Bronze accolade for B&B at regional tourism awards

Paul Wappat and Penny Dane in the grounds of The Grange, Blagdon. Picture by Neil Brinsdon Photography.
Paul Wappat and Penny Dane in the grounds of The Grange, Blagdon. Picture by Neil Brinsdon Photography.
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A bed and breakfast on the Blagdon Estate has received regional recognition.

The majority of the finalists, including The Grange, were in attendance at the ceremony for the North East England Tourism Awards on Tuesday night.

Penny Dane and Paul Wappat, who run the business, picked up a bronze accolade in the Bed and Breakfast of the Year category.

The couple took on the beautiful Grade II-listed Shotton Grange building in late 2013. It had previously been a home for the Ridley family.

They did a complete refurbishment and redecoration of the interior and The Grange opened in February 2014.

It also offers guests four acres of private grounds surrounding the property, including a summerhouse.

Penny said: “We concentrated on building up the business over the first year and since then, we’ve worked to improve the woodland area and renovate the walled garden. Fruit trees and a vegetable plot are among the features.

“To get on the shortlist for the North East England Tourism Awards, given the amount of time we’ve been open, was absolutely fantastic.

“We were up against some well established B&Bs, so we’re both very chuffed to a get a bronze accolade. Hopefully, it will help to spread awareness of our business.

“The Grange has been described as a hidden gem and the location is really handy if you want to visit Newcastle, the coast and the towns and villages in Northumberland.”

In March, it was granted a licence for wedding ceremonies. They can take place in the house for a small group and the grounds for a larger number of people.

People can find out more on what The Grange has to offer at an open day on Thursday, December 15. It will take place between 1pm and 4pm and refreshments will be available.