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Twitcher's Rest

(Ref. 1007095)

Hartlepool, County Durham, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • sea (27)
  • lovely (24)
  • well (22)
  • beach (20)
  • comfortable (16)
  • cottage (15)

51 Customer Reviews

  • "A great cottage in a good location , fab view of the beach , near to local shops , good regular bus service nearby into main town , car parking on street outside ."

    Quiet location at night , well appointed cottage . I would recommend.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Apr 2024

  • "Beautiful and tranquil mud terrace cottage on the seafront."

    Colour and decor of interior creates a peaceful feel. Bed comfortable with fresh linen. I stripped the bed on the morning I departed and noted that the duvet and pillows looked new and fresh, with protectors on the pillows. Maybe this was why I slept so well! The view of the sea was spectacular with the sound of the waves crashing dominating both day and night made it more special. Struggled with the lock on the back door a couple of times. This was really fiddly and difficult to unlock.

    Reviewed by Melanie4.7Mar 2024

  • "Well presented,warm, comfortable property in a quiet location."

    The property is well equipped and close to local amenities with some good walks nearby, particularly along the beach to crimson dene which has a lovely cafe. My only criticism would be that although we slept well the mattresses could do with upgrading.

    Reviewed by Moira4.4Mar 2024

  • "Really enjoyed how cosy and comfy overall the property was."

    The view was wonderful. I did find the single bed to be - little uncomfortable - I found it squeaked quite easily with small movements and felt I could feel the springs in the mattress when I laid down. We found the parking was fine - always able to find a space. Loved the location - perfect for what we needed.

    Reviewed by Suzan4.7Feb 2024

  • "We really loved this property."

    Great location overlooking the sea.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2024

  • "The property is in a great location, right on the seafront with sea views from both upstairs and downstairs from windows."

    It was extremely cold weather when we stayed but the house is very cosy, especially with the log stove lit in the front room. The stairs are steep but this is made clear in the property description. It is generally clean and tidy and well equipped, although there are a few minor maintenance issues that don't detract from an enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jan 2024

  • "Good well equipped property in excellent location."

    Stairs are steep (as warned) but bannisters provide good support. Lovely beaches within a stones throw and coastal path nearby. We had a couple of bad weather days due to storms when we were happy to hunker down. The house was warm and comfortable with lots of interesting books etc to keep us entertained. Used the no7 bus to visit the Naval Museum and the Museum of Hartlepool. Recommend the Heugh Battery just down the road and an easy walk from Twitcher's Rest. 9

    Hi Jill, Thank you for your feedback, my apologies for the delay responding. I'm very pleased you enjoyed your stay. The stairs are steep but really would be difficult to change them in a small property so we notify on the website and hopefully the signs around the stairs aren't intrusive. The weather can be challenging at the seaside in the winter but it's still a great area to explore if you are wrapped up and a running sea brings out all the sea anglers along the promenade so there's generally things going on even then. I hope we have you as guests again! Regards David Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Oct 2023

  • "We have had a lovely holiday at Twitchers Cottage."

    The cottage is situated in a wonderful place with amazing sounds & views of the sea. The only thing that we found was we couldn't open the windows in the front bedroom or lounge to let some fresh air in. They were locked & and there were no keys to be found anywhere, also the vertical blind had a slat missing in the lounge. The cottage could have been cleaner / tidier in places. The bathroom door is grubby on the inside & the kitchen cupboard / drawers would benefit from sorting out. Lots of things abandoned in them! The kitchen outside door shuts but leaves a gap to the outside & the door into the kitchen from the lounge doesn't shut as not fitted properly. Plus the back bedroom door doesn't shut properly either. I mention these things as the owner may not be aware. We enjoyed our stay & would return to this peaceful cosy cottage.

    Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately the sea spray and sand does create corrosion in the window mechanisms and it is a constant battle to keep the hinges loose and efficiently working. It is likely that that all the windows and front door will be replaced at the front of the house in the Spring, we are currently waiting for a couple of quotes. One of the windows does work but is a little stiff. Ditto the rear door. Cleanliness will be addressed with the cleaner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Sep 2023

  • ""Brilliant location."

