St. Cuthbert's House

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Our Awards are your reassurance

We've been awarded many accolades, and have won several prestigious awards over the years. The reason we put St Cuthbert's House forward for these various Awards is mainly to assure you, our guest, that you are not 'taking a chance' by coming to stay at St Cuthbert's House; we have been repeatedly and objectively measured and assessed by experienced judges, who continue to place us at the very top of the tree, both regionally and nationally.  So you don't need to worry about whether a stay at St Cuthbert's House really is as good as we promise - because there's plenty of evidence to assure you!   Time away is precious, for each of us, and no-one wants to 'take a chance' in the hope that we're choosing wisely...  Here are some of our Awards, and what they mean for you.

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.

The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are regarded as 'the Tourism Oscars', and measure us against the very best accommodation businesses in the whole country. To win is amazing for us - and good for you too!

As part of the proces we are 'secretly shopped' by an experienced judge and assessor, who wrote in his debrief:

"This was an extremely positive experience. Jeff and Jill are consummate hosts - my partner commented, unprompted, that “I feel as if I am visiting friends.” Service was relaxed yet attentive. Accommodation is very comfortable, and the communal areas, including honesty bar, really convivial..."

This is very affirming for us, for sure - but the real value in a comment like this is that you can be reassured, by someone who has evaluated and assessed the very best B&Bs in the whole country, that your time at SCH can provide you with everything you hope for. And that's priceless. Come and see...

North-East Tourism Awards 2016 - Gold AND Silver!

We were delighted to win the Gold medal in the B&B category, and also a Silver medal in the Sustainable Tourism category, at the North-East Tourism Awards 2016.  We are passionate about both these aspects of our business - of course, we want you to have a memorable experince of staying at SCH, but we also want your visit to be one which supports our fragile rural way of life, rather than harms it.  We want your visit to make Northumberland a better place for our families to live, and work - as well as a better place to visit!  So we were thrilled that once again the judges placed us at the top of the tree - and the reason we invite them to asess and examine our business is to reassure you that we're serious about what we offer you here.  Come and see...  

Visit England Awards 2016 - Gongs for Guest Accommodation AND Sustainable Tourism!

At the 2016 Visit England Awards - the 'Tourism Oscars' - we were honoured to be amongst the medals in TWO categories - we were 'Highly Comended' in the Guest Accommodation of the Year and also brought home Bronze in the Sustainable Tourism Business category.

We want you to have a wonderful experience of this amazing area, but we also passionately believe that your visit should make our rural community a better place to live and work for local people, too.  We’re delighted that our determination to provide an unforgettable guest experience which also builds our local economy, has brought us these national Awards in two categories, and to be considered amongst the best in the whole country!

Here's Jeff & Jill, together with daughters Hannah & Abi, pictured receiving their Awards at the glittering ceremony at the Winter gardens in Blackpool in March 2016.

Two Golds at the North-East Tourism Awards 2015!

Wow - we were doubly honoured to receive TWO Gold Awards at the North-East Tourism Awards ceremony in Newcastle in November 2015.  We won the Guest Accommodation gong, and then also went on to take top spot in the Sustainable Tourism category too.  This is a great honour, and great affirmation for the work that our small team has done this year.

This means we go forward once again into the national finals, to be measured against the very best businesses from around the whole country. And it also means you can be assured that we warrant our place at the top table, and we're a safe place for your precious time away.

VisitEngland Awards 2015 - Silver in 'Sustainable Tourism'

This year, we entered the national VisitEngland Awards in the Sustainable Tourism category - in fear and trembling!  This category attracts the very best and most environmentally-aware businesses from across the whole country, and so we knew we were mixing it with the big boys. To be shortlisted nationally was wonderful, but to win the SILVER award was beyond our wildest dreams!  We're thrilled.

The judges wrote afterwards, and said: "You were up against some really stiff opposition, so you should be very proud of what you have achieved. It's fully deserved... so impressed by the way the business (and the building) has integrated itself within the community, has become such an asset to it, and provides guests with such a positive experience of it. Well done!

So that is indeed a wonderful affirmation of our attempts to make our community a better place to live and work, as well as to visit.

VisitEngland 'RoSE' Award 2015

In 2015 VisitEngland awarded a number of 'RoSE' Awards - in 'Recognition of Service Excellence' - to their highest rated businesses, for the first time ever.  We were delighted to be awarded one of them, and were invited to London to receive it.  We had a grand day out, on the train!

These awards can't be applied for, or sought.  They are awarded to the country's top-rated businesses following our annual assessment visit, and after taking into account all kinds of other online feedback and reviews.  So it's a delight for us to receive one - and reassurance for you!

We're the Good Hotel Guide 'Editor's Choice' for 2016

We are delighted once again to be chosen as 'Editor's Choice' in the 'Sustainable Tourism' section of the Good Hotel Guide for the 2016 printed edition.

The Good Hotel Guide is fiercely independent. A hotel cannot simply pay for an entry into the Guide - inclusion is by invitation only, and is rigorously monitored by a network of 'inspectors' who constantly report back on standards of service. To be included at all is great honour for us - but it's also a great recommendation for you - especially as the Editor considers us amongst his 'choices'!

VisitEngland Awards 2014 - 'Best B&B in England'

We were delighted even to be shortlisted amongst the top 5 finalists from around the whole country, when we went to the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014 final. But to come  away with the top spot was very special. The finalists are chosen from the Regional competition winners, and so this measures us against the very best accommodation businesses in the whole country.  To win is amazing for us - and good for you too!

