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Get to know Jesmond Dene House: The iconic North East venue for HLN’s first fashion shoot

Bursting with beauty, history and character, with its roots as an indulgent hotel and dining destination firmly embedded in a celebration of everything the North East has to offer, Jesmond Dene House was only ever going to be the perfect location for our fashion shoot

Written by High Life North
Published 24.07.2021

When it came to choosing a location for HLN’s first-ever fashion shoot, we knew we needed somewhere timeless; somewhere effortlessly stylish and historically iconic; somewhere, in short, like Jesmond Dene House.

Despite being classed as a ‘city hotel’ and only a stone’s throw from the centre of Newcastle, you really feel a million miles from it all at Jesmond Dene House. Nestled on the edge of the gorgeously verdant wooded valley of Jesmond Dene – complete with its own waterfall, nature trails, park area and even the famous Pets Corner – at Jesmond Dene House you have space, peace and room to breathe.

You also having a stunning backdrop. The House itself dates back to 1800s, when it entertained royalty and celebrities of the day, and is absolutely bursting with architectural bravura, historical details and the ghosts of the most grandiose of lifestyles. Think west wings and billiard rooms, a Hogwarts-style Great Hall and a Wuthering Heights-esque Gothic porch. And that’s before we even start on the fleet of bedrooms, all bedecked in typically grand and eclectic fashion, (we’re talking panelling, plasterwork, stone carvings, exuberant chimneys and stained glass windows).

Speaking of history, you can tell that if these walls could talk, they would chat to you all day about the sights they’ve seen over the years. After entertaining the likes of Rudyard Kipling and Arthur Conan Doyle in the early days, the House was converted into a Civil Defence establishment during the Second World War – the tunnels from which can still be found under its foundations – and even took a turn as a residential school before becoming Newcastle’s first independently-owned boutique hotel in 2005.

So, really, when it came down to choosing our shoot location, there were few more characterful or more proudly North Eastern venues than Jesmond Dene House. And what you really need to know about the team here is that they don’t rest on their laurels. Yes, they’re blessed with an enviable location and a Grade-II listed building. But what really drives the success of Jesmond Dene House is that each and every member of staff here is passionate about making sure their guests are well looked after, (we speak from first-hand experience here).

 

As an independent hotel, they can be flexible to meet their guests’ wishes, (again, we speak from experience – after all, film crews and smoke bombs aren’t exactly run of the mill, are they?!). Many of the JDH team have worked here since the hotel first opened and you can tell that all those years of hard work have been driven by a genuine care for the House and its guests. Everyone here goes above and beyond to accommodate their visitors as much as possible, and firmly believe that the smallest things make the biggest difference. So whether you just pop in to meet a friend for a coffee, or you’ve splashed out on an indulgent weekend away, you’ll be met with the same friendly welcome and given the same VIP treatment.

 

And while we were attracted to Jesmond Dene House for the shoot because of its gorgeous architecture, incomparable location and ridiculously friendly staff, it would be remiss of us if we didn’t give a special shoutout to the scran here – because it’s unreal! We were lucky enough to sample the à la carte menu of the Fern Dining Room – led by Executive Head Chef Danny Parker, a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist, FYI – and, honestly, our mouths are still watering just thinking about it. A proper neighbourhood dining room and bar, the aim from JDH here is to create memorable Geordie hospitality and dining experiences for their guests. And in our humble opinion, they 100% deliver!

The moral of this particular story? We love it here. We’ve already been back. We firmly intend to keep visiting. We reckon you guys should too!

Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle NE2 2EY

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