Seahouses B&B wins gold at tourism awards

St Cuthbert's House in North Sunderland has been crowned bed and breakfast of the year at the North East England Tourism Awards.

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 08:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 09:27 am
Bed and Breakfast of the Year Gold Winner St Cuthbert's House Presented by Steve Brumbill and host Alfie Joey.

Owners Jeff and Jill Sutheren picked up their gold award at a glittering ceremony held in Newcastle Civic Centre on Tuesday night.

To top it off, they also won a silver in the sustainable tourism category.

Elsewhere in Northumberland, Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant won an outstanding three gold awards, while Kielder Waterside also struck gold in the holiday park of the year category.

The Lindisfarne Inn got a silver in the small hotel of the year section and tourism pub of the year category, as did Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours in the guided tours section.

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The Old Manse at Chatton was highly commended in the bed and breakfast category and Ellingham Hall matched it in the self-catering section.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said “Many congratulations to all of this year’s winners. It is always a delight to see so many businesses awarded for their commitment to the North East’s tourism sector.

“The North East of England has a fantastic tourism offer, from the buzz and culture of our cities to the beautiful heritage of our coast and countryside. This is demonstrated by the variety of businesses who have entered and won the awards.

“The next couple of years will be an exciting time for North East England as we build up to the Great Exhibition of the North, which will have a major impact on our visitor, and wider, economy. The Great Exhibition of the North is an opportunity to create a lasting legacy for the region and continue to develop our already strong visitor offer.”

Playing a major role in showcasing the range of high quality tourism businesses and experiences on offer to visitors across the North East, the awards have continued to grow year on year. Of the 143 entries this year, over 60 businesses (42% of entrants) entered the awards for the first time This year also saw the addition of three new categories; ‘Guided Tour of the Year’, ‘Self-Catering Property of the Year’ and ‘Dog Friendly Business of the Year’.

Winners at the regional awards have the chance to showcase their business and the North East on a national stage at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017.

Andrew Stokes, VisitEngland director said: “These awards are a fantastic showcase of the quality and sheer diversity of tourism products on offer across the North East. They are testament to the passion and commitment of businesses who are working so hard to develop the region’s visitor economy, driving growth from tourism across the country.”

Full list of winners

Boutique Accommodation/Small Hotel of the Year

o Carraw Bed and Breakfast - GOLD

o The Lindisfarne Inn - SILVER

o The Clifton – BRONZE

o The Commissioners Quay Inn – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bed and Breakfast of the Year

· St Cuthbert’s House - GOLD

· Greycroft B&B - SILVER

· The Grange B&B – BRONZE

· The Old Manse @ Chatton – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Business Tourism Provider of the Year

· Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa - GOLD

· Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter - SILVER

· Event Durham, Durham University - BRONZE

· Seaham Hall – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

· South Causey Inn - GOLD

· Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd (Mains Cottages) - SILVER

· Bracken Hill Farm Cottage - BRONZE

· Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Guided Tour of the Year

· Cullercoats Bike & Kayak - GOLD

· Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours - SILVER

· Victoria Tunnel - BRONZE

· Iles Tours – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Holiday Park of the Year

· Northumbrian Water - Kielder Waterside - GOLD

· Heathergate Country Park - BRONZE

· Springhouse Country Park - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Hotel of the Year

· Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa - GOLD

· Ramside Hall Hotel - SILVER

· Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant - BRONZE

· Langley Castle Hotel - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Inclusive Tourism Award

· Go North East - GOLD

· The Hog’s Head Inn - SILVER

· National Glass Centre - BRONZE

· Tyneside Cinema - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

· Beamish, The Living Museum of the North - GOLD

· Life Science Centre - SILVER

· Sage Gateshead / North Music Trust - BRONZE

Self-Catering Provider of the Year

· Mill Granary Cottages - GOLD

· Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd (Mains Cottages) - SILVER

· The Old Stables Knitsley - BRONZE

· Ellingham Hall - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Self-Catering Property of the Year

· Woodside Lodge - GOLD

· Bracken Hill Farm Cottage - SILVER

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

· Bowlees Visitor Centre - GOLD

· Cullercoats Bike & Kayak - SILVER

· RSPB Saltholme - BRONZE

· South Tynedale Railway - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sustainable Tourism Award

· Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant - GOLD

· St Cuthbert’s House - SILVER

· Durham University - BRONZE

Taste Award

· Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant - GOLD

· Martineau Guest House - SILVER

· Durham University Catering - BRONZE

· Colmans of South Shields - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Tourism Pub of the Year

· Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant - GOLD

· The Lindisfarne Inn - SILVER

· The Angel of Corbridge - BRONZE

· The Tankerville Arms - HIGHLY COMMENDED