Travel review: The Cookie Jar in Alnwick, Northumberland
In Hamlet, Shakespeare wrote, “Get thee to a nunnery”. Ophelia might not have been too impressed but I’m delighted to be sent packing to a former religious building, in the heart of Alnwick. The convent was founded in 1895 when Reverend Mother Evangelist Costello and her four companions came over from Guernsey to teach in the parish school, instruct converts and visit the sick and poor in the area. The Convent of Mercy closed its doors in 2015, after 120 years, when the last sisters vacated the building.
The Grade 2 listed site was then bought and turned into a stunning boutique hotel... read more