    .. lie in bed and watch the sunrise and hear the birds , be in the lounge and watch the sea and weather and walk along the promenade and beach....location is everything"

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely stay again been here a few times."

    Great base for beach walks and touring the area.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2023

  • "WiFi not working on arrival, managed to get it fixed the next day."

    Suggest new ethernet cable. Everything else OK. A lot better than the photos. Definitely be back

    Reviewed by Neil3.1Jul 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our week at Twitcher's Rest."

    The single bed in the second bedroom could have been more comfortable, the mobile phone signal was intermittent, the WiFi was spectacularly unreliable and the Virgin Media TV/black box system thing was rather baffling without instructions, but those negatives were more than offset by the sea view from the master bedroom, the sunny enclosed courtyard garden and the very practical kitchen. Oh, and going to bed and waking up to the sound of waves gently breaking on the spectacular sandy beach, with the occasional screech of a gull to make it feel proper sea-sidy. Would we stay at Twitcher's Rest again? Definitely!

    Hi Chris, the mobile signal is normally Ok but I will look into it and see if anything can be done. The wifi is checked every time there is a changeover and nothing had been noticed but again I will have a look, on the odd occasion I've had a fail a reset at the mains has sorted it. But thanks for the generally positive feedback, and you are wvery welcome to come again. David Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.1May 2023

  • "Very clean and comfortable everything within walking distance and our dog loved walking on the beach which was right outside the front door."

    Hi Karen, thanks for you kind feedback, always appreciated, do come again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Ideal base for visiting the North East coastal areas."

    Local beach perfect for safe dog walks. Cottage itself well appointed and well maintained....... everything you needed available. Log burner a great bonus!! Would definitely recommend it.

    Thanks Ian, Many thanks for the kind comments, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay Regards David Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay, right on the beach, plenty of places to explore."

    The dog had a lovely Time on the beach every morning. Beautiful going to sleep with the sounds of the ocean. Only gave it slightly less on comfort as the bed was a little too soft for my personal liking, but, wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Feb 2023

  • "Lovely house in a great location."

    It was very warm, clean and comfortable - extremely well equipped - and the log burner was an added bonus. There is lots to do in the area. We walked every day but one (including a couple of walks into town), and my husband did some cycling. On the one occasion that we used the car (to go to the RSPB reserve), it was easy to park outside the house on return. All in all, a lovely break.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Feb 2023

  • "Very comfortable house, well stocked kitchen, log burner was welcome, brilliant ..."

    Very comfortable house, well stocked kitchen, log burner was welcome, brilliant position overlooking the sea, great walks from door step, fabulous weekend away

    Hi Diane, many thanks for your comments, do come again ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane4.4Dec 2022

  • "Twitcher's Rest provided a very comfortable stay and fabulous birdwatching opportunities just by crossing the road."

    It was even possible to bird from the bedroom! It was convenient for many sites along the northeast coast and close to shops. The house is very well supplied and had all that we could have wanted, and parking on the road was never a problem. Thank you

    Hi Lesley, Thanks very much for your feedback, great that you had so many birds, It really is a great area year-round and when the weather is a bit inclement you can watch from the window! Come back and visit again Regards David Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, perfect location."

    Ticked all my boxes for being right near the sea, a wood burning stove, a bath, plenty of places to eat and drink a short walk away and regular buses near by.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Nov 2022

  • "Was a lovely property, everything I needed."

    I wanted a cosy place as I was on my own and felt safe and after spending my days on the beach - beach combing I was delighted to come back to a lovely warm property and hot shower. There is a wood burner which I didn’t use but sure would be fab on snowy times. I am looking forward to returning in spring if possible, but will definitely book again for end of this year to enjoy another cosy week at Twitchers Rest. Thanks

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Oct 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    Brilliant location facing the sea.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "Twitchers Rest is a lovely, cosy terraced house on the “Headland “ Hartlepool."

