At House of Coco we love to explore different cities in the UK and recently our Editor, Laura Bartlett, decided to see what Newcastle had to offer. She spent a couple of nights at one of the cities best loved, independently owned boutique hotels in the city to put the theory to the test. Newcastle hotel Jesmond Dene House has charm and character in abundance. It boasts a fab location close to the vibrant city centre but within easy reach of the Northumbrian countryside, historic Co. Durham and glorious North East coastline. Here, Laura tells us more…
From the first moment we set eyes on the house, we were in love. It came as no surprise that royalty and celebrities have stayed here in the past as the location and the décor is just fabulous. The hotel is situated within a Grade II listed Arts and Crafts building, and its creative heart is clearly still beating as it’s decorated with stunning original pieces of modern and international art, including bronze sculptures and dreamy watercolours. There are even some gorgeous photojournalism prints.
With the hotel’s gorgeous landscaped gardens, there’s a whole lot of natural art to enjoy as well. Filled with palm and banana trees, brightly coloured tulips and Oriental poppies and even spring cherry blossom in the Japanese-themed section, it’s a beautiful place to spend some downtime. The gardens of Jesmond Dene surround the hotel, with wild woodland, cascading waterfalls and ancient bridges – it looked like something out of a novel! We spent our mornings taking a wander through the forest while many other guests use the green space to enjoy a nice jog.
My bedroom was to die for, with touches of luxury and indulgence coming from fancy furnishings, private terraces and silk accents. I could have stayed in my super king size bed for the entire weekend but I simply had to try the hotel’s restaurant that I had heard so much about.
We love great quality, locally sourced food and the Jesmond Dene House restaurant certainly knows how to do it. The steaks were divine and the North Country veg tasted like it had been plucked fresh from the soil (in all fairness, it probably had). If you’ve got a sweet tooth, make sure to try the Dark Chocolate Sphere. With salted caramel, peanuts and a dollop of caramel ice cream, it really ticked the indulgent boxes.
If you fancy a bit of sightseeing, the museums, galleries, shopping and historical sites of Newcastle are within 10 minutes of the hotel. The collection at the Biscuit Factory, Britain’s largest commercial gallery set in a Victorian building and former biscuit factory, is just fabulous with a range of original art, prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewellery and furniture. Outside the city, tickle your tourist tastebuds with a visit to Durham Cathedral, Hadrian’s Wall or the Angel of the North.
The opportunities to relax are simply endless!
Enjoy a relaxed dinner in their award-winning restaurant as part of your overnight stay; one of the best-value hotel deals in Newcastle.
- Overnight stay with breakfast
- 3-course meal each (£35 allowance)
- Available every day for one or two people.
From £160 per room
To book visit www.jesmondenehouse.co.uk