St. Cuthbert's House

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Weather & Tides

Ignoring the safe crossing times for Holy Island will usually get you here|It's lovely to watch the sea raging, if you're somewhere warm and safe, with a pint in your hand...|This is usually what happens if you ignore the safe crossing times...|| Ignoring the safe crossing times for Holy Island will usually get you here|It's lovely to watch the sea raging, if you're somewhere warm and safe, with a pint in your hand...|This is usually what happens if you ignore the safe crossing times...|| ||||

The weather does what it will

It's absolutely imperative that you abide by the safe crossing times when planning to visit Lindisfarne. Please, do heed them. A couple of these pictures to the left show what to expect if you don't. The tide, and the weather, play a significant part in the rhythm of life on the coast.

High and low tide times can be checked here. (North Sunderland is the proper name of our harbour.) You can walk most of the beaches at all but the very highest Spring tides, but there may not be much sand to walk on when the tide is up. The weather forecast is further down this page.

The Met Office website has very detailed information about Britain's regional weather variations. They show that Northumberland receives an average of 600mm of rainfall per year, whilst the west coast of England (Lake District) receives an average of 3000mm, the coastal areas of Devon and Cornwall receive around 1000mm, and the wettest parts of the UK, in the Scottish Highlands receives around 4000mm. Here's a couple of direct quotes from that site:

'There is a decrease (in rainfall) as the land falls eastwards, such that the east coast is one of the driest parts of the UK with less than 600 mm on the Northumbrian coast...
Average annual sunshine durations range from almost 1500 hours on the Northumberland coast.. compared with values of 1750 hours along the south coast of England...'

So although it can certainly be cooler 'up north' it's no wonder we're so cheerful - we get almost as much sunshine as the south coast, but only about half as much rain. Why would you go anywhere else?!

OK, we know it's sometimes cold, and wet! And because we're a coastal community, the weather and the sea play a large part in the rhythm of the place, even if this is less marked than when life revolved entirely around the harbour.

But just as the most beautiful people are often at their best when they're not even looking at the camera, we think you get to see a different side of Northumberland - just as beautful in its own way - when the weather is rumbling. Our beaches may be golden and their waters frequently turquoise, but they're a delight even when skies are low, and when the sea is grey-green and whipped by the wind into dramatic frothy peaks and hollows. You'll almost certainly have it to yourself, and if you return feeling braced and wind-lashed, and that you really deserve the first drink of the day, then so be it...

Here are a couple of weather forecasts from different agencies - you can choose to take notice of whichever one you like best!

There's an interesting site to waste a few minutes with here. It shows live shipping information, and we like to see what ships are sailing by. Maybe you will too. The red 'exclamation marks' are lighthouses, and the coloured arrows are ships. Click on them to see details.

  • 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.

  • 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!

Eat well...

St-Cuthberts-House-FoodEnjoying lovely food is part of your special time away. Get excited about your breakfast here, and choose where to eat out here.

Fancy a drink?

SCH BeerLabel 400Well, if you do, you're spoiled for choice, with so many delicious Northumbrian craft beers, and good quality wines available.  We have our own House Beer too. Check out Our Bar!

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