St. Cuthbert's House

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Garden Visiting

Cragside is beautiful|Howick Hall Gardens are our favourite|Alnwick Garden is epic, but it's more of a tourist's garden than a gardener's garden|| Cragside is beautiful|Howick Hall Gardens are our favourite|Alnwick Garden is epic, but it's more of a tourist's garden than a gardener's garden|| ||||

Northumberland in bloom

If you enjoy exploring gardens, there are lots to keep you occupied during your visit to Northumberland. Here are some for you to explore:

Alnwick Garden (01665 511350) - Now a large visitor attraction, and vision of the Duchess of Northumberland - The Alnwick Garden is gardening on a grand scale, and it's something you have to do, although it feels more like a tourist's garden than a gardener's garden.

If you're really into gardens, you might prefer these little-known but absolutely fantastic 'gardener's gardens':
Our favourite is Howick Hall Gardens. Howick has been owned by the Grey family, of Earl Grey tea fame, since 1319. Earl Grey also became Prime Minister - it's a fascinating story which you can read something about here. It has a delightful tearoom, as you might expect. Howick's arboretum is of international importance, containing plants collected from all over the world.The gardens are about 15 mins drive from St Cuthbert's House, and are one of our very favourite 'hidden gems'.  You won't be disappointed.

Our favourite walled garden is at Wallington Hall, which is about an hour away. It would make a very (very) full day, but you pass by Cragside's entrance on the way to Wallington.

Cragside is famous for its gardens and makes a super day out. It's about 40 minutes from St Cuthbert's House.

Chillingham Castle has an interesting garden designed in 1828 by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville.

The formal gardens at Belsay Hall are splendid, having been tended by the same family since the 13th Century, and by two great gardeners in particular.

Chipchase Castle Nursery is about an hour's drive from us, through beautiful countryside.

You can visit the Gertrude Jekyll Garden on Holy Island, complete with its original planting scheme from 1911.

Stanton Hall gardens and plant centre is about 7 miles from Morpeth and can be reached in about 45 mins.

Bide-A-Wee is a little gem, near Morpeth, 45 mins away.

Herterton House is in Cambo, near Morpeth. It's a modern walled garden belonging to a 16th Century farmhouse, and it gets lovely reviews from garden lovers.

  • 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. 

    The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are regarded as 'the Tourism Oscars', and measure us against the very best accommodation businesses in the whole country.  To win is amazing for us - and good for you too!

    As part of the proces we are 'secretly shopped' by an experienced judge and assessor, who wrote in his debrief:

    "This was an extremely positive experience. Jeff and Jill are consummate hosts - my partner commented, unprompted, that “I feel as if I am visiting friends.” Service was relaxed yet attentive. Accommodation is very comfortable, and the communal areas, including honesty bar, really convivial..."

    This is very affirming for us, for sure - but the real value in a comment like this is that you can be reassured, by someone who has evaluated and assessed the very best B&Bs in the whole country, that your time at SCH can provide you with everything you hope for.  And that's priceless.  Come and see...

  • Saturday May 27 - Blair Dunlop

    Saturday May 27 - Blair Dunlop

    What can we say about Blair...  Well, he is very much a house-favourite here, a young man whose guitar skills alone are repeatedly winning him accolades in the serious music press.  Add to that his remarkable song-writing and an endearing stage presence, and you can see why his star is seriously on the rise.  Here's his PR/bio:

    Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, has now released three albums and two EPs, and toured widely around the globe. To achieve all of this in a short 4-year career is astounding alone, but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes. His third album ‘Gilded’ was released in May 2016 on his own label – Gilded Wings – and was widely acclaimed, gaining BBC Radio 2 Playlist status for the two single releases (‘The Egoist’ and ‘356’).

    Prior to this Blair released his acclaimed album ‘House Of Jacks’ in mid 2014 which lived up to the promise of his 2012 debut ‘Blight and Blossom’ - the quality of which had contributed to his winning the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award.

  • 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.

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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!

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