Seaham Hall’s New Sunken Fire Pits, Cosy Dining Domes & Fondue Feasts

Seaham Hall's New Sunken Fire Pits, Glass Domes and Fondue Feasts

Seaham Hall, the luxury five-star hotel on Durham’s Heritage Coast, is encouraging guests to embrace the great outdoors with a range of new winter open-air experiences in its glorious grounds.

Amongst the raft of negatives heaped upon everyone over the past couple of years, and there’s no need for us to mention the culprit, there have been a few positives. One of the main ones is more and more people are now enjoying time outdoors. Hiking and exploring are now a shoo-in for many during the weekend, and amongst the less strenuous things seeing a spike in popularity is alfresco dining.

Dining at a table outdoors has probably never been more popular, even in colder temperatures. Seaham Hall, the five-star hotel on Durham’s Heritage Coast, has unveiled a range of outdoor experiences that will make dining outdoors even more attractive. So, if you want to find a way to banish those Christmas Blues and leave a cramped and stale indoor life behind, read on to discover how a visit to Seaham Hall in Wintertime can help you to do it:

One of the new sunken fire pits at the hotel

Fire & Feast
Set beneath a wooden canopy adorned with twinkling lights, the new sunken fire pit areas feature faux fur blankets, cushions and Alpine touches. Guests are invited to gather around the roaring wood fires and to savour delicious fondue bites and toasted marshmallows.

Wrap up and wander the extensive 37-acre grounds at Seaham Hall, discovering many beautifully illuminated spots. Cosy up with your other half with a pre-dinner drink in one of the new romantic settings.

The view from inside one of the dining domes

Dining Domes
Cuddle up in your own bubble in Seaham Hall’s new snug outdoor pods. Kitted out with Bluetooth speakers for your favourite tunes, enjoy warm and comforting food and drinks – think grilled steaks or fish on a Green Egg and winter-perfect cocktails.

From soulful guitar to lively bands, Seaham Hall will welcome talented local musicians to entertain and provide a wonderful atmosphere throughout the winter period.

Wintertime at Seaham Hall will be available both to guests staying at the hotel and anyone who’d like to join the fun. Please note that advanced booking is recommended.

Boasting an incredible history that goes back two more than two hundred years, the immaculately-restored Georgian country house sits in a striking clifftop position, just steps from the beach and the England Coast Path.

The huge terrace at the hotel

Another of Seaham Hall’s major draws is its incredible heritage. A great example of this, which people will probably not know, is the flamboyant poet Lord Byron was married there in 1815. Following this, it was a military hospital in WW1 and a Spey whisky smuggling den during the US Prohibition (the tunnel used is visible in the wine cellar even today).

Under three hours from London and one hour from Edinburgh by train, the hotel offers two restaurants (The Dining Room and pan-Asian Ozone), the 44,000 sq ft Serenity Spa and 21 individually-designed suites, some with private outdoor hot tubs. Its glamorous Ada Lovelace Suite, honouring Byron’s daughter (the world’s first computer programmer), is a superb split-level suite with two mischievously-placed slipper baths overlooking Seaham Hall’s landscaped gardens.

Stay at Seaham Hall this winter for £295 for one night in a Junior Suite (two sharing), including breakfast and full use of the spa facilities from noon on your day of arrival until noon on your day of departure.

Or why not enjoy one of Seaham Hall’s special getaway offers?

The exterior of the hotel at sunset

Seaham Hall winter special: Arrive to a chilled bottle of Taittinger Champagne to enjoy in your suite before wandering along the subterranean walkway to the Serenity Spa for a 60-minute spa treatment each. Enjoy a three-course dinner on your first night in The Dining Room, with seasonal menus using local ingredients, and a two-course dinner in the pan-Asian restaurant, Ozone, on your second night. Breakfast each morning is included, served either in The Dining Room or in the comfort of your own suite. This two-night stay in a Junior Suite costs from £468 pp (two sharing – £935 total).

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Natasha Godbold

Creative Director / Writer

Natasha is a co-founder of Luxurious Magazine® and has undertaken the role of Creative Director. She is a keen photographer and regularly accompanies Paul on hotel and restaurant reviews. Born in Moscow, Natasha like her husband Paul has experienced living in multiple countries around the world. She is bi-lingual and has degrees in English Language and English Literature. Natasha covers all aspect of the luxury industry in her work. Her hobbies include health and fitness, culture and learning about nature and animal welfare.

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