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LUF reaches Final of North East Tourism Awards

Award winning Farm Stay business, Low Urpeth Farm, has reached the Final of the prestigious North East England Tourism Awards - for the second year in succession.  


The popular Chester-Le-Street based business, which scooped bronze in last year’s Taste award, has been shortlisted in the best Bed and Breakfast category.

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

“Tourism is our passion and we’re very proud of what we have achieved here at Low Urpeth. The process of entering these awards has helped us to measure and improve what we’ve created at Low Urpeth Farm and to help raise profile of having a fantastic North East holiday experience.”

Low Urpeth Farm, which was built around 1898, is a large traditionally furnished family home on an arable farm offering 4 Star Silver Farmhouse accommodation and is run by Peter & Hilary Johnson.


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 Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham farms, butchers and garden centres. 

Andy Woodward, Chief Executive of Farm Stay, congratulated Low Urpeth Farm reaching the finals again, declaring: “Low Urpeth farm has been quietly delivering exemplary standards of hospitality for many years and their recent acclaim mirrors that of Farm Stay itself, which strives to boost the regional tourism industry by delivering an unforgettable experience for visitors to the North East.


For more information Low Urpeth Farm, call Sandra Johnson - 077 69 67 1808 / 0191 4102901


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Low Urpeth Farm, Ouston, Chester-Le-Street, Co Durham DH2 1BD


For more information about Farm Stay, please visit , or to become a member please call 02476 696909 or email Farm Stay UK was set up in 1983 as the Farm Holiday Bureau. Today it is a farmer-owned consortium offering farm tourism.  

 Note to editor:

1.      The North East England Tourism Awards Finalists will be presented with their awards at the annual ceremony on 6 October 2011 at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

2.      Low Urpeth Farm, Ouston, near Chester-le-Street, is a large traditionally furnished family home on an arable farm offering Visit Britain 4 Star Silver award Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast and 4 star self catering accommodation including Silver Green Tourism Business Scheme Award.

3.      Awards: 

                                       i.      2011 North East England Tourism Award - Bed & Breakfast Finalist

                                     ii.      2010: North East England Tourism Awards - Taste Bronze Award

                                    iii.      2010 & 2011: Taste Durham (Visit County Durham) - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion

                                   iv.      2009 & 2010: Enjoy England Breakfast

4.      Low Urpeth Farm were the first B&B provider to be accepted into the Visit County Durham’s Taste Durham Scheme in 2010 and received the top award two years running - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion

5.      Guests staying in the self catering cottages can also sample "Cracking Urpeth Breakfast"

6.      Price range for B&B per room per night: £75 - £85 in double ensuite; £52 - £60 single occupancy

7.      Low Urpeth Farm has been in the Johnson family ancestry for over 190 years (since 1816), the present house being built around 1898. The Bed and breakfast was established in 1988.

Not content to sit on its laurels, Low Urpeth now has its own brand products – ‘Hilary’s Homemade’ – which brings together a selection of breads, jams and biscuits using recipes

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