St. Cuthbert's House

northumbrian bed and breakfast

Our Business

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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.

 

We found it surprisingly difficult to find eco-friendly yet luxurious toiletries for your bedroom - but have now settled on some lovely Gilchrist & Soames lotions and potions. They're made using natural ingredients, and without parabens or other potentially harmful chemicals. And they smell nice too.

We use environmentally-friendly cleaning materials, and are now able to leave many harmful cleaning chemicals on the supermarket shelf - because we clean using Enjo cloths. We thought their claims were 'too good to be true' when we first heard about them, and decided cautiously to give them a try. Trust me, they have changed our life. They're as good as the claims make out...

We host our website with a company who are serious about carbon offsetting and reducing their energy consumption on a per-client basis.  They approach these issues with honesty and integrity.

Of course, we separate all our rubbish that can be recycled. Most of it goes in the blue bin, but we still need to take the glass to the bottle bank in the village.

For several years we've sponsored aspects of the Seahouses Festival - as well as getting our sleeves rolled up to fetch, carry and operate PA equipment during the Festival weekend. We've even played there too. And they invited us back.

We try to minimise the amount of detergent we use, and only use the washing machine and dishwasher when we have a full load - which is ridiculously often.

We all have busy lives to lead, but we're always on the lookout for little things which can make a big difference, particulalry when we apply them together. If you have any great ideas, or you see something we could do better, we'd love to hear about it.

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.

  • Friday April 26 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

    Friday April 26 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

    Kathryn & Sean - 'Personae' tour 2019

    We are delighted to be bringing Kathryn & Sean back to the house as they promote their new album.

    Duos come and duos go... And some nurture and fine-tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship.

    The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 and 2013), consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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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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Make a Booking

Ready to Book? You can check availability and book online right now using our Online Booking tool.

Or you can call us on 01665 720456 to book, too. If you don't see the availability you need in the Online Booking tool, it's always worth giving us a call to check.

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Contact Us & Stay In Touch

If you have any questions, please call us on 01665 720456 or send us an email or a booking enquiry.

And please sign up for our e-Newsletters below! We send our St Cuthbert's House newsletter about four times per year. It's filled with interesting SCH news, and Special Offers for subscribers.

And if you'd like to keep in touch about upcoming house-concerts and be the first to know who's coming, then please tick that box too! We send a house-concerts newsletter most months to keep you up to date on the musical front.

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