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“The former Convent of Mercy now converted to a fabulous boutique hotel in the heart of Alnwick. Rooms are individually designed and have character with contemporary furnishings and fabrics. The garden with terrace and fire-pit is a great place to relax. Excellent cuisine served in the weekend Bistro”

“The former Convent of Mercy now converted to a fabulous boutique hotel in the heart of Alnwick. Rooms are individually designed and have character with contemporary furnishings and fabrics. The garden with terrace and fire-pit is a great place to relax. Excellent cuisine served in the weekend Bistro”

Hotel Review

This hotel is as stylishly funky as its name. A former convent, and tucked away up what was once the main route to the town’s magnificent castle (still the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland), it’s been converted to 11 bedrooms in a chic country-house style. Tricked out in bold shades of Delft blue and cream, with stripped-wood floors, tongue-and-groove panelling, leather armchairs and attractive pieces of glass and pottery, it has all the traditional comforts but without the fussiness. Some bedrooms overlook the castle, others have cosy sloping ceilings while all have sharply modern bathrooms. The dining-room, with its full-on blue-and-white colour scheme and framed collections of cutlery, is a dazzling delight for breakfast - the sort of place you want to linger - though evening meals (only two to three nights a week) are pricey and with limited choice. Simple lunches and afternoon teas are also offered; if the sun is shining enjoy them in the large terraced garden. And, of course, there are home-made cookies for a treat before bed. (The hotel’s name? Simple: the owner is called Cook.)
 

Written by Helen Pickles

Recommended For

  • Museums
  • Baliffgate Museum and Gallery tells the history of the local area and people.
  • Great walks
  • The nearby coast has some beautiful beaches for a long walk.
  • Other Activities
  • Take a boat trip out to the Farne Islands from Seahouses.
  • Golf
  • Alnmouth Golf Club is just a short drive away.
  • Sights nearby
  • Alwick Castle is just on the doorstep.
  • Fishing
  • Riding
  • Pet friendly
  • Kennels on site.
  • Restaurant
  • Weekend Bistro.
  • Historic
  • Former Convent.
  • Owner managed
  • Contemporary
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Full of character
  • Intimate
  • Charming
  • Disabled access
  • Quirky
  • Boutique

Facilities

  • Pet friendly
  • Kennels on site.
  • Restaurant
  • Weekend Bistro.
  • Parking
  • Bar
  • Walking distance restaurants
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Sitting Room
  • Garden

Activities

  • Museums
  • Baliffgate Museum and Gallery tells the history of the local area and people.
  • Great walks
  • The nearby coast has some beautiful beaches for a long walk.
  • Other Activities
  • Take a boat trip out to the Farne Islands from Seahouses.
  • Golf
  • Alnmouth Golf Club is just a short drive away.
  • Sights nearby
  • Alwick Castle is just on the doorstep.
  • Fishing
  • Riding

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Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Our guests love the quirky and cosy décor of the hotel, which is full of bespoke and antique furniture. They love exploring the Secret Garden and Residents Snug, which offer a secluded oasis to relax and unwind. Our staff love recommending local gems, and offering a warm welcome to every guest.

What is there to do in the area?
Northumberland is a treasure trove, offering endless coastline, grand historic castles, and quirky second-hand bookstores, all just waiting to be explored.

What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We offer a wide selection for breakfast- from our lovingly homemade Granola, traditional Full English, and contemporary crushed avocado and poached egg- there is something to suit everyone.

Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Our Bistro is open daily serving fresh Northumbrian goodness. Every Friday and Saturday our Bistro opens in the evening, to serve the very best seasonal produce. We have recently opened our doors on a Thursday evening, serving up a delicious local Surf + Turf menu.

Which are your most popular room types, and why?
The most sought after room is our Suite, The Chapel. The building has deep historic roots and was once an Order of Mercy Convent. The Chapel features original stain glass windows, a copper roll-top bath and an impressive domed ceiling. Our Mother Superiors are also popular for their stunning views across to Alnwick Castle.

What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms?
We have two adjoining rooms that are perfect for family parties.

What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
We are the perfect “cookie” escape, what are you waiting for?

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