Seaham Hall – Seaham, County Durham

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A Georgian country-house hotel that’s rich in heritage and contemporary in style, Seaham Hall is known for its award-winning Serenity Spa. Drawing influence from Far Eastern healing and wellness rituals, holistic treatments range from hypnotherapy to Ishga seaweed baths and soothing massages (arrive from 3pm to indulge in the steam, sauna, hydrotherapy thermal experiences and outdoor Zen Garden). Afterwards, grab a bite at the pan-Asian restaurant Ozone – think warming curries and sizzling stir fries – or book in at The Dining Room. The decoration here features glittering chandeliers and a portrait of one-time resident Lord Byron on the wall while the seasonal modern British fare is inspired by the North Sea and glorious Durham countryside. At night, bed down in one of the individually designed lavish suites with super king size Hypnos beds; some come with a private hot tub and garden, whilst the split-level Ada Lovelace suite has twin slipper baths. The hotel also hosts exciting events, from a pop-up champagne and seafood bar, to live music on Sundays under the pergola and movie nights on the terrace.

Doubles from £335

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