Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

An Ideal Area for a Holiday Home; Visitors Aren't Just Flocking to the Country and Coast. as Many Opt for a City Break, Homemaker Looks at the Newest Trend in Holiday Lettings in the Second of Our Two-Part Feature on Buying a Holiday Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

An Ideal Area for a Holiday Home; Visitors Aren't Just Flocking to the Country and Coast. as Many Opt for a City Break, Homemaker Looks at the Newest Trend in Holiday Lettings in the Second of Our Two-Part Feature on Buying a Holiday Home

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PICTURE a holiday rental and the chances are, the image that springs to mind is a stone-built cottage in the country with roses around the door or, perhaps a beach-front cabin with a ship's sail awning and decking.

However, while there will always be demand for coastal and countryside properties, an increasing number of holidaymakers from the UK and further afield are opting for the bright lights of the big city - and Newcastle is top of their list.

"Just as we might head to Paris, Amsterdam or London for a few days' break or a long weekend, so people of all ages are heading for Newcastle," said Angela Mazingham, manager of Jesmond-based Cottages in Northumberland.

"And many are now opting to rent an apartment or house in or around the city as this gives them far more flexibility than a hotel can offer."

In fact, holiday cottages in Northumberland now form only part of Cottages in Northumberland's portfolio of holiday properties and, in order to meet the demand for city lettings, the company has now introduced City Breaks.; This selection of properties includes everything from super stylish city centre apartments to suburban houses within striking distance of Newcastle and Angela said: "It's a common misconception that only picturesque country cottages are suitable for letting.

"In fact, the properties we look after are as varied and diverse as the guests and owners themselves.

Gordon and Caroline Nicholson, from Backworth, North Tyneside, had no sooner retired than they embarked on a second career.

With the help of Cottages in Northumberland, the couple let out two nearby properties in the village on behalf of their daughter and son-in-law, who live in South Korea.

"I think there was some scepticism at first that there would be any demand for holiday homes in Backworth," said Caroline, a former social worker, "but we are operating at around 80% capacity. …

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