Bed and Breakfasts
Staying in a bed & breakfast assures you a warm welcome and a homely atmosphere, in a small-scale establishment with individual character, a local feel, and - of course - a delicious breakfast provided. Beyond that, the bed and breakfast experience can take on many forms and guises - from luxury in the sun on Turkey's Aegean Coast to Yurts in Portugal, as well as plenty of charming, traditional properties across the UK, the rest of Europe and beyond, in both beautiful rural and dynamic urban locations.
We've discovered some green gems on our travels. On a trip to the South of France, George discovered a wonderful b&b in Avignon, whilst Anouk found that a bed and breakfast was the perfect bolthole for her Pembrokeshire Coast break. There are several b&bs featured on our list of top green places to stay in Britain, and you can find out which B&Bs made it into the list of the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence.
The Independent newspaper asked Greentraveller's Richard Hammond to recommend 10 bed and breakfasts for its guide to the 50 Best B&Bs in the UK, see which ones made it on to the list: Best Green B&Bs in the UK.
Featured Bed and Breakfasts
Prices from: Double £110 Single £90
130 euros for 2 people and 195 euros for four people
£105 for stays of 1 or 2 nights, £95 for stays of 3 nights or more....
Double room from 60 to 75 euros per night
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or...
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225....
From €160 per night (based on a minimum 2 night stay)
£66 per room per night
More Bed and Breakfasts
£85-£99 per double room to include full breakfast
Fri- Sat 1 night stay: B&B £55- £85 per person, B&B + Dinner £79-£110 per person. Any 3 Nights Sun-Fri: Dinner + B&B- from £64-£99 per person per night depending on room.
£150 per room per night including breakfast
b&b: 85€ double bedroom with shared bathroom - 100€ double bedroom with private bathroom, Farmhouses from 1200€ p/w to 2600€ p/w
Classic double £85.00 per night, Superior double £95.00 per night, Suite £110.00 per night
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
Rooms from €66.
£40 to £48
Rooms: B&B 55 € per person per night, Dinner B&B 85 € p.p.p.n. (min. 3 nights) Apartments: 680 € per week (ask for shorter and longer stays)
B&B £80 min 2 nights. Beechenhill Cottage costs £240-£370/short break £290-£420/week. Cottage by Pond costs £300-£600/short break £390-£720/week
Double room £75.00 Kingsize Room £80.00
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
Standard King £95- Ballard Suite £299
£66 per night private double with continental breakfast,, £110 per night family type 4 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, £27.50 pppn in shared/ mixed 6 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, , Bunkhouse £23 per bed, £85 per room, Camping Barn £11.50 per person, £85 whole use
B&B: £35 pppn. Self-catering: from £300 per week.
Superior King is £130, King Room is £120, Double/Twin is £100, Single is £50. Longer stay deals available
B&B £60 per room per night, single occupancy £35, £55 for stays of 3 nights or more; self-catering per night ranges from £45 Nov-Feb, £50 Mar-Oct except July and August £60 (2010 prices)
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded bunkroom £29 per night; camping £6.50 per night
From 700€ per week including 3 vegetarian meals a day, morning and afternoon yoga classes, and a massage or acupuncture treatment.
From £75 per night, based on 2 people sharing
Price is for house and depends on the number of bedrooms.
£70-£90 a night
£66 per room per night
For 7 nights Stables costs between £281 to £442 and Loft costs between £306 to £480. Short breaks from £242 to £284.
Nightly Rate - Suite €250, based on 2 people sharing
Ty Fferm Hen August based on 2 sharing- 7 days £29ea per night. Peacock Cottage August 7 days / 6 people £14ea per night.
£80 per night
Depending of Property for 2 persons £85 - £150 per night. 15% discount for guests arriving for short breaks by train.
£30-£36 per night for bed and breakfast; £86 per night for b&b and horse riding; Horse b&b is from £60 per night.
2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
B&B Standard £140, Superior £160, Junior Suite £180, Fairway Suite £200, Lynedoch Suite £220, Lodge House (sleeps 6) £250
92 € guestroom, 119 € guestroom, 125 € guestroom per night incl breakfast, 660 € selfcatering apartment per week
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or with breakfast.
From £75.00-£110.00 double super-king/twin. From £125.00-£160.00 family room.
