B&B a finalist in tourism awards

St Cuthbert's House has been named as a double finalist in the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 04 February, 2016, 09:18
Jill and Jeff Sutheran of St Cuthbert's House B&B in North Sunderland.

The North Sunderland B&B is shortlisted in the guest accommodation and sustainable tourism categories.

Owners Jeff and Jill Sutheran will have to wait until the glittering awards ceremony in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on March 8, to find out which awards they will receive.

However, as finalists they are guaranteed to receive either a gold, silver, bronze or highly commended award in each category.

Jill said: “It’s a real honour for us to be selected as a finalist for these national awards. There are some fantastic tourism businesses from around the whole country in the mix, and to be named amongst the top five in two categories is just wonderful.

“It’s good for our business of course, but we’re also pleased to be flying the flag for the Northumberland coast as a wonderful place to visit!”

Husband Jeff added: “We want our visitors to have a wonderful experience of this amazing area, of course, but we’re also passionate that their every visit should make our rural community a better place to live and work for local people, too.

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“We’re delighted that our determination to provide an unforgettable guest experience which also builds our local economy, has brought us to be considered amongst the best in the whole country.”

VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence inspire and motivate businesses to become outstanding leaders in the industry. St Cuthbert’s House can count itself amongst the top five businesses in both guest accommodation and sustainable tourism in England.

“Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England,” said Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland.

“There’s absolutely no doubt those shortlisted are representative of the best in the industry, who place delivering an unforgettable experience to visitors at the heart of their business operations.”

St Cuthbert’s House was formerly a Presbyterian church, built in 1810. After a long and painstaking restoration and conversion – which carefully integrated many original features like the pulpit and communion table – the business opened eight years ago, providing high-quality guest accommodation in six ensuite bedrooms. It has built a strong reputation, bolstered by its 5-star grading from VisitBritain and visitor reviews.

It has won top prizes at the North East Tourism Awards every year since 2009, and has won awards at the VisitEngland final on three occasions.