St. Cuthbert's House

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Birdwatching in Northumberland

A birdwatcher's heaven

Northumberland is often described as 'a birder's paradise', and for good reason.

The diversity of the Northumberland landscape makes for some of the best birdwatching anywhere in the country.

From moorland, hill and woodland to sweeping cliffs, beaches and expansive mudflats - Northumberland is a county of diverse habitats, giving wonderful opportunities to see rare bird species and breeding colonies of international significance.

Within a short drive of St Cuthbert's House, you can visit two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (we're in one of them!) ans several SSSI's, as well as the Northumberland National Park - the least-populated of England's National Parks, and officially its most tranquil place.

Head to the National Park and the North Pennines AONB across lovely quiet roads, to see black grouse, golden plover and curlew. A slightly longer day out, to Kielder Water & Forest Park, gives you a good chance of finding crossbill and goshawks. A pair of ospreys has also hatched chicks in the Park for several consecutive years now. Many rivers locally are home to dipper, goosander, common sandpiper and grey wagtail.

But of course for most birders, the pinnacle is to walk a few minutes from here to the harbour in Seahouses, and take a boat trip to the Farne Islands.  We have lots of useful information on our Farne Islands page.

Little can prepare the birdwatcher for the landing on the Farne Islands, especially during the period from mid-May to mid-July. Depending upon whether you're on Staple, Inner Farne or Brownsman, you'll find yourself surrounded by guillemot, puffin, kittiwakes and shag. You are so close to the birds, and they are present in such mind-boggling numbers, that a visit to the Farnes is truly an unforgettable experience. For intimate bird photography, the islands are without comparison anywhere in Britain.

Twenty minutes south, you can embark on a boat to visit Coquet Island, where you can see Britain’s rarest breeding seabird, the roseate tern.

There's something to see at all times of year; spring and autumn migration periods are a treat on the Northumberland coast for keen rare-bird spotters. Through the winter, see geese almost anywhere along the coast but especially around Holy Island.

There's so much to explore; you could even treat yourself to a day out with Martin Kitching of Northern Experience Wildlife Tours who is a professional guide. His intimate knowledge of the area will take you to the best spots whatever time of year you're visiting.

At the end of a long day out, come home to relax and unwind in the comfort and luxury of St Cuthbert's House.

  • Thursday April 13 (Maundy Thursday, Easter Weekend) Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

    Thursday April 13 (Maundy Thursday, Easter Weekend) Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

    BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013

    Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves, over a long period, as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

    Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’.

    We’re thrilled to be hosting them over the Easter weekend here at SCH, following on from their gig here in 2015 and two highly praised albums - ‘Hidden People’ & ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’. These two are fantastic musicians and wonderful live performers. This is going to be another special show. Get your name on the list quickly!  Tickets for this show are £12.50

    Here's their live performance at a packed Royal Albert Hall on the night of the 2016 'Best Duo' presentation:

  • 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.

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