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Farm Stay B&B scoops North East England Tourism Award


Low Urpeth Farm has achieved Bronze at the prestigious North East England Tourism Awards in the Bed & Breakfast category. The multi award winning farm, which has been in the Johnson Family for over 190 years, has scooped 6 awards in the last 3 years for its high caliber food, accommodation and service.

Lower Upreth
Delighted proprietor Hilary Johnson said: “We pride ourselves on offering a superb 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. This award confirms that we are on the right track and that we are continuing to deliver a standard of serve which is a worthy of merit and shows that County Durham is the place to come for tourists.”

Low Urpeth Farm strives to deliver a unique countryside experience making visitors part of the rich heritage of a farm while promoting the region through the dramatic and inspiring rural landscape, its sustainable local produce people and customs. The Farms policy is to source local farm-assured, seasonal, organic and/or fair-trade produce for the benefit of our guests. This is done to support the local businesses and bring added value to their experience. 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 on its award, 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.

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.

For more information on Low Urpeth Farm, please call Sandra Johnson – 077 69 67 1808 / 0191 4102901 E: Twitter: @LowUrpethFarm

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.


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. Farmhouse ensuite bedrooms (1 x twin/2x double) sleeps 6



North East England Tourism Awards – Bed & Breakfast Bronze Award

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


North East England Tourism Awards – Taste Bronze Award

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

Enjoy England Breakfast


Enjoy England Breakfast

  • 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
  • Guests staying in the self-catering cottages can also sample “Cracking Urpeth Breakfast”
  • Price range for B&B per room per night: 75 – 85 in double ensuite; 52 – 60 single occupancy
  • 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 wholemeal bread, jams and biscuits using recipes handed down through generations.
  • Nearest Major Tourism Attractions are: Beamish Museum 3 miles; Durham County Cricket at Chester le Street 3 miles; Durham City (Cathedral/Castle) / Sunderland (Winter Gardens) – 11 miles; Newcastle/Gateshead (Centre for Life/Great North Museum/The Sage/Baltic Museum) – 7 miles

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