A beauty salon and spa in north Northumberland which opened just four months ago has taken home a prestigious regional award.
Beau Monde in Lucker took the Health and Beauty title at the inaugural Living North Awards, which took place at the end of last month.
Run by Aimee and Daniel Johnson, part of the Johnson clan behind the north Northumberland-based tourism and leisure business, Stablewood Group, the complex at Lucker Steadings only opened to the public in late July.
The award citation read: ‘There were many worthy contenders within this field, but with the focus very much on 2016, this brand-new luxury day spa in the heart of north Northumberland offers a comprehensive treatment list, including a hair salon, alongside its spa packages.
‘Although small, it is perfectly formed and although new, it has already attracted a loyal clientele and we congratulate them on a successful launch of this new venture.’
Reacting to the win, Aimee said: “Obviously it was a big surprise because we have been open only four months.
“It’s a massive achievement and will do wonders for us as a new business. We hope it’s the beginning of more great things to come.
“Being so rural was a worry, but we are getting really good local support.”
Elsewhere in the north of the county, Coquet Cottages, now entering its 20th year of business, came out on top in the Accommodation of the Year category, which was closely contested.
‘Managed by a small, hands-on team, Coquet Cottages offer a unique selection of privately-owned luxury holiday cottages to rent, all presented to an exceptionally high standard, with 70 per cent achieving the Gold Award standard from Visit England.’
Northumberland National Park, which is celebrating its 60th birthday this year, was given the Contribution to the North East Award, as ‘the combination of sustained hard work and their vision for the future makes them a worthy and inspirational winner.
The citation highlighted that the park authority not only maintains one of the North East’s biggest tourist attractions but also supports those living in the Park.
The Lifetime of Achievement Award went to the Duchess of Northumberland.