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Farm Stay B&B strikes Gold

Golden Start for Farm Stay Bed & Breakfast

Low Urpeth Farm is enjoying a golden start to the New Year after clinching top prize in the prestigious North East England Tourism Awards.

Farm Stay member Low Urpeth Farm Bed and Breakfast struck Gold in the Best Bed & Breakfast category and Bronze in the Taste of the England at the glittering ceremony at The Sage Gateshead to clinch a hat-trick of gongs.

Earlier in the week, Low Urpeth collected Visit County Durham’s Taste Durham award – Highest Quality Assured and Local Champion.

Delighted owner Hilary Johnson, said: “We always strive to be the best and there is no better acknowledgement of our efforts than being independently verified as delivering the best bed and breakfast experience in our region.

We have now earned 11 awards in the past four years which reassures our visitors that delivering a top class experience and value for money is something we do day in and day out, not just occasionally.”

Low Urpeth Farm, which was built around 1898, is a large traditionally furnished family home on an arable farm in Chester-Le-Street near Beamish Museum in County Durham 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 and the North East, 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.

Andy added, “Over the past 30 years, £3.5 billion has been added to the rural economy as a result of guests staying on farm locations such as Low Urpeth Farm through Farm Stay UK.”

Low Urpeth Farm B&B will compete on a national stage at the 2013 Visit England Awards for Excellence later in the year.


Photo from l to r Nadine Hudspeth of Gateshead College presenting the award to Sandra Whitefield and Hilary Johnson of Low Urpeth Farm B&B

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 (855+followers)
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Address: 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. Low Urpeth Farm, Ouston, near Chester-le-Street & Beamish Museum in County Durham, is a large traditionally furnished family home on an arable farm offering
    1. Visit Britain 4 Star Gold Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast
    2. 4 star Gold self-catering accommodation
    3. Both B&B and Self Catering have a Silver Green Tourism Business Scheme rating.
  2. Awards:
    1. 2013:
      1. Taste Durham (Visit County Durham) - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion
    2. 2012:
      1. North East England Tourism Awards – GOLD Bed & Breakfast
      2. North East England Tourism Awards – Bronze Taste of Eng
      3. Visit England Breakfast Award
      4. Taste Durham (Visit County Durham) - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion
    3. 2011:
      1. North East England Tourism - Bed & Breakfast Bronze
      2. Visit England Breakfast Award
      3. Taste Durham (Visit County Durham) - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion
    4. 2010:
      1. North East England Tourism - Taste Bronze
      2. Enjoy England Breakfast
      3. Taste Durham (Visit County Durham) - Highest Quality Assured & Local Produce Champion
  3. Low Urpeth Farm is 3 miles from Beamish Museum, and close to Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle.
  4. Guests staying in the self catering cottages can also sample "Cracking Urpeth Breakfast"
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. 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 .
  8. North East England Tourism Awards 2012:
    • Bed & Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year:
      • GOLD - Low Urpeth Farm Bed & Breakfast - Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham
      • SILVER - St Cuthbert’s House - Seahouses, Northumberland
      • BRONZE - Martineau Guest House – Tynemouth
    • Taste of England Award:
      • GOLD - Blackfriars Restaurant - Newcastle
      • SILVER - The Feathers Inn - Stocksfield, Northumberland
      • BRONZE - Low Urpeth Farm Bed & Breakfast - Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham

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