County Durham, United Kingdom

Seaham Hall

Rates from (ex tax)$210.70

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Tip-top technology

Setting

Windswept Durham clifftop

Seaham Hall hotel is drenched in history: Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke here in 1815, and the ancient stones of Hadrian’s Wall are a short drive away. However, this design hotel and its Serenity Spa face resolutely towards the future. As the William Pye water sculpture in front of the clifftop house in North-East England declares, Seaham and its facilities are as 21st-century as they can be.

Smith Extra

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A half bottle of Taittinger Champagne, a bath butler and homemade chocolates

Facilities

Photos Seaham Hall facilities

Need to know

Rooms

20 suites and a penthouse, most with sea views (ground-floor suites have private terraces).

Check–Out

Noon, earliest check-in 3pm; both are flexible, subject to availability. Guests are welcome to use the spa from noon on the day of arrival to noon on the day of departure.

Rates

Double rooms from $210.70 (£163), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include use of the spa and full English breakfast.

Also

Grab an ice cream on Byron's Beach, where guests are provided with deck chairs in front of beach huts, panama hats and sun glasses. Arrange a whisky-tasting or cocktail reception in Seaham Hall's history-rich cellar, former haunt of tunnel-touring rum-runners.

At the hotel

A spacious spa and a fully equipped gym, with cardio machines, weighted equipment and an aerobic studio. In rooms: WiFi, flatscreen TV, Nespresso coffee machine, tea-making facilities and fluffy bathrobes.

Our favourite rooms

For Byron-inspired romance, book a stay in garden-access Suite 4; it has a vibrant colour-palette and nature prints, an impressive Victorian Bathing Machine, and a private terrace with a Scandi-style wood-fired hot tub.

Poolside

There's a 20-metre heated indoor pool with massage stations in the spa. Outside, there are two soothing hot tubs too.

Spa

The Serenity Spa has 17 treatment rooms (three for couples), a 20-metre pool with massage stations, hammam with snail showers and a Jacuzzi, sanarium with crystal light therapy, steam room and sauna, cold plunge pools and a mani-pedi suite. There's also a terrace on which to enjoy post-treatment drinks and nibbles from Ozone. Guests have full use of all spa facilities, but pampering treatments and stress-easing pummelling are extra.

Packing tips

A kite, walking boots, swimsuit and goggles for the pool.

Also

Smoking is only permitted on the terrace.

Children

Welcome in the hotel and restaurant, and at certain times in the Serenity Spa. Babysitting can be arranged with advance warning. Extra beds and/or baby cots can be added to Junior Suites, Garden Suite with Tub and the Executive Suite.

Food and Drink

Photos Seaham Hall food and drink

Top Table

In Byron's Restaurant, booths are cosy and romantic, but open enough to people watch.

Dress Code

During the day, don your robes and slippers for Ozone, but keep it smart casual in the evenings. Spruce up for dinner in Byron's Restaurant.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Ross Stovold serves up modern British fare in Byron’s Restaurant, which has a pewter-topped oak bar, black granite table tops and Georgian windows with views of the Vortex. The menu morphs often, to keep up with seasonal changes and trends, but try the barbeque pork belly if it's on offer, and always save room for dessert. Relaxed Asian eatery Ozone is in the spa and has spherical wrap around terrace; enjoy an after-treatment cocktail on one of the sunloungers there, and order Thai-style fishcakes with cucumber relish to nibble on. Juices, energy drinks and fresh wok-cooked dishes are on offer there too.

Hotel bar

Cosy Bryon’s Lounge is an ideal place to sit back and enjoy the splendor of Seaham Hall; claim a cushy leather sofa and sip on a cosy tea, coffee or classic cocktail – something from the extensive gin selection, perhaps –  while surveying the grounds through the floor-to-ceiling Georgian windows. 

Last orders

Breakfast is from 7am to 10am during the week (until 11am on weekends). Byron's restaurant is open every day for dinner from 6.30pm to 10pm, and for Sunday lunch from noon to 5pm; Ozone is open from 11am to 10pm. Order off the bar menu from noon to 10pm.

Location

Photos Seaham Hall location
Address
Seaham Hall
Seaham Hall Lord Byro'ns Walk
County Durham
SR7 7AG
County Durham
United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airport is Newcastle, a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Coming from Durham Tees Valley will take you five minutes longer.

Trains

Seaham rail station is under a mile from the hotel. Trains from London run direct to Newcastle, from where you can connect to Seaham or take a cab (the journey time should be around 30 minutes). The station in Sunderland is 20 minutes away.

Automobiles

Roads likely to be of use are the A1, A690 and A19, where you’ll be able to pick up the B1404 to Seaham. There’s parking at the hotel.

Other

The helipad grid reference is NZ 42 15 06, should your chopper pilot require it.

Worth getting out of bed for

For an adrenalin-rush, check out go-karting and quad-biking at Karting North East (+44 (0)191 521 4050), a five-minute drive away. Enjoy a history-rich day out at Bamburgh Castle (+44 (0)1668 214515), which overlooks miles of unspoilt sandy beach, or nearby Unesco-listed Durham Cathedral; or go for a stroll around Hadrian's Wall, on of Britain's most important Roman remains site. Nature-lovers will enjoy High Force Waterfall and the Durham University Botanic Gardens.

 

Local restaurants

In Newcastle: Prickly [email protected] Quayside, Quayside (+44 (0)191 232 5537) has an international menu to a Thursday-evening soundtrack of jazz, blues and soul. Fisherman’s Lodge, Jesmond Dene (+44 (0)191 281 3281), is in a contemporary setting and serves excellent modern dishes. Rooftop Restaurant at Baltic (+44 (0)191 440 4949) – book well in advance.

Local bars

In Quayside: Pravda (+44 (0)191 261 9001), a Russian-themed vodka bar, and the Quilted Camel (+44 (0)191 221 1880) which has a great vibe at weekends. The Angel at Corbridge (+44 (0)1434 632119) for bistro food.

Reviews

Photos Seaham Hall reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this spa-spangled retreat a full account of their country break will be with you. In the meantime, here's a quick peek inside the historic Seaham Hall and Serenity Spa…

Seaham Hall is a historic country manor, with just 20 suites and an enviable cliff-top aspect. Hadrian’s Wall is only a half-hour drive away, and there are plenty of hiking paths for outdoorsy folk; however you may prefer to idle in the heavenly hammam, steam room, sauna, or even the crystal-light therapy sanarium (which, we’re assured, is very relaxing). Loved-up couples can clink champagne flutes in the private, Scandi-style hot tub in the flower-strewn garden of Suite 4; you’re in good company: Lord Byron was married to Annabella Millbanke in this very hotel, back in 1815. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Seaham Hall’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Beautiful setting right on the sea, lovely building and hotel surroundings. Great food, drinks, spa and general service. Really nice walks along the seashore and a beautiful nearby church that dates from the 8th century.

Don’t expect

Higher level of service than we even expected. Super friendly and helpful staff that were all fantastic.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Dec 2016

We loved

Everything! The spa treatments were amazing. Our room was unbelievable, decor was beautiful food was amazing! Lovely local beach, too.

Don’t expect

Everything was amazing!

Rating

Stayed on 3 Dec 2016

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