County Durham, United Kingdom

Seaham Hall

Rates from (ex tax)$215.31

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.

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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.

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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 $215.31 (£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, a pink salt 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, corner booths are cosy and romantic, but open enough to people watch.

Dress Code

Don your robes and slippers for Ozone, but 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, a five-minute drive away. Enjoy a history-rich day out at Bamburgh Castle, which overlooks miles of unspoilt sandy beach, or nearby Unesco-listed Durham Cathedral; go for a stroll around Hadrian's Wallon of Britain's most important Roman remains site. Nature-lovers will enjoy High Force Waterfall and the Durham University Botanic Gardens.

 

Local restaurants

Book well in advance to secure a window-side seat at Six, the rooftop restaurant at Baltic. Or pop into The Angel at Corbridge for bistro food.

Local bars

Pravda is a Russian-themed vodka bar in Quayside. Quilted Camel has a great vibe at weekends. 

Reviews

Photos Seaham Hall reviews
Lauren Coffey

Anonymous review

When we have a weekend away, Mr Smith and I tend toward the city exploring and wilderness roaming ends of the spectrum, so it is with apprehensive curiosity that he approaches our stay at a spa hotel in ‘Englandshire’.

Three hours from London and he's bonding with our quick-talking taxi driver over a mutual love of Arsenal football club as we pull up around the whirling vortex of a water feature prominently displayed at the grand entrance of this Georgian country house. No sooner have we climbed out of our hired chariot than a warmly smiling member of staff has appeared, confirming that we are not, Dorothy, in the Metropolis any more.

We’re led to our room, which is magnificently high-ceilinged, full of natural light and has, in the green-tiled ensuite bathroom, a freestanding bath tub and shower combination that looks more than a bit like a Victorian torture device. Recognising our high risk of sleeping away the evening if we test out the massive bed too soon, we opt for a quick pan-Asian meal in spa restaurant Ozone – where half of our fellow diners are clad in fluffy white robes and we are equal parts amused and bemused by the kettle chips that arrive in a bamboo steamer – and then retire to the lounge for several rounds of pool on the royal purple table. I lose often, and quickly, but Mr Smith is an excellent coach, and soon I’m sinking shots too (and further maintain some semblance of honour and balance by trouncing him twice at foosball). Riding high on our miniature sporting wins, we stumble back to our gargantuan bed and drift off to sweetly-scented (thanks to the lavender pillow mist set out at turndown) slumber.

At breakfast the next morning – full English for Mr Smith, eggs Florentine and a massive cafetiere of coffee for me – I point to a portrait of the famous Lord Byron in full Albanian regalia and early-hipster mustache and mention the house’s connection (I’m a bit of a history geek). Mr Smith’s appalled response – ‘Wait, so he just married the daughter that lived here and took their house?’ – is charmingly 21st-century.

We lounge in our garden, reading after breakfast – all very civilised of us – then hit the spa. I swim a few leisurely laps around the heated pool as Mr Smith is pummelled by a Niagara-force series of jets, before we bounce between the sauna, cold plunge pool (which we mischievously shovel scoop after scoop of ice into) and newly-minted pink salt room (my favourite). Suitably steamed, cooled and fresh-faced, we decide to explore the outdoors of our weekend country home, but first book Mr Smith in for an afternoon massage to coincide with my scheduled Thai-style appointment that I had, apparently, been banging on about with enough enthusiasm for him to want a go too.

Strolling through the well-manicured gardens is nixed in favour of a coastal jog along a precariously narrow trail that has me hopping one foot over another in pursuit of more nimble-footed Mr Smith; I reason with him that looking for sea glass is the perfect cool down, and he humours me until I find a blue piece. Fitness pursuits nobly taken care of, we make ourselves semi-presentable and tuck into a cream tea, which presents the biggest dilemma of our stay so far: do I prefer the made-in-house lemon curd to the traditional clotted cream and strawberry jam combination? I diligently swap back and forth, in Alice-in-Wonderland eat-me, drink-me style until I’ve exhausted my supply, but am no closer to a conclusion; both are just too good.

Also too good is my friendly massage therapist’s announcement, at the start of our session, that she tends to let my chosen Thai-style treatment – which I’ve picked because I’m game for anything that includes cinnamon and ginger – run a bit over time. I briefly hope Mr Smith is having equally good luck with his back, neck and shoulder massage as I assure her I’ve nowhere urgent to be later (dinner reservations, ha). For the next hour and a bit, my tight muscles and shoulder knots are pummelled and coaxed into a relaxed state, and I float out of the spa on a cloud of cinnamony serenity.

Robe-clad, I shuffle back to our room to find Mr Smith sprawled out on the sofa, reading. (We've both, unintentionally, brought books set in hotels for the weekend. The only thing more on theme would have been a tome of poetry.) After comparing notes, we saunter over to the bar for aperitifs. The late-summer-sun is still softly glowing on the gardens as we sip our cocktails and the neon-pink setting sun provides the backdrop for our cosy corner table in Byron’s restaurant. Our leisurely evening meal is a resounding hit; we start with artfully-prepared grilled white asparagus and scallops, followed by aesthetically-pleasing plates of heritage lamb and perfectly flakey salmon, accompanied by our enthusiastic waiter’s recommended wine pairing.

After another breakfast that's fit for landed gentry, we make one more rotation between the spa pool, salt room and sauna, and a quick round of fresh scones (still unable to pick my preferred combo) later, and we’re on our way back to London, relaxed, refreshed and with a definite appreciation for friendly Seaham Hall.

 

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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