We'll be keeping you up to date with all kinds of interesting snippets of news and happenings here. Why not also look at our various social media feeds like Twitter and Facebook, where we also try to post fun and interesting bits and pieces! We found a great way to display those items on our Social Wall!
We were very honoured to be invited to meet Prince Charles during his recent visit to the Northumberland Coast - his first time in this beautiful place.
The visit celebrated family-business success stories, and also the contribution made by volunteers in our area.
Jeff was invited to meet HRH as a representative not only of St Cuthbert's House, but also of the many businesses represented by the local Tourism Association.
Price Charles asked several questions about how businesses were faring in the difficult economic circumstances, and Jeff managed to address him correctly without getting tongue-tied....
St Cuthbert's House was recently shortlisted for the Green Tourism Business Scheme Goldstar Awards 2012. The shortlist is compiled from the highest scoring Gold graded businesses from 2011 - representing the greenest 2% of the 2400 GTBS membership. We were extremely chuffed to be included in such a prestigious shortlist, and were not surprised that we didn't win the top prize at the ceremony, in the face of such awesome 'competetion'.
A recent episode of Michael Portillo's series Great Railway Journeys saw him travelling the stretch of line from Berwick upon Tweed, south through Northumberland to Newcastle. It's a thing of beauty - a lovely snapshot of this gorgeous area. And how we whooped as we enjoyed a typically assured contribution from our good friend (fanfare please) Derek Sharman. Whether railways are your thing or not, do yourself a favour; make a brew and give yourself half an hour with this.
We were stopped in our tracks when Michael Gainsborough called to make a reservation recently. Having completed the transaction, he revealed that he had been born (many years ago!) in our home, the Manse attached to the former church which is now St Cuthbert's House.
His grandfather was the Minister of the church early in the 20th Century, and his mother was brought here so as to have a 'proper midwife' attend to her - a privilege not afforded to many women in those days. Michael was subsequently christened in the church.
It was delightful to share stories with Michael and his wife Sally, and especially lovely to see him tracing his roots - he had not been back to Northumberland in very many years. A lovely encounter!
Woohoo! We just won GOLD at the NE Tourism Awards 2011, in the Sustainable Tourism category. Fantastic!
We were up against some very strong competetion in this category (I'm talking about the 'compost toilets' kind of strong) and so we were absolutely delighted to win the top prize. We are passionate about local food (and beers) and conducting our business in a way which doesn't cost the earth, so this is a prize we'll treasure. But you don't need to wear a 'hair shirt' in order to make your stay a responsible one.
We're so pleased to have received the Siver Award in the 'B&B/ Guest Accommodation of the Year 2011' category of the EnjoyEngland Awards for Excellence 2011. This competition judges the Regional winners from around England - so to be awarded second place is wonderful! Come and see why!
We're also very pleased to have been awarded a coveted 'Gold Award' accolade to complement our 5-star rating, following our recent 'mystery shopper' Quality Assessment.
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.