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.
Lord Byron's Walk
0191 516 1400
21. 1 suitable for disabled.
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.
all day in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £315–£725, D,B&B £415–£825. À la carte (in restaurant) £50, vegan £40, (in Ozone) £30.
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B&B Four Night 25% Discount Special Offer
Look forward to breaking free from the four walls of your home and enjoy a four-night staycation in one of the luxurious suites with complimentary use of the award winning 5 luxury bubble spa facilities throughout your stay, a 60-minute treatment each, a mud rasul to share, dinner each evening and breakfast each morning served in the decadent Dining Room. This is the perfect way to escape everyday life! Prices start from £1615 for a junior Suite. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
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.