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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
The coastal getaway of South Shields is ideally located between the cities of Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland. You can experience the natural beauty of South Tyneside's magnificent Natural Trust's twisting cliff tops and gorgeous award winning sandy beaches, visit a multitude of popular local attractions or take in all the fun of the fair in a traditional seaside resort.
Here you'll find an abundance of wildlife, hidden coves, cycleways and a pioneering lighthouse. Also home to a Roman Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site,) and near to Bede's World museum. Breathtaking scenery for walkers, cyclists, great for birdwatchers, ideal for various water sports and divers, outdoor sports including golf and bowls, horse riding, and of course South Shields is the setting for the finish line of the famous Great North Run.
This comfortable, well proportioned first floor flat offers a generous feel and excellent value (there are stairs at the front and rear of the property.) There are 2 bedrooms, both with a double bed (there is a single visitor bed if required - please note this must be requested on booking and is subject to availability (please therefore check with us before booking.) Very well located it is only a 5-10 minute walk to the sea front, or a 5 minute walk to Westoe Village - a historic peaceful oasis in the heart of South Shields which has links with several famous people. It was well known to Catherine Cookson during her youth and the setting for several of the books. Many of the North East's major attractions are only a short drive or Metro ride away (nearest station is a 10 minute walk from the flat.)
The beautiful coastline is steeped in smuggling stories and legends and with its clean beaches, historic sites, and bird sanctuaries, there is something for all the family.
You will soon discover that South Tyneside really has something for everyone - the glorious North Eastern coast will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||South Shields 800 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle 130 km, Nearest railway: Annan 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
Well presented first floor flat with 2 bedrooms - each with a double bed, sleeping up to 4 people - There are 2 bedrooms, both with a double bed (there is a single visitor bed if required - please note this must be requested on booking and is subject to availability (please therefore check with us before booking.) ), the property has a generous feel to it and with a private yard with decking area and garden table and chairs. TV/DVD player with Freeview channels and a DVD library. There is a clothes horse and large heated towel rail.
|Further details outdoors|
Private yard with decking area and garden table and chairs. Free on street parking (no dedicated space.) The property has its own front/back door and is a brick built Tyneside flat, built around 1920's.
Northern England region
North East England really is a gem of an area that simply must be discovered! It offers wide variety, from exhilarating coastline with its blue flag beaches and acres of beautiful and tranquil countryside, to cultural contemporary cities and rich heritage sites.
Highlights are the incredible Hadrian's Wall, a 73 mile World Heritage Site, the Angel of the North, one of most viewed pieces of public art in the world, Durham Cathedral, a magnificent World Heritage Site, and The Sage Gateshead, a simply stunning building playing host to music from around the world.
Also home to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Beamish Open Air Museum, akin to taking a journey in a time machine, Holy Island, Alnwick Garden, and Bamburgh Castle. There really is something for everyone here, and lots of choice for shopaholics, including the hugely popular Metro Centre and Eldon Square shopping malls. There is also an abundance of bars and restaurants, many serving delicious local produce.
Beautiful beaches, twisting cliff top paths, exhilarating amusements and miles of natural beauty make the South Tyneside coastline a delight to explore all year round. South Tyneside is blessed with gorgeous, award winning sandy beaches in UK locations free from hustle and bustle, like hidden treasures. They stretch from the mouth of the Tyne at South Shields beach for miles. Here you'll find an abundance of wildlife, hidden coves, cycleways and a pioneering lighthouse.
Westoe Village (a 5 minute walk from the property, is a historic peaceful oasis in the heart of South Shields, and has links with several famous people. It was well known to Catherine Cookson during her youth and the setting for several of the books.
The long sandy sweep of Sandhaven, with its backdrop of dunes, is one of the finest beaches in the UK while Littlehaven South Shields beach has panoramic views of the harbour and the ruins of Tynemouth Priory across the mouth of the Tyne. It is an ideal spot for sailing, windsurfing and angling.
All the fun of the fair can be enjoyed at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park where there is an exciting choice of white-knuckle thrillers, colourful and imaginative rides for younger children plus amusements and video games galore. Friends and family can battle it out at the newest attraction on the seafront - Smugglers Cove, a pirate themed pitch and putt.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the funfair, the seafront parks are the perfect spot for a gentle walk. The recently regenerated Victorian South Marine Park with its boating lake, miniature steam railway, play area, paddling pool and amazing gathering of swans and ducks is great for families. Nearby North Marine Park is the perfect setting for pitch and putt, watching a game of bowls or enjoying a stroll and taking in the great views.
