St. Cuthbert's House

northumbrian bed and breakfast

Press Pack

St Cuthbert's House is owned and run by husband and wife team Jeff & Jill Sutheran.

Here is how to reach us:
01665 720456
07787 289388 (Jeff's mobile)
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A 60Mb zip file containing eight hi-res images can be downloaded here. Any of the (other) images on our website can be provided high-res if required. Simply email a request, or call.

Editor's Notes:

Major Awards:
National
Highly Commended Award at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016 in the Guest Accommodation category.
Bronze Award at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016 in the Sustainable Tourism category. 
Silver Award at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015 in the Sustainable Tourism category.
VisitEngland 'RoSE' Award 2015 in 'Recognition of Service Excellence'
Gold Award at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 in the Guest Accommodation category, making us VisitEngland's 'Best B&B in England' for 2014.
Silver Award at the EnjoyEngland Awards for Excellence 2011 in the Guest Accommodation category.
Highly Commended in the Green Tourism Business Scheme Goldstar Awards 2012 - shortlisted businesses are from the top 2% of GTBS Gold Award businesses, representig the very top performing 'green' UK businesses.
5* Gold Award from VisitBritain - the highest accolade in the National Awards scheme.
Breakfast Award from VisitBritain - achieved by only 8% of accredited businesses.
Walkers Welcome & Cyclists Welcome accreditation - offering special facilities for these groups.

Regional

Gold in the Guest Accommodation category at the North-East Tourism Awards 2016
Silver in the Sustainable Tourism category at the North-East Tourism Awards 2016
Gold in the Guest Accommodation category at the North-East Tourism Awards 2015
Gold in the Sustainable Tourism category at the North-East Tourism Awards 2015
Silver in the Sustainable Tourism category at the North-East Tourism Awards 2014
Gold in the Guest Accommodation category at the North-East Tourism Awards 2013
Silver in the Guest Acommodation category at the North-East Tourism Awards 2012
Highly Commended in the Northumberland Coast AONB Awards 2012
Gold in the Sustainable Tourism Business category at the North-East Tourism Awards 2011; 
Gold in the Guest Accommodation category at the NorthEast Tourism Awards 2010; 
Bronze in the Guest Accommoation category at the North-East Tourism Awards 2009.

Background Information
Jeff is a former senior uniformed officer, is accustomed to speaking live on camera, radio and large stages, and is happy to provide quotes and soundbites on tourism-related issues.

St Cuthbert's House was formerly a Presbyterian church, built in 1810. It is a Grade II listed building.

Jill had very clear ideas as she designed the restoration, and has brought a real flair to the building - for example, by incorporating a sweeping continuous handrail on an imposing central stairway, integrating the original pulpit and communion table into the living spaces, and utilising ingenious lighting effects throughout.

Following the renovation, the former congregation returned for a service of 'blessing' the house, and all were delighted to see their old building brought back to life.

St Cuthbert's House is graded 5-star Gold Award by VisitBritain, and also has a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. It has achieved a coveted VisitBritain 'Breakfast Award' - awarded to only a small proportion of accredited businesses, and in 2015 was awarded a special 'RoSE' award form VisitEngland, in 'Recognition of Service Excellence'. It also has 'Walker's welcome' & 'Cyclists Welcome' accreditation

St Cuthbert's House is passionate about high-quality, local food and produce, and champions many distinctive local food suppliers.

Double & Twin rooms cost between £110-£125. St Cuthbert's House welcomes children over 12 yrs.  Pets cannot be welcomed.

Evening meals are available occasionally.

The business has been featured in the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, Time Out UK and a host of web and magazine features about 'Green Tourism', and the Northumberland Coast. It also featured in a BBC 'Songs of Praise' programme in January 2009. Links and excerpts from some of these features are available on this page.

Jeff has led workshops for tourism businesses, on the subjects of online marketing and social media. St Cuthbert's House is active and effective in this area, and is amongst the leaders in the early-adoption of these powerful tools within the tourism sector.

Jeff & Jill are musicians, and have made several recordings in their home-studio as part of a local community venture - which have sold many thousands of copies.

When guests are celebrating special events, breakfast is often 'piped in' by Jill, who plays the Northumbrian Pipes.

Media footage

An interview on Radio Newcastle 15-05-14 talking about our Gold Award at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014, and the fact that the small village of Seahouses had TWO national Gold-Award winners at that ceremony.

An interview on BBC Radio Newcastle 04-04-14 taking about our nomination as a finalist for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

An interview on BBC Radio Newcastle 11-12-13 talking about what's great in Northumberland.

An Interview on BBC Radio Newcastle 25-02-13, about the house-concerts at St Cuthbert's House during March 2013.

BBC Newcastle did another interview about our house-concerts, on 02-03-13

 

A contribution which Jeff & Jill made to a 'Songs of Praise' programme shown on BBC1 in January 2009. It's about 4 minutes long, and our piece begins at 1.25

  • 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

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And if you'd like to keep in touch about upcoming house-concerts and be the first to know who's coming, then please tick that box too! We send a house-concerts newsletter most months to keep you up to date on the musical front.

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