St. Cuthbert's House

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The Bedrooms

Two of the bedrooms each have a beautiful original arched window. Watching Billy score and form the new plasterboard linings into these openings was a treat. He's a great raconteur, and he told us many hilarious stories about his 57 years in the trade. He brought plastering techniques to these curves which are not readily available any more.

All other window openings are brand new, but I don’t think you’d know that if I hadn’t told you. They aer beautiful sliding sash casements made by craftsmen joiners in Berwick, and because they were modeled on the originals they look like they've been there for 200 years.

We built a 9-inch thick wall down the centre-line of the house, in order to provide excellent acoustic insulation between all the rooms - then the internal partitions are formed from timber framework. Those acoustic blocks weigh about three times as much as a standard breeze-block, and as the wall grew taller, we came to dread the evening hours. After the brickies went home, we would put tomorrow's stacks of blocks ready for them up on the scaffold, and we had to carry a whole day's supply up three ladders two at a time. Makes me shudder to think of it now.

The ensuite bathrooms in the two front rooms each have a 1200mm shower tray, so there’s plenty of room to turn around and enjoy the full, invigorating shower. Three of the others have a bath, with a cleverly-designed shower area at one end, and the Bede room has a fully-accessible walk-in wetroom which was difficult to get right - plumbing, drainage, underfloor heating and tiling jobs all vexed us - but it was worth it.

The brand new plumbing system is Rolls-Royce. Stop me if this is too much detail... but there are two stainless steel cylinders in the loft, each holding several hundred litres of hot water, which is fed at mains pressure to the traditional fixed shower heads. So showering is a very satisfying experience. Our spec for the plumbing system was written around the worst-case scenario, where twelve guests might arrive home at the same time cold and wet, and all want a bath or a shower immediately. No problem.

The old stone walls at ground-floor level were very rough and wonky, but they've now been straightened up in the process of insulating the walls within that new internal wooden framework. The new coving around the ceilings (an exact match to the original) restores the traditional finish.

We had to find a way to handle drainage, fan extraction, electrical installation and a plumbing system which needed to meet several criteria - including things like not being visible externally (so no new downpipes), not being audible inside when the next room flushes the loo, and getting fan extraction out through the roof from these downstairs bedrooms. Not easy - but all achieved.

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  • 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.

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