St. Cuthbert's House

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About Northumberland

An ancient land...

Northumberland occupies a unique and important ‘place’ in so many ways:

  • it’s the epicentre of a turbulent European history, with castles (there are more here than any other English county!) and iconic landmarks, and the most northerly outpost of the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall - which is also England’s largest World Heritage Site;
  • it’s the birthplace of Christianity in England, with amazing characters and stories of faith, rooted in iconic places you can feel and touch;
  • it’s home to two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has mile after mile of golden sandy beaches and stunning countryside, which you can almost have to yourself;
  • it's the quietest and most unspoilt of England’s National Parks;
  • it has some of the most important birdwatching and bird migration sites in Europe;
  • it has some of the most-photographed sites and landscapes in the UK;
  • it has the largest man-made lake in Western Europe (Kielder), set in the country's largest forest;
  • it’s the best place in England for stargazing, with amazing night skies;

in short,

  • it’s a County brimming with places to see and things to do, amongst the most spectacular of landscapes!

Dunstanburgh sunrise And – it’s officially ‘the most tranquil county in England’, according to research commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.  So even if it didn’t have all these other great qualifications, it would still be the most perfect getaway for rest and relaxation.  Come and experience it for yourself.

Seahouses was created in 1889, when the harbour was constructed as the local fishing and lime industries bloomed - although the village of North Sunderland just half a mile inland, where we are, has been around for a thousand years. (We don't use the village's name in our address, as it can create confusion with a Wearside city 80 miles away!)

Seahouses is the 'Gateway to the Farne Islands', the only access point for visitors to the Farnes.

Seahouses is the best place to base yourself for exploring this amazing landscape of coast and country - because it's easy and convenient to explore Northumberland in every direction (including east!) and to get into the Scottish Borders too. We have a busy and interesting harbour, magnificent beaches which you can have almost to yourself stretching many miles to the north and south, and all with the backdrop of the Cheviot Hills on the western horizon. Come, and be inspired.

Browse the pages on the 'Explore' menu for links to more of Northumberland and its secrets.

  • Saturday March 18 - Krista Detor and band

    Saturday March 18 - Krista Detor and band

    We're absolutely delighted to welcome Krista back to SCH, having heard her here in  2013 and 2015.  She brings intelligent and always-beautiful music, and a performance which is mature and measured. An evening with Krista is so much more than simply listening to music...

    Her solo albums have reached national and international prominence, including number one on the Euro AmericanaChart and placement within the top 10 of the US Folk and Independent Music charts. She has performed with such notable artists as Suzanne Vega, Joan Armatrading and Louden Wainwright, among others. Her choral works have been commissioned by several choirs.

    A returning guest lecturer at Stanford University, Detor works with students in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Her album, 'Chocolate Paper Suties' is now ‘required reading for the literature course.

  • Clare votes us her No 1!

    Clare votes us her No 1!

    We've been enjoying reading Clare Balding's new book recently. She stayed with us here at St Cuthbert's House a while ago, but we were really taken aback when folks began to call to tell us that she mentions her stay at St Cuthbert's House in the book! Here's what she says, on page 201:
    'St Cuthbert's House went instantly to the top of my 'best ever B&Bs' list. I would describe it as a luxury small hotel with a family feel, but that might not fit on the signs.' Aw, thanks Clare!

  • Want to see what's so special about Northumberland?

    Want to see what's so special about Northumberland?

    Some time ago, we began work with our local Tourism Association to produce a video showing some of the things which make this area so very special.  Now the video is complete, and we are deeply grateful to the remarkable young film-maker Cain Scrimgeour for working patiently with us across the seasons, to create something very, very beautiful. This is 7 minutes long, and we urge you to settle back and watch...

  • Visit England Awards 2016 - Guest Accommodation AND Sustainable Tourism!

    Visit England Awards 2016 - Guest Accommodation AND Sustainable Tourism!

    Visit England Awards 2016 - Guest Accommodation AND Sustainable Tourism!

    At the 2016 Visit England Awards - the 'Tourism Oscars' - we were honoured to be amongst the medals in TWO categories - both Guest Accommodation of the Year and also Sustainable Tourism Business of the Year.

    We want you to have a wonderful experience of this amazing area, but we also passionately believe that your visit should make our rural community a better place to live and work for local people, too.  We’re delighted that our determination to provide an unforgettable guest experience which also builds our local economy, has brought us these national Awards in two categories, and to be considered amongst the best in the whole country!

    Here's Jeff & Jill, together with daughters Hannah & Abi, pictured receiving their Awards at the glittering ceremony at the Winter gardens in Blackpool in March 2016.

  • Quite a haul in 2015!

    Quite a haul in 2015!

    2015 has been a very special year for us here at St Cuthbert's House. 

    We won a Silver Award at the National VisitEngland Awards ceremony, and TWO Gold Awards at the North-East Tourism Awards! 

    We were also honoured with a special 'RoSE' Award from VisitEngland in 'Recognition of Service Excellence', and the 'Editor's Choice' Award from the Good Hotel Guide.  Quite a haul!

    The main reason we put SCH forward for these VisitEngland Awards in particular, is to assure you that we are serious about striving for the very highest standards, to ensure you enoy your stay. 

  • Peter & Kathy recommend St Cuthbert's House

    Peter & Kathy recommend St Cuthbert's House

    Peter & Kathy told us that they'd really enjoyed their first stay at SCH, and so we asked them to tell you why...

    Reassure yourself - watch their one-minute video..

  • Check out our Tripadvisor Reviews

    Check out our Tripadvisor Reviews

    Check out our Tripadvisor Reviews, to find out what other guests have said about their stay.  But please - always book direct via our Book Online page to avoid fees.

    We're pleased to be included as founder members of the Tripadvisor 'Hall of Fame' - where entry is only available to businesses which have won Tripadvisor's coveted 'Certificate of Excellence' for five consecutive years.

  • Our Price Guarantee

    Our Price Guarantee

    You will ALWAYS receive the best possible price by booking direct with us - either by calling us on 01665 720456 or by following the Book Now menu item!  Beware that some large agencies charge you more - and they also take a large slice of commission from small independents like us.  Show your support for small businesses by booking DIRECT!

Fancy a drink?

SCH BeerLabel 400Well, if you do, you're spoiled for choice, with so many delicious Northumbrian craft beers, and good quality wines available.  We have our own House Beer too. Check out Our Bar!


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