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.
When music-journos submitted their Best of The Year lists for publication in the UK’s R2 magazine, one respected critic declared that Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards had been his 'most memorable gig' of the past twelve months, saying they 'swung and rocked with constraint-free exuberance, capturing the hearts of everyone.' Nice.
Another of the the busiest and most popular bands on the roots music circuit, the band enjoyed outstanding success at the 2016 Shetland Folk Festival, where they were hailed as one of the highlights of the event.
The band were invited back as headliner at the prestigious Orkney Folk Festival this summer, and once again brought the house down and were championed as heroes of the age... so when we were offered a gig as part of their tour later in the year, we jumped at the chance to bring them to SCH.
These girls are seriously good, and we're looking forward to hearing them up close!
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!
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.
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