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.

  • Friday September 29 - Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

    Friday September 29 - Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

    When music-journos submitted their Best of The Year lists for publication in the UK’s R2 magazine, one respected critic declared that Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards had been his 'most memorable gig' of the past twelve months, saying they 'swung and rocked with constraint-free exuberance, capturing the hearts of everyone.' Nice.

    Another of the the busiest and most popular bands on the roots music circuit, the band enjoyed outstanding success at the 2016 Shetland Folk Festival, where they were hailed as one of the highlights of the event.

    The band were invited back as headliner at the prestigious Orkney Folk Festival this summer, and once again brought the house down and were championed as heroes of the age... so when we were offered a gig as part of their tour later in the year, we jumped at the chance to bring them to SCH.

    These girls are seriously good, and we're looking forward to hearing them up close!

  • 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

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    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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