Guesthouse on the green shortlist

A NORTH Northumberland guesthouse has been shortlisted for a prestigious award to honour the UK’s most environmentally friendly businesses.

St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses has been nominated for a Green Tourism GoldStar Award which aims to recognise those businesses and organisations that have done the most to promote sustainability within the industry.

Backed by the internationally-renowned Green Tourism Business Scheme, the awards are open to members that have gone the extra distance to implement cost-saving practices that help the environment, improve customer services and benefit the bottom line.

St Cuthbert’s House has been nominated for the award for Best B&B and Guest House.

Jeff Sutheran, who owns St Cuthhbert’s House with wife Jill, said that they are ‘entirely committed’ sustainable tourism.

“We have a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Each year they take the top two per cent of highest scoring businesses and put those forward for these awards.

“So even being shortlisted, we are thrilled to hear that we are operating at the very top nationally for sustainable tourism practices.”

Andrea Nicholas, director of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, said: “St Cuthbert’s House is an excellent example of good environmental practice.

“Like all the other businesses shortlisted for a GoldStar Award it was assessed by a panel of independent judges and nominated on the basis of innovation, use of sustainable initiatives in making cost savings and overall green ambassadorship during 2011 and 2012.”

A total of 53 green tourism businesses, including 36 from England, 16 from Scotland and one from Northern Ireland, have been shortlisted in eight categories.

The winners will be presented with their coveted accolade at a glittering ceremony at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh on Friday, May 25.