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Jesmond Dene House Newcastle


Olivia Gordon fell for the charms of Jesmond Dene House Newcastle, a hotel that everyone in the know seems to recommend…

You know you’ve gone to the right hotel when the locals nod approvingly at the mere mention of its name.

Newcastle is where most of my husband’s family live and, planning for a family get-together in the city, my husband and I hoped to find somewhere reasonably central – and charming – to rest our heads.

In a city where there are plenty of rather soulless hotels, Jesmond Dene stands out as both luxurious and characterful.

The boutique hotel, Jesmond Dene House, in a wooded grove in the city’s genteel suburb of Jesmond, looked perfect.

Even so, you never quite know what a hotel will be like.

But, when everyone from our taxi driver to my relatives and friends at the party asked where we were staying, their positive response to the name of our hotel was very reassuring.

“Oh yes, of course, great hotel,” was the consensus – and it seemed everyone in Newcastle has been there, even if only for afternoon tea or a slap-up dinner. In fact, it seems to be the Newcastle hotel everyone rates and is, in fact, the only independently-owned boutique hotel in the city.

In a city where there are plenty of rather soulless hotels, Jesmond Dene stands out as both luxurious and characterful.

It’s a big gothic Victorian house (once home to an eminent shipbuilder of the 1800s and his family) but the decoration feels modern: elegant and inviting.

Jesmond Dene House Newcastle exterior

Our deluxe double room on the ground floor – overlooking a steep wood with a stream running though it – had all the touches you’d expect, from a king-sized bed with waffle-cotton pillowslips, to a sizeable bathroom with big fluffy towels and bathrobes.

The room service menu was extensive and the food, in general, plenteous.

On arrival we met my father-in-law for tea and biscuits in the living room (which, with its giant fireplace, must be cosy in winter).

The Billiard Room at Jesmond Dene House Newcastle

Feeling peckish for a snack, my husband ordered a “ham and pease pudding stotty”, which he, a northerner born and bred, translated for me, an ignorant southerner, as “a local delicacy; a flat doughy bun filled with mushy peas”. It was “good, working class food”, he said. He was amazed to be brought a huge plateful complete with french fries and a salad, all of which he delightedly polished off.

(As you can see from the photos, not all the cuisine involves mushy peas!)

Food at Jesmond Dene House Newscastle
Food at Jesmond Dene House Newscastle

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After our night “out on the toon”, in true Newcastle style, it was just a 10-minute taxi ride from the city centre to the hotel and a comfortable night. (A special mention has to be given to the city’s incredibly welcoming and friendly taxi drivers).

I would have liked to explore the pretty looking hotel grounds, and gone walkabout in the nature area beyond, after our tasty breakfast, but the northern weather, true to form, had other plans. It poured, and so I was happy to sit gazing at the greenery outside my room’s window, catching up on work thanks to the easy-to-access free WiFi.

 Jesmond Dene House Newcastle

My husband and I then enjoyed a good meal in the popular hotel restaurant: creamy kohlrabi soup (perhaps made with veggies from the hotel’s own garden) followed by roast chicken with spring vegetables, and flat iron steak and chips with b√©arnaise and watercress.

Staff were attentive and polite throughout our stay, and my husband especially loved meeting Riley, the hotel’s friendly resident cat.

Jesmond Dene House Newcastle was the ideal place for a night in Geordieland, and we hope to return on our next trip up north.

Jesmond Dene House Looking through the window

Jesmond Dene House Newcastle may be close to the city, but it has lashings of country charm

Jesmond Dene House Newcastle

Bedrooms are plush…

....and so is the junior suite

….and so is the junior suite

Jesmond Dene House Newcastle

The billiard room is a cosy place to catch up

Jesmond Dene House Newcastle

And the restaurant is very popular with guests (and Olivia!)

 

How to get to Jesmond Dene House Newcastle without flying:

Olivia travelled from Oxford to Newcastle with Cross Country Trains. Her journey time was around 4.5 hours each way on a stopping service.

She then took a 10-minute taxi ride to the hotel from Newcastle station.

 

Words: Olivia Gordon for Feet on the Ground

Images: Jesmond Dene House Newcastle

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