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
Double / Twin rooms £95.00 per night, Family Room (2 adults & 2 Children) £120.00 per night
2 pers/1 night including breakfast 160€. 2 pers./2nights including breakfst 290€. 10€ per child extra per night, 25€ p/extra adult per night. 7nights self catering with welcome basket for whole treehouse: 850€ low season, 950€ July & August
€149 for best room available to €300 for a 2 bedroom 1000sq ft Suite. Hostel rooms are €40 per night - including the best breakfast in Ireland. (Love and attention comes free)
Self catering: £200 - £850 per week [small party discounts]. B&B £32.50 pppn [two sharing]
£80 per night (based on 2 people sharing)
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
Prices from: Double £110 Single £90
£115 per room per night including breakfast and cream tea on arrival
£105 for stays of 1 or 2 nights, £95 for stays of 3 nights or more. Reduced rates in January & February 2017 pls contact
This picturesque cottage of Yorkshire stone, just a few yards from Castle Howard, has bedrooms in simple earthy colours. There’s an outdoor patio with barbecue and a garden with views of the world-famous Baroque castle. Your hosts, Gillian and John Harris, pride themselves on their breakfasts, which you can enjoy by an open fire. Try a fishy start to the day: Whitby haddock and salmon cooked in a ramekin with Parmesan, accompanied by a poached egg.
To get here, you could put your bike on the train: the Trans Pennine Express stops at Malton just four miles away. From £65 per night.
Get back to basics at this unique centre that provides affordable accommodation aimed at enabling young people to explore the wilds of Exmoor. The bunkhouse sleeps 14 people in two rooms, and there’s ample space alongside for camping; facilities are tailored to groups, with a communal washroom, a simple open kitchen and living area, benches and collapsible tables, and a wood-burning stove that’s perfect for evening huddles as sausages sizzle and spuds bake inside. The bunkhouse sits in the wooded Hoaroak Valley on the edge of the high moor near Lynton – perfect for introducing kids to the truly great outdoors. Not accessible by road. From £9 per person (minimum cost per group applies).
This family run B&B with 3 bedrooms at Old Farm is based in the farmhouse which dates back to the 15th Century. A working farm, the family breed sheep, cattle and their very own Glamrock pigs (half Gloucestershire Old Spot, quarter Hampshire and quarter Duroc) as well as producing cereals to sell and hay and silage to feed to the stock over the winter months. The Farm Shop sells home reared meats and free range eggs. They also run a small campsite in one of the fields next to the farm which can host 5 caravans and 5 tents at any one time. B&B from £50, camping from £10 a night
The Angel Inn
The Angel Inn is a lovely, traditional country pub in Stoke by Nayland, in the heart of the Dedham Vale AONB. There are six boutique bedrooms, all with en-suite and beautifully styled to reflect the history of this Grade II listed, 16th-century building. After a good night’s sleep in an extremely comfortable bed, enjoy a newspaper delivered your room and tuck into a delicious breakfast of farmhouse sausages and bacon, free range poached duck egg, fresh fruit and organic, and fair trade tea and coffee. Just a short walk from the inn is the 14th-century St Mary’s Church, famous for its 120ft tower and which appears in several of Constable’s paintings. There are also two 18-hole championship golf courses nearby, and if you feel like heading off on a long walk, the staff will happily provide a packed lunch stuffed full of local delicacies.
The nearest railway station is Colchester. From there, take the 84 bus to Stoke by Nayland. Also nearby are Routes 1 and 13 on the National Cycle Network.
Book one of the seven en-suite guest rooms in this stately Jacobean manor house and you’ll find each one has its own period charm, whether that’s a clawfoot bath or ancient panelling. Communal areas include a woodburner-equipped sitting room and visitors are welcome to try their hand at the grand piano or 18th century pipe organ. Outside there’s a tennis court and fifteen acres of gardens. The latter, which includes a walled kitchen garden, has been recognised as a site of historic importance by English Heritage. Breakfasts include locally made honey and jam and, for evening meals, there’s the local pub, a five-minute stroll away through the grounds. Doubles from £90, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 12. Nearest stop: Crown Inn.
Park House B&B
Two workers’ cottages were converted to form Park House, which boasts an amazing location in the grounds of Jervaulx Abbey – and it’s the home of the abbey’s owners Carol and Ian Burdon. Partly built with stone from the abbey, the house is full of tasteful antiques, and each of the four guest rooms is finished to immaculate standards (the luxury room even has a whirlpool bath) – capturing that home away from home feeling. The little touches here make a big difference – from complimentary tea and cakes on arrival to free entry into the abbey. For those seeking peace and quiet book in now – Park House is a kid-free zone.
