Doxford Hall Hotel, near Alnwick in Northumberland, has been given another accolade by being awarded four red stars.
The 31-bedroom hotel and spa joins an exclusive list of 55 hotels in the UK which have achieved this industry status and continues a year of recognition.
Earlier this year the restaurant was awarded two AA rosettes.
Operating as a hotel for less than five years, Doxford Hall Hotel has already received a handful of other accolades. This includes being named north east small hotel of the year and being awarded four gold stars for the quality of its staff, accommodation and public areas.
But being awarded four red stars tops them all.
AA hotel services manager Simon Numphud said: “The criteria for AA Red Stars are consistent excellence in all areas of a hotel’s operation, and Doxford Hall joins an elite group of top performers within the hotel industry.
“It is encouraging to see that there are still hotels pushing the boundaries and striving for high standards and excellent quality”.
On being presented with the award at the Hilton Park Lane London, Doxford Hall operations director Eric Kortenbach said: “To receive 4 Red Stars is a tremendous achievement and one which would not have been possible without the exceptional hard word and commitment of every single member of staff, who work together to deliver the highest of standards in service.
“This is something that everyone at Doxford Hall has been working towards from the outset and it is an absolute privilege to accept this award on their behalf.
He added: “Not only is this a major milestone for the hotel, it is also a major milestone for Northumberland.”
Jude Leitch, development manager for Northumberland Tourism, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Doxford Hall is one of our flagship hotels.
“They have always been great ambassadors for our local food producers and have always provided fantastic levels of service in all areas.”
The AA has been recommending hotels since 1908, but in 1912 adopted a more critical approach to the hotels listed in its handbook.
Establishments are awarded between one and five stars depending on set criteria following a visit from an AA hotel inspector.