Book a staycation in Newcastle to soak up its cultural highlights – and as long as you’re happy not to stay in the city centre, Jesmond Dene House will be the perfect home away from home. Just a ten-minute drive away from town, the Grade II-listed house feels like an upmarket country hotel – without the hefty price tag. Surrounded by acres of private woodland, wood panelling, inglenook fireplaces and plush interiors make it a great base from which to explore the north east of England. Each of the 40 bedrooms has lovely views of the estate and surrounding area, while the modern en-suites have underfloor heating. Guests can relax and unwind in two spacious living areas, enjoy meals in the conservatory dining area (the restaurant has three AA rosettes), and have evening drinks in the Great Hall.
Rooms from £70 per night.