IN the 1960s an office block close to the Tyne Bridge underwent an apartment makeover and 55 Degrees North was born, named for Newcastle’s location 55 degrees north of the equator. Our apartment is one of a number of holiday rentals at this building in Pilgrim Street.
The one-bedroom apartment makes a comfortable base for an extended Tyneside stay. It is five minutes’ walk from the quayside and Grainger Town. From the double-glazed windows there are superb views of the Sage, the Baltic and the Tyne bridges. The open-plan kitchen offers all mod cons and the living area is equipped with television and DVD and CD players. The bedroom is compact, with a crisply draped bed and plenty of hanging space. Toiletries are provided in the gleaming white-tiled bathroom. Tariff £100 ($220) a night. More: www.holidaylets.net/ properties/13899.
For a stylish stay in a leafy suburb 3km from central Newcastle, arts and crafts-era boutique hotel Jesmond Dene House has 40 rooms featuring period details such as wood panelling, oak floors and mullioned windows. Furnishing is in chic contemporary style. Rooms start at £202 ($430). More: www.jesmonddenehouse.co.uk. Jill Hocking
Down to a fine art: Jesmond Dene House