The Weekend Australian - Travel - - ONE PERFECT DAY -

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.hol­i­ 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.jes­mond­dene­ Jill Hock­ing

Down to a fine art: Jes­mond Dene House

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