Seaham Hall

Seaham, Co. Durham

Readers ‘felt they had done their very best to look after us’, after a week-long stay at this Georgian mansion. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Readers ‘felt they had done their very best to look after us’, after a week-long stay at this Georgian mansion. It stands in landscaped gardens overlooking the North Sea. It has been lavishly made over in a style that some find ‘bizarre’, but ‘that’s a matter of taste’. A Garden Suite, although ‘really a large room whose windows open on to an external seating area’ (with hot tub), had an ‘enormous, very comfortable bed’, lighting controls so sophisticated that ‘in a week we barely mastered them’ (but did get decent reading light). The Ada Lovelace Suite, with twin slipper baths in the window, nods to the hall once hosting the wedding of her parents, Lord Byron and Anne Isabella Millbanke. A portrait of Byron in Albanian dress hangs on the dining room wall, where Damian Broom’s appealing menus include poached day-boat fish, girolles, broad beans, shrimps, elderflower. Near the spa, guests can eat Ozone’s pan-Asian dishes, ‘mainly curries and stir-fries, done very competently’. ‘We were the only customers not in bathrobe and slippers.’ Breakfast brings a ‘wide, imaginative’ choice. The young staff manifest ‘infectious enthusiasm, a genuine desire to please’. (Andrew Wardrop). This hotel is also 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), free Wi-Fi, 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 £209–£425, D,B&B £299–£510. Set menu £30, 
à la carte £50.

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Special offers

'Enchanting Autumn Escape' Special Offer

Price: from £470 based on two sharing a Junior Suite for a one night stay between a Monday and Thursday. Details: As the summer draws to a close and the nights become longer, Seaham Hall is the perfect escape for everyone. Wander around the 37 acres of gardens taking in the scenery as summer turns to autumn and the leaves take on their autumnal colours or as the days become cooler and the nights frosty wrap up and enjoy a brisk walk along the Durham Heritage coastline. This is your escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Leave the thought of cooking at home and delight your tastebuds with a delicious seasonal three course dinner in The Dining Room and relax with a 60-minute treatment ritual in The Serenity Spa. Your stay will include: A three course dinner which can be served in The Dining Room or taken in the comfort of your suite as room service. Please note that side, sauces and extras with dinner carry a chargeable supplement. One 60-minute Temple Spa Drift Away massage each – please call the hotel’s reservations team to reserve the day and time preferred for your treatment as soon as possible. Breakfast served in The Dining Room on a pre-booked time with reception on your arrival or ordered as room service using the tablet in your suite. Complimentary use of the award winning spa facilities from 3pm on your day of arrival until 12noon on your day of departure including access to the Zen garden. Your suite is available to you from 3pm on your day of arrival through to 12noon on your day of departure. Please contact the hotel’s reservations team to pre-book your meal times to enable them to adhere to their Covid19 control measures. If times are not selected our team will allocate times and these may not be changeable on arrival and dinner will be booked in The Dining Room. Please note that this package is bookable seven days in advance due to treatment availability. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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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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