Over time, the mighty waves of the great North Sea have carved out caves, cliffs and stacks, leaving one of the main tourist attractions in the area - the breathtaking Marsden Bay, dominated by one of the most magnificent rock formations in Britain. The l00-foot high rock is a bird sanctuary and home to dozens of sea birds (kittiwakes, gulls and cormorants) - second only to the Farne Islands. The nearby Marsden Grotto which nestles at the foot of the cliffs opposite the rock is worth a visit. Its first occupant was 'Jack the Blaster', a homeless miner who set up house in a cave in l782 and made a a living providing food and drink for smugglers. His old home is now a pub, The Grotto, which has a reasonably priced restaurant and a lift to whisk you back up to the cliff. The Leas, a two mile grassy sweep, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The South Tyneside coast is popular for cycling and walking, with a number of trails along the scenic cliff tops and the surrounding areas.
If Dame Catherine Cookson is more your thing, visit the excellent South Shields Museum and Art Gallery which chronicles and houses the life, awards and personal effects of Britain's best selling author, who was born in South Tyneside and used the area as an inspiration for her many novels (indeed this setting has become a place of pilgrimage for thousands of devotees every year. Bents Park provides a lovely open air setting for the Cookson Festival concerts and is packed with revellers enjoying the free music and entertainment (often headlined with popular well known names.) There is also a Catherine Cookson Trail, taking in the author's birthplace, former home and many locations used in filming the many adaptations of her novels.) Other tours are also available, which take in Bede, Books and Romans, Roman Heritage, Maritime Trail and an Art Trail (during the summer the South Tyneside Tourism Bus operates on a daily basis linking all of South Tyneside's attractions together, making it even easier to get around.) Catherine Cookson country is a region of beautiful beaches and ancient sites, as well as being the setting for scores of books, television programmes and movies. 2009 marks the eleventh anniversary of the death of Catherine Cookson but people still come from around the world to South Tyneside, a small region in the North East of England, to follow in the footsteps of the characters in her books, films and television programmes.She wrote close to 100 books which were translated into at least twenty languages.
The area boasts a long and proud maritime heritage. South Tyneside was the home of the nation's first purpose-designed lifeboat and one of the original vessels, Tyne, is beautifully preserved at the Wouldhave memorial. Her crews saved 1,028 stricken mariners in the 19th century. Another first for South Tyneside coast is Souter Lighthouse. When it was switched on in 1871, it was the first in the world specifically constructed for electric illumination by carbon arc lamps. Today, in this National Trust property, you can explore the Engine Room, the keeper's cottage and enjoy outstanding views from the top of the tower.
South Shields is going from strength to strength, with its lively shopping area and popular open air markets, in the bustling town centre. The Metro system brings visitors into the heart of the newly refurbished Market place and main shopping area, where High Street stores and restaurants offer great choices. Markets are held four days a week (three in winter) in a traditional square, with the 18th century Old Town Hall at its heart. The historic church of St. Hilda stands on the south side of the Market Place. Also home to the J Barbour & Sons factory and factory outlet - the wax jacket people. The popular "Royal Quays" outlet village is also located in nearby North Shields, situated next to the "Wet n Wild" water park - the UK's largest water park.
This destination offers an excellent choice of restaurants and pubs offering international and traditional cuisine in a wide variety of settings, from town centre locations to venues with lovely coastal and rural views (if curries are a particular favourite, try Ocean road - you will be truly spoilt for choice and the value is excellent!) Of course no seaside destination would be complete without the traditional fish and chips and seafood restaurants and you will find an excellent choice locally, along with tasty ice creams dotted around the coast. The spirit of South Tyneside is nowhere better experienced than in the annual Summer Festival with 3 months of fabulous free fun and entertainment for all ages and tastes. The festival runs over June, July and August and starts off with the colourful opening parade. The Sunday Spectaculars feature a selection of big name bands in Bents Park on the seafront (10 minutes walk from the property.)
The Roman Fort of Arbeia at South Shields was occupied as early as AD80 and is one of the most important sites in Britain. There is a life-size replica of the West Gate of the fort which was built from remains found on the site and is the only one of its kind to be rebuilt on its original site.
The great news is many of the north easts premier attractions are all just a short metro ride away from the property.
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2 Jan 2012
"Home from home in friendly location"
Cosy terrace flat, as expected but with extras such as table set for a meal with very welcome biscuits & wine. Parking was hot & miss but we never had to walk far. Sea-side about 15 mins walk away. Th… More
7 Aug 2011
"Basic good value holiday property"
The property was ideal for myself, my teenage daughter and two well-behaved small dogs! The booking was made quickly and easily via the friendly property owners. On arrival we were greeted by the cha… More
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