Seaham Hall is a very stylish surprise of a hotel restaurant and spa in this modest North Eastern coastal town. A stone’s throw from the sea, the Hall has an equally surprising history linked to the industrial revolution, a very famous Romantic poet and even Scottish whisky smugglers! It’s address is Lord Byron’s walk which gives you a bit of a clue.
I’m fed up with this North East weather!
The Hall hosted the marriage of Lord Byron to Annabella, the daughter of the Milbanke family – the original owners – in 1815. It wasn’t the happiest of marriages and Byron was off to the sunshine of the Mediterranean before long in pursuit of love and adventure. He did however produce a daughter Ada Lovelace who became a prominent mathematician and was involved in working in very early computer science.
The Hall was used even used as a military hospital in WWI. It has been in and out of public and private hands but has now had an extensive £3m renovation project to restore Seaham Hall to its present day glory the as the finest 5 Star hotel in the North East of England.
Relax in the Blue Room
The large and luxurious Spa has been voted one of the top 100 spas in the UK. It has a 20 foot heated pool, outdoor Jacuzzis,a hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms, saunas and plunge pools give you a huge choice of watery relaxation The spa also has a range of luxurious treatments on offer which you can try if you are just here for the day or are lucky enough to be staying overnight.
A luxury spa experience
The cellar at Seaham Hall has an extensive collection of fine wines from around the world. It also houses the Hall’s collection of the famous Spey Whisky which was smuggled from this network of underground caverns across to the US during the years of prohibition in America. Alec Harvey, a descendant of scotch whisky distillers loaded up Spey whisky at Seaham Harbour bound for New York and Chicago via the Bahamas. A whisky tasting session can be arranged upon request.
Spey single malt whisky is available today at Seaham Hall and it is also very popular in the Far East and at Kensington Palace!
Well stocked on the wine front!
There are a number of delicious options for dining at Seaham Hall. A pan Asian eatery (Ozone) serves the spa area, but there is also Byron’s restaurant where the focus is on an innovative menu inspired by fresh local ingredients.
The menu features such local specialities as Hartlepool landed crab, braised beef cheek with wild garlic pearl barley and a poached Yorkshire rhubarb sorbet with baked custard and tarragon granite. There was even a Gorse flower Baked Alaska on offer. I didn’t know you could eat Gorse flowers which are a bright yellow feature everywhere along the North East coast.
Byron the duck
The small number of rooms keeps the Hall feeling like a very personal and friendly place to enjoy a special break. This boutique venue has twenty two individually designed luxurious suites including a penthouse which attracts famous pop stars visiting the area. One Direction stayed when they played at the Stadium of Light and apparently Harry Stiles very much enjoyed his swim in the pool! One suite was designed beautifully in seaside colours of purple, green, pale blue and taupe with birds and butterflies featuring in the soft furnishings and pictures.
Seaham Hall has been listed as one of the ultimate 100 British hotels and it’s easy to see why. A stone’s throw from the sea there is a lovely peaceful atmosphere and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. While you are here you can pop into Seaham itself for an ice cream cocktail at Lickety Split’s ice cream parlour or comb the beach for a piece or two of the famous Seaham Sea Glass. A great place to stay, eat and relax Seaham Hall has it all!