    Superb location on the Seafront. Huge expanse of beach across the road from the property. Great for exploring, walking, running or cycling. Close to the Marina, 10 mins drive away. Same for shopping and cafes/bars close to the Marina. So well worth a visit it’s a hidden gem. As are Seaham and Saltburn by the Sea. We will go back, as there’s so much more to explore. I’m the area.

    Reviewed by Shelagh5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely property."

    Very well equipped kitchen. and fabulous sea view. The wood burner made it especially cosy. Lots to see and do locally, wonderful beach walks. Don't miss a walk round the headland or a visit to the Trincomalee .

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay."

    On arrival we were disappointed when we saw the front garden, very unkept,.gravel and weeds. Inside the cottage very nice and clean. The back garden/ yard was as it is, there were three chairs and no table. The single bed was a bit too soft for me however maybe ok for someone Else. We found plenty to do in the area and the sea and sands just across the road was lovely.

    Reviewed by Frances3.8Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Twitchers Rest."

    The coastal location is lovely. You have a fabulous view overlooking the sea from the living room and main bedroom. We left the windows open to enjoy the relaxing sound of the waves. The house is extremely well kitted out with all the crockery, cutlery and pans you could possibly need. There are also books and board games. The owner left a lovely welcome gift of wine and chocolates which was very much appreciated. Although there is not allocated parking, we were able to park directly outside the house every day (even though the town carnival was on at the time). There is a lovely promenade along the sea shore which can be accessed directly outside the property. We enjoyed following the 'monkey sign' trail to learn more about Hartlepool. We would also recommend the Royal Navy National Museum for a local day out. Be sure to visit 'The Copper Kettle' for an amazing breakfast/lunch. Twitchers Rest was a good base for travelling to Durham, Newcastle and Whitby, which all have English Heritage properties to visit.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Twitchers Rest, the accommodation was lovely and clean, we had a box of chocolates and wine left by the owner what we thought was a lovely touch."

    The house was very convenient for going out and about. We wouldn't hesitate to go again. We have used Sykes cottages before and not been disappointed. Thank you. Xx Patricia and David

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property and fantastic sea view."

    Well equipped and comfortable with added extra touches. Enjoyed exploring the local area with our dog and relaxing at Twitcher's Rest.

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2022

  • "Cottages was lovley ."

    All we needed was there we had a small problem but was soon sorted.we will definitely come again as it is very convenient to everything.bed a bit to soft for us but we are all different. Highly recomend .

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Mar 2022

  • "Lovely property, well positioned overlooking the sea."

    Well equipped and comfortable. Lots to do within easy reach.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Mar 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay here."

    Very cosy and welcoming even in Storm Arwen. The landlord was helpful and on hand if needed. After a long drive the cottage was perfect for us. Would stay there again. Thank you

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely little property with amazing sea views, very clean and well maintained with a lovely Woodburner."

    Lots to do in the local area from lovely sandy beach walks, nature reserves, museums, a lovely marina with some great restaurants, traditional seaside town nearby and lots of shopping opportunities in the local area. Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.7Nov 2021

  • "Your house is amazing so comfortable everything we needed The view of the sea is breathtaking."

    I will be coming back!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2021

  • "Get out of bed and watch the sunrise."

    Make the first footprints on the beach each morning.

    Reviewed by Jonquil5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very quiet area with a beautiful sea view definitely somewhere to relax."

    Clean and tidy accommodation with everything provided. If you dont want crowds or the hustle and bustle of a seaside town I would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely terrace, as described."

    Good communication. Blackout or dark curtains in the back bedroom would have been beneficial, as hard to sleep/stay asleep with light coloured blinds only.

    Reviewed by Elisabeth4.4Jul 2021

  • "Superb , well equipped cottage with amazing sea views."

    There is a wonderful beach just across the road. Whilst there is only on street parking there is never a problem parking . Hartlepool is well supplied with a full range of supermarkets and shops, all within very easy reach. The National Naval museum is well worth a visit. We also made good use of the local railway station , visiting Newcastle and Darlington. There is ample car parking at the station and also nearby, both at very reasonable prices. I would definitely recommend Twitchers Rest !

