St. Cuthbert's House

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Items filtered by date: July 2014

This last week, some guests paid me a great kindness. Not in a showy way, but just because they're kind people. They'd seen on our website that I'm passionate about real ale, and so they brought me a bottle from the craft brewery in their village in Yorkshire. Unexpected kindness is the best sort, don't you think?

Then we got talking about music - another passion - and they asked me if I'd heard of someone they really liked. When I said no, I hadn't, she instinctively passed me her iPod and said "here, have a listen, you can give me this back tomorrow." I needed to spend a couple of hours on the road that day, and I had some new music to enjoy!
When it was time to check out, they pointed out that I'd missed their drinks off the bill. I said yes, I know, they're on me. It was hardly outrageous generosity, but I believe what goes around should come around (if it's nice). I feel sure they'll return, and we'll be glad to see them again.

In the same week I had another conversation, with a couple who had stayed in a family-based B&B whilst abroad. It seems it was more like staying with the family, who live on meagre means, and this couple had gone out of their way to spend as much money as possible with the family - by eating in, and buying wine - and were careful to tip well, too.

Late on their final evening, the hostess (who was an ex-pat English lady!) had offered them a last-night farewell drink. They didn't really want one, but it seemed rude to refuse. So they were dismayed to find it itemised on their bill the next morning. Of course, they realised that was perfectly fair - but they were left feeling used.

Now, the only thing I know about that holiday of theirs is that their hostess seemed pretty mean-spirited and ungrateful. It's a shame that is the main headline for a trip which had lots of other things to talk about. Our guest said "for that one drink, she's made sure we'll never go back." Wow, she could have made so much more by giving away that one drink! Generosity usually does perpetuate itself, one way or another.

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  • St Cuthbert's House - now in bottles...

    St Cuthbert's House - now in bottles...

    We are very proud to have our very own 'House Beer' which has been created, brewed and bottled for us by the very lovely and passionate folks at The Durham Brewery.  It even has its own golden, shiny label too! It's a strong and sophisticated ale, which shares the standards and values of St Cuthbert's House: family-crafted; built on tradition and heritage; and high-quality. Come and pour yourself one, and savour it slowly…

  • VisitEngland's 'Best B&B in England' 2017!

    VisitEngland's 'Best B&B in England' 2017!

    We were delighted to be shortlisted again, amongst the top 3 finalists from around the whole country, when we went to the VisitEngland 'Awards for Excellence 2017' ceremony at the Waldorf Hotel last week.

    But then we were absolutely thrilled to be awarded the top spot - the Gold Award, making us VisitEngland's 'Best B&B in England 2017' -  as we were in 2014 too.  To win this prestigious and highly-prized accolade a second time is very special indeed.

  • 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...

  • 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..

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    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 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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    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!

  • The Good Hotel Guide - Cesar Award!

    The Good Hotel Guide - Cesar Award!

    We're proud to be in the Good Hotel Guide!

    We're delighted to have been included in The Good Hotel Guide for several years now, and were especially proud to receive a Cesar Award from this proudly independent and highly respected Hotel review organisation in 2018.  They describe the Cesar Awards thus:

    We give our Cesar Awards to the ten best hotels of the year. Named after Cesar Ritz, the most celebrated of hoteliers, these are the Oscars of hotel keeping.

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