Seaton Delaval Hall, Whitley Bay

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Seaton Delaval Hall is a Grade I listed country house in Northumberland, England. It is near the coast just north of Newcastle upon Tyne. Located between Seaton Sluice and Seaton Delaval, it was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1718 for Admiral George Delaval; it is now owned by the National Trust.
Seaton Delaval Hall in its entirety was recently closed to visitors on account of building work. It re-opened on Saturday 16 February 2019, from Thursdays to Sundays only. However, the west wing has been emptied of its furniture and paintings, and remains closed to visitors as it is being completely re-roofed.
Since completion of the house in 1728, it has had an unfortunate history. Neither architect nor patron lived to see its completion; it then passed through a succession of heirs, being lived in only intermittently. Most damaging of all, in 1822 the central block was gutted by fire, and has remained an empty shell ever since.

The 18th-century gardens of the hall are Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
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  • A shell of a building its nonethless a impressive sight. The adjoing grounds are pretty and once the renovation work is complete it will be magnificent.  more »
  • This was our second visit. The hall is restoration in progress, don't visit if you you are expecting sumptuous interiors - this is a shell of a building and so interesting. Fire ravaged in 1822 and...  more »
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  • Excellent local stately home. Currently (as of August 2019) undergoing extensive renovations so some areas might be off limits as the work progresses. Nevertheless it's always worth a visit. The hall itself is no the biggest or most imposing stately home in England, however the architecture and design of the grounds lend the place a sense of scale and grandeur that belies it's compact size. The gardens are delightful: filled with little nooks and secluded areas to explore. There's loads to do for kids - perhaps surprisingly. Picnics and dogs are welcome. Little cafe serving light meals and snacks. Ample parking. Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Fully recommended.
  • The hall is magnificent, a testament to the ingenuity, creativity and sheer daring of a bygone age. It has suffered over the years; the fire, though devastating did not destroy the heart of the building. It stands proud and dominant in its grounds. The site is well loved and the team are doing a brilliant job, total sympathy and understanding of the original vision and the characters that built and liven in it.
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