A historical building which once was the Convent of Mercy, is now home to The Cookie Jar, a boutique hotel offering cosy accommodation in the centre of Alnwick. Designer furnishings, modern colour palette, as well as retro-inspired details decorate the hotel’s interiors, while its location makes for a perfect base for exploring the neighbouring Alnwick Castle and other attractions of the area.
Named after the local places of interest, the rooms allure the eye with unique features and individual decor. Each comes complete with en suite bathroom facilities, Penhaligon’s toiletries, as well as flat-screen TVs.
Local fare is brought to the table at the on-site restaurant which titillates the senses with classic dishes. Guests can also enjoy a cup of specialist coffee from Pumphreys to start the day with an energy boost.
Hiking trails and cycle paths weave through the natural beauty of Northumberland’s rolling fields and along the windswept shores of the sweeping coastline.
The bustling market town of Morpeth is stuffed full of gems, including a 13th-century chantry housing a bagpipe museum. Travellers may enjoy the award-winning Carlisle Park, which offers an opportunity for river boating and tennis, while the promenade takes in the ornamental hedges and trees of the William Turner Garden. A 50-minute drive through the countryside will bring guests to the Alnwick Castle and its adjacent gardens. Alternatively, visitors may take a journey to the Palladian facade of Paxton House, found on the banks of the River Tweed. This stately home sits on 80 acres of land and boasts a picture gallery which houses over 70 paintings. A short way over from Paxton House stands the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed whose Elizabethan fortifications were built to keep out invading Scots, now a fantastic viewing point for modern day visitors.