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Jul 2021

  • "Would be good to have some local information in the property: takeaway menu's ..."

    Would be good to have some local information in the property: takeaway menu's etc Lovely clean and fresh property to stay in

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you had a great holiday. Due to Covid 19, we have been asked to remove all leaflets from the property so this is why this wasnt available to you for your trip. Once again, thanks for your comments Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marion4.4Jun 2021

  • "Wow!!!"

    ! What cab I say about Twitchers Rest!! A great place in a stunning location based on the sea front, waking up every morning listening to the waves and watching the sun set was amazing. A well kept home from home, it had everything we needed and sooo much more! Will book again very soon!

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Very peaceful, great view of the Sea with stunning sunsets, we will go back!"

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jun 2021

  • "Hartlepool is not a place we had listed as one of our holiday options but having been so we could be neared our granddaughter at Durham University we were very surprised at how nice the place is with so many attractions to see and visit."

    The cottage clearly had a lot of recent updating and decorating and being right next to the sea and the amazing beaches was a big plus. The only caveat is that the staircase is steep with narrow steps so be warned

    Reviewed by Richard4.4May 2021

  • "Loved it, loved it, loved it."

    Very helpful owner, very thoughtfully laid out holiday cottage with high quality fixtures and fittings. A calm and comfortable retreat from the world with the luxury of direct access to miles of sand, the drama of the seas, stunning sunset and even, for us , a resting seal. Can't wait to come back. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Jonquil5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was well equipped and in an excellent location, the only thing we would change would be the Mattress for a more comfortable one."

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Apr 2021

  • "Lovely relaxing break."

    There was everything we needed. We will stay there again and would recommend a visit to others.

    Reviewed by Glen5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage is cozy and has everything you need."

    Right on the front there are fantastic views of the sea and a lovely sandy beach. Only downside is the area which is a bit run down but that's my fault for not doing my homework. We had a lovely time visiting the places nearby. Such as Saltburn and Seaham plus day out in Durham.

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Sep 2020

  • "An absolutely lovely place to stay."

    The owner could not have been more helpful. The cottage is well equipped with all you could need for a cosy holiday looking out to the wonderful sea view. I would definitely recommend it!

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic accommodation, good size and layout, really clean and had everything we needed."

    The beach and seafront are just over the road from the front-door so was absolutely perfect for a short break.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a brilliant holiday at Twitchers rest the house was welcoming and lovely and clean, the views from the front windows are amazing across the north sea, lovely beach and promenade right across the road, the wine and chocolate waiting for us where much appreciated."

    we had a wonderful peaceful time lots of great walks , thank you, we will be booking again next year.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage is clean and well appointed."

    It includes a dishwasher, microwave, cooker and good broadband. The house has a clean fresh appearance. It is situated across the street from the North Sea, which can be viewed from both front-facing windows. On-street parking is free and most times available in front of the property. Convenience Shops are nearby on Hartlepool Headland, and there is a well-known Fish and Chips takeaway near St Hildas Church. Larger shops and Restaurants are available in the Hartlepool Marina area. For birdwatchers, it is ideal.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2020

  • "Very comfortable and cosy cottage with lovely views of the sea from the front windows."

    Very well placed for walks along the seafront up to Heugh Battery and exploring the surrounding area. The welcoming gift of wine and chocolates were much appreciated. The kitchen was very well equipped and after a day out walking it was nice to return and light the log burner in the evening.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.7Mar 2020

  • "Ideal location for visiting the North East, near pubs, shops, beach, promenade, Great place extremely comfortable would go back in a minute."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2020

  • "As a first time holiday landlord David has done exceptionally well."

    The property was well presented and very comfortable. David really did go the extra mile and would definitely stay here again. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Andy4.7Nov 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent, no towels provided
  • Roadside parking available for one car opposite on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Rear enclosed courtyard with seating
  • One well-behaved, small to medium-sized dog welcome
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Note: Due to the age of this late-Victorian, terraced cottage, the stairs and landing may be considered steep and unsuitable for those with limited mobility, please take care

The property

Resting on the outskirts of Hartlepool is this delightful, seafront terraced house.

