Seahouses, with its population of just 1,800, is basking in the glory of having two national tourism champions in its midst.
St Cuthbert’s House, a renovated former church, won gold in the Guest Accommodation category, whilst neighbours Seafield Caravan Park scooped the top award in the Holiday Park/Holiday Village category.
These are the highest award for excellence in tourism which Visit England can bestow. The two businesses were presented with their gold awards at a glittering awards ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Jeff Sutheran, owner of St Cuthbert’s House B&B said: “These national awards bring together the best businesses from around the whole country, and to be awarded the top honour is wonderful.
“It is especially remarkable to have two gold award winners from the same village! The message couldn’t be clearer - the Northumberland coast is a fabulous visitor destination, offering the very highest-quality accommodation and services. These awards prove it.”
Ken Britton, owner at Seafield Caravan Park said: “Tourism is the main industry supporting the village, and this success can only bode well for the future. Seahouses is certainly a centre of tourism excellence.”
Seahouses is a colourful fishing-harbour village on the beautiful Northumberland Coast. The bustling harbour is the departure point for one of the UK’s most exciting wildlife experiences, a trip to the Farne Islands to view over 150,000 seabirds including guillemots and puffins as well as one of England’s largest grey seal colonies – an expedition described by Sir David Attenborough as his ‘favourite UK wildlife-watching expedition’.
With friendly inns and restaurants, Seahouses is the ideal base for a holiday discovering Northumberland’s spectacular beaches and world renowned attractions including the dramatic Bamburgh Castle and the birthplace of Christianity in England, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
Commenting on the awards, James Berresford, VisitEngland’s chief executive said “We received hundreds of applications of an exceptionally high quality making the competition for a gold award extremely tough.
“It is therefore a tremendous achievement for these two businesses from the same village to win gold awards. They have raised the bar for excellence for others to aspire to and I warmly congratulate them on their exemplary contribution to tourism in this country, and especially on the Northumberland Coast.”