Joann Mailer is the deputy manager of the newly converted 18-bedroom, dog friendly, Beadnell Towers Hotel situated in the heart of Northumberland.

Beadnell Towers Hotel, including The Towers Kitchen, Hotspur Bar and outdoor terrace, opened its doors in June 2019 following an 18-month refurbishment and a £3m investment. We caught up with deputy manager, Joann Mailer, to find out her luxe things in life…


My husband and partner in crime, Peter. Two grown up step-children, Beccy and Chris.


For a weekend > Dryburgh Abbey, near Jedburgh. We were snowed in there one New Year and the only guests in the hotel – the service was amazing!

A long weekend > Annecy just outside of Geneva. My ‘happy place’ and where I hope we end up.

A treat > The Devonshire Arms in Skipton for good food and fabulous treatments.


Favourite food > Chicken Fricasse made by my husband.

Best wine > A bottle of well chilled Gavi de Gavi.

Favourite restaurant > Riley’s Fish Shack in Tynemouth – simple and unpretentious.

Perfect weekend > A walk to St. Cuthbert’s Cave, which is only about six miles from home, followed by a couple of early drinks in our local pub, The Black Swan. Then home for some of that lovely Fricasse and Gavi with Peter.

Downtime means > A chance to get outside. I’ve been trying to cultivate our riverside garden for two years, but we’re getting there.   

Best telly > Anything involving a murder. Midsomer especially or Vera for the local scenery.

Best theatre > I’m not a theatre goer – more of a museum visitor. The Hancock is fabulous.

Best book > Again, murder. Val McDermid and her Wire in The Blood series are especially consuming.

Best sounds > I’m an 80s girl, from pop to trance – I love a bit of Robert Miles.


Best shopping city > Has to be Newcastle.

Favourite shop > Gray’s of Warkworth has the best handbags and costume jewellery.

Luxe retail treat > Any toiletries from L’Occitane.

Best buy > My Alfa Romeo 147.


Perfect party > On the Quayside of Newcastle with Peter before going to a Status Quo concert with the kids for his 60th Birthday.

Perfect party > An unplanned one.

Best dress > My stepdaughter Beccy bought me a LBD two Christmases ago – fits every occasion.

Dinner date > It may be a cliché, but I’d love to hear what the Queen REALLY thinks!


Again, my Alfa (on the road to Annecy).

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