|Jesmond Dene House|
Jesmond Dene House is a luxury small hotel, within a stone’s throw of the vibrant city of Newcastle Upon Tyne. It became Newcastle’s first privately owned boutique hotel in 2005, after the building was restored to its original grand ambiance, having been left closed up for many years. At this time of year Jesmond Dene House is looking fabulously festive adorned with beautiful Christmas trees lit up throughout the property.
The hotel was originally a beautiful Georgian house, designed by John Dobson the famous North East architect of many of Newcastle’s most iconic streets. It was the family home of Sir Andrew Noble an accomplished business man and scientist and one of Newcastle’s elite families of the 1800’s.
Today the house has all the amenities of a four star hotel, but retains the feel that you are staying in a friendly country home.
|The garden room|
The hotel has 40 bedrooms, with no two quite the same, and is situated in a stunning location overlooking Jesmond Dene. The Dene with its wooded valley, river and waterfalls was formerly the private estate of Lord Armstrong who bequeathed it as a public park to Newcastle’s residents. It’s a great place for a walk or a jog with its colourful foliage, exotic tree species, quirky little bridges and friendly sqirrels. There’s even a Pet’s Corner with goats, birds rabbits and pigs and a few pampered pigs.
The bedrooms are designed with an understated elegance in muted colours and we had a room with a large stone bay window looking out onto the garden. The sound of the small nearby waterfall lulled us to sleep. It really does feel as if you are in the middle of the countryside when in fact you are little more than a mile from the buzzing city centre.
|A good night’s sleep|
The rooms have stylish large bathrooms and all the usual accoutrements of ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities (good biscuits) robe and slippers, complimentary wifi etc
Features were added to the house over time and details like the Great Hall with its luxurious the wood panelling, ornate plasterwork, stone carvings, marble columns, huge fireplaces and stained glass have all been retained.
Before the house was restored as a hotel it had been variously used as a college, Civil Defence establishment (tunnels still exist under the house), seminary and more recently, a school.
The hotel has lots of points of interest and showcases art from local artists, including the lovely lifelike wire dogs of local artist Gary Tiplady who sit around the reception rooms being very well behaved. Riley the hotel cat has his own cat house outside the front door and he likes to greet visitors when he’s at home. He even has his own Face Book page!
Jesmond Dene House is also a very popular wedding venue and is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in a number of rooms. Small parties of up to 10 guests can use The Apartment, a quiet, private place with a lovely roof terrace and larger gatherings of up to 120 people can enjoy ceremonies and receptions in the wood panelled Great Hall, with 100 guests able to sit down for a meal. The gardens around the house make for lovely photographs and also supply fresh produce for the kitchen.
|Eggs Benedict anyone?|
You don’t need to be staying at the hotel to visit the restaurant for an evening meal or even pop in for breakfast. Afternoon teas are becoming increasingly popular here and over 115,000 have been served since the hotel opened! It’s an understated sophisticated venue, and has been visited by well known names such as Roger Moore, Ant and Dec, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell.
If you are looking for a first class venue in a unique country location close to the city centre or even just somewhere to dine in elegant surroundings or sit with a coffee beside a huge open fire then why not call in to Jesmond Dene House.