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Durham Oasis Apartment This is a truly luxurious hideaway, with a central riverside location in a newly converted historic building in Durham city. For a weekend break or a longer holiday, this luxury accommodation sets a new standard in stylish self-catering. It has a 5-star designer interior, and free secure parking. The friendly local owners of this boutique-style property provide everything you could require for ultimate relaxation Surroundings On the doorstep of history, in the vibrant centre of Durham Moonlight Apartment is on the second floor, overlooking the historic streets of Durham and next to the River Wear. The Cathedral and Castle are a 5-minute stroll away, which will take you past the city's interesting shops and wide variety of restaurants. As well as traditional establishments, there are chic cosmopolitan bars and eateries, and Durham's impressive Gala Theatre complex is just round the corner. Further afield the prestigious Beamish Open Air Museum is a 20 minute drive, and if you can't live without serious shopping, Gateshead's Metro Centre is a similar distance away. There's a convenience store within 2 minutes of your front door, a wine merchant is reachable in 30 seconds, and a leisure club with gym and indoor swimming pool right over the road. The railway and bus stations are within easy walking distance. History of the building Moonlight Apartment overlooks New Elvet, which was originally the main street in Durham. Elvet derives from the Saxon Aelfet-Ee, which translates as Swan Island. The adjacent buildings date from the 17th century, and the Apartment is within what was a trio of private mansions until the early 19th century, one of which belonged to the grandfather of Anthony Eden, past Prime Minister of Great Britain. After that time the mansions were converted to a coaching inn, with a wheelwright's shop and yard at the rear. Enjoy the beautifully designed living space There's plenty of room to appreciate the exceptional quality furnishings in this modern and stylish apartment: you can sink into the red leather couches, or nestle into the Le Corbusier inspired Italian leather chairs. There’s a wall-hung widescreen digital TV on which you can explore 50+ channels of television and radio, or watch movies on DVD. If you're more inclined to shut your eyes, you'll get the best from the state-of-the-art sound system on which you can also play CDs. When night falls, you can set the mood with the versatile lighting and have a candlelit dinner at the elegant glass dining table. The brand new kitchen facilities are secondto-none. There's everything from a freezer to a fish slice. What's in here ? • • • • 2 Leather couches, 2 Leather armchairs Dining table and 5 high-back chairs Large flat-panel TV / DVD / CD player & Sound System Music and Movie library on DVD/CD Kitchen • • • • • • Ridiculously well-equipped designer kitchen Oven, Hob, Kettle, Toaster, Microwave Every conceivable cooking utensil Refrigerator with separate Freezer Dishwasher and Clothes Washer / Tumble Drier Garbage disposal and Extractor hood Links to the World Outside • • • Free wireless broadband Internet Phone with free calls to UK and some International numbers Door entry phone Other Things • • • Playing cards, Dominoes and games Maps, Up-to-date tourist information Books, both ancient and modern Unwind in the pristine bathrooms This is the perfect place to revive yourself after a hard day attacking the culture, shops and restaurants of Durham. In the main bathroom there's a Jacuzzi hydro bath, with a hand-held shower. Just for fun, you can switch on the bath’s relaxing colour-cycling underwater lighting, and there’s even a built-in radio. There are two good-looking washbasins, to avoid arguments, on an attractive wooden plinth. You can pamper yourself with the exclusive toiletries provided, get dry again using the giant plush towels, and if you can't be bothered to get dressed, wrap yourself in a cosy bathrobe. Normally we wouldn't mention the lavatories: but they have the latest in soft-closing seats, so they deserve their place here. The second bathroom, en-suite to the master bedroom, has a large and powerful walk-in shower. This features hydromassage jets for your amusement. What's the main bathroom ? • • • Jacuzzi Bath, with hand-held shower Two sizeable washbasins on a wooden plinth Mirrors above each basin with nearby dualvoltage shaver outlet • Plenty of towels on the automatic heated towel rail What’s in the en-suite bathroom ? • Walk-in shower with Italian-designed thermostatic massage jet system • • • • Washbasin with waterfall tap Illuminated mirror with nearby dual-voltage shaver outlet Another automatic heated towel rail A speaker linked to the TV in the bedroom so you won’t miss out while you shower! Relax in the comfortable bedrooms The main bedroom has a spacious king-size leather-framed bed, complemented by a generous built-in wardrobe and chest of drawers. There's a flat-screen digital television so you can laze in bed and watch TV, or listen to the radio channels which are also provided. The second bedroom has a welcoming single bed. Again, there is plenty of wardrobe space. Another flat-screen digital television is suspended from the ceiling for your entertainment. All the beds have high thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, welcoming pillows and luxurious duvets. What's in the main bedroom ? • • • • • • • King-size bed Built-in wardrobe Chest of drawers A really powerful, professional hair dryer A deep, sumptuous and soft leather armchair State-of-the-art flat panel digital TV / Radio Alarm clock auto-synchronised to UK time What's in the second bedroom ? • • • • One single bed Wardrobe with plenty of storage shelves Digital TV / Radio Alarm clock auto-synchronised to UK time Rates Weekly rate: from £495 (approx €585, $925week Nightly rate: from £95 (approx €115, $175)/night Rates do vary with time of year, number of guests, and length of stay: for example, 4 guests for 1 night at New Year = £160, but 1 guest for 4 nights midweek in January = £350 Just contact us for a good deal! You can check availability online, or telephone 0191 378 7651. Credit Cards, cheques and other forms of payment are welcome: if you let us know how you'd like to pay, we will advise you. Credit Cards Accepted: Please contact us for special offers and latest rates for your preferred dates. Phone (44)(0) 191 378 7651, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell us what dates you'd like. Food and Drink There are plenty of restaurants within 2 minutes of your door - we have provided detailed recommendations in the Apartment. Many of these even offer discounts and inducements specially for Moonlight Apartment guests! It's a good idea to book for Friday and Saturday nights, as these can get busy at almost any time of the year. As you'd expect, there are the usual tea / coffee / milk supplies; and there's a rather nice (and complimentary) basket of tempting snacks. Tell us what colour of wine you prefer, and we'll make sure there's a bottle to greet you when you arrive. You'll find the first morning's breakfast is catered for, so you don't have to rush down the street in your slippers. We provide ample orange juice, croissants, jams, tea and coffee to get you going. If you fancy dining in, our good friends in the local gourmet food business have stocked the cupboard with a selection of their latest products - all we ask is that you tell us what you think of them. If you have interesting dietary requirements, Durham has a wealth of shops and restaurants which can provide what you need - from a gluten-free gourmet meal to a vegan pizza (yes, it's cheeseless). Just let us know and we'll point you in the right direction. FAQ What do I need to bring ? Just your toothbrush. As you'd expect, crisp bed-linen and plush towels are provided, and there are cosy robes to curl up in for a relaxing night. You'll be pampered with exclusive toiletries, and welcomed with a basket of treats, snacks and wine. Where can I park ? There's a secure car park underneath the building, with a space reserved for your use at no charge. What's the arrangement of the beds ? There are two bedrooms. Downstairs, the main bedroom has an exceptionally comfortable and stylish King size bed, and there is an ensuite bathroom attached. The second bedroom has an equally welcoming single bed. What's not allowed ? To keep the apartment smelling lovely, we can't allow smoking or pets. To preserve the décor, and in view of the glass dining table, we would also advise against children under 7, although this is of course at your discretion. Is there Air Conditioning, Heating and Ventilation ? There's a high powered fan, which is as much cooling as the Durham climate tends to require... and to keep you warm, there's fully controllable electric heating. All the windows open safely for a breath of fresh air should you require it. Can I use my wheelchair ? The front door can be reached from car park or street level by wheelchair users without assistance. Once inside, the doorways are 32 inches (813 mm) wide. The bathroom layout is not amenable to wheelchair access. Is the apartment OK for my visual impairment ? Outside, the public areas have a reasonable level of contrast between floors and walls; there's voice announcement of lift position, and the route to the front door is straightforward. Within the apartment there is a good level of natural and artificial light without excessive glare. The door handles and light switches are brass, and are reasonably well distinguished against light coloured doors and walls. How can you help people with hearing problems ? There's a set of cordless headphones to use with the TV or sound systems (useful for anyone who likes loud music late at night!), and the TVs all support subtitled programmes. Is there something you're not telling me ? Yes, probably - there's a lot more detailed information about Durham City, the ideal location of Moonlight Apartment, and the 5-star equipment provided in the Guest Guide in the Apartment. If you can't wait, you can download a copy here. How do I make a reservation ? Phone (44)(0) 191 378 7651, or email email@example.com, and tell us what dates you'd like. Location How do I find the Apartment ? The address is 34 St Andrew's Court, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AH Please click here for a map Directions from Durham railway station (1 km / ½ mile) From the front of the station, turn left down hill and continue round right-hand bend for 20m. At the signs "Pedestrian route to City Centre / Tourist Info", turn left down a flight of about 50 steps. [If you reach a metal footbridge, you have gone too far down the hill!] Follow signs for City Centre. At roundabout, cross the road and follow signs for "City Centre / Gala Theatre". Follow the pedestrian barrier up the ramp; at the top, turn right and cross over the dual carriageway beneath. Immediately turn left down the other side of the ramp, passing a car park entrance on your right. At the roundabout, turn right and go towards the traffic lights by the Royal County hotel. Go straight ahead over the traffic lights, and after 50m turn right into St Andrew's Court. We will meet you outside the 'Brown Sugar' bar. Please click here for the route Directions from the A1(M) motorway Exit at junction 62 and take the A690 signposted Durham City. At the first roundabout continue straight ahead on the A690; at the second roundabout turn left into New Elvet. At the traffic lights by the Royal County hotel go straight ahead, and after 50m turn right into St Andrew's Court. Wait on the ramp which leads down to the car park, where we will meet you. Please click here for the route Where can I park ? There's a secure car park underneath the building, with a space reserved for your use at no charge. Ray Broadbridge Flass Hall Esh Winning DURHAM DH7 9QD Phone: Fax: 0191 378 7651 0191 378 1469 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.moonlightapartment.co.uk
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