Double delight for Northumberland B&B in national tourism awards

Award-winners Jeff and Jill Sutheran, Hannah Sutheran and Abi Sutheran, being presented with their awards by Penelope Viscountess Cobham, chair of VisitEngland, and Joss Croft, director of marketing for VisitBritain, with Jude Leitch, director of Visit Northumberland.
Award-winners Jeff and Jill Sutheran, Hannah Sutheran and Abi Sutheran, being presented with their awards by Penelope Viscountess Cobham, chair of VisitEngland, and Joss Croft, director of marketing for VisitBritain, with Jude Leitch, director of Visit Northumberland.

A Northumberland bed and breakfast is celebrating after winning two awards in a prestigious national competition.

St Cuthbert’s House, in Seahouses, picked up awards in the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016.

The establishment was highly commended in the Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year category while went one better to earn bronze in the Sustainable Tourism Award.

The awards were handed out at the glittering Awards Ceremony at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool this week, designated as English Tourism Week.

Owners Jeff and Jill Sutheran said they were “honoured and delighted” to receive Awards in two categories.

After a long and painstaking restoration and conversion of the disused church, which carefully integrated many original features like the pulpit and communion table, the business opened eight years ago, providing high-quality guest accommodation in six ensuite bedrooms.

It has built a strong reputation, bolstered by its 5-star grading from VisitBritain and recommendations on peer-review websites like Tripadvisor.

Jill said: “It’s a real honour for us to be amongst the winners of these National Awards.

“There were some fantastic tourism businesses from around the whole country in the mix, and to be judged amongst the top five in two categories is just wonderful.

“It’s good for our business of course, but we’re also pleased to be flying the flag for the Northumberland coast as a wonderful place to visit!”

Husband Jeff added: “We want our visitors to have a wonderful experience of this amazing area, but we’re also passionate that their every 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.”

VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence inspire and motivate businesses to become outstanding leaders in the industry.

St Cuthbert’s House can count itself amongst the top five businesses in both Guest Accommodation and Sustainable Tourism in England.

Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland, said: “Awards for Excellence winners exemplify distinguished businesses throughout England, and are representative of the best in the industry, who place delivering an unforgettable experience to visitors at the heart of their business operations.”

• Elsewhere, Tynemouth-based Martineau Guest House was Highly Commended in the Taste of England Award.