The Cookie Jar, Alnwick, Northumberland

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A hotel with a setting as unique as The Cookie Jar in Alnwick required only the most stylish products to match its exquisite surroundings. When interior designer Matt Hulme of Dynargh Design was tasked with transforming the décor, he called upon Johnson Tiles’ Bevel Brick range in White for the bathroom walls and Antique in Cedar for the floors.

Undoubtedly the most show-stopping room at the hotel, The Chapel Suite, with its original features including stunning stain glass windows, boasts an open plan bathroom. Located behind the bespoke super king size bed, the walk-in shower, copper freestanding bath and double vanity unit are set against a glossy backdrop of glistening tiles.

Further highlighting the space, the lighting was key to creating the ambience of the room. Bespoke pendant lights helped with the illusion of a lower ceiling height and the hand-painted bedside lamps complement the fabrics of the bedding and seating area.

In addition to The Chapel Suite, there are 10 other rooms at The Cookie Jar. Interior designer Matt Hulme was dedicated to ensuring each space was unique – something he achieved through creating a number of warm and inviting schemes, each with an emphasis on texture and pattern. He explains: ‘We wanted the rooms to be classic with a contemporary twist, which we achieved through the use of a number of different patterns in each room and statement wallpapers.’


For the bathrooms, the intent was to implement a design that is classic and timeless – something that wouldn’t date or look too trend-led. This was achieved by specifying Johnson Tiles’ Bevel Brick range for the walls and its Antique range in Cedar for the wood-effect flooring. The accompanying sanitary ware is in keeping with the overall heritage of the building. This is also illustrated in the cast iron roll top baths situated in The Mother Superior rooms.

Continuing the luxurious theme, the bar, reception and Bistro all reflect a combination of pairing high-quality products with historically sympathetic design – something that Dynargh Design has become renowned for.