Rebecca is an experienced travel writer, specialising in Japan and the UK. Born and raised in the West Country, she's also spent time living in London, Cambridge and Kyoto, and is now based in Newcastle. She loves promoting independent and inclusive businesses, and sustainable off-the-beaten-track travel.
Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle
In the upmarket suburb of Jesmond, perched above a wooded river valley, is Newcastle's only independent boutique hotel: Jesmond Dene House. With its Grade II-listed buildings and elegant modern British restaurant, it would be easy for the hotel to feel stuffy or pretentious. But instead, its cosy style and friendly staff give it the feeling of a home away from home - a fancy one, certainly, but one where you're always welcomed with a warm smile. Jesmond Dene House keeps things simple with its facilities, but with so much available nearby - a gym, pool and spa are within walking distance - there's really no need to overcomplicate things. Instead, the hotel can focus on being a serene oasis in this thriving, lively city.
Your expert reviewer
Jesmond Dene House's combination of country and city is completely unique in Newcastle, managing to capture the best of both worlds.
The hotel is in picturesque parkland in the upmarket suburb of Jesmond, 10 minutes' drive from the centre of Newcastle.
By car: the hotel is 5 hours 40 mins from London, 3 hours 40 mins from Birmingham and 2 hours 50 mins from Manchester. There is free parking available on-site.
By train: London Kings Cross to Newcastle takes around 3 hours. The hotel is a 15-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel is ideal for couples or friends, or even luxurious solo getaways. It's geared to adults more than families, and feels grown-up without being stuffy. Take the time to explore the 19th-century buildings - a peek into the Great Hall will take your breath away.
Service & Facilities
There's no better way to pass a winter's evening than by sitting next to the open fire in the wood-panelled bar, glass of whiskey in hand.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- Room service
Our Deluxe room is full of character, with a wood-panelled ceiling, bay window overlooking the Dene, and dramatic feature mirror over the bath. Each room feels distinct, with the quirks of the historic buildings inventively incorporated into their design.
Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suites, The Noble Suite, The Apartment Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Arran Aromatic toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers, TV, tea and coffee facilities, digital radio
Food & Drink
Dietary requirements are no problem at all. Allergens are handled well for afternoon tea and dinner (just give them a little notice), and breakfast has plenty of options. The fish dishes are impeccable, and the dessert selection excellent. And there's always room for triple-cooked truffle chips…
Fern Dining Room: contemporary, informal, seasonal British cuisine, small plates, Sunday lunch. Open daily for dinner. Mains from £19.50.
The bar: cocktails, snacks, sandwiches, cakes, classic British dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Mains from £12.50.
Afternoon tea: Weds-Sun, 1-4pm. From £26pp.
Rooms available from £100 per night
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