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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relaxed bed and breakfast, with spectacular views of the Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle & Holy Island ... more less
- Also Known As:
- St Aidan Hotel Seahouses, Northumberland