Peter is managing director of Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle’s first luxury boutique hotel which won AA Hotel of the Year in 2008-09, three years after opening. This was followed by the Good Hotel Guide’s Cesar Award for City Hotel of the Year in 2013.
A converted Arts and Crafts mansion, the hotel is one of many award-winning commercial and residential developments that Peter’s company, Rivergreen Developments plc, has undertaken in the North East. Established in 1991, Durham-based Rivergreen specialises in repairing and refurbishing Listed buildings in sensitive locations, and is also well known for its contribution to regeneration in disadvantaged areas.
Its work has been recognised by English Heritage, RIBA, the Civic Trust, and local and central governments. The company’s main office at Aykley Heads in Durham received the 2007 RICS Sustainability Project of the Year, and in the same year Peter gained an Outstanding Achievement Award from Constructing Excellence North East.
Peter is passionate about gardening (he may be spotted pruning the pub’s plants and fruit trees), the Times crossword and making chilli jam.
Little-known fact: Peter played football for England Schoolboys.ROBIN FREER ABOUT US
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ST MARY’S INN, 22/03/2020
Dear Family and Friends of St. Mary’s Inn,
We are absolutely committed to the well-being, health and safety of our guests and staff.
The COVID-19 virus is rapidly spreading throughout the world and each Government is following their own strategy to minimise the impact on their people.
The UK Government have advised most recently that people should avoid pubs, theatres, clubs, and by implication, restaurants, though businesses are left to make their own operational choices based on their unique circumstances.
This is a rapidly changing situation and in order to ensure we put our guests and staff at the front of our considerations we have made the decision to temporarily close the Inn effective from 19:00hrs, Sunday, 22nd March 2020.
We will keep everyone advised as the situation changes and look forward to welcoming you all back at the earliest possible time and in accordance with future Government and WHO advice.
We wish the people of the village of Stannington, our guests who travel so far to see us, and our loyal staff and your families well through this difficult time.
The St. Mary’s Inn team