St. Cuthbert's House

northumbrian bed and breakfast

Sustainability & Us

Green B&B; without costing the earth

So, how then shall we live...

As a famous frog once said: It's Not Easy Being Green. But everyone has to start somewhere, and we think it's important that we look for ways to use up less stuff, kick out less waste and generally take more care.

We start from a curious starting-point: here we sit, slap-bang in the middle of a sensitive, protected, astoundingly beautiful landscape; we all know that one of the biggest threats to the fragile balance which keeps it that way is the impact of visitors, and cars; yet in order to live here, we rely upon you, our visitors, to come. So, what to do?

Our Building

So, how then shall we build...

Our desire to be good custodians of this historic and beautful building was uppermost in our minds during the refurbishment of St Cuthbert's House. So we've used modern building techniques to preserve its charm and history, yet make it 'perform' to the standards required in new-builds.

We've fitted a top-notch condensing boiler - and lament the fact that our desire to use a ground source heat pump and solar energy was thwarted, by a combination of planning restrictions and unreasonable expense.

We've fitted thermostatic valves to every radiator, to give almost infinite control of temperature in every individual room, and fitted cast-iron 'lookalikes' to replace the old radiators in the Cuthbert room (because we just couldn't rescue the originals.)

Our Business

So, how then shall we operate...

We source as much of our food as we can from local suppliers, and when we can't do that then we're on the lookout for fair-trade or organic alternatives. We recently achieved accreditation through the 'Local Food Awards' for our commitment to using - well, local food. But then, when the best sausages in the world are made just a stone's throw from our door, why wouldn't we? Our local bakery is a few hundred yards away, and when they deliver our bread in the morning it's still warm - so why would we buy plastic bread from the supermarket?

We also source as many of our services locally as possible too - so for example printing, web-hosting, and laundry are all carried out by local firms. We're also members of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust and RSPB, because someone needs to watch out for those little critters.

We've chosen solid wooden furniture for your bedroom, built by real men in a proper joiners shop in England, rather than by robots in a factory-plex on the other side of the world. They use good quality timber certified to be from sustainable forests.

How you can help

So, how then can you help...

We realise that our 'sustainable tourism' aspirations are just that - ours. But we know that many of our guests want to take care that when they come on holiday, they're doing so 'responsibly' and not damaging a fragile landscape or way of life. And as we've already said, when there is a thriving and vibrant local industry turning out great local produce, and when the local shops are busy and well-stocked, and when local artists find a ready outlet for their work - well, that makes a much better holiday destination for you, and it makes this rural economy tick over.

You won't find us standing on a soapbox shouting about this stuff whilst you're here, but we've heard many guests say how important this stuff is to them - so here are some practical ideas about how you might aspire with us. Most of them are taken from our 'Responsible Visitor Charter'. They might seem almost insignificant in isolation, but when many of us do one tiny thing, the cumulative effect can have a big impact.  So, here goes:

  • 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!


Local Suppliers

greensWe're passionate about what goes on your plate (and in your glass) and so we buy our ingredients from Local Suppliers who are too.

Our Awards

Our National Gold AwardOur Awards are your reassurance that you're not 'taking a chance' when you stay at St Cuthbert's House. We've been rigorously assessed by experienced judges, and come out on top many times - including being awarded 'Best in England 2014'. Check out our awards here.  When you're ready - Book Online here!


Explore our local areaTake a trip around our 'Explore' menu for great ideas and inspiration on things to see and do.

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