In brief: An independently-owned boutique hotel in the leafy suburb of Jesmond. Our highlight: Enjoying a tipple (or two) in the Cocktail Bar and Billiard Room. Insider guide: Just 10 minutes from Newcastle city centre, this hotel has an envious position overlooking the wooded valley of Jesmond Dene, and the peace and quiet to match. The beautifully-furnished bedrooms come with plenty of little luxuries, including White Company toiletries, freshly ground coffee and a selection of glossy magazines. For that extra special stay, check out the luxury top floor apartment, which boasts its own private dining terrace, incredible rooftop views and bathroom with a walk-in double shower. Enjoy skillful cooking in the award-winning restaurant, before sampling their extensive selection of wines – this is what weekends are for.