St. Cuthbert's House

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FAQs

Here are brief answers to some of the questions we're asked regularly.

Are there plenty of places to eat nearby?

Everything from fish & chips to relatively fine dining is available nearby. You can walk to the village centre, where all the eating places are, in about 12-15 minutes - it's just over half a mile. This short walk offers you many pubs serving perfectly acceptable pub food, two good Indian restaurants, or Elan, our favourite place to eat in the village.  And, of course, fish 'n chips. Really good quality food entails a drive or taxi ride of three miles.  But, trust us, it's worth it.

We have a page devoted to this topic, available here.

When is the best time to visit the Farne Islands?

The main action on the farne Islands occurs during June, when the tern chicks and pufflings are born. People come from all over the world to witness the spectacle, and Sir David Attenbrough said it is his favourite UK-wildlife expedition.  Worth seeing, then...

The puffins arrive and settle on the Farnes during May (although it has been earlier in recent years; the first ones have sometimes arrived before the end of March) and so they can be seen from around this time until they leave during July, with the last ones usually away by the end of the month. 

We have a page devoted to visiting the Farne Islands, available here.

I want to visit the Farne Islands.  Should I book?

If you want the 'all day birdwatching' trip then yes - but if you're intending to take the sailaround, or the one-hour landing, then we actually advocate waiting until you arrive.  Then you can check the weather and sea conditions, and call or visit the boatmen to find out where and when they're going, and hop aboard.

We recommend a trip aboard Serenity with Andrew Douglas, or on one of the 'Glad Tidings' boats belonging to Billy Shiel's.

We have a page devoted to visiting the Farne Islands here.

How do I cross to Holy Island?

Holy Island is accessed via a causeway which you can drive across when the tide is out.  It is perfectly safe to do so, as long as you observe the safe crossing times.  We have these displayed on the wall in the Cuthbert Room, and we can help you check them and be sure. We have a page about visiting Holy Island here.

Do you have an off-street car park?

We do.  It surprises us how many people are anxious about this, because it's gloriously unimportant here!  We park our own cars outside on the street, and often forget to lock them... Security, and parking, just isn't an issue.  But yes, we have a small car park, with a space available for each room - which works as long as everyone parks carfully and considerately.

Can you cater for special diets?

Absolutly, yes. We keep a supply of things like soya milk to hand, and gluten-free bread and sausages, and vegetarian sausages too - and of course if there is anything you particularly like (or need), you're welcome to bring it with you! We do all we can to help you be secure and safe in what you eat here.  If you have special requirements in this regard, do let us know in advance. Our Breakfast Menu also contains comprehensive allergy information.

We don't fry any of our food, so you can even enjoy a hearty Northumbrian breakfast with a relatively clear conscience! If you're feeling decadent, we do offer cream or a nip of mead with your porridge... See our Breakfast page here.

Do your rooms have a hair dryer?

No, honestly, we get asked this regularly! And it's almost always a man, calling to ask on behalf of his wife.  And the answer is always a resounding Yes, we have a salon-quality pro hairdryer in every room. This written comment from a recent guest is typical of those the hairdryer prompts:

Fantastic 'extras', like the great hair dryer - not the usual 'hotel' type which takes forever to dry your hair...

I want to come by train.  Is it feasible?

Yep. We're between the two mainline stations of Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed.  Cross-country trains tend to stop at both, and east-coast London-Edinburgh trains at one or the other.  You can catch a bus from either station, although it's easier and more direct from Berwick, even though it is slightly further away. You can of course take a taxi from either station too, although we would advise booking one in advance.  We can help you with all the necessary planning, if you give us a call.

You can also manage perfectly well without a car during your visit, because you can walk for miles on inspiring and empty beaches to remote and beautiful castles, or you can use our regular bus service to get around.  It's perfectly do-able.

Can I bring my pet?

St Cuthbert's House is unable to welcome pets, however well-behaved they consider themselves to be.

Can I bring my children?

We welcome well-behaved and considerate children over 12.  But St Cuthbert's House isn't suitable for exuberant families or small children, and all rooms accommodate just two people. 

It's not that we don't like children - we had four of our own - it's just that our guests are invariably looking for peace and quiet rather than child-centred accommodation. 

There are many places in the area which do make excellent provision for children and families - whereas we have no garden space or areas where they can let off steam - and so we're sure yours would be much happier in one of those.

 

  • 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!

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