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Farm Stay B&B in the hunt for more honours!

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.




For PR information Low Urpeth Farm, call Sandra Whitefield - 077 69 67 1808



For General information on Low Urpeth Farm,  E:   or 0191 4102901



Press Page:

Twitter:            @LowUrpethFarm (820+followers)

Facebook:     Low Urpeth Farm B&B (25 likes)

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


For information on North East England Tourism Awards, Shelley Armstrong, Media & PR Manager, T: 0191 440 5739 M: 07717 631 109 E:


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 31 January 2012 at The Sage Gateshead.


  1. Low Urpeth Farm, Ouston, near Chester-le-Street, is a large traditionally furnished family home on an arable farm offering
    • Visit Britain 4 Star Gold Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast
    • 4 star Gold self-catering accommodation
    • Both B&B and Self Catering have a Silver Green Tourism Business Scheme rating.


  1. Awards: 



    • Taste Durham (Visit County Durham) - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion
    • North East England Tourism Finalist – Best B&B
    • North East England Tourism Finalist – Taste of the North East
    • Visit England Breakfast Award



·        North East England Tourism  - Bed & Breakfast Bronze

·        Visit England Breakfast Award

·        Taste Durham (Visit County Durham) - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion



·        North East England Tourism - Taste Bronze

·        Enjoy England Breakfast

·        Taste Durham (Visit County Durham) - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion


  1. Low Urpeth Farm is 3 miles from Beamish Museum, and close to Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle.


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


  1. Price range for B&B per room per night: £72 - £85 in double ensuite; £52 - £55 single occupancy. Self-catering  cottages are let either weekly (£400 - £550) or short lets (a minimum of 2 night stay)


  1. 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 and celebrates 25 years of operating this year.


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

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