Jesmond Dene House

We had packed our bags the previous day and I had pre programmed the Sat Nav so we were able to set off more or less on time. We stopped off for a late breakfast in one of our favourite tea shops which is near to Dorothy Clive Garden. When we were suitably refreshed we made our way to the M6 so that we could enjoy the views over the lakeland moors. We didn’t have the usual spectacular view as we were travelling through low cloud, which however had a beauty all of its own.

No 11 Jesomond Dene House

Stairs to the Roof Top

We stopped for lunch in Kirby Steven and by the time we had finished the cloud had lifted and we drove the final leg of our journey in perfect sunshine. We easily found Jesmond Dene House, checked in and went to find our room. When we opened the door and entered the room, gentle music was playing and another door was open leading us invitingly to a roof terrace. We decided to save this delight until later and after we had unloaded the car we headed off to the Metro station to catch a tram into Newcastle centre.

Roof Top Terrace

We had a drink in the tea shop in Waterstones before browsing around the bookshop. I didn’t see any books I was interested in but I did see a board game which I went to pick up later before we headed back to the hotel to freshen up.


We found a welcome note, personalised, from the hotel duty manager wishing us a pleasant stay then we then enjoyed a glass of sherry on the roof terrace. When we went down to dinner, there was a bit of a mix up with the pre-dinner drink order. Mr C was advised that they did not have any Sherry so I said I would have a tonic water instead. He ordered a G&T for himself. Then a sherry arrived at the table, followed by a large tonic water but no G&T. Mr C took the tonic water back and then sat down to wait for his G&T. When it arrived he wasn’t very impressed, he thought the glass was like a vase; it had a slice of orange in it and a straw!

Over the drinks we perused the menu which left me spoilt for choice but Mr C didn’t find quite as much to interest him. When our order had been taken we were taken to our table which was situated in a lovely alcove overlooking the garden. The food was enjoyable although we thought it was pricey. After dinner we retired to the former billiard room to relax in the comfy chairs before it was time to go to bed.

A Place to Freshen Up

12 Comments CherryPie on Sep 19th 2016

12 Responses to “Newcastle & Alnwick – Day One”

  1. Alan says:

    Sounds like a lovely place to although probably too grand for my simple needs. I prefer the informality of self-catering.

  2. james higham says:

    You make it all seem so wonderful.

  3. Ayush says:

    sounds like a quiet and pleasant experience, CP. i hope the mix up was a minor spoiler.

  4. M/ C?

    Mr C??
    Ms CherryPie??

    Apparently not personalised enough. ;)

    • CherryPie says:

      Hotels these days are rather odd… They only take the name of the person who booked the rooms.

      When more than one room is booked it can become complicated!!!

      As you say it was not entirely satisfactory only welcoming Mr C to the room :-)

  5. Mandy says:

    Oh, I definitely think you’d get on with Stephen! He also pre programs our SatNav and makes sure our bags are packed the day before. Then again, I can always find something on a menu to eat and he is like Mr C and often doesn’t.

    • CherryPie says:

      It is normally me that struggles to find many options on a menu and Mr C can usually find lots to interest him. It was unusual for it to be the other way round.