Jemond Dene House is an independently owned hotel which was built in 1822 and is situated in the beautiful and serene setting of Newcastle’s Jesmond Dene. Before becoming a hotel in 2005, The stunning Grade ll listed building was owned by Industrialists and frequented by famous writers including Rudyard Kipling.
This multi-award winning, hidden gem oozes individuality and is just five minutes to the north of the city centre and 15 minutes from Newcastle International Airport.
Much like Newcastle, this boutique hotel is unique. Individualistic by nature, the original features of the 40 bedroomed Georgian house – including fireplaces, timbered ceilings, window seats, bay windows and roof terraces have been preserved and are complemented by rich, deep-coloured fabrics and stunning pieces of local art, which include some adorable wire sculptured dogs lovingly created by local artist, Gary Tiplady. The House even has its very own mascot – Riley the cat, who is somewhat of a celebrity with both guests and staff alike.
“…it’s the subtle finishing touches that give Jesmond Dene House its added hint of decadence.”
Due to the history of the building, each room is a unique shape and size as well as being individually decked out with elegant soft furnishings and bespoke furniture. The smallest room is the Classic Room. Priced at £119 per night, it’s a moderate price for a luxury hotel in the city. Their style is sleek, understated and uncluttered.
My room was home from home. Humbling with enough eclectic mix of quirk and luxury perks to please any Newcastle diva. It’s the subtle finishing touches that give Jesmond Dene House its added hint of decadence.
From goose down feather pillows, Egyptian cotton bed linen, designer wallpaper, bespoke furnishings and lavish fabrics, each room has been individually designed with comfort in mind. For the technology buff, the rooms have their own wi-fi, and flat screen TVs with access to Sky Sports.
There are also nice little touches – Ladies and Gents glossy lifestyle magazines, safe, heated bath towels, bathrobes and slippers, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee tray, fresh fruit and bottled water- are all welcomed additions which help create a luxurious retreat.
Even the contents of the mini bars have been carefully thought out and contain a mix of delicious products that guests will actually want to eat or drink.
There’s good food and there’s great food…however, in Jesmond Dene House’s, The Restaurant, you are served exceptional food as standard. The Presentation is as exquisite as the taste and it’s the highest quality, local produce on the menu.
Head Chef Michael Penaluna and his team blend classic techniques with a contemporary approach to produce a Modern take on British dishes. There’s also a good selection of vegetarian options on offer.
I tried the evening menu in order to find out just how good this three AA Rosettes, award winning food was.
For Starters I opted for the Local Wood Pigeon (£12.00) accompanied by North country beetroot, pear, walnut and watercress. This amazing dish arrived beautifully garnished with herbs and wild flowers. The meat was delicately cooked and tender with a rich and gamey flavour. The vegetables crisp and fresh. I highly recommend anyone to try this dish.
For my main I chose the Fillet of Beef (£36.00) with bone marrow, barbecued leeks, turnip and oxtail. Again, an exquisitely presented dish. The ‘melt in your mouth’ fillet was beautifully tender and the strong flavoured, well cooked oxtail contrasted well with the crisp bite of the garden fresh vegetables.
For dessert I plumped for the lemon meringue served with raspberry sorbet. A delicious dish with contrasting sweet and tart flavours. The AA Rosettes were well warranted!
After a great night sleep…I simply had to try the breakfast menu. A Delightful breakfast – Anything you could wish for is handsomely presented for you to help yourself whilst waiting for your cooked breakfast. The cooked breakfast is cooked to perfection including all you’d expect and all you request. Poached? No problem. No tomato, no bacon three eggs, three sausages; no probs.
If you think, due to House’s grandeur, you have to adhere to strict formalities and dress codes, then think again, because this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes…If you wish to get dressed up and visit Jesmond Dene House for a special occasion you are free to do so. However if, your visiting nearby Jesmond Dene and fancy a Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea or even just a coffee -The uber friendly staff at The House would love to see you.
So…Whether you’re visiting, celebrating or just curious, I implore you to pay this remarkable house a visit in order to see Newcastle at its absolute finest!
Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle, NE2 2EY