Durham luxury spa hotel undergoes multi-million-pound makeover and expansion

A Durham spa hotel has undergone a multi-million pound ‘makeover’ and expansion with assistance from a Yorkshire based horticultural business.

Seaham Hall Hotel, which was built in 1791 in Seaham, 25 miles northeast of Durham, was converted into a luxury hotel in 2012, with its owners committed to ensuring the future of the property as the finest five-star hotel in the region.

From a WWI military hospital to a secret whisky bottling facility in the Prohibition era, the Hall has a rich history which is kept alive through the “character and charm” of the modern-day hotel.

Today the hotel boasts 21 guest suites, an on-site spa and two restaurant concepts for guests to enjoy and has scooped a string of “prestigious” awards, the most recent being gold at the VisitEngland Awards 2022, the 2022 AA Inspectors’ Choice Hotel Awards and Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice Spa Awards in 2021.

Plant nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, has provided over five thousand plants to a five-star luxury spa hotel in County Durham, as part of the venue’s £8.5m expansion plans.

The Yorkshire based horticultural business was chosen to supply a range of plants and trees to Seaham Hall Hotel’s grounds, including its bungalow lodges, 44,000sq ft spa area and hotel terrace, as a project to develop a series of new luxury suites for the hotel also gets underway.

Ross Grieve, managing director at Seaham Hall Hotel, commented: “The grounds around the hotel are as stunning as the hotel itself, and it’s something which our guests really enjoy, especially being out in the coastal air.

“Therefore it was important for us to work alongside a business that not only understands this, but has built its reputation landscaping in County Durham and the surrounding counties.”

Johnsons of Whixley marketing manager, Eleanor Richardson, said: “We are thrilled to work with the Seaham Hall Hotel team as their ambitious development plans get underway, in collaboration with our customer Richard from Garden Vision Durham, who delivered the design, hard and soft landscaping of the project.”

Richard Porter Director at Garden Vision Ltd, added: “Garden Vision have been proud to complete the design, landscaping & planting for Seaham Hall, a client that we have a great working relationship with.”

By Matthew Neville – Senior Correspondent, Bdaily

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