With the North Pennines on its doorstep, the village of Rowlands Gill is the perfect rural hideaway for Newcastle commuters. Perhaps it’s time you escaped to the countryside?
Rowlands Gill sits about 10 miles south west of the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the beating heart of the north east. Formerly a coal mining village, it is now popular with commuters thanks to its good transport connections.
Living in Rowlands Gill: what to expect
Rowlands Gill grew rapidly during the 1860s and as a result, there are many elegant properties dating back to the late-19th and early-20th centuries throughout the village.
Corner shops, small cafés, restaurants and take-aways can be found along Station Road and the streets connecting to it. But if you’re after a wider selection of shops, restaurants and bars, your best bet is to head to Gateshead or Newcastle.
Despite its small size, there are three local primary schools. Highfield Community Primary School in nearby Highfield received an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted at its last inspection, while Rowlands Gill Primary School and St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School were rated as ‘good’.
Rowlands Gill is located on the banks of the River Derwent and surrounded by woodland, meadows and rivers. You can explore local sites along the old railway path, which runs from Swalwell near Gateshead to Consett. And a little further afield, there is the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Where to start your property search
Rowlands Gill has grown in recent years, with new housing estates emerging out of the ground.
For modern detached homes, look at the Sherburn Towers development. Many of these properties are double-fronted with twin garages, big driveways and views of the surrounding countryside.
You can find more spacious detached homes with open-plan living and dining areas at Dominies Close. And there are also plans to build a new estate of 142 homes on Collingdon Road.
For 20th-century terraced, semi and larger detached properties, many with spacious gardens, search Lintzford Gardens, Norman Road, Ponthaugh and Orchard Road. For semis built in the 1920s with large bay windows and open fireplaces, head to Stewartsfield.
If you’d prefer a period property, converted farmhouse or barn, hunt around the outskirts of the village.
Dene Road and Dene Avenue have a number of period properties, including large double-fronted detached homes. Many of these houses have attractive features such as sash windows and stone fireplaces.
For those with a smaller budget, look along streets such as Margaret Terrace for smart, close-knit terraced homes with two to three bedrooms.
It’s also worth looking at properties in nearby Highfield. The Cowell Grove development has contemporary three-bedroom detached houses with landscaped gardens, and there are more modest terraced homes available on South View West and Old Terrace.
Getting around Rowlands Gill
By car: The village is situated on the A694, which runs south west to Stotley Bridge and north east to Swalwell. Importantly, the A1 at Swalwell skirts around Newcastle, linking with Edinburgh in Scotland and London.
The nearest motorway is the A194(M), which starts south of Gateshead and then heads down towards Darlington.
By air: You can fly to both domestic and international locations from Newcastle International Airport, the largest airport in the north east. It serves 80 direct destinations, including one long-haul route to Dubai.
Things to do in Rowlands Gill
Hidden Rowlands Gill
The Column of British Liberty in the Gibside estate was built in 1759. It has a 12-foot statue on top of a 140-foot column, which makes it almost as tall as Nelson’s Column in London’s Trafalgar Square.
5 reasons to live in Rowlands Gill
Views across Derwent Valley
Close to stunning countryside, including the North Pennines
Easy commute to Newcastle
Plenty of comfortable family homes
Proximity to historical sites
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