The shortlist for the prestigious industry awards were announced last week with 37 of the 63 nominees coming from the county.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony next March at the Civic Centre in Newcastle.
The full list of Northumberland shortlisted businesses are….
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Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award & Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award - South Tynedale Railway. The South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society has run and developed the railway as an incorporated society since 1983, developing the work of an unincorporated group started in 1973.
The railway follows the former route of British Rail’s Haltwhistle to Alston branch line. Opened in stages in 1851 and 1852, the line survived for over a century until its closure was announced in 1973 and carried out in 1976. A voluntary society was formed to take over the entire route but its first efforts failed. However, a reformed group successfully opened the first stage of a narrow gauge railway in 1983. Since then the railway has grown and prospered.
Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award - The Joiners Arms, Newton-by-the-Sea. The Joiners Arms is a 5* star village pub & inn that is located within the very heart of Newton-by-the-Sea. Designed and moulded from the ground up with passion, love, and a homely feel, The Joiners’ is for those who seek the true feeling that accompanies the great countryside, delivering fantastically crafted country food and drink with beautiful styled boutique suites.
B&B and Guest House of the Year - Market Cross Guest House, Belford. Market Cross, once part of a Georgian coaching house is now a luxury Bed and Breakfast in the village of Belford. Run by Amanda and Steve White since 2012, they have decorated the house to be warm and welcoming.
B&B and Guest House of the Year - Layside B&B, Bardon Mill. A brand new development of self contained luxurious rooms offering a private bed and breakfast experience to travellers wishing to explore magnificent Northumberland. At Layside, you’ll receive your own key for your own private entrance, where you can enjoy our unique, boutique hospitality and the stunning uninterrupted views of Northumberland from your very own terrace.
B&B and Guest House of the Year & Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award - St Cuthbert's House, North Sunderland. If you're looking for a peaceful and unique Bed & Breakfast in Northumberland, you'll find that St Cuthbert's House is a special place to stay - one of the very best. It was awarded 'Best B&B in England 2017' by VisitBritain, having won the same Award in 2014 too, and hold its coveted 5-star Gold-Award grading. It's also been declared 'Britain's Best B&B' by the Good Hotel Guide.
B&B and Guest House of the Year - St Valery Boutique B&B, Alnmouth. Described as a beachside hideaway for grown-ups, guests choose St Valery for its deliciously comfy beds, fluffy towels, luxurious bathroom goodies and gorgeous home-cooked breakfasts. With just 4 rooms, there’s only ever space for up to 8 guests at any one time, so you’ll always feel looked after.
Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year - Herding Hill Farm Touring, Camping and Glamping Site. Herding Hill Farm is described as "a justifiable gold standard, award-winning campsite where every aspect is exceptional and without weaknesses'. Its aim is to become Hadrian's Wall Premier Caravan & Camping Site.
Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year - Hesleyside Huts, Hexham. Luxury camping within the breathtaking grounds of historic Hesleyside and in the heart of the Northumberland National Park.
Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year - Seafield Caravan Park, Seahouses. Peace, tranquillity, stunning coastal scenery, golden sandy beaches that stretch for miles, and breathtaking sea views, Seafield has it all. Set in the centre of Seahouses, Seafield offers a 5* holiday destination where you can explore North Northumberland.
Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year - Westfield House Farm Shepherd’s Huts. Westfield House Farm is situated in beautiful Upper Coquetdale. Set away from the house are its luxury, en-suite shepherd's huts. All huts have their own en suite loo and shower, kitchen facilities, wood burning stove and electricity supply.
Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award - Westfield House Farm, Thropton. The B&B has beautiful views of the Simonside Hills, take your time over breakfast and get set for a day full of adventure...
Small Hotel of the Year, Taste of North East England Award & Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award - Battlesteads Hotel. Nestling in the picturesque village of Wark in Northumberland, this pub, hotel and restaurant offers its guests a warm and friendly welcome, a place to unwind and relax, attentive service in luxurious surroundings.
Experience of the Year - Patrick Norris of Footsteps in Northumberland. With long sandy beaches, rocky foreshores, high sand dunes with a scattering of small villages hugging the coast, walking here is a delight.
A Footsteps guided walk takes you to and shows you some of the hidden detail and brings the remarkable Northumberland Coast and its history to life.
