St. Cuthbert's House

northumbrian bed and breakfast

Sustainability & Us

Green B&B; without costing the earth

So, how then shall we live...

As a famous frog once said: It's Not Easy Being Green. But everyone has to start somewhere, and we think it's important that we look for ways to use up less stuff, kick out less waste and generally take more care.

We start from a curious starting-point: here we sit, slap-bang in the middle of a sensitive, protected, astoundingly beautiful landscape; we all know that one of the biggest threats to the fragile balance which keeps it that way is the impact of visitors, and cars; yet in order to live here, we rely upon you, our visitors, to come. So, what to do?

Our Building

So, how then shall we build...

Our desire to be good custodians of this historic and beautful building was uppermost in our minds during the refurbishment of St Cuthbert's House. So we've used modern building techniques to preserve its charm and history, yet make it 'perform' to the standards required in new-builds.

We've fitted a top-notch condensing boiler - and lament the fact that our desire to use a ground source heat pump and solar energy was thwarted, by a combination of planning restrictions and unreasonable expense.

We've fitted thermostatic valves to every radiator, to give almost infinite control of temperature in every individual room, and fitted cast-iron 'lookalikes' to replace the old radiators in the Cuthbert room (because we just couldn't rescue the originals.)

Our Business

So, how then shall we operate...

We source as much of our food as we can from local suppliers, and when we can't do that then we're on the lookout for fair-trade or organic alternatives. We recently achieved accreditation through the 'Local Food Awards' for our commitment to using - well, local food. But then, when the best sausages in the world are made just a stone's throw from our door, why wouldn't we? Our local bakery is a few hundred yards away, and when they deliver our bread in the morning it's still warm - so why would we buy plastic bread from the supermarket?

We also source as many of our services locally as possible too - so for example printing, web-hosting, and laundry are all carried out by local firms. We're also members of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust and RSPB, because someone needs to watch out for those little critters.

We've chosen solid wooden furniture for your bedroom, built by real men in a proper joiners shop in England, rather than by robots in a factory-plex on the other side of the world. They use good quality timber certified to be from sustainable forests.

How you can help

So, how then can you help...

We realise that our 'sustainable tourism' aspirations are just that - ours. But we know that many of our guests want to take care that when they come on holiday, they're doing so 'responsibly' and not damaging a fragile landscape or way of life. And as we've already said, when there is a thriving and vibrant local industry turning out great local produce, and when the local shops are busy and well-stocked, and when local artists find a ready outlet for their work - well, that makes a much better holiday destination for you, and it makes this rural economy tick over.

You won't find us standing on a soapbox shouting about this stuff whilst you're here, but we've heard many guests say how important this stuff is to them - so here are some practical ideas about how you might aspire with us. Most of them are taken from our 'Responsible Visitor Charter'. They might seem almost insignificant in isolation, but when many of us do one tiny thing, the cumulative effect can have a big impact.  So, here goes:

Featured Items

  • St Cuthbert's House - now in bottles...

    St Cuthbert's House - now in bottles...

    We are very proud to have our very own 'House Beer' which has been created, brewed and bottled for us by the very lovely and passionate folks at The Durham Brewery.  It even has its own golden, shiny label too! It's a strong and sophisticated ale, which shares the standards and values of St Cuthbert's House: family-crafted; built on tradition and heritage; and high-quality. Come and pour yourself one, and savour it slowly…

  • VisitEngland's 'Best B&B in England' 2017!

    VisitEngland's 'Best B&B in England' 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.

  • 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 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 - Cesar Award!

    The Good Hotel Guide - Cesar Award!

    We're proud to be in the Good Hotel Guide!

    We're delighted to have been included in The Good Hotel Guide for several years now, and were especially proud to receive a Cesar Award from this proudly independent and highly respected Hotel review organisation in 2018.  They describe the Cesar Awards thus:

    We give our Cesar Awards to the ten best hotels of the year. Named after Cesar Ritz, the most celebrated of hoteliers, these are the Oscars of hotel keeping.


Local Suppliers

greensWe're passionate about what goes on your plate (and in your glass) and so we buy our ingredients from Local Suppliers who are too.

Our Awards

VE2017 Gold440Our Awards are your reassurance that you're not 'taking a chance' when you stay at St Cuthbert's House. We've been rigorously assessed by experienced judges, and have come out on top many times - including being awarded 'Best B&B in England' by VisitEngland in 2014, and again in 2017! Check out our awards here.  When you're ready - Book Online here!


Explore our local areaTake a trip around our 'Explore' menu for great ideas and inspiration on things to see and do.

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