2015 and 2016 didn't pan out like we were hoping, so that meant lots of changes, also lots of lifting and dividing!
Winning in 2013, meant that in 2014 we were exemt from taking part, so the "Rose Bowl" was returned to the Judges to be awarded to another eyecatching garden.
2012 we were awarded 2nd Place once more.
Since 2011 when we were first entered into the awards and came 2nd, the results have been as follows:-
2018 - Exempt - Again!
2017 - We've won again!
2016 - It looks like we just didn't do enought, so 2017 - Here We Come!
2015 - this was not our best year, so we must try harder for 2016
2014 - Exempt
2013 - 1st
2012 - 2nd
2011 - 2nd
On the 31st May 2017, we were contacted by "HotelsCombined" who notified us that we have received one of their awards. We are now proud to announce that we have been awarded their 'Recognition of Excellence'. This adds another prestigious accolade to our gallery of existing awards.
HotelsCombined are an Australian based hotels mega search company, where users can search and compare prices from around the world.
We can proudly announce that on the 3rd March 2016, we have won a prestigius "Stellar Stays" Award from "HotelsCombined".
The Australian based company crunched data to combine, analyse and rank millions of points of customer feefback to form a complete and comprehensive understanding of over 800,000 hotels worldwide, and took months to finalise.
This award recognises the world's best hotels that have achieved outstanding customer satisfaction. The criteria was strict and included the quality and consistancy of Guest Reviews, and this year's winners are placed within the top 3% of hotels worldwide!
Not bad for a small Guesthouse!
Our first award came in 2008 (the year Stafford House Bed & Breakfast first opened for business). We thought it would be a good idea to join a noted and easily recognisable name in the Tourist Industry, so an application was made with the "Quality in Tourism and Visit England" scheme.
Our aim was to hopefully achieve one of their prestigious "Star Ratings" and their reaction was to award us with a "4 Star" Recognition.
Since then we have continued to keep the "4 Star" Rating each year, it's now been continuous for 9 years!
In September 2014 we added the prestigeous Visit England "Breakfast Award". Some of our guests say "It keeps them going all day!!"
All of our produce is sourced locally, from the Free Range Eggs just a few miles up the road, to all of our meat products which we purchase from the award winning "Cranston's Butchers" in Penrith.
We have continued to be awarded with this certificate in 2015, and 2016.
On the 14th January 2015, we were amazingly awarded the best "Small Hotel" by the Online Booking company "LateRooms.com" There was a total of 23 categories, and celebrity "Alex Brooker" hosted them live on the internet from the Savoy Hotel in London.
It had been judged purely on the reviews that guests had been kind enough to submit after their stay with us. We had 27 reviews placed on the "LateRooms.com" site and consistently scored 5 out of 5 accross the board. Also 100% of our guests said they would reccommend us to a friend
It came as quite a shock, as we are only a Bed & Breakfast - not a Hotel!
We contacted all of our guests who had left a review, just to let them know that we had won this fantastic award, and also to thank them - because we wouldn't have done it without them!
We were featured in "The News & Star on Thusday 15th January, and again in the "Cumberland & Westmorland Herald" on Saturday 18th January 2015!
On 24th October 2016, Stafford House was awarded the "Loved by Guests Gold Award" from Hotels.com.
This is purely down to our Guests who have been kind enough to take time out of teir busy schedules to give us fantastic Ratings, and exceptional Guest Reviews which show our outstanding dedication and service
So we would just like to say "Thank You" so much and we ill look forward to having you stay with us again in the future.
Please be aware that unfortunately we do not allow pets into the main building of
However you are more than welcome to bring them along when you are staying in our Lodges
"Roadbase 2017" After hatching a plan to Motorcycle the length and breadth of the country raising money for "The Air Abulance" Dave Ascough and Daren Cox rested their weary bodies with us here at Stafford House on Sunday 17th September 2017.
(Please note that it isn't Dave & Darren on the above picture, but Dave's wife Sam on the left, and myself on the right!
This amazing grey Racehorse was trained in Greystoke by Nicky Richards, and won 17 of his 32 races. An annual presentation held at the Jocky Club Rooms in Newmarket on 7th December 2016, awarded him the prestigious title of RoR "Retraining of Racehorses" "Horse of The Year"