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“Beautiful view but location makes it expensive”
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St Aidan Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Seahouses
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful view but location makes it expensive”
Reviewed 24 October 2010

We stayed one night in the Scotland room in the St Aidan hotel in August. The hotel is quite a traditional B&B. The manager/owner was really welcoming and lovely. The hotel has an honesty bar in the lounge which we didn't use, but it seemed like a fantastic idea.

The room was very clean and comfortable with added extras like a small cafetiere for proper coffee as well as tea and hot chocolate. The view is really the highlight in this room with an unspoilt view of Bamburgh Castle which changes as the light changes. Gorgeous. It was very relaxing to lie on the bed and just gaze out of the window.

The one downside to the room is that the doors between the bedroom and shower room/toilet are just thin wooden doors with slats (like the ones you might get on the front of a wardrobe). That just makes it a bit awkward if you're on a romantic break with your partner. The shower room was clean with an electric shower which was fine.

Breakfast was very good with enough choice for veggies and non-veggies. A really good selection of fruit as well as a good cooked breakfast.

It's a very short walk from the hotel to the main street and harbour in Seahouses. We went to a curry house on the main street (I think it was Indian Brasserie) recommended by the St Aidan's manager - it was very busy and very good food. We had a drink in the Olde Ship which is a tiny packed bar with all sorts of crazy seafaring memorabilia on the walls and ceiling. Definitely worth a visit for the guest ales and strange decor.

Seahouses is a strange place - very touristy in the not-so-good sense of the word with arcades and shops that sell a lot of tat. As long as you're prepared for that then you'll enjoy it.

Staying at St Aidan's meant that we could easily get one of the early boat trips out around the Farne Islands which was a highlight of our trip. We saw loads of seals and lots of different birds. Very highly recommended.

I've given St Aidan's a "Very Good" rating but it should be "Good" as it was better than average but not quite very good due to the lack of privacy in the bathroom.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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susan992, Owner at St Aidan Hotel, responded to this review, 4 March 2011
"GREAT NEWS" no more louvre doors we listen and learn, new modern doors fitted, thanks for your kind comments on breakfast
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

We booked for 2 nights but felt unwilling to stay the second night. Despite stunning views, the hotel was in need of investment. This showed in the poor standard of cleanliness and lack of attention to detail. The room didn't warrant the price we were charged.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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susan992, Owner at St Aidan Hotel, responded to this review, 28 October 2010
unfortunately, despite our best efforts at all times, "You cannot please all for the people all of the time".
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Reviewed 15 October 2010

We stayed in the Taste of Africa room which had just recently been carpeted. The hotel was fantastic short walk from town (best curry ever) right in front of beach where you can hear waves. We went for a trip to Farne Islands which was brisk but well worth the effort (wear warm stuff) and then returned for a warm shower and cup of tea. The breakfast was out of this world with fresh fruit, endless tea & coffee and the cooked English was the best yet with newspapers to mull over whilst you were relaxing.

I left my prized ring in the room and we were contacted by Management as soon as we had left they kindly forwarded the ring onto me which i received - many thanks guys - we will both be back next time we are in the UK.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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yorkshire, england
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Reviewed 10 October 2010

Everything about this bed and breakfast was superb. We stayed in the Flavour of Scotland room which had a super-king size bed (made up from 2 twins), a large sofa which could be converted into extra sleeping, flat-screen tv, large shower room and the best bit....... A wonderful view up the beach to Bamburgh Castle and out towards the Farne Islands.
Breakfast consisted of 9 or 10 different fruits, 9 different cereals, yogurts, fruit juices and a great Full English or smoked haddock or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. All served with as much toast, tea and coffee as you could want.
A honesty bar in the residents lounge was lovely to come back to after an evening out with very cheap prices.
Stayed for 3 nights and had some great days out, Holy Island, Berwick-on-Tweed, Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle. The Chillingham Wild Cattle were really amazing and interesting only 122 in the world so rarer than the Giant Panda - highly recomended if you're interested in wild-life.
All in all a wondeful stay in a great part of the world.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ramsbottom, UK
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

We stayed in the taste of Scotland room- nice big bed, good mattress, lots of space. The funny slatted door on the bathroom has been mentioned in these reviews before- didn't really bother us.
Nice breakfast with lots of fresh fruit option - raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, grapefruit, grapes, bananas, apples (I sometimes feel when I'm staying in B&Bs that I would kill for some fresh fruit but that is no problem here).
Great views up the coast to Bamburgh castle, Lindisfarne and the long beach.
Good collection of board games in the resident's lounge. Friendly and fast check-in and out, easy parking, and easy to find due to its ridiculously good location.

PS: we were a bit disappointed by the inside of Bamburgh castle, if you don't mind walking a bit and like wild romantic views then would go for Dunstanburgh instead.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

A beautiful property, unbeatable views, comfy and well-appointed rooms. Breakfast was outstanding, both for the food and service, and the vista. Friendly & helpful staff. A little expensive compared to nearby properties, but worth it. Recommended.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Thank tedbates
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

We stayed for 4 nights in the Taste of Scotland room (room 3) and we don't have a bad word to say about it. The room was spacious and had a lovely sea view, it was spotless and homely. The Hotel Manager could not do enough for us, and was very friendly. Breakfast was delicious and filling and evenings in the lounge were most enjoyable. We really enjoyed our stay and will highly recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: St Aidan Hotel
Address: Seafront | St Aidans, Seahouses NE68 7SR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Seahouses
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Seahouses
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relaxed bed and breakfast, with spectacular views of the Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle & Holy Island ... more   less 
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St Aidan Hotel Seahouses, Northumberland

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