British coastal bolthole Seaham Hall is fending off the January blues with the launch of a new winter open-air experience that includes alfresco dining, twinkling lights and fire pits.

The five-star hotel and converted Georgian country house, which sits on Durham’s Heritage Coast, is introducing a variety of outdoor experiences to take the chill out of winter dining. They include ‘Fire and Feast’, an experience that sees guests seated beneath a wooden canopy adorned with twinkling lights, wrapped up in faux fur blankets in front of a roaring wood fire, to dine on Alpine-inspired dishes such as fondue bites and toasted marshmallows.

Seaham Hall dining pods

The hotel has also constructed ‘Dining Dome’ pods on its extensive grounds, giving diners the chance to cosy up over hearty dishes such as grilled steaks served with winter cocktails. Additionally, several romantic spots have been set up and beautifully illuminated throughout the hotel’s 37 acres, in a programme dubbed ‘Ignite’.

Seaham Hall’s heritage dates back to 1791, and historic highlights include the poet Lord Byron’s wedding, which took place onsite in 1815. The building was also used as a military hospital in the First World War, and a Spey whisky smuggling den during US Prohibition.

The hotel offers two restaurants – The Dining Room, which serves refined and modern British fare, and the pan-Asian Ozone.