We're in the Tripadvisor 'Hall of Fame'

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.

This is only possible because so many of our guests have written lovely things about their stay, after returning home - and we appreciate that effort and kindness very much! 

Tripadvisor is a great way to remove the uncertainty (mostly!) about whether a place is regarded as a great place to stay - and we're thrilled to have been included in this new directory of the very best-rated businesses on Tripadvisor!

We're 'Dark Sky Friendly'!

There can be no doubt at all that Northumberland is the best place in England to enjoy the splendour of the heavens!   It's home to the largest Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park in Europe, a designation conferred in December 2013.  But almost any part of this most-sparsely populated County in England gives awesome displays of the night sky.  And many places along the coast are just perfect.

And we've just been awarded the 'Dark Sky Friendly' designation by Northumberland Tourism!

Although we do have a number of street-lights here in the village and around St Cuthbert's House, so it's best to head for a really dark spot to relax and view the night sky - such as from the beach, or a quiet spot just outside the village.  But it's a short  journey well worth making, in order to be transported into another world...

Being 'Dark Sky Friendly' is recognition that we can lend you a pair of binoculars and a blanket or two if you like, and send you off with a hot flask! And that we don't mind what time you come home, as long as you come in quietly ;-)

Good Hotel Guide 'Editor's Choice' for 2015

We really do value our inclusion in the Good Hotel Guide, mainly because a business cannot buy a listing in this famously-independent and free-spirited Guide. You have to be nominated, and secretly assessed. All the serious papers have consistently acknowledged the GHG as the best and most reliable Guide available - because it doesn't take any ads, paid-for listings, or freebies.  So this year we're especially pleased not only to be included in the Guide, but to also be chosen amongst their Editor's Choice Awards!

This year, we entered the national VisitEngland Awards in the Sustainable Tourism category - in fear and trembling!  This category attracts the very best and most environmentally-aware businesses from across the whole country, and so we knew we were mixing it with the big boys. To be shortlisted nationally was wonderful, but to win the SILVER award was beyond our wildest dreams!  We're thrilled.

The judges wrote afterwards, and said: "You were up against some really stiff opposition, so you should be very proud of what you have achieved. It's fully deserved... so impressed by the way the business (and the building) has integrated itself within the community, has become such an asset to it, and provides guests with such a positive experience of it. Well done!

So that is indeed a wonderful affirmation of our attempts to make our community a better place to live and work, as well as to visit.

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

We're  delighted to have been awarded another Tripadvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' this year. Only a few of the many thousands of properties listed on Tripadvisor worlwide ever receive the award, and we're pleased to have one for the fourth consecutive year. It's really important to us that so many guests take the trouble to post a review following their stay. So - thank you very much!

Tripadvisor 'Green Leader' Gold Award 2014

We want our business to make a positive impact on our local community, so that it becomes a better place to live and work, as well as a better place for you to visit.  We pay attention to this in all sorts of ways - see our Sustainable Business pages for more details - and we're very proud that Tripadvisor has awarded us a Gold standard in their 'Green Leaders' scheme.

Silver at the North-East Tourism Awards 2014

This year we entered into the Sustainable Tourism category at the North-East Tourism Awards, where there were some wonderful businesses who are making a positive impact on the world, and in their own communities.  Many of them are at the forefront of environmental innovations, so we were absolutely delighted to come out with Silver award!  See our Sustainable Business pages if you're interested to see why we're considered amongst the best in this regard.

Green Tourism Gold Award

Our Gold Award grading from the Green Tourism Business Scheme shows that we're serious about making a positive contribution to Northumberland, and about minimising the impact of our business on the environment.  Theirs is a rigorous asessment process, and we're pleased to demonstrate our commitment to running our business on the principles of 'wise growth'.

Gold Award at the North-East Tourism Awards 2013

This year we won the Gold Award at the North-East Tourism Awards in the Guest Accommodation category. We're very proud to be independently judged once again as the best B&B in the whole North-East region.

We're in the Good Hotel Guide!

One of the accolades we're particularly pleased to have, is a commendation in the Good Hotel Guide. A business cannot buy a listing in this famously-independent and free-spirited Guide. You have to be nominated, and secretly assessed.

All the serious papers have consistently acknowledged the GHG as the best and most reliable Guide available - because it doesn't take any ads, paid-for listings or freebies, and their assessments are written by 'experts' who make secret visits. This gives it an integrity many other Guides cannot claim - because they'll promote anyone who pays for a listing.

We are delighted to be included again in 2013.

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

We're absolutely delighted to have been awarded another Tripadvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' for 2013. Only a few of the many thousands of properties listed on Tripadvisor worlwide ever receive the award, and this is the third consecutive year we've had one - and that's thanks to those guests who have taken time and trouble to leave a review on Tripadvisor when they return home, saying how much they've enjoyed their stay here. So - thank you very much!

In 2012 we won Silver at the North-East Tourism Awards in the Guest Accommodation category. We're very proud to be independently judged once again as one of the best B&B's in the whole region.

In 2012, the Green Tourism Business Scheme assessed the top two-percent of their Gold-Award businesses, to form a shortlist for the coveted 'Goldstar' award. To be in the running for this was amazing for us - to be counted amongst the most environmentally-aware tourism businesses in the whole of Britain, by the people who created the yardstick, was just fantastic. We didn't win, but frankly we were truly humbled at the way in which some businesses are taking seriously their responsibility to put back, rather than take away from, the environment. We have much more we could do - but we were delighted to make the (very short!) shortlist.

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