Road-tested by Lifestyle Editor Catherine Bennion-Pedley and husband Andy.
THE PAD: With views over the stormy sea and just 25 minutes from the gothic city of Durham, Seaham Hall is a north-east England fave.
The best bit? All of the high-end modern-manor-style rooms are suites with roll-top baths. Dine on classic Asian dishes in your bathrobe post-spa at Ozone (the Thai yellow curry is a hit), or dress up for plates like duck with salted gooseberries, £24, under gold chandeliers at The Dining Room.
Post-dinner, enjoy a game of table football or pool in one of the cosy lounges.
THE SPA: The Serenity Spa is far from an afterthought – you can spend hours hopping between the pool, hammam, outdoor hot tubs, steam room, salt sauna and new Zen garden. And the 75-minute Temple Spa Repose Aromatherapy Facial, £105, left my skin looking 10 years younger.
To book this treatment, visit https://seahamhall.wearegifted.co.uk/temple-spa-repose-aromatherapy-facial
EXPLORE: Take a bracing walk along Seaham’s shingle beach and search for colourful, perfectly smooth glass pebbles from the bottlework industry days, polished by the sea for over 100 years. You can even buy jewellery made from them at nearby Seaham Waves (Seahamwaves.co.uk).
Then check out the huge steel sculpture of a WW1 soldier on the seafront and pop into Seaside Chic, full of nautical-inspired gifts, at the new Harbour Marina.
REFUEL: For a huge menu from tapas to steak, The Lamp Room, with its mining-themed decor, does a tasty doorstop of a crab sandwich with fries, £11 (Thelamproom.co.uk).
For pud, head to retro ice-cream diner Lickety Split and share a sundae – we went for the Truly Toffee, stuffed with Daim bars, £5.95 (Lickety-split.co.uk).
But the Insta shot went to a unicorn white hot chocolate from cute craft cafe Creams of Seaham. Covered in sugar sparkles and marshmallows, it’s insanely indulgent.
BOOK IT: Junior suites cost from £199 per night B&B, including full spa access (Seaham-hall.co.uk).
Or why not immerse yourself in the energy of the new season and take time to relax after a busy summer with our Autumn Awakening Offer, which includes:
- Sublime suite based on two people sharing
- Use of our award-winning spa facilities from 12 noon on arrival until 2 noon on departure, including NEW Zen Garden
- A surprise Seaham Hall gift bag
- Delicious full English breakfast the following morning
To book this offer, please visit: https://www.seaham-hall.co.uk/offers/sleep-specials/autumn-awakening/
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