Seaham Hall

Seaham, Co. Durham

‘A wonderful place’, this Georgian mansion with a pedigree (Lord Byron was married to Anne Isabella Millbanke in the drawing room) stands in landscaped gardens overlooking Durham’s heritage coast. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A wonderful place’, this Georgian mansion with a pedigree (Lord Byron was married to Anne Isabella Millbanke in the drawing room) stands in landscaped gardens overlooking Durham’s heritage coast. In its time it has been a military hospital, whisky smugglers’ HQ and TB sanatorium, but today it is a tip-top, cliff-top hotel with heritage, made over in contemporary, colourful style. An award-winning spa is seamlessly attached to the main building; the pool has hydrotherapy jets. Housekeeping is ‘meticulous’: attention to detail includes a choice of bedding. The enthusiastic young staff are ‘a particular strength’. The Ada Lovelace Suite (recalling Lord Byron’s daughter) has twin slipper baths in the window; garden suites have an outdoor hot tub. The dining room features gold-plated chandeliers and Damian Broom’s imaginative menus: day-boat turbot with salsify cooked in dulse, and mussels; for vegans, slow-cooked sand carrots, oat and millet porridge, with smoked carrot sauce. If you prefer pan-Asian cuisine, head for Ozone in the Serenity Spa. ‘We were made very welcome and were well cared for.’ (AW, and others). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain.

Hotel details


Lord Byron's Walk
Co. Durham


0191 516 1400


21. 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


lift, 2 lounges, bar, 2 restaurants, private dining room, conference facilities, in-room TV (Sky, BT), civil wedding licence, spa (treatment rooms, outdoor hot tubs, sun terrace, fitness suite, 20-metre heated swimming pool), 37-acre grounds (terraces, putting green), public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

all day in public areas.


all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B £210–£465, D,B&B £295–£555. À la carte 
(in restaurant) £50, vegan £40, 
(in Ozone) £30.

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Special offers

Three Night Christmas Special Offer

Just a short drive from the magical historic City of Durham and a stones throw away from the Durham Heritage coastline, there couldn’t be a more perfect venue for a relaxing Christmas break with festive experiences! Price from £649 per night, based on a three night escape with two adults sharing a Junior Suite. Upgrades are available for higher suite categories. This indulgent three-night escape includes:

Christmas Eve: Champagne Afternoon Tea served in The Lounge, bookable between 1pm and 3pm. Three course dinner served in The Dining Room, bookable between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Christmas Day: Breakfast delivered to your suite, between 8am and 10am. Champagne and Canape Reception served in The Courtyard prior to lunch in The Dining Room. Five course traditional Christmas Day lunch served in The Dining Room with all the trimmings. Light bites and snacks served on Christmas Day night.

Boxing Day: Breakfast in The Dining Room with spa use through until 12 noon.

Choose your third night – 23rd December or 26th December: A 45-minute treatment per adult choosing between a facial OR a massage. A two-course lunch in the Ozone Restaurant. Three course dinner served in The Dining Room. Suites are available to check into from 3pm through to 12noon on your day of departure. You have complimentary use of the spa facilities throughout your stay from 3pm on your day of arrival to 12 noon on your day of departure. Reservations must be made at time of booking for all meals that are included in your stay. Treatments included in your package must be booked at the time of making your room reservation. If you wish to book additional treatments, we do advise booking these as early as possible as we cannot guarantee availability. If times are not provided, times for meals and your treatments will be allocated. A deposit of £100 is required at the time reserving your break with us with the balance paid by 1st December 2020. This Christmas break has been adapted to make your stay as safe as possible following current covid guidance, and terms for booking are based on the guidelines provided by the government. Should there be any changes to the government advice on travel, or in the event of the hotel being closed we will amend the package as necessary. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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