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April 21, 2018

I wonder if any of our guests at Thistledowne have ever booked their few days in Sunderland in order to research their family history. No-one has mentioned searching for skeletons or digging up the family tree as being the reason for staying at the house and perhaps fe...

January 15, 2018

The BBC’s interesting new series A House through Time, presented by David Olusoga, follows the residents of one house from the time it was built in the 1850s up to the present day. Although Thistledowne is far too new to attempt the same type of research it did occur t...

November 6, 2017

This sums up what we are aiming for at Thistledowne and we were charmed and delighted to see this sketch in our visitors book. Thank you Clare, James and family!

October 3, 2017


Sunderland may not be the warmest place on the planet but it can provide you with some wonderful photo opportunities. Sometimes it can be worth having a few days away during the colder, rougher weather especi...

October 3, 2017

 If Thistledowne doesn't get booked for Feb 2019 then we will stay a couple of days ourselves as this National Theatre production is something well worth seeing!

September 25, 2017

August 3, 2017

Our TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence arrived in the post today. To be quite honest it has been so long since we were awarded it that I had forgotten all about it.

July 21, 2017

How simple it is to issue a press release! All I had to do was insert the name of our holiday rental and Trip Advisor had already done the rest including a "quote" from the owners!! I'm not sure how many of these releases will be seen by the public but surely most cann...

May 28, 2017

One church well worth visiting in Sunderland (other than St Peter’s) is St Andrew’s, Roker. Consecrated in 1907, this church is a showcase of Arts and Crafts decoration, furnishing and design. Built in rock quarried locally in Marsden and with its foundation stone insc...