A grand house with a contemporary style, a leafy setting near the heart of the city. Jesmond Dene House is neither a townhouse nor a country house hotel. It's simply 40 well-designed rooms in a richly historic building offering understated luxury and rather good food. Overlooking the wooded valley of Jesmond Dene, it guarantees peace, escapism and a refreshing change. Newcastle city centre, however is only a five minute drive.Fresh and light interiors are set against the fine, rich features of this Art and Crafts house. Big beds, big bathrooms, space to work, space to relax. There are handsome rooms for meeting, dining and celebrating - from the wood-panelled Great Hall to the light-filled garden room. Eight of the rooms and suites are in the New House, a modern interpretation of Arts and Crafts style. Food is straightforward, flavoursome, fresh, and with Terry Laybourne's sure touch. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly but with a passionate attention to detail. No gimmicks, no fuss just a genuinely warm welcome and an invitation to indulge.simple, well designed luxury
Bedrooms: Rooftops, gardens and trees, no views are the same. No two bedrooms are the same! All are contemporary and comfortable, muted colours and understated furniture. Big beds wrap you in Egyptian, cotton pique bed linen, white, soft and cool. Flat screen TV's, digital radio, broadband access, desk space all as standard in all bedrooms. Bathrooms are generous in design with polished granite, taupe and cream colours. Some have walk in showers, others have baths with garden views. All have underfloor heating.
The restaurant has two dining areas, the former music room and the oak floored, light and leafy garden room. Local produce and where possible organic food, dishes are inspired by the changing seasons. The cooking is skilful, generous and heartfelt concentrating on simplicity, craftsmanship and honesty, a little artistry and a lot of love.
Polished oak floors, huge windows and lashings of space, the ground floor is a sweep of grand but comfortably modern. Cocktails or coffees are available in the light and airy lounge, situated on the garden side. Alternatively, the Billiard Room has a carpeted, clubby atmosphere with newspapers and magazines.