Sea Mill Hydro – a top family hotel in Ayrshire

Seamill Hydro

Seamill Hydro hotel in West Kilbride, Ayrshire, has been a family concern for the last thirty five years. Owned by the Sweeney family it has been welcoming back locals for generations, but there’s always a special greeting for new faces too.

Welcome to Seamill!

Right on the shore with a stunning view looking out over to the Isle of Arran, this is a great location for heading off to the islands, stopping by on your way home or just that special break or occasion. After a twelve million pound investment in upgrading some of the interiors and the new reception area, the hotel looks very swish indeed, as does the new winged logo.
The Seamill has a wealth of facilities from the Seamill Hydro Kids Club to the Hydro Leisure and Beauty Therapy facilities, with pool and gym and good restaurant options.

Leisure pool at Seamill Hydro

In 1879 Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb and the earliest parts of the present-day Seamill Hydro were built here then on the West Coast of Scotland. Due to it’s age the original part of the hotel is full of character and period charm.
The bedrooms in the older parts of the building offer stately high ceilings and bay windows with breath taking views over the manicured lawns toward the isle of Arran on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland.

Over to Arran

The hotel over the years has been extended and adapted leaving an interesting floor plan on the upper levels, the more modern parts of the hotel were designed to make the most of the hotels fantastic location, right on the beach, and many of these rooms have big windows taking in the views.
The resort also offers a range of dining alternatives from the Orangery Restaurant which offers more of fine dining option and looks out to the beach to the more relaxed Aura Lounge Bar. We had a very good Margarita in the Aura Bar, shaken up for us by John our very friendly bar man.

John shakes up a Margarita in Aura Bar

This is a large hotel which can ably cater for conferences and big events and prides itself on going the extra mile for customers and especially for weddings. The hotel employs 200 staff and has 42 rooms and 42 suites. There are three full time gardeners and the hotel has won many awards for its beautiful grounds.

Great for conferences and events

Seamill is very much part of the community, it has built up very positive relationships with local businesses and hosts Christmas craft events which cater for small businesses selling crafts during the festive season. There is a Santa’s grotto with a Santa Claus who who magically knows the child’s name and what they want for Christmas in advance thanks to a secret TV screen – they even host a much loved Seamill pantomime every year. Oh yes they do! Seamill works with Visit Scotland and also has links with the West Kilbride golf course.
Weddings in particular are a Seamill speciality and the management of the hotel have listened carefully to exactly what couples said they wanted.There is a beautiful special suite for the bride and her retinue.

Plenty of room for the bridesmaids

She has her own lift and even a secret staircase so that she can really make an entrance! There is even an outside and an inside staircase so that whatever the weather the photographer can have the perfect background.

Super staircase

Seamill is a top selling venue through booking.com, has its own in house marketing team, and prides itself on offering good quality and good value everyday.
Seamill has something for everyone – there has been a huge investment in keeping the fabric of the hotel of a high quality and making sure that it can cater for all categories of guest and make their stay a memorable one. Check out their latest offers here Seamill Hydro

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