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Dovecote Residential and Nursing Home in Durham

Hugar Road, High Spen, Rowlands Gill, County Durham, NE39 2BQ
Residential care, Nursing care, Dementia care, Palliative care, Respite care
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Located in High Spen, a small village in suburban Gateshead, Dovecote is just a stone’s throw from a range of shops, restaurants and other amenities. The home also has very good transport links to the Metro Centre and surrounding towns and cities, including Newcastle.

Our dedicated team provides a range of care and support for our residents, including dementia, residential, nursing and respite care.


Dovecote has 61 modern en-suite bedrooms and residents are encouraged to make their rooms their own, with personal ornaments, pictures and small items of furniture. They also have television points.

The home’s spacious lounges offer beautiful views over the landscaped gardens and are the perfect place to catch up with loved ones, join in with an activity or simply relax.

Our residents can enjoy delicious home-cooked meals in the company of others, in our welcoming dining rooms.

The sensory gardens are landscaped with raised flower beds, a herb garden and a vegetable patch; perfect for our green-fingered residents. The gardens are wheelchair accessible and the outside seating area in our courtyard provides a wonderful space to enjoy in the warmer months.

Dovecote’s features include:

  • Modern en-suite bedrooms, with television points
  • Spacious lounges
  • Welcoming dining areas to enjoy home-cooked meals
  • Landscaped gardens, with raised flower beds and a vegetable patch
  • A hairdressing salon
  • Wi-Fi enabled throughout the home 

Our team

Our care team is on-hand 24 hours a day, every day of the year and staff are dedicated to delivering care with kindness.

To ensure we continue to provide the best standards of care and support to our residents, we recruit and train only the best staff.

Whilst they receive a variety of on-going training to ensure their skills remain up-to-date, along with an enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB), it is their dedication to our residents which makes them truly special.


We believe it is important that our residents spend their time as they choose, so have a dedicated activities person to support them to take part in interesting activities, rekindle old past times and try new things.

We have a hairdressing salon where our residents can receive a range of treatments from our mobile hairdresser also be pampered with manicures and hand massages.

Regular activities on offer include gentle exercise sessions, games, arts and crafts and themed activity nights.

Care and Support

We pride ourselves on treating people as individuals, so all our residents have care plans tailored to their individual medical, social and emotional needs. We review care plans on a regular basis and involve family and friends in this process wherever possible.

The range of personal care services we can provide, in partnership with local professionals, include:

  • ​Chiropody
  • Hairdressing
  • Optical care
  • ​Dental care
  • GP
  • Key worker

Home-cooked meals

Our catering team prides themselves on preparing nutritious, seasonal home-cooked meals, along with mouth-watering home-baked cakes for afternoon tea.

Residents help us to shape the menus and our catering team spends time with them to get feedback on the dishes and their likes and dislikes. They are also able to cater for a variety of dietary requirements.

Breakfast includes a wide variety of choice from cereals and toast to a traditional cooked breakfast.

Lunch and dinnertimes see a selection of sandwiches, home-made soups, salads, jacket potatoes and hot meals such as a Sunday roast with all the trimmings and favourites including fish and chips, cottage pie and a hearty casserole.

There is also an array of snacks and refreshments available throughout the day for residents and their loved ones if they get a bit peckish.

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If you would like more information about our care home or have any questions, please feel free to contact us either via the yellow ‘contact us by phone’ button above or the yellow ‘contact us’ button below.

We would be delighted to offer you advice or arrange an informal visit to our care home so you can meet our residents and team and see first-hand the excellent services and facilities we have to offer.

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