Who are we...
St Cuthbert's House is owned and run by us – and we are Jeff & Jill Sutheran. We came to live in Northumberland near the end of the last century, after years spent growing to love this area during many family holidays. We had no clear intention of being in the hospitality industry when we came here - in fact, we had very few clear intentions at all, apart from being determined to find a 'different way' to live our life. We fell into it because we'd reluctantly acquired an old semi-derelict church which came bundled in the purchase of our home, the adjacent manse. Several years later (after wondering what the heck we were going to do with it!) we set out to create 'the B&B we'd love to stay in' and found that not only did we really enjoy it, but so did our guests too! So here we are...
We are also musicians…well alright, one of us is. The other wishes he was. Jill is a gifted musician, and seems to be able to make any instrument sound good, even those she’s never played before.
She writes (and has recorded) beautiful music, poignant and reflective, but can also do a mean Tina Turner impersonation in our rock ’n roll party band - so her musical ability can truly be described as ‘diverse’.
She began playing the Northumbrian Pipes several years ago now, which are a particularly difficult instrument to master, requiring the skills of an octopus who can pat your tummy whilst rubbing your head. She will be reluctant, (because she hates being showy,) but we can definitely persuade her to play this amazing instrument for you when you come to St Cuthbert's House, if you want that! (Northumberland is the only English county with its ‘own’ musical instrument!)
To complete this stanza, I should say that I am an absolutely average guitar player, and I play a Takamine acoustic and the instrument which shaped my teens, and therefore my life – a Fender Stratocaster.
The stories of the ‘Celtic Saints’ in Northumbria, and the spirituality which they have inspired - particularly as we have grown to understand it through the Northumbria Community - gave us a sense of ‘homecoming’ in our hearts many years ago, long before we decided to move here with our young family. It just seemed to provide a language for answering some of the questions of faith we wrestle with.
I am good around IT and techy stuff, and Jill…isn’t. But then, she’s good around everything else. We've put the website together, together.
We absolutely love living here, in our home adjacent to St Cuthbert's House - we live in the old manse, attached to the church. The complete restoration of that neglected and tumbledown old church, which has now become St Cuthbert's House, was a project which stretched us and stressed us in so many different ways, and not all of them enjoyable! We had no experience of a building project of that scale. But it's something we now regard with great satisfaction, knowing that we have been able to create something very special. We hope we may have opportunity to share it with you, and that in some way, small or large, you will find good things in your sharing it with us.