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Designer style in a Georgian bolthole on the Durham Heritage Coast.

Seaham Hall

Lord Byron's Walk Seaham Durham SR7 7AG 0191 516 1400

We say

If it's good enough for Lord Byron, who was married here, it's good enough for us, though to be honest things have changed a bit in the clifftop Georgian mansion since his day. Now Seaham Hall is a five-star boutique bolthole with a glammed-up interior and twenty individually designed suites – no such thing as mere rooms here – featuring king-sized beds and plenty of luxurious fripperies, from designer toiletries to Nespresso machines. The Garden Suites are particularly lovely, with their own outdoor terrace and access to a private lawned garden. The hotel pitches itself firmly at the pamper-yourself brigade – there's the fabulous Serenity Spa, for a start, that brings people here from all over the country, which has a twenty-metre pool and outdoor terrace hot tub. There are also two restaurants, 'Byrons Bar and Grill' and 'Ozone', the latter a pan-Asian place within the spa. If you're getting the idea that no one wants you to leave, you're probably right – the views from the outdoor terraces are amazing, over the lush hotel gardens and local Heritage coastline. Cocktail in hand, with another on the way, you're not going to argue.

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