Address: 5 Roker Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR6 9NB
Landline: 0191 56...
Fax: 0191 565 9359
Bed & Breakfast, Evening Meals, Sea Front Location, Catering, Fully Licensed Bar, Ensuite Single, Ensuite Double, Ensuite Family, Free WiFi, Free Parking, Tv, Ironing Facilities, Late Check-in, Pets Allowed
On the seafront at Roker, The Chaise Guest House enjoys an ideal location with perfect sea views. Guests will appreciate the friendly atmosphere and helpful service in this family-run establishment.
This Victorian guest house offers excellent value for money. Breakfast is included and free parking is available. A variety of local restaurants are nearby and Sunderland city centre is easily accessible.
The Chaise Guest House is situated within walking distance of the Stadium of Light, the National Glass Centre and the new Sunderland Aquatic Centre. The Empire Theatre, the Puma Tennis Centre and the city centre are within easy reach. The Metro Centre, one of Europe's largest shopping malls is only 30 minutes away.
We pride ourselves on our hearty 3-course evening meals prepared by our resident chef, John. Packed lunches are also available for those who wish to take their lunches on the go! Please remember to book in advance. We also offer a fully licensed bar.
We have been in business for over 25 years and our initial objective has not changed over those years- to provide excellent service, excellent food and a great atmosphere for our guests.
Bought in 1986, by Maureen and Mel Corbyn, the building took on a major refurbishment; their goal - to offer "A home away from home" for all that stay there. Today the business has been taken over by son-in-law, John Snaith who offers what many a previous guest would describe as ´Classic Bazil Fawlty´ style character but nonetheless an absolute reason for their return, time and time again.
We would like to thank our returning customers, many of whom have become family friends, and say "welcome" to customers-to-be. We promise you an enjoyable, pleasant stay but don't take our word for it... read our guest comments page or simply search the web for reviews - there are many.
The Chaise History & Bar
The Chaise Guest House was built in the late 19th century during the reign of Queen Victoria and was originally the only building on the terrace. All of the other buildings were added later which necessitated the ´bricking up´ of the side windows.
The land along Roker seafront was originally owned by a Baron - Sir Hedworth Williamson who lived at Whitburn Hall. He began selling off ´parcels of land´ and in 1853 George Bolam, a wealthy ´gentleman´ bought the land on which The Chaise now stands. The only buildings on the land were stables and barns etc. He was given permission to build a dwellinghouse but it stipulated that ´no wines, beers, spirits or other liquors´ shall be sold on the premises (nor any ´fish flesh´!!) and that the premises was not to be used for any trade. Such buildings as stables, coachhouses, kitchens or offices were allowed only to serve the main house.
George Bolam would live in the main building, what is now today, the Chaise Guest House. The servants occupied the staff house at the rear of the property, now the living quarters of the family owners. Along side the staff house existed a port that housed ´The Chaise´, (the horse carriage). The horse stables, now individual garden allotments, were located across the lane behind the staff house.
The premises was later owned by a timber merchant during the 1870´s and was sold to a banker in 1883. On his death, it is believed that his widow and sisters who remained at the property would take in travelers. They remained in the property until 1920 when a brewery manager, Ralph Nichol Heppell bought the premises.
It is not known if the name became adopted when the building was converted to a business or if it was always a part of the original address. Though The Chaise has been home to many owners and from time to time has offered its rooms to travelers, it has only been used as an ´official´ business since post WWII. The building was used as a hospital during the war and has its fair share of ghost stories to tell, some from the owners, others from guests.
Of course, the building has been modified many times over the years to make way for modernization and, as recently as the 1990´s, a hidden room was found in the basement sealed behind a stone wall two feet thick. It is not known why this room was hidden from use, but now fully excavated, it forms part of The Chaise. Often, at night, it is noted that laughter can be heard coming from this area - nothing ghoulish or ghostly about this; the area now accommodates The Chaise Bar!
Now,vastly updated, The Chaise offers comfortable accommodation for its guests whilst maintaining the nostalgia of this beautiful historical, Victorian building.
Arrival and Departures Times
Check-in is from 2pm and check-out is by 10.30am.
The Chaise Guest House may be able to arrange earlier check-in times and later check-out times. Whilst this may not always be possible, every effort will be made to be of service.
Guests arriving after 9pm are asked to contact The Chaise Guest House prior to arrival to discuss collection of room keys.
Entry to The Chaise Guest House is operated by a keypad system. Guests will be provided with the code to gain entry, therefore there is no time restriction on returning to the guesthouse. We do ask guests returning after 11pm to do so quietly and consider other guests in the building.
Any damages to The Chaise Guest House building or property must be reported to the manager, where guests may be asked to contribute to the cost of repair or replacement.
The Chaise Guest House does allow dogs to stay with their owners. We ask that owners do not allow their dog on the beds or furniture in the room. The dogs must be house-trained and not left in the room unattended.