Garden at Jesmond Dene House Hotel
A contemporary style garden borders the house. With its wide terrace, exotic plants, charming pergola and informal lawn, it’s big enough to stretch the legs before dinner, small enough to admire, glass in hand, from the bar. Chef may well be seen out here cutting herbs or collecting fruit and vegetables from the small kitchen garden.
But there’s a grander, wilder garden next door. Created by the Victorian industrialist, Lord Armstrong - and donated to the city - Jesmond Dene is a wooded valley of native and exotic trees, criss-crossed with paths and dotted with waterfalls and rustic bridges. It’s a quiet place to unwind with a walk or, for the more energetic, to recharge the batteries with a jog.