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WHAT WE LOVE...

In a former convent school, minutes from the entrance to Alnwick's grand castle, the Cookie Jar is a blaze of unexpected design. School rooms and corridors are smart with stripped floorboards, tongue-and-groove panelling and a dazzling palette of Prussian blue and cream - fabrics, rugs, and arty vases and pottery. Bedrooms - some very cosy - are country-house chic with statement wallpapers, a mix of modern and vintage furniture, tactile fabrics and sharply modern bathroom. Overlooking the heated and terraced garden at the rear, the dining room is again bright in blue-and-white and serves up smart modern British dishes. The hotel is particularly geared up for country pursuits followers. And the name? A spin on the owner's surname, Cook.

THE DETAILS

Location

At the other end of town is Barter Books, a vast and glorious second-hand bookshop in the converted railway station - and open until 7pm!

On a quiet street just five minutes' walk to Alnwick town centre and castle.
By car: the hotel is just under 4 hours from Manchester and 6 hours 30 mins from London.
By train: Alnmouth station is a 10-minute taxi ride away. Trains from London Kings Cross and Manchester, via Newcastle, take around 3 hours 30 minutes. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

Ideal for anyone seeking an alternative to country house frills-and-flounces, but with the same comforts - and the country-pursuits brigade. We love the colour scheme - and discovering there are so many shades of blue.

Service & Facilities

Cosy up in the sitting room with a newspaper and cup of tea, and you'll feel quite at home.

  • Bistro
  • Terrace
  • Gun room
  • Free Wi-Fi

There are comfortable kennels and dogs are allowed in your room but not in all communal areas.

Rooms

The Chapel (in the former chapel) is knock-out large with a double walk-in shower and freestanding bath, while the beamed, attic-floor Alnmouth is gorgeously cosy. Every room, of any category, has Hypnos beds, bottled water, Penhaligon's bathroom products and a jar of home-made cookies.

Cosy Room, Luxury Room, Mother Superior Room, The Chapel
Facilities include: ensuite shower or bath, luxury toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, TV

Food & Drink

Taking breakfast in the dazzling dining room, with its blue-and-white colours, framed cutlery collections and bold designer lampshades is a great way to start the day. The contemporary afternoon tea with savoury tart and lemon posset among the goodies is good value.

The Bistro: British fine dining. Open Thurs-Sat for lunch and Thurs-Sun for dinner. Set menu from £37.50.
Afternoon tea: served Thurs-Sat, 12-3.30pm. From £22.50.

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