St. Cuthbert's House

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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?


Well, we're committed to operating St Cuthbert's House in a 'sustainable' way. This won't have much noticeable impact at all on your stay with us, but when you do stay here you become part of our attempts to make our village and our local area (and our world!) a better place to live, work and visit. And in so doing, you get the very best experience of Northumberland, because it's local, authentic and downright good for you - as well as us!

We're trying to spread the word too, and encourage other businesses to think about these issues, and give the same sorts of fantastic experiences and memories to their guests too. That way, Northumberland becomes known as the best place in the whole world to go on holiday (ok, so we're a little biaised.) So we've been instrumental in setting up NEST (Northumberland Encouraging Sustainable Tourism) with a bunch of other like-minded people, after we became inspired by the coast project and wanted to emulate what they had already achieved in Cornwall (click here to see a video.)

We're also setting up a 'Visitor Gifting' scheme, which will enable us to do more to support local causes we're passionate about.

And we've set ourselves up to be measured by the Green Tourism Business Scheme, and were pleased to be assessed at Gold Award level.

So, in short, what we're doing is Trying. We don't claim to be one of the top eco-hotels or anything like that, and we don't claim to know all the answers, and we certainly wouldn't preach or berate anyone about this stuff; but we do aim to live and work in a way which gives future generations of Sutherans a chance of having something left to enjoy. So without being fanatical, we're trying to do the sensible things which help to save the world. If we all make a small change, it amounts to a big impact. This stuff matters.

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!


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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