St. Cuthbert's House

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Our Building

The building was pretty dilapidated when we took it on|We think it looks better now...|| The building was pretty dilapidated when we took it on|We think it looks better now...|| |||

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.)


New windows have been fitted, where planners agreed, with double or triple-glazed opening-sash timber frames, which were built by local men in a proper joiners shop up the road in Berwick. On the front of the building, where our joiner David refurbished and repaired the original long windows, we're looking for a secondary double-glazing solution - although those full-length windows are proving to be quite a challenge!

We need a lot of lights, and so we've been careful to use low-energy mains-voltage units everywhere we can. As technology has developed in recent years, we've now replaced all those halogen bulbs around the house with LED units.

And most importantly of all, the whole renovtion project was undertaken with the help of local tradesmen, who are part of the life of this village and the surrounding area. Geoff and his Dad, Billy, were the main backbone of the project. Billy is well into his seventies, but is still renowned as the best plasterer for a very long way. He is a real raconteur, and had loads of stories of being in the church as a boy. Our joiner, David, is part of one of the founding families of the church when it was established in 1810, so it was a very special job for him, to bring the building back to life. He donated a piece of family furniture, which stands in the Cuthbert room. Another local father-and-son team, David and Scott, were our electricians, and always responded cheerfully (in their own way!) when we moved their goalposts.

Jill was the project manager, permanently on-site with these guys for ten months solid, whilst Jeff worked a part-time day-job too. We all built up a great working relationship together - and she felt a little bereft when they left!  We always say that we would do it all again, if we could take these guys with us to the next job...

Featured Items

  • 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.

  • 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 in the Good Hotel Guide!

    We are delighted once again to be included in the 2018 edition of the Good Hotel Guide, and especially proud to receive a Cesar Award from this proudly independent and highly respected Hotel review organisation.  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!


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St Cuthbert's House, 192 Main St, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7UB (00 44) (0)1665 720456