Proudly owned and created by Debbie Cook, experienced hotelier and wife of Robert, the award winning UK hotelier, and former Chief Executive of Malmaison and Hotel du Vin. It was Debbie’s inspired vision to convert this beautiful historic building into a home of modern hospitality.

The Cookie Jar aims to bring a level of hospitality to Northumberland, with an approach to sleeping, eating and service that is full of individual character, attention to detail and bags of style. We offer simple food, locally sourced, created and prepared in-house. We also serve specialist coffee from Pumphreys and are well equipped for all the outdoor pursuits you love.

The interior design for the entire project was led by Matt Hulme, of Dynargh Design, a renowned interior designer. Matt was the designer behind many Hotel du Vins notably Newcastle, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

The Cookie Jar is available both for exclusive use as well as on a room by room basis, and all rooms on all floors are accessible by both stairs and elevator.


We’re located in the centre of Alnwick town, on the doorstep of Alnwick Castle, down the rambling cobbles of Bailiffgate.

Within the historic building of the former Convent of Mercy now reborn as The Cookie Jar Cosy Retreat, we bring a dash of luxury to this old medieval market town. The Cookie Jar provides a boutique hotel style, cosy retreat, for those visiting the seat of the Duke of Northumberland and for those who live locally in this gem of a county.

All in all, The Cookie Jar is the ultimate treat of retreats and a very alternative accommodation and entertainment venue for the area of Northumberland – come see for yourself. We look forward to your stay.

Once again we have been voted in the top 10% of hotels worldwide.
Best Place to Stay in the North
We are so very proud to have been named as Sunday Times Travel ‘Best Place to Stay in the North’. What an honour! Thank you to all the team and you, our guests for helping us reach this amazing feat.
Best Place to Stay in the North
We recently received the 'Good Hotel Guide - Editors Choice 2021' Rooms with a View award. A huge thanks to all of our guests for making it possible.
The Cookie Jar is ranked as the top hotel in Alnwick and is also featured in 6 collections (golf, small, accessible, dog friendly, family, honeymoon)
Proud to say we've been awarded the Most Luxurious Retreat - Northumberland & LUX Gold Standard Customer Service Award 2020 awards
Happy to say we’ve been rewarded a 9.5 out of 10 in the Traveller Review Awards 2020.
In 2019 we were awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor
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Book a room at The Cookie Jar and experience a little bit of unexpected cookie-ness.

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