North East England Tourism Awards 2012

North East England Tourism Awards 2012


County Durham Farm Stay business in the hunt for more honours


Multi-award winning Low Urpeth Farm B&B is in the running for more acclaim after reaching the final of the prestigious North East England Tourism Awards - for the third year in succession.  


The popular Chester-Le-Street based business, which scooped bronze in 2010 with a Taste of NE England and bronze in 2011 for B&B has been shortlisted in not one but two categories in 2012 - Best Bed and Breakfast and Taste of NE England for the Urpeth Cracking Breakfast.


Delighted owner Hilary Johnson, said: “We offer our visitors a wonderful experience through the quality of our accommodation, friendliness and our Cracking Urpeth Breakfast to ensure guests leave with a passionate view of Low Urpeth and the North East.


“Tourism is our passion and we’re proud of what we have achieved at Low Urpeth. The process of entering these awards has helped us to measure and improve creating a fantastic North East holiday or business experience.”


Low Urpeth Farm, which was built around 1898, is a large traditionally furnished family home on an arable farm offering 4 Star Gold Farmhouse B&B and self-catering cottages and is run by Peter & Hilary Johnson with the help of their daughter Sandra Whitefield.


Low Urpeth Farm B&B strives to deliver a unique countryside experience making visitors part of the rich heritage of a farm which has been in the family for over 190 years, while promoting the region through the dramatic and inspiring rural landscape, its sustainable local produce people and customs.


The Cracking Urpeth Breakfast is sourced local farm-assured, seasonal, organic and/or fair-trade produce for the benefit of our guests.  This includes meats, eggs, vegetables, bread, jams and fruits from a variety of County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear farm shops, butchers, garden centres and producers. Each year they continue to add regional products to their breakfast menu.


Andy Woodward, Chief Executive of Farm Stay, said: “Low Urpeth Farm is one of the great success stories for the County Durham visitor economy, leading the way in delivering innovation, excellence and high standards of sustainability for a small business. Over the past five years their profile has been greatly enhanced by an unswerving commitment to customer service and the ability to blend the traditional with the modern, appealing to all.

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