Living In Chester-Le-Street

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We have a number of houses for sale in Chester-Le-Street, a market town that’s been around for thousands of years.

Initially being occupied by the Romans, before becoming a Christian hotbed (with many churches, dating back hundreds of years, still being around today), then becoming a prominent part of the Victorian industrial revolution – it is a town with a layered story to tell.

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A Timeless Town

Chester-Le-Street has a storied history and the town’s local council has made a commendable effort to preserve its architectural heritage.

A popular local landmark is Lumley Castle.

Now a 4-star hotel, Lumley Castle dates back to 1388 and offers incredible views of the town and surrounding parkland.

Modern by comparison but still about 250 years old is the Queen’s Head Hotel. Impressively still operating, the hotel has remained one of the largest buildings in the town centre.

Even inconspicuous places, like the Chester-Le-Street Riverside Park, date all the way back to the 1930s – although it’s been renovated in recent years, with a play area and ornamental garden being added.

If you’d really like to immerse yourself in Chester-le-Street’s fascinating history, we encourage you to walk down the heritage trail. It will give you a whole new sense of appreciation for your new home.

As Much a Sports Town as a Market Town

While Chester-Le-Street is known for being a market town – hosting market days 3 times a week (usually on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) - it should also be considered a sporting town too.

The local Chester-Le-Street Cricket Club regularly puts on fixtures at the Riverside Pavilion, one of the more prominent Cricket grounds in England.

The neighboring Durham County Cricket Club is a frequent visitor to the grounds too.

More than just a one-sport town though, Chester-Le-Street has also developed a reputation as a phenomenal place for young rowers to develop their skills.

The Chester-Le-Street Rowing Club has been classified by British Rowing as one of the best places for junior rowers to find their feet in the sport, with several of the club’s rowers, under the tutelage of Chester-le-Street Rowing Club, making it onto Team GB.

Or there’s the majestic Chester-Le-Street Golf Club.

The club prides itself on having a course ‘fit for a king’ and being the golf club of choice for the young Prince Albert (the future King George VI) certainly gives that statement validity.

Nestled in the stunning countryside surrounding the historic Lumley Castle, Chester-Le-Street Golf Club is a warm and welcoming place for anyone passionate about golf.

There’s also the Chester-Le-Street Leisure Centre which features both a gym and swimming pool.

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Some of the most popular Chester-Le-Street shops can be found on Front Street including:

  • Fashion outlets like Miss Molly and St Cuthbert’s Hospice Chester-le-Street Shop.
  • DIY stores like Boyes and the B&M Store.
  • Stationery shops like The Works.
  • Pharmacies like Savers Health & Beauty.

Front Street also features an eclectic selection of restaurants including:

  • Italian restaurants like Sambuca and Fabio’s.
  • Indian restaurants like My Spice.
  • Greek restaurants like Refuse.
  • A selection of quaint cafés like the Passing Time Café or Citrone.
  • Cosy pubs like the Black Horse Pub.

However, that is not to say that Front Street has a monopoly on Chester-Le-Street’s best restaurants.

Places like the incredibly stylish Hollathans on Ashfield Terrace, and exotic spots like The Distillery Cocktail Bar on Red Rose Terrace are certainly worth your while too!

St Cuthbert’s Walk Shopping Centre

For slightly bigger chain stores like Boots, Iceland or Morrisons, we suggest you visit St Cuthbert’s Walk Shopping Centre.

The large shopping center also features a butcher's, a barber's, and a small café - the brilliant Lou’s Café, known for its epic collection of desserts.

With extensive parking available, St Cuthbert’s Walk Shopping Centre is an ideal place to go for your weekly shop.

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A Well-Connected Town

Chester-Le-Street is ideally situated on the A167 motorway, which stretches to the likes of Gateshead and Newcastle. A short and straightforward driving route, it’s easy for Chester-Le-Street residents to pop down any time they like.

The town also features a railway station, with direct services to the neighboring cities of Durham and Newcastle being offered

There is also a regular bus service, operated by Go North East, that helps locals get around Chester-Le-Street and some of its neigbouring towns too.

We still have a number of 3 & 4-bedroom homes for sale in Chester-Le-Street so, if you are interested in arranging a viewing or want to find out more about part exchange and our other great schemes, please feel free to get in touch.