Rolo’s Retreat, Cullercoats

Exterior of Rolo's Retreat, Cullercoats

What’s Rolo’s Retreat like?

This spacious one-bed apartment is less than a five-minute walk to sandy Cullercoats Bay and boasts its own ‘pooch bedroom’. It is one of four properties managed by Cullercoats Bay Holidays and there are some great pubs and cafes within easy walking distance. Trains from nearby Cullercoats Metro station to Newcastle city centre take approximately 30 minutes.

How dog-friendly is Rolo’s Retreat?

Excellent. Dogs are very welcome at Rolo’s Retreat and there are lots of lovely little touches, just for them. Pets get their own bedroom here – a nicely decorated space under the stairs that doubles up as extra storage. There are a couple of dog beds dotted around the apartment too, as well as a treat jar and water bowls. There’s also a secure yard at the back of the property. It’s very basic, but handy for early morning and late night ablutions. Be aware that you’ll need to go down a flight of stairs to get to it, though. There is no additional charge for dogs to stay.

Bedroom at Rolo's Retreat, Cullercoats

Tell me more about Rolo’s Retreat

Looks can be deceptive – and this one-bedroom holiday apartment is a lot bigger than it first appears, with spacious rooms, high ceilings and period features. The front door opens in to a wide hallway and at the front of the apartment, you’ll find the roomy lounge. This bold blue room has wooden flooring, a floral feature wall and a Chesterfield-style sofa, all in similar colours. A large mirror hangs over an equally large fireplace with cosy electric fire and there is also a flatscreen TV, two occasional chairs and homely features such as vases and lamps.

Off the hallway, you’ll also find the bright carpeted bedroom, which has a comfy double bed and lots of storage. And the modern kitchen – which leads in to a utility area where you access the bathroom and yard from – is enormous. Laminate flooring runs from the front to the back of the apartment and there is lots of cute doggy decor on everything from the wall art to the coasters. Street parking is available just outside and if you visit in December, like we did, you’ll find the apartment decorated for Christmas. You’ll also be able to hear the Metro rumbling past too – it’s that close!

Kitchen at Rolo's Retreat, Cullercoats

What’s the food like at Rolo’s Retreat?

This is a self-catering property so you’ll need to bring your own – but with a well-stocked Co-op just a few doors away, this is no problem at all. The large kitchen, with on-trend dark blue cabinets, has everything you need to rustle up a feast, and a handy dining table for four. There is also a dishwasher and washing machine, in case you need it.

If you don’t fancy cooking during your stay, there are several dog-friendly pubs and cafes within easy walking distance. Cullercoats Coffee Co serves lovely breakfasts and light lunches, as does The Boatyard. The nearest pubs are The Queen’s Head, which is right on the seafront, and The Quarry Inn, which specialises in stone-baked pizzas.

Are there resident dogs at Rolo’s Retreat?

No, but you will meet plenty of local dogs when you’re out and about on walks.

Ernie and Stan at Cullercoats Bay

Where are the best dog walks near Rolo’s Retreat?

There are several sandy beaches close to the apartment, but the nearest is Cullercoats Bay, pictured above. This peaceful, crescent-shaped cove is just a few minutes’ walk from Rolo’s Retreat. Be sure to check out the caves in the cliffs! Dog restrictions do apply in the summer months, but pets are welcome on the northern part of neighbouring Long Sands Beach all year round. This huge sandy beach is a fine spot to let your dogs have a good run.

From Rolo’s Retreat, it’s an easy walk down to Marden Quarry Nature Reserve, too. This reclaimed park celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2022 and is one of the only places you can see magnesium limestone north of the River Tyne. The reserve has a large lake that is popular with wildfowl, as well as a wooded area to explore. It takes approximately 30 minutes to walk around the site.

Lounge at Rolo's Retreat, Cullercoats

What Ernie and Stan loved about Rolo’s Retreat

The cosy dog beds, stretching out in front of the electric fire, being close to the beach

What I loved about Rolo’s Retreat

The great location, the spacious accommodation, all the little doggy touches

How to book Rolo’s Retreat

Three-night breaks start from £210 out of season, while seven-night breaks are from £350. For more information or to book, visit the Cullercoats Bay Holidays website.

Ernie warms up in front of the fire at Rolo's Retreat, Cullercoats

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