Guest house up for title

Sally Craigen, owner of Martineau Guest House in Tynemouth.
Sally Craigen, owner of Martineau Guest House in Tynemouth.

A guest house is aiming to be named the best ‘hidden gem’ in the country.

Sally Craigen, owner of Martineau Guest House in Tynemouth, has made it to the final 10 of the eviivo awards, which celebrate the UK’s best B&Bs, guesthouses and independent small hotels.

Martineau Guest House has been shortlisted for the Hidden Gems award, by a panel of judges. The winners of each region will go on to com­pete for the Star Amongst Stars award, which crowns the overall UK champion.

Sally said: “I’m over the moon to hear that my B&B has been selected as one of the finalists, and I’m really hoping we win. For us, it’s all about the customer and making sure they have the best possible experience, but it’s wonderful to know that we’ve been recognised for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes each day.”

Michele Fitzpatrick, CEO of eviivo, said: “The eviivo Awards are all about celebrating the unsung heroes of the hospitality sector.

“We work with so many properties that have fascinating stories to tell, and I’m delighted that we have a platform where we are able to recognise this, and in turn raising the standards across the industry.

“It was extremely difficult this year in narrowing down the entries as we had so many high quality nominees. This is the first year that we’ve opened the Awards up to open entries during the nominations stage; it’s been a pleasure to see so many talented owners put themselves forward.”

The winners will be revealed at a black-tie dinner Awards ceremony on October 18, at the UnderGlobe, found beneath Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in central London.

For information on the full shortlist and for further details on this year’s awards visit