Gorgeous Yorkshire followers will be well aware of my love of vintage homeware, which often sees me rummaging in charity shops and junk shops or mooching round a vintage fair, where traders have already done the legwork for you.
So what better place for a city break than a boutique B&B decked out from top to bottom with fabulous finds? The Rosebery Hotel in Newcastle is vintage heaven and I’d heard about its glamorous, decadent and wonderfully quirky interior long before I visited.
It was on my “must see” list and the perfect excuse came recently when my twin daughters, who are students in the North East, celebrated their birthdays.
My partner and I decided to make a weekend of it and booked two nights at The Rosebery. It’s in Jesmond, which is a 15-minute walk from the city centre and an interesting mix of student houses and grand period properties that command eye-watering prices. Jesmond is a lovely enclave fringed by Jesmond Dene country park, while at its heart there are restaurants, a Waitrose and a rather posh Oxfam (no, I couldn’t resist!) and a community-run gym and pool, which meant I got my swim fix.
We had no trouble finding The Rosebery, which is on the edge of the Dene. The claw foot bath painted bright pink and brimming with flowers was a big clue.
Inside, owner Janet has filled it with vintage furniture and accessories and has showcased her talent for design with a dazzling array of clever upcycling ideas. One of my favourites was the piano that doubles as a desk.
The rooms all feature vintage French beds with new and very comfy mattresses, while Venetian mirrors, chandeliers and silk curtains are also trademarks. Our room was lovely with a very comfortable bed at one end and a 1960s dining table and Eero Saarinen tulip chairs at the other. In the middle, there was a sitting area arranged around the marble fireplace and a bathroom with the loo and sink screened off and the handsome free-standing bath in open view.
It is all very romantic and is often booked up for this reason, though – and call me old-fashioned – I like to carry out my ablutions in private so next time we visit we plan to book the equally stunning blue bedroom next door, which has separate facilities.
Prices start from £89 per night for a standard double and The Rosebery is a lovely place to spend time but a trip to the “Toon” is a must. Newcastle is easily one of Britain’s most beautiful and most friendly cities. If you don’t believe me then walk down Grey Street, a real architectural Georgian gem that leads down to the Tyne. From there you can cross the bridge to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Entry is free and this converted flour mill boasts some of the best views of the city, along with exhibitions and an excellent shop.
We also enjoyed ambling round Jesmond and we took the Metro to Tynemouth, a pretty seaside town, just a 20 minute ride away. Fortunately for us, our daughters are studying up there for another two years, which means many more chances to visit a truly wonderful city.