JESMOND DENE HOUSE BLOG
The Good Hotel Guide – 2019 Editor’s Choice for Weddings
Our beautiful, grand yet cosy 19th Century House in the North East has been awarded ‘The Good Hotel Guide Award – 2019 Editor’s Choice for Weddings’ and we are nothing short of delighted!
In addition to the comfort and architectural indulgence of Jesmond Dene House, we boast old fashioned hospitality with modern standards across all areas of the hotel with Weddings currently taking a well-deserved front seat in terms of our offerings at Jesmond Dene House.
A (TASTY) NEW DAWN AT JESMOND DENE HOUSE
One of the rising stars of north-east chefs has taken over the kitchens at the region’s leading independent hotel with a promise to put guests first. Danny Parker, regional finalist in this year’s Great British Menu and formerly Head Chef at Newcastle’s Michelin-star restaurant, House of Tides, is now bringing his talents to the city’s Jesmond Dene House Hotel.
Meet Mrs. Cheek!
We have appointed our youngest general manager here at the hotel. Leanne Cheek, 35, is our third general manager in our 13-year history and has big plans at the hotel.
Lancashire-born Leanne, who joined us in July, was excited and eager to get on board when offered the job. “I thought it was too big, then quickly realised it was too good to turn down. It is a big challenge but brings together all of my experiences.” Leanne believes there are four key strengths a good general manager needs: attention to detail, strong leadership, good communication and a warm personality.
The Great Exhibition of the North 2018
The Great Exhibition of the North is kicking off this Friday, June 22nd at 1pm! If you’re attending the opening night, be prepared for a spectacular visual performance. We wish we could tell you more, but let’s leave some of it as a surprise.
The exhibition, scheduled over 80 days this summer, is a free celebration of the North’s pioneering spirit.
It will be England’s biggest event in 2018 and is packed with creative exhibits, live performances, new artwork, displays of innovation, and various other exciting experiences.
Chris Steele-Perkins – Photography at Jesmond Dene House
There are barely any walls not being put to some use in Jesmond Dene House. And there are a lot of walls. Almost every wall that I can think of, if it hasn’t a window or isn’t an outer wall, has something interesting mounted atop it. What’s more, for those who really pay attention, the things that are mounted change at fairly regular intervals. A lot of time and effort, then. But for those who do pay attention, very rewarding. True to its Arts & Crafts architectural flirtations, in its own way, Jesmond Dene House is a kind of Art Gallery and all because having art on display for those who visit has to be more interesting than having none.
Barbara Gubbins, Celebrant at Jesmond Dene House, reflects on the glorious Royal Wedding
The recent Royal Wedding was truly spectacular and even though we weren’t all invited it allowed us the opportunity to become involved in our own special way. At Jesmond Dene House, the Great Hall was turned into celebratory splendour with red, white and blue flags, a royal themed afternoon tea and guests in their finery watching the drama unfold on the big screen. We even made it into Cosmopolitan magazine as one of THE PLACES TO BE on the day.
New Corporate Ambassador joins the Jesmond Dene House Team
Boutique hotel, Jesmond Dene House has recently appointed Barbara Gubbins as corporate ambassador following her recent departure from the charity world. Barbara has developed strong networks with North East businesses through her fundraising activities and marketing career and the hotel group are looking to use her expertise to help build and expand their corporate client base. A refurbishment programme and creation of a new outdoor area for events is currently in progress at the hotel and Barbara’s appointment will help share this news to the business community.
Who was Saint Valentine
Hallmark Cards was founded in Kansas City, in 1910, by Joyce Hall. However, in spite of the inordinate associated proceeds they receive annually, Joyce did not invent Valentine’s Day. So, who was Saint Valentine; what have they to do with Geoffrey Chaucer; and what has any of this to do with Jesmond Dene House.
The Titanic, Wall Street & Wi-Fi at Jesmond Dene House: 3 Strange Bedfellows
‘The Titanic’ was a feat of engineering brilliance. Literally titanic, for such an iron and steel behemoth to be buoyant was a juxtaposition of great paradox. After colliding with an iceberg on April 15th 1912, she took 1500 lives with her as she sank to the bottom of the ocean: her colossal scale matched only by her monumental failure.