Seahouses businesses named award finalists

Jeff and Jill Sutheran retained the original pulpit when converting St Cuthbert's House into an award winning B&B.

Jeff and Jill Sutheran retained the original pulpit when converting St Cuthbert's House into an award winning B&B.

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Seahouses’ holiday credentials have received a major boost with two of the village’s accommodation providers in the running for a prestigious national tourism award.

Seafield Caravan Park and St Cuthbert’s House have been named finalists in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014, from almost 400 applications.

Both will receive either a Gold, Silver, Bornze or Highly Commended award at a glittering ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse in May.

Seafield Caravan Park offers luxury caravan holidays with a tranquil setting, breathtaking sea views, and fitness and wellbeing suite The Ocaean Club on site.

The park’s Carolyn Britton said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be announced as a finalist. It is a credit to all the hard work and dedication shown by all our staff and team involved at both Seafield Caravan Park and The Ocean Club. Fingers crossed for the final!”

Five start bed and breakfast provider St Cuthbert’s House has been named a finalist in the Guest Accommodation category.

After a long and painstaking restoration and conversion of the disused church - which carefully integrated many original features like the pulpit and communion table - owners Jeff and Jill Sutheran opened the business seven years ago.

The business, which provides high-quality guest accommodation in six ensuite bedrooms, has built a strong reputation, bolstered by its 5-star grading from VisitBritain and recommendations on peer-review websites like Tripadvisor.

“It’s a real honour for us to be selected as a finalist for the National Award,” Jill said.

“There are some fantastic tourism businesses from around the whole country in the mix, and to be named amongst the top five is just wonderful.”

Jill is hoping that the recognition will promote the whole area as a desirable holiday destination.

“It’s good for our business of course, but we’re also pleased to be talking about the Northumberland coast as a wonderful place to visit! she said.

James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, added: “We receive hundreds of applications each year of an extremely high standard, so it is a tremendous achievement for both Seafield Caravan Park and St Cuthbert’s House to become finalists and to represent the top five in their category in England.”

“I wish all the finalists the very best of luck for the Awards Ceremony in May.”

The winners will be announced at the ceremony in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on May 12.

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