Tynemouth guesthouse goes for gold in accommodation awards

A historic guesthouse on Tyneside has been nominated for a top tourism award

Sally Craigen of the historic Martineau Guest House in Tynemouth
Sally Craigen of the historic Martineau Guest House in Tynemouth

A historic guesthouse on Tyneside where a relative of the Duchess of Cambridge once lived is going for gold after being nominated for a top tourism award for the second year in a row.

Martineau Guest House in Tynemouth has been shortlisted for best Bed and Breakfast/Guest House Accommodation of the Year in the North East England Tourism Awards 2013.

Owner Sally Craigen only entered the competition, which gives tourism-related businesses in the region the chance to celebrate their innovation, quality and service, for the first time in 2012 and was rewarded with a bronze place in the same category.

Now she is hoping to go two places better and take the crown at what promises to be a glittering awards ceremony hosted by BBC Look North presenter Carol Malia at Newcastle United’s home ground St James’ Park on November 21. Sally, 59, a former headteacher took over Martineau Guest House four years ago.

She said: “Being shortlisted the first time was a complete surprise, but for a second year in a row for the guest house to have been deemed good enough to stand alongside the best of the best from the North East and possibly represent the region at a national level is a huge honour.

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