Farm buildings in line for transformation

Richard Shell in one of the outbuildings, which would form part of the new wedding venue.
Richard Shell in one of the outbuildings, which would form part of the new wedding venue.

Redundant farm buildings which have stood empty for a number of years could be transformed into a stunning wedding venue, if planners say ‘I do’ to the proposals.

Richard Shell wants to turn the outbuildings and adjoining yard at his family’s Doxford Farm into a spectacular and quirky function space.

The 24-year-old has a grand vision of providing a three-day exclusive barn-wedding experience. The barn itself could cater for around 250 people in the evening and he believes the venture would create 10 to 15 part-time jobs.

The application has been lodged with Northumberland County Council and would involve the re-enclosure of the yard as the main function space and house the reception, bar, kitchen and toilets in the two ranges.

He hopes that it will receive the nod in December, with the aim of starting work in January and completing by June.

An open day is being held on Saturday, November 15, from 11am to 5pm, for people to see the site and learn more about Richard’s vision.

He said: “I am very excited by this. I saw this space and thought something needed to be done with it. There has already been some interest.”

As part of the three-day offer, the wedding party would be able to use the onsite self-catering cottages, which sleep 40 people, plus a bridal suite.

They would also have access to an expanse of countryside and a two-acre lake.

Richard said: “The North East doesn’t really have anything like what we are trying to offer. It is unique and we want this to be the complete wedding experience.”

He has vowed to keep things local and has lined up some north Northumberland businesses to deliver the catering. The venue would be adaptable, allowing people to use it for other functions such as christenings and parties.

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