|Luxury Hotel – esmond Dene House|
Jesmond Dene House – luxury on Lord Armstrong’s estate
Jesmond Dene House is a luxury small hotel, only 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. It is adorned with beautiful Christmas trees which are lit up throughout the property.
The hotel was originally a beautiful Georgian house. It was designed by John Dobson the famous North East architect of many of Newcastle’s most iconic streets. The family home of Sir Andrew Noble an accomplished business man and scientist who was 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|
Jesmond Dene House – countryside feel close to the city
The hotel has 40 bedrooms, with no two quite the same. It 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. The Dene is full of exotic tree species, quirky little bridges waterfalls and friendly squirrels. There is 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. My room had a large stone bay window looking out onto the garden. The sound of the small nearby waterfall was extremely soothing. 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
Jesmond Dene House – ideal for events
Features were added to the house over time. Individual details like the Great Hall with its luxurious wood panelling, ornate plasterwork, stone carvings, marble columns, huge fireplaces and stained glass have all been retained.
Before the house was restored and opened as a hotel, it was 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. He likes to greet visitors when he’s at home and even has his own Face Book page!
Jesmond Dene House is also a very popular wedding venue. Ithe hotel has a licence 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. Larger gatherings of up to 120 people can enjoy ceremonies and receptions in the wood panelled Great Hall. The hall can cater for up to 100 guests for a 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?|
Jesmond Dene House – eat, drink or stay
You don’t need to be staying at the hotel to visit. You can try the restaurant for an evening meal or even pop in for breakfast. Afternoon teas are becoming increasingly popular here. Indeedover 120,000 have been served since the hotel opened! It’s an understated sophisticated venue, which 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.
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