exclusive country house hotels in Northumberland.”

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