For most of our Extra Care Housing estates we have agreements with the local authority to let a percentage of our vacant properties to people nominated by them. Hanover’s agreement for this estate is that all of the allocations are managed by the local authority, Durham County Council, who can be contacted on 03000 26 0000.
Seaham is home to Harbour Lodge, a development offering 45 Extra Care retirement apartments for over 55s. Benefits here include shared landscaped gardens, residents’ lounge, hair salon and lift access to upper floors, plus the properties are close to bus routes, local shops and amenities.
The estate manager is on-site every week day to assist with any queries you may have and also arrange any maintenance required for the buildings and grounds. There are optional social activities on offer, such as music evenings and games sessions. You can also enjoy freshly cooked midday meals in the on-site restaurant.
Around and about
The promenade, esplanade and Terrace Green provide some lovely walks with fine views over the cliffs and out to sea. The historical shopping area within Seaham is Church Street, complemented by the adjoining Byron Place shopping centre which contains an Asda supermarket. This provides a wide choice of shopping opportunities for both residents and visitors.
There are good outdoor leisure facilities including four parks, which provide excellent facilities for cricket, outdoor bowls and football. Seaham Hall hotel was built in the 17th century and is now a luxury hotel and spa of great renown.
History and points of interest
Harbour Lodge has links with the Royal Navy, having been adopted by the crew of HMS Bulwark. Seaham has fine beaches. From 2001 most of the Durham coastline was designated as a heritage coast and Seaham beach was entirely restored.
The rich mining history of the town was highlighted in the film Billy Elliot, which was set during the 1984–85 miners' strike. Of historical interest is the small parish church of St Mary the Virgin, which has a late 7th century Anglo Saxon nave.
How to find us
Seaham, formerly Seaham Harbour, is a small County Durham town situated 6 miles south of Sunderland and 13 miles east of Durham. Located near the coastal B1287 North Road, Harbour Lodge is very handy for local shops and the town centre.
The town is accessed via the main A19 and offers easy transport links to the eastern side of the country. Many bus routes serve Seaham and the surrounding area. The town has a mainline railway station with frequent services to Newcastle, Carlisle and Middlesbrough.
Distance to GP: 1 miles
Distance to shop: 0.17 miles
Distance to bus stop: 0.17 miles
Distance to Post Office: 1 miles