Good Hotel Guide Review
‘An oasis of calm in the northern suburbs of Newcastle’, Peter Candler’s mansion is named after the wooded valley in which it stands. Built for the city mayor in 1822 in Tudor style, and much altered (by Norman Shaw, among others), it impresses with its ‘massive, rugged, dark stone facade’. In the past year, bedrooms and public areas have been refurbished. The chef, Danny Parker, brings experience in a Michelin-starred kitchen to his à la carte and set menus, with such dishes as Yorkshire pork, wild garlic, broccoli, morel, asparagus; roasted cauliflower, couscous, capers, raisins. An all-day menu offers club steak and bone marrow burger; cod and chips. Panelled lounges are hung with ‘prints, cartoons, works by local artists’. Rooms are contemporary boutique style, some with both bath and walk-in shower. Two under-eaves suites have a roof terrace. All have Arran Aromatics toiletries, fresh milk, magazines. Breakfast in ‘an attractive conservatory’ brings ‘good-quality’ toast, freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh-baked pastries, avocado on sourdough, Craster kippers, Cumberland sausage. ‘Staff greet one by name, with a smile: a very enjoyable stay.’ (RG)
Jesmond Dene Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
191 212 3000
40. 8 in adjacent New House, 2 suitable for disabled.
lift, lounge, cocktail bar, billiard room, restaurant, conference/function facilities, terrace, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, parking, 2-acre garden, public areas accessible by wheelchair.
in public areas and restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed on restaurant terrace only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £119–£299.