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 we hope they will reassure you.
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'.
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.
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, 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.
After winning the North-East 'Guest Accommodation of the Year' category, we went on to represent the NE Region at the National Final, and were thrilled to win the Silver Medal!
Obviously, this measures St Cuthbert's House against the very best businesses in the whole country, and we are pleased to be able to be counted up there with them.
In 2011 we won Gold at the North-East Tourism Awards (which are open to businesses from Teesside to the Scottish Border) in the Sustainable Tourism Business category. This acknowledges that we're serious about making our business work as part of the wider Northumberland economic and social landscape. We want Northumberland to be a place where people - and in particular young people, like our own young adults - can make a decent living.
VisitBritain run the 'official' star rating system, and we're pleased to have been assessed as offering accommodation and hospitality of the very highest calibre, by this well-respected body.
We've been awarded a 5-star Gold grading, which is the highest available. In addition we've also been given a Breakfast Award, which rewards our attention to detail in providing you with the very best quality local food. Only about 8 percent of qulity-assessed businesses are given this award.
responsibletravel.com is a well-respected website which promotes and recognises those businesses who are trying to minimise the environmental impacts of travel. They're happy to promote us, because we are great advocates for using public transport - even if you need to bring your car to actually get here - and because we offer such a lot of ideas for things to do without the car whilst you're here.
We featured in the Independent's 50 Best B&B's feature, and whilst we know this isn't an 'award' as such, it was very good to be listed amongst the best in the country again!