The Chaise: Staying in the Best Guesthouse in Sunderland, England

The Chaise: Staying in the Best Guesthouse in Sunderland, England

The Chaise: Staying in the Best Guesthouse in Sunderland, England

When I decided to spend a couple of nights in Sunderland instead of Newcastle, a few people around me raised eyebrows. This only made my heart grow more eager to visit Sunderland, without doubt the stronger beast of the two north east cities in terms of exceeding expectation. We all know about Newcastle – the Likely Lads, Ant and Dec, Alan Shearer, Newky Brown…but just south sits the city of Sunderland.

Sunderland Pier and Roker Beach, England.

Sunderland Pier and Roker Beach, England.

Sunderland boasts an impressive stretch of North Sea coastline, in particular the promenade by Roker Beach. This place has become a popular place for Guest Houses and B and Bs over the years and as such there are MANY of them. So how do you choose the right one? It didn’t take me long to find a proper family run Guest House that also has a licensed bar, a good reputation and of course, the luxury of a sea view. So when I found the Chaise Guest House online, I booked in for a couple of nights. The Chaise has been going for 28 years. Here are the top 5 things I loved about my stay in the Chaise.

The Chaise: Staying in the Best Guesthouse in Sunderland, England

The Chaise: Staying in the Best Guesthouse in Sunderland, England

1. Family Run Guest House
Many guest houses may claim to be “family run” but The Chaise truly is. The owner John greets you, meets you, asks about you and makes you feel at home. He wants you to enjoy your stay and he cares about you. When I arrived, John checked me straight into my room and gave me all the details I needed for the next 2 days, including breakfast times and information on decent local restaurants.

The Chaise is a cool family run Guest House.

The Chaise is a cool family run Guest House.

At breakfast in the mornings, John came over to chat. You always feel you are in a good Guest House when the owner comes to chat and is approachable. It’s no surprise that the Chaise has been running for so long.

Hallway at the Chaise.

Hallway at the Chaise.

2. Cosy Rooms
The truth is that English seaside resorts know how to do good Guesthouses, but getting good housekeepers and keeping the rooms maintained can be more difficult.

My Room at the Chaise.

My Room at the Chaise.

A Room with a View.

A Room with a View.

I had a room at the front of the Chaise, overlooking the beach. The room was warm, cosy and a great place to sleep for two nights. I also had a kettle with tea and coffee and a Television (I don’t get much time to watch TV but I did watch the News on it).

Tea and coffee in my room.

Tea and coffee in my room.

3. North East Breakfast
I’m going with “North East Breakfast” here as it differs from the breakfast in the south of England, and from the Scottish and Northern Irish breakfast. Gone are haggis, soda farls and tattie bread. In is black pudding.

Full North East England Breakfast with a good old cup of tea.

Full North East England Breakfast with a good old cup of tea.

All bran and orange juice.

All bran and orange juice.

You also get a good range of cereals, fruit juices and yoghurts to choose from with the obvious choices of tea and coffee alongside. Plus toast as a standard – a great way to start the day.

Breakfast menu at the Chaise.

Breakfast menu at the Chaise.

Range of cereals at The Chaise.

Range of cereals at The Chaise.

4. Location
The Chaise is on Roker Seafront. If you want you can ask for a sea view in your room. I found this especially amazing as I could waken up to the sunrise over the pier and Roker Beach.

Before the sun comes up.

Before the sun comes up.

Sunrise from my room in Sunderland.

Sunrise from my room in Sunderland.

View out my window at night.

View out my window at night.

Aside from the seaside location, you are a 3 minute walk from the relaxation of Roker Park and a mere 10 minutes walk from the Stadium of Light metro station. There are some cool sights to see in and around Sunderland away from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle Upon Tyne and Gateshead.

Touring the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England.

Touring the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England.

5. Fully Licensed Bar
John tells me that the Chaise is currently the only Guest House in Sunderland that has a fully licensed bar. Saves you having to walk down the road if you fancy a pint.

Fully licensed bar at The Chaise Guest House, Sunderland.

Fully licensed bar at The Chaise Guest House, Sunderland.

As well as catching up with some work and sleep in The Chaise, I also toured the cities of Sunderland and Newcastle and had a couple of reunions to attend to (my friends Clare Tweedy and Paddy Campbell) and I enjoyed my time here. If you fancy heading to Sunderland, you now know where to stay!

Here are the details:
5 Roker Terrace
Roker
Sunderland
SR6 9NB
England

Manager: John Snaith
Telephone: (0191)5659218
E-mail: thechaise@btconnect.com
Book the Chaise on Agoda

Here are my videos from my stay at Chaise Guest House, Sunderland, England:

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2 thoughts on “The Chaise: Staying in the Best Guesthouse in Sunderland, England

  • Jonny you’ve made my journey complication very easier. Actually we’re five friends about to stay for two week on Sunderland, England. And We are so confused where to stay all the complete week, and seems like the Chaise will be a great place to stay. And all of the other essentials are also seems like near to that guesthouse.

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