Experience of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year & International Tourism Award - Falconry Days, Hexham. Falconry Days are a professional falconry business that trains and flies around 70 Birds of Prey. It is an activity centre with fully trained, working Birds of Prey which are managed and flown in rotation on a daily basis, both on and off site at country shows, schools, hotels, weddings... in fact everywhere!
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year & Experience of the Year - The Alnwick Garden. The brainchild of The Duchess of Northumberland, The Alnwick Garden is a multi-award winning visitor attraction.
Its 12 acres of meandering and magnificent Gardens are home to the world’s largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard, a Grand Cascade comprising 120 water jets and the world's largest Treehouse Restaurant.
Large Hotel of the Year - Matfen Hall. From banquets to bacon sandwiches, weddings to wild nights in the Vault Bar, you’ll find something exceptional and entertaining at Matfen.
Take a break from the ordinary and get lost amongst the historic halls and grounds, with secrets waiting for you around every corner.
Large Hotel of the Year - Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa. A grand, 200-year-old country mansion resplendent in ten acres of private estate, as the only hotel in the county to be awarded the AA’s coveted four red star rating, it’s outstanding for all the right reasons: sumptuous interiors, elegant gardens and superb service.
Small Hotel of the Year - Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland. Nestled in the honey-stone village of Blanchland, beneath a cloak of forests and heath, stands this storybook bolthole. Offering the warmth of 21 bedrooms, each decorated in soothing Pennine hues, it's ideally positioned for a relaxing northern getaway.
Small Hotel of the Year - Walwick Hall Hotel, Humshaugh. A Grade II-listed country house hotel and seven luxury self-catering suites, all with a distinctive contemporary spirit. All this set in a magical 100- acre Georgian landed estate.
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Bamburgh Castle. No visit to Northumberland is complete without setting foot inside one of the British Isles’ best-loved fortresses. Travel through centuries of history. Immerse yourself in state rooms brimming with treasures. See the scenes of films such as Transformers The Last Knight and best selling Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom series brought to life.
New Tourism Business Award - Shepherds Retreats Ltd, Beadnell. Shepherds Retreats certainly lives up to its name with every little detail thought of by the owners. The Sanderling and The Sandpiper are situated on the outskirts of Beadnell village and are the most idyllic retreats.
New Tourism Business Award - The Amble Inn, Amble. The Amble Inn, with its 30 en-suite bedrooms, is the place to eat, drink, sleep and explore from at the southern gateway to the magnificent Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Pub of the Year - The Apple Inn, Lucker. A modern Country Gastro Pub, located in the heart of Lucker village, that offers an unforgettable dining experience.
Pub of the Year - The Angel of Corbridge. Dating back to 1569, The Angel of Corbridge is a historic coaching inn comprising bar, lounge, barn restaurant, dog friendly dining lounge, fish and chip shop, 10 bedrooms and an apartment.
Pub of the Year - Twice Brewed Inn, Bardon Mill. The Inn is situated on the B6318 (The Military Road) and is close to all the main Roman sites – Vindolanda, Housesteads and The Roman Army Museum. The Inn is on the popular Pennine Way route and cycle routes.
Taste of North East England Award - Barrasford Arms, Hexham. The Barrasford Arms pub dates back to the 1800’s. Set overlooking Houghton Castle, this picturesque pub not only serves great local ales, but also top quality local Northumbrian food, using ingredients from the polytunnel and gardens out the back.
Taste of North East England Award - Restaurant Hjem, Wall. Restaurant Hjem is located in the small village of Wall . Hjem (pronounced "yem") is both a Northumbrian and Scandinavian word for "home", making it an apt name for the restaurant which sees the very best produce of Northumberland come together with Scandinavian values and cooking techniques.
Self-Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year - St Oswald's Farm, Wall, Hexham. Heavenfield cottage is a beautifully renovated farm building conversion offering luxury 5* self catering accommodation for two. The cottage sits on St.Oswald’s Farm, a working 217 acre hill farm which boasts some of the best views of the Hadrian's Wall area.
Self-Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year - Mains Cottages, Beadnell. Owner Samantha Smith is pictured with James Holloway, business growth advisor for Business Northumberland. Located on the beautiful coastline at Beadnell, situated between Dunstanburgh Castle and Bamburgh Castle, the cottages provide a perfect base to explore the many castles and beaches Northumberland has to offer.
Self-Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year - Brunton House Cottages, near Chathill. Brunton House is a splendid, stone-built, traditional Northumbrian country house only two miles across fields from the beach where 16 guests can stay in 5 star luxury all under one roof.