B&B couple strike gold

John and Anne Murdoch.
John and Anne Murdoch.

A NORTH Northumberland couple has won a prestigious award for the North East’s best small independent accommodation provider.

John and Anne Murdoch received the award at their four-star, gold-rated Farmhouse Guest House B and B in Belford last week.

They now have the Eviivo Gold Award 2011 for the North East sitting firmly on their mantlepiece as one of the 11 regional winners.

Throughout 2011, over 356,300 reviews were collected by 4,670 properties on the online booking system run by the company and John and Anne achieved five out of five.

Anne said: “It’s ironic that just when we are thinking of retiring back to Northallerton and put the business on the market and then we win the award. We knew nothing about this at all and it came totally out of the blue.”

The couple are delighted to have won the award and have found it not only flattering but also gratifying that it is their guests who have voted for them.

“Belford is a lovely, friendly village with so much going on and Northumberland is beautiful, but the Northallerton area is where our heart is and so many of our friends live there,” Anne said.

“It will be a wrench to leave here when we do eventually sell but we will most definitely be going home.”