Situated amidst 37 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens in a striking cliff top location, this immaculately restored Georgian country house fuses contemporary luxury with classical elegance to create a truly unforgettable five-star experience.
Seaham Hall is one of the most luxurious spa hotels in County Durham. In fact, (and we do not say things like this lightly), Seaham Hall is in our personal top 5 hotels and spas that we have visited…ever!
If you have not been yet, your experience starts as you approach this beautiful building, driving around the parking circle, stopping outside the glass doors to admire the unusual vortex water feature outside the entrance. As we have been to Seaham Hall before, we knew that at this point a very friendly doorman cum porter greets you offering to unload the luggage and valet park the car. We were travelling light, however when we were shown to our beautiful room, we found our bags unpacked and everything hung in the wardrobe!
We are always amazed at the superb level of service at this hotel and the fact that no one ever seems to leave, everyone seems to genuinely love working here and it shows. The attention to detail for the guest experience runs throughout the whole team.
After checking in we were escorted to our beautiful ground floor room, recently fully refurbished to a beautiful standard and which opened out through large French windows to a private garden, complete with hot tub! Every detail has been thought out and taken care of; this room represented the very height of luxury living, boasting a super king size bed and the largest bathroom we have ever seen.
The fabulous welcome tray of fresh fruit, Belgian chocolates and bottle of bubbly were the icing on the cake. This hotel has everything just right, even the little touches like the note left on the pillow to introduce us to who would be looking after us during our stay and how to contact them should we need anything.
There’s also an award-winning spa in the hotel. Serenity Spa is widely considered as one of the best spas in the North East, inspired by Far Eastern healing and wellness rituals, it’s a tranquil, calming and truly inspiring space which promises to engage the senses and nurture the soul.
Your journey through the spa has been expertly planned; it’s awe-inspiring. You are led through the underground walkway, a sensory delight which opens up to a huge central area where you are greeted by a life size statue of an elephant, resplendent on a raised pedestal.
This is where we had our treatments; a bespoke My Kinda Skin Facial, which made my skin look wonderful and my husband had a much-needed full body sports massage. After which, we retired to our personal hot tub with our champagne before getting ready for dinner.
Seaham Hall represents luxurious dining at its best and we were excited to experience their menu, the promise was British luxury dining in one of the most exclusive places to eat in Durham. They promise a unique and truly unforgettable dining experience and that is exactly what we got. Both dinner and breakfast the next morning presented us with some of the best food we have eaten throughout our journey around the UK.
Both meals were in The Dining Room, where from the glittering 14 carat gold plated chandeliers, to the fabulous Georgian windows that frame stunning views of the Vortex, the interior and ambience sets the scene perfectly for unforgettable meals of the highest standard. Given the chance, we would move in permanently, Seaham Hall Hotel is the gift that keeps on giving and you never get tired of, simply wonderful.
Words by Angela Riches
Stay in a Hot Tub Suite at Seaham Hall from £319 (two sharing), including one-night B&B and use of the award-winning Serenity Spa. Why not stay longer with Seaham Hall’s winter escape? Price is from £465 (two sharing) including two nights’ B&B in a Junior Suite, one dinner in The Dining Room, spa use and complimentary tickets to the Beamish Museum. To book, call Seaham Hall on 0191 516 1400 (www.seaham-hall.co.uk).