Enjoying fabulous sea views, this Headland property is perfect for families seeking a traditional seaside getaway to the North East of England.

Step into the large sitting room, housing plenty of seating for everyone to snuggle up and enjoy a DVD beside the alluring woodburning stove.

Just beyond this room rests the well-presented kitchen, appointed with a selection of contemporary appliances and stylish units to form an attractive cooking area.

Upstairs plays hosts to the bedrooms, including a single and double bedroom, the double benefitting from glorious sea views, as well as a dazzling family bathroom with bath and shower over layout.

After a tiring day exploring the coastline, look forward to a soothing bath to relax and rejuvenate. Resting on the property's front door is the magnificent Headland beach where guests can while away the day listening to the waves crashing against the sea wall.

Follow the coast until the reach the Heugh Breakwater where the brave among you can walk along it out into the open water; a truly breath-taking place to admire the far reaching and uninterrupted views across the North Sea, on clear days you can even see across to the town's other beach Seaton or as far as Redcar! Stroll along Hartlepool’s historic quay and make a stop in the fascinating museum, housing large exhibitions which tells the story of Hartlepool from prehistoric times to the present day, including the steel, coal and fishing industries.

If you an ardent fan of Brenda Blethyn in Vera you will probably identify a number of places on the Headland and wider afield on Teesside which are used.

There is even a day out you can book visiting the places in the North East where the series has been filmed!

And before you settle down for the evening, just make sure you are not missing out one of the fabulous sunsets from the promenade.

( The sunrises are just as impressive but that may be too much of an ask!).

Get your retail fix in the Middleton Grange shopping centre which is one of the largest in the North East.

Outdoor enthusiasts can stroll, jog or cycle along the Promenade immediately outside the house, walk or beach-comb on the adjacent beach, or go rockpooling within a couple of minutes walk.

Further afield there are walks along the banks of the banks of the River Tees or the Durham Coastal Path.

Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the RSPB's flagship reserve at Saltholme or Teesmouth Nature Reserve, home to a diverse range of habitats and offering plenty of bird-watching opportunities.

The Headland is renown amongst twitchers as one of the top migratory birdwatching hotspots, and attracts a wide range of birds throughout the year.

Terns, waders, seaduck, geese, gannets and guillemots abound and with patience and binoculars you can occasionally see dolphins and porpoises from the house!

Head further north to the cathedral city of Durham and explore the quirky shops and award-winning restaurants, as well as the historic attractions including the Romanesque cathedral.

Newcastle is also within a easy journey for a day out in the north's leading city.

With plenty to see and do in the area, this coastal dwelling has everything you’ll need for a seaside holiday to remember.

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About the location


Durham 18.1 miles; Saltburn-by-the-Sea 30 miles; Whitby 50.1 miles.

The coastal town of Hartlepool lies north of the Tees estuary, with the North York Moors to the south and the majestic cathedral town of Durham, a short drive to the North West. There has been huge investment in regeneration projects and Hartlepool now offers an award-winning marina, with associated trendy restaurants and bars overlooking stunning yachts and sea going cruisers. In the heart of the town there is a multiplex cinema, a health and fitness centre with swimming pool and Middleton Grange shopping centre, which is the third largest in the region, with a traditional market hall. Other attractions include the HMS Tricomalee - Nelson's last fighting frigate and the Heugh Battery Museum. Seaton Carew beach and its associated demanding golf course lies two miles down the coast and a short drive brings you to Saltholme RSPB Reserve, where seals and wading birds are regularly spotted. The more adventurous will be attracted to the impressive Teesside White Water Centre, whilst others may prefer a quiet walk along the Tees riverside walk. Beamish open air museum is within easy reach, near Durham city and well worth a day trip. Hartlepool provides a good base for those wishing to sample a novel corner of Britain, combining the beauty of the coastal waters with the rich industrial heritage of former times.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas