Golden success for tourism businesses across the area

Jeff and Jill Sutheran of St Cuthbert's House.
Jeff and Jill Sutheran of St Cuthbert's House.

Tourism businesses from across the north of the county have once again seen success at an annual regional awards ceremony.

The North East England Tourism Awards 2013 were held at St James’ Park in Newcastle last Thursday, where businesses were congratulated for the exceptional contribution they make to the region’s visitor economy.

Seafield Caravan Park, in Seahouses, followed up its success in 2012 to win the Caravan Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year award again, although this year the title was shared with Leaplish Waterside Park, at Kielder.

Maxine Mayhew, commercial director at Northumbrian Water, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the award and very proud that our spectacular destination has been recognised at the North East Tourism awards among such top visitor attractions.”

Kielder Water and Forest Park had won Tourism Experience of the Year last year as well as going on to win the title in England, but last week the regional title was taken by the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham, which also won the Tourism Event of the Year gong.

Seahouses saw further success as St Cuthbert’s House, owned by Jeff and Jill Sutheran, improved on last year’s silver to take gold in the Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year Award category – the fifth year in which they have taken one of the top three prizes.

The B&B is a 200-year-old Grade II-listed building, which was formerly a Presbyterian church.

Jeff said: “We get great satisfaction from welcoming guests into a place which feels like home, yet offers all the high standards and facilities we might only expect to find in a high-quality hotel.

“Winning this prestigious award helps to raise awareness of the beautiful Northumberland coast and of St Cuthbert’s House as a great place to stay.”

Another repeat winner from 2012 was Shepherd’s Cottage in Alnham, which again won gold as Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year.

And this category saw a north Northumberland clean sweep as Beacon Hill Farm, Longhorsley, took silver and The Waiting Rooms, Warkworth, the bronze.

Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa was awarded bronze in the Small Hotel of the Year category.