St. Cuthbert's House

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Here are brief answers to some of the questions we're asked regularly.

Are there plenty of places to eat nearby?

Everything from fish & chips to relatively fine dining is available nearby. You can walk to the village centre, where all the eating places are, in about 12-15 minutes - it's just over half a mile. This short walk offers you many pubs serving perfectly acceptable pub food, two good Indian restaurants, or Elan, our favourite place to eat in the village.  And, of course, fish 'n chips. Really good quality food entails a drive or taxi ride of three miles.  But, trust us, it's worth it.

We have a page devoted to this topic, available here.

When is the best time to visit the Farne Islands?

The main action on the farne Islands occurs during June, when the tern chicks and pufflings are born. People come from all over the world to witness the spectacle, and Sir David Attenbrough said it is his favourite UK-wildlife expedition.  Worth seeing, then...

The puffins arrive and settle on the Farnes during May (although it has been earlier in recent years; the first ones have sometimes arrived before the end of March) and so they can be seen from around this time until they leave during July, with the last ones usually away by the end of the month. 

We have a page devoted to visiting the Farne Islands, available here.

I want to visit the Farne Islands.  Should I book?

If you want the 'all day birdwatching' trip then yes - but if you're intending to take the sailaround, or the one-hour landing, then we actually advocate waiting until you arrive.  Then you can check the weather and sea conditions, and call or visit the boatmen to find out where and when they're going, and hop aboard.

We recommend a trip aboard Serenity with Andrew Douglas, or on one of the 'Glad Tidings' boats belonging to Billy Shiel's.

We have a page devoted to visiting the Farne Islands here.

How do I cross to Holy Island?

Holy Island is accessed via a causeway which you can drive across when the tide is out.  It is perfectly safe to do so, as long as you observe the safe crossing times.  We have these displayed on the wall in the Cuthbert Room, and we can help you check them and be sure. We have a page about visiting Holy Island here.

Do you have an off-street car park?

We do.  It surprises us how many people are anxious about this, because it's gloriously unimportant here!  We park our own cars outside on the street, and often forget to lock them... Security, and parking, just isn't an issue.  But yes, we have a small car park, with a space available for each room - which works as long as everyone parks carfully and considerately.

Can you cater for special diets?

Absolutly, yes. We keep a supply of things like soya milk to hand, and gluten-free bread and sausages, and vegetarian sausages too - and of course if there is anything you particularly like (or need), you're welcome to bring it with you! We do all we can to help you be secure and safe in what you eat here.  If you have special requirements in this regard, do let us know in advance. Our Breakfast Menu also contains comprehensive allergy information.

We don't fry any of our food, so you can even enjoy a hearty Northumbrian breakfast with a relatively clear conscience! If you're feeling decadent, we do offer cream or a nip of mead with your porridge... See our Breakfast page here.

Do your rooms have a hair dryer?

No, honestly, we get asked this regularly! And it's almost always a man, calling to ask on behalf of his wife.  And the answer is always a resounding Yes, we have a salon-quality pro hairdryer in every room. This written comment from a recent guest is typical of those the hairdryer prompts:

Fantastic 'extras', like the great hair dryer - not the usual 'hotel' type which takes forever to dry your hair...

I want to come by train.  Is it feasible?

Yep. We're between the two mainline stations of Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed.  Cross-country trains tend to stop at both, and east-coast London-Edinburgh trains at one or the other.  You can catch a bus from either station, although it's easier and more direct from Berwick, even though it is slightly further away. You can of course take a taxi from either station too, although we would advise booking one in advance.  We can help you with all the necessary planning, if you give us a call.

You can also manage perfectly well without a car during your visit, because you can walk for miles on inspiring and empty beaches to remote and beautiful castles, or you can use our regular bus service to get around.  It's perfectly do-able.

Can I bring my pet?

St Cuthbert's House is unable to welcome pets, however well-behaved they consider themselves to be.

Can I bring my children?

We welcome well-behaved and considerate children over 12.  But St Cuthbert's House isn't suitable for exuberant families or small children, and all rooms accommodate just two people. 

It's not that we don't like children - we had four of our own - it's just that our guests are invariably looking for peace and quiet rather than child-centred accommodation. 

There are many places in the area which do make excellent provision for children and families - whereas we have no garden space or areas where they can let off steam - and so we're sure yours would be much happier in one of those.


  • 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.

  • 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!

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