We had never been to the Northumbrian coast before and had spotted St Aidens on Trip Advisor. The one or two not so go reviews are quiet old and I would say can be safely ignored as the hotel was superb ! I'll probably be repeating what a lot of other reviewers have said but it never does any harm when you find somewhere like this to sing it's praises. John was really welcoming from the moment we arrived at reception and continued to be so throughout our stay (we didn't really see much of Sue as I think she was working away behind the scenes), he was very attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The room (Merrie England, although we'll pay the bit extra for a room with a view when we next go back...which we will) was really comfy with loads of storage and a nice compact en suite. Loads of tea, coffee, milk etc. and an LCD tv attached to the wall. The full English breakfast was fantastic (including the sausages) loads of fresh fruit as others have said and a breakfast room with a view. Although we didn't have any drinks from the bar in the lounge, the honesty box to pay for them if you do have one or two is a really nice, and trusting, idea. The other people staying when we were there were a mix of older and younger couples, all very nice, no screaming kiddies (no offence intended to any parents reading this :)).
Seahouses itself was a revelation, a small holiday resort, pretty much dead after 8pm, but that suited us fine. There was a really nice italian restaurant (Elan Pizzeria - we went twice in the three nights we were there) a couple of Indian restaurants and a couple of pubs down by the harbour serving food. There are a few gifts shops ranging from cheap and cheerful to more arty, a National Trust shop, couple of chippies, a co-op and a few other shops, and that's about it, but the beaches were superb, the trip to the Farnes was fantastic (try to book on the catamaran if you can) and Bamburgh castle was great, followed by a lovely walk on the beach back to the hotel. On the last evening we were there, we were sat on a bench across form the hotel, and saw a boatload of daytrippers coming back from the islands, it then stopped and turned and I took a few snaps with my zoom and looking at them back in the room could see a large fin sticking out of the water....which turned out to be a Minke whale ! I would thoroughly recomend both St Aidens and Seahouses...you won't regret it!
- Also Known As:
- St Aidan Hotel Seahouses, Northumberland