Seaham Hall sold to Seasons Holidays for slashed-down price

02 April 2012 by
Seaham Hall sold to Seasons Holidays for slashed-down price

The five-red-AA-star, 20-bedroom Seaham Hall in Durham has become the latest former Von Essen hotel to be sold. Originally put on the market for £12.5m, the price was later slashed to £5m. It is believed that the new owners Seasons Holidays paid less than the asking price.

Bristol-based Seasons Holidays owns five self-catering holiday resorts in the UK and the County hotel, a members-only property in Bath. It also has resorts in mainland Spain, Lanzarote, Portugal and Ireland.

It is believed that the dramatic drop in the value of Seaham Hall reflected the fact that the hotel and extensive spa, which has 19 treatment rooms, had been neglected in recent years and is in need of some refurbishment.

Set in 37 acres of gardens, the 18th century Seaham Hall was originally launched as a hotel in 2001 by computer software magnate Tom Maxfield. He spent about £20m on transforming the property that had been derelict for several years into one of the North-east's most prominent hotels.

The hotel's restaurant held a Michelin star under one-time head chef Kenny Atkinson, who has now moved on to Rockliffe Hall.

Maxfield sold Seaham Hall and its sister hotel, the Samling, overlooking Windermere in Cumbria, to Von Essen in 2008.

There are now just two hotels from the portfolio of 27 Von Essen hotels, which collapsed into administration with debts of nearly £300m a year ago, that are still to be sold - Ston Easton Park in Somerset and Sharrow Bay in Cumbria.

The hotels are being marketed by Christie & Co.

Von Essen buys Seaham Hall hotel and the Samling >>

Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson to move to Rockliffe Hall next month >>

Cliveden tops the price tag on Von Essen hotels >>

By Janet Harmer

E-mail your comments to Janet Harmer here.

If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with jobs

Blogs on ]( Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[E-Newsletters]([ For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our E-newsletters
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking