Sat on the Tyne Bridge in the centre of Newcastle the Sat Nav informed us we were only a mere 3 miles away from Newcastle’s only independently owned luxury boutique hotel Jesmond Dene House. Even though a major English city is on the doorstep of this hotel you would never know it. In fact we were pleasantly surprised at the peacefulness and tranquillity of the hotel and its surroundings. Set in the suburb of Jesmond guests can experience the best of both worlds – the leafy, laid back local area and/or a thriving large city renowned for its nightlife.
The hotel is a sight for sore eyes as you pull into the car park of this 19th Century Grade II listed building. It’s easy to imagine it as a private residence back in the day. That’s because it was. Bought in 1871 by Captain (later, Sir) Andrew Noble, a partner in a leading shipping company. The house was used as a family home but also for entertaining and if it was good enough for the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling it was certainly good enough for us. Once inside it was lovely to see that a lot of the period features have been retained/restored which complimented the overall contemporary feel of the hotel and oozed sophistication.
Dotted around the hotel we found a number of unique, made to order animal wire sculptures from the local artist Gary Tiplady which added to the homely feeling of Jesmond Dene House. But what makes a house a home – a cat of course and we had the pleasure of meeting Riley (as in Life of Riley, which he certainly has) who has adopted the hotel as his home.
Our room (Room 4) was located on the 1st floor and was very in keeping with the rest of the hotel complete with a super comfortable king sized bed, massive bay window with seating area which let in so much glorious light (we were lucky to visit on one of the only nice days we have had in England so far this year), thick carpets and striking wallpaper. Together with the little extras like a safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities and the latest copies of Vogue (massive thumbs up from me) and GQ (massive thumbs up from Mr ESLT) we instantly felt at home.
The en-suite bathroom was the room of my dreams, with large sunken bath offering views over the gardens and separate large shower cubicle – it was perfect. Decorated in colours in keeping with our room and the rest of the hotel and complete with white company toiletries and big fluffy towels – perfect!
We decided to explore the grounds of the hotel and the Dene next door that puts the Dene in Jesmond Dene. I can understand why so many people chose to have their weddings there. With the luscious greenery and back drop of the house I imagine the photographs would be lovely and something very special to look back on in years to come. The Dene itself is a public park and home to a waterfall which you can easily find; simply follow the sound of the water. As Jesmond Dene House does not have gym facilities the Dene is perfect for runners, joggers and walkers. In fact you can walk all the way to the Quayside in Newcastle.
After our walk we were more than ready for our dinner and made our way to the bar for a pre-dinner drink where we were given the menu to choose from. Head Chef, Michael Penaluna, and his team use classic techniques but a contemporary approach to produce Modern British dishes that are light, fresh and flavoursome. Therefore, there was a great choice for us to pick from. Once our order had been taken we were led through to the restaurant and seated at a lovely window table which let in the evening sun. From the menu we chose:
Me – Cauliflower & Tunworth with Red Onion Gel & Vadouvan Onions
Mr ESLT – Hand Dived Scallops, Confit Chicken Wing, Jerusalem Articoke, Caper & Bacon Dressing
Me – Pressed Potato & Root Vegetable Terrine, Confit Duck Egg, Pickeled Vegetables and Goats Cheese
Mr ESLT – Braised Ox Cheek, Heritage Vegetables, Creamed Potatoes & Grand Mere
Me – Dark Chocolate Sphere, Salted Caramel, Peanuts & Caramel Ice cream
Mr ESLT – Selection of Homemade Ice-cream & Sorbets
All I can say about the food is WOW. It was possibly one of the nicest meals I have ever had. It is easy to see why people visit Jesmond Dene House simply to visit the restaurant. With our tummies full we walked around the grounds one last time before retiring to our gorgeous room for the evening. Full and content we slept like babies and the fact that the room had black out curtains meant it was our alarm that woke us up in the morning and not the daylight. We showered and dressed and headed back down to the restaurant to sample the breakfast the hotel offers. We were offered tea, coffee and toast as soon as we sat down. I went to explore the breakfast buffet whilst Mr ESLT ordered us both a full english from the extensive menu of cooked options on offer. Again, the food was lovely and filling and certainly set us up for the day ahead.
Even though Jesmond Dene House is a hotel it strikes me as a place where everyone would feel at home from couples celebrating a special event, business guests entertaining, passersby dropping in for a drink on the patio or afternoon tea (which is an extremely popular choice) in the restaurant. It is also easy to see why many couples choose it as their wedding venue as not only to you get the impressive building as a backdrop but also the lush green gardens. We visit Newcastle on a regular basis and have never really considered Jesmond Dene House due to its perceived location. However, now we have stayed there it is certainly at the top of our list for our return visits to the city. Thank you to all the staff at Jesmond Dene House for making our stay fantastic, your friendly, polite and professional attitudes made us feel like part of the family.
- We stayed at Jesmond Dene House on a complimentary DBB basis in exchange for honest review