SPACIOUS, comfortable and newly-renovated apartment in this Victorian building
About Dylan Younger
I am your joint host at Docker’s Digs, along with my partner, Karen Bell. We are self-employed landlords and do-er up-ers. I am a former sports journalist - Karen is still a brilliant yoga teacher. We are in our mid-40s and now have two grown-up children. We are passionate about Newcastle and the North East, and corny as it sounds, passionate about property too. We have put our heart and soul into providing a lovely home-from-home at our two apartments - Coalminer's Cottage and Docker's Digs. We've stayed there ourselves and love it. We hope you do too - it's a convenient and comfortable base to explore and get the most out of this fantastic part of the world. We will leave you in peace to enjoy your stay - but help and advice is always on hand if you need it.
Dylan Younger purchased this Apartment in 2016
Why Dylan Younger chose Gateshead
There is a large but cozy double attic bedroom with leather double bed on the top floor, a spacious twin room on the floor below, a gorgeous large attic living room with dormer window and a fully-tiled bathroom with walk-in shower cubicle. There is a small kitchenette area at one end of the open-plan living room. Here you will find sink, fridge, microwave (with integral grill), oven and kettle. Please note, however, that it is not a full working kitchen and there is no hob or oven. You are renting the entire apartment, and your privacy will be respected at all times. Full instructions on everything will be provided, but the owner is only a phone call away if needed.
What makes this Apartment unique
FAST cable wifi is free of charge and our LG Smart TV provides instant access to all catch-up services. There is a electric fire, USB sockets in the kitchen area, for hipsters a 50s-style radio/CD/record player (with a few bits of vinyl to listen to) and (if you're more 21st Century) a docking/charging station for your iphone or ipod. All bills are covered and there is instant hot water provided by a condensing combi boiler. We have spent a lot of time time and care providing a comfortable home-from-home, close to all the amenities that Tyneside has to offer. Please respect this, and respect other homeowners in what is a residential area. This is not the apartment for you if you want to have loud parties late into the night.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
My sister and I had a great stay at Dylan’s property. The check in directions were easy to follow and everything was simple to find. We stayed in the upper apartment with two rooms. The rooms were decently sized with twin beds downstairs and a queen upstairs. The kitchenette area and bathroom were not made for tall or large people my any means, but we didn’t mind. The beds were extremely comfortable and everything we needed was included. We walked about 1/4 mile to a larger grocery store, however there is a small convenience store just outside the apartment. It was a very quiet location with stunning views. Thank you for allowing us to stay!
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm so pleased you liked the apartment, and you are welcome back any time. Regards, Dylan.
Beautiful Place and friendly staff
I Was the first time last Christmas in this place, therefore when I think about this place I will be reminded of the tranquility and relaxation, I love this place because it is clean and good to the fullest all you can find, I highly recommend this place 👌🏼
Wonderful affordable property.
Fantastic property if you are working away. Two bedroom apartment.
Birthday treat. Really cool apartment, nicely done out, had everything we needed. Very clean and quiet. Good value - would recommend.
Beautifully designed, comfortable and clean apartment in a safe quiet area. Lovely!
This is a lovely quirky place to stay. The owner has some great design attention that makes this not only a really nice place to stay but with heritage surrounding it. The accommodation is really comfortable, especially the beds, and very clean. The street is very quiet and safe with plenty of parking. It is very accessible to Newcastle/Gateshead and further public transport options so you wouldn't really need a car. Overall this is a really excellent base to explore the region and the owner is very helpful should you need it.
Lovely apartment, would highly recommend.
We stayed at this apartment for almost a month and it was a lovely home away from home. Although it is small, for the purpose of our stay in Newcastle this place was perfect. The decor and appliances available were all we needed (except of course a washing machine, but this wasnt such an issue). The cleaners kept the place well maintained and the area was easily accessible to/from the city centre with a quick taxi trip. Great place to stay and we would highly recommend this property.
Docker's Digs is the perfect gateway to exploring Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East - long known to be a world-class weekend destination.
Newcastle was voted the best UK city to visit by Guardian readers last year - and is regularly named in lists of top worldwide cities for weekend breaks.
Our apartment is in Gateshead, just a mile from the A1 motorway and on the southern brink of the Tyneside urban area. Access to Coalminer’s Cottage is easy and parking is free - but with excellent regular bus services on the doorstep - and a taxi into the city costing £7 to £8 - there is no need to use your car from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.
You are a stone’s throw from the beautiful Saltwell Park, known as ‘The People’s Park’ - with its boating lake, wooded areas and cafe, while the historic Little Theatre is just around the corner.
You are less than two miles from Newcastle city centre, and even closer to the stunning Quayside, a shared jewel in Newcastle and Gateshead’s crown. Here you can visit the Baltic Arts centre, and the Sage music venue, and take a walk over the Millennium Bridge which spans the Tyne.
If shopping is your thing, you will be in heaven - you’re less than three miles from the biggest shopping centre in Europe, Gateshead’s MetroCentre, and 2.5 miles from the shops Newcastle’s Eldon Square.
You have a wealth of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants to choose from, as you would expect in one of the UK’s biggest and liveliest cities. World-class athletics at Gateshead International Stadium and Premier League football at Newcastle United’ St James’s Park are both on the doorstep, too.
If it’s the countryside you crave, just a few miles North and you are in the beautiful, unspoilt rural scenery of Northumberland, with rolling fields, Cheviot hills, endless sandy beaches and imposing castles.
Go west and the green valleys of Derwentside beckon, while a short drive (or a world-famous 13-mile run!) to South Shields brings a traditional Tyneside seaside resort with fairgrounds, duck ponds and mini-steam trains. Just north of the Tyne and a similar distance are Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, where, at low tide, you can walk the causeway to visit its lighthouse - one of the North East’s famous landmarks.
As for the building itself, you will be staying in a type of Victorian property unique to this region - the ‘Tyneside flat’. These buildings are purpose-built terrace flats and maisonettes, built over a century ago in two or three storeys, which originally provided homes for Tynesiders across the region - many of them working in the coalmines and shipyards of an area which was fast becoming a powerhouse of the industrial revolution.
We have tried to show a hint of the area’s rich industrial heritage with some of the old photos on display in the apartment. This area - Bensham, Gateshead - is changing fast but has long been one of the traditional heartlands of working-class Tyneside.
We are a £5 taxi ride from Newcastle's Quayside (one of the city's prime locations for bars and restaurants) and a £7 fare from Newcastle Central Railway Station (2 miles away). At the end of Rectory Road, the No 54 bus takes you into Newcastle's city centre in just 7 minutes. The apartment is just half a mile from the A1, so offers easy access for travel north and south. a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute bus ride takes you to Gateshead town centre, where you can access the Metro network for underground rail travel to the coast (South Shields, Tynemouth or Whitley Bay) and across Tyneside.