St. Cuthbert's House

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Birdwatching in Northumberland

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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.

  • We're VisitEngland's 'Best B&B in England' for 2017!

    We're VisitEngland's 'Best B&B in England' for 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.

  • Saturday October 21 - Blue Rose Code

    Saturday October 21 - Blue Rose Code

    The music of Ross Wilson defies categorisation - but is always beautifully captivating, and often intensely moving in its searing honesty. The band’s gig here in April of 2016 was a very special occasion, and we’re so pleased to have them back.

    In the space of only a short few years Blue Rose Code, Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson, has gone from song-writing in the obscurity of an East London flat to being celebrated by the industry and fans alike. 

    'The Ballads Of Peckham Rye', Blue Rose Code’s second record, was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards in 2014.  'Grateful', the first single from the more recent 'And Lo the Bird is On the Wing' was released at the end of 2015 and was playlisted on BBC Radio Scotland for a full five weeks. Truly remarkable for an act without the backing of a label or a heavy management deal.

    Further praise has come from the most unexpected of quarters - Hollywood A-lister Ewan McGregor said of The Ballads Of Peckham Rye: "It’s beautiful and I can’t stop listening to it.”

  • 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..

  • 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!

  • The Good Hotel Guide - we're listed

    The Good Hotel Guide - we're listed

    We're in the Good Hotel Guide!

    We are delighted once again to be included in the 2017 edition of the Good Hotel Guide, after being chosen as 'Editor's Choice' in the 'Sustainable Tourism' section of the Good Hotel Guide in the 2016 printed edition.

    The Good Hotel Guide is fiercely independent. A hotel cannot simply pay for an entry into the Guide - inclusion is by invitation only, and is rigorously monitored by a network of 'inspectors' who constantly report back on standards of service. To be included at all is great honour for us - but it's also a great recommendation for you - especially as the Editor considers us amongst his 'choices'!

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