B&B near the Quantock Hills that's conveniently close to both Exmoor and the coast. Enjoy a good night's sleep in a cosy room, and a home-cooked breakfast made from local produce. The local beach is great for fossil hunters, with ammonites often discovered on the shore. A trio of walking routes pass close to Stilegate: the Somerset Coastal Path, the Coleridge Way, and the Macmillan Way. Picturesque villages such as the historic Dunster are also nearby.
Taunton Railway Station is 15 miles away. Buses run between the village of West Quantoxhead and Bridgwater.
Stay on this idyllic Victorian farm in Langstrothdale on 380-acres for peace and quiet in a fabulous location. The owners Chris and Fiona are passionate conservationists and projects include re-planting woodland and a field centre for various courses. There is self-catering accommodation in a converted barn and access to two bird hides and a nature centre.
Exmoor House (Wheddon Cross)
Exmoor’s highest village, Wheddon Cross, is the venue for this exceptional guesthouse, built for an Edwardian tailor and now offering accommodation and food you could reasonably expect at more exalted prices. Five en-suite bedrooms are bright and fresh, with original wood panelling and comfy king-size or twin beds for recharging after a leg-stretch on the Coleridge Way. Home-cooked meals – featuring local cheeses and meats, herbs and salads from hostess Rosi’s garden and eggs from a neighbour’s free-range hens – are exemplary, complemented by local ales, ciders and even wines from Dunkery vineyard. House parties of up to 12 are hosted, and green credentials are exemplary.
Redgate Smithy B&B
Hidden in a woodland garden where the only sounds to break the peace are the church bells and the mewing buzzards overhead is this little B&B, a 200-year-old smithy on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Fresh, pretty beamed bedrooms have wrought iron bedsteads and comfy mattresses, books on shelves and boats on sills, and torches in case you’re out past dark (no street lamps to guide you home here). Hearty breakfasts – such as the full Cornish, naturally – will set you up for the day; all the ingredients come from farm shops and local butchers. An oasis of calm. From £78 for two.
The nearest railway station is Liskeard, which has regular services from London Paddington, Edinburgh, Leeds and Penzance. From the station, take the 574 bus to Common Moor. A short walk westwards will bring you to the B&B.
BW Mayfield House Hotel
Just minutes off the M4 in the beautiful South Cotswold's - family owned BW Mayfield House Hotel is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and explore... Highgrove, Westonbirt Arboretum, Royal Tetbury & Ancient Malmesbury are all on your doorstep - it's a classic location, with White Horses to our south, Cotswold Water park to the east, west to the Escarpments and North Cotswold villages a plenty. We offer 28 en suite rooms including Standard, Courtyard & Greenside view (overlooking our cream tea gardens. Yum!) Ground floor, Family, Disabled & really Dog Friendly accommodation abounds with awards for Cyclists, Walkers and Families, we have many many returning regulars every year! Our award winning restaurant serves beautifully cooked, locally sourced fare, served with a smile by local folk - with fine wines from our cellar and a comfortable lounge & bar. On the local bus route or cycles available for hire if leaving the car and exploring the "Quiet lanes" is more your style - there's so much to enjoy in England's oldest back-garden, Rooms from £79 B&B
Recharge your batteries at Beechenhill Farm, an organic dairy farm in the heart of the Peak District. Two comfortable B&B rooms (one double, one family room) are simply decorated with wonderful views over the lovely garden and grazing sheep beyond. Breakfast, of course, is organic - feast on homemade yoghurt, bread and jam. Sue and Terry are devoted to protecting the environment and are proud of their 'eco-ventures' - you can even hold your eco-wedding here. There's a farm trail to explore, Swedish hot tub to soak in and an art studio. Discover the local area on one of their electric bikes. There are cottages to rent if you prefer to self-cater.
Reviewed by Rhiannon Batten:
"As with her paintings, Sue has the B&B business down to a fine art. For a relaxing weekend in a family-run, farmhouse setting, with access to glorious National Park scenery literally on the doorstep, Beechenhill is hard to beat. Not least because the welcome here is so heartfelt."
>> Read Rhiannon's full review of Beechenhill Farm
The building was first built during the 1800s and still retains many original features, while each of the ten rooms has been warmly decorated and exudes a cosy home-away-from-home type charm. The local breakfast is widely considered to be one of the best in the area, with the hearty 'Cumbrian Breakfast' including locally-cured bacon, Cumberland sausage, Ambleside black pudding and Windermere eggs. Owners Paul and Vicky McDougall have lived in the Lake District all their lives, and their love for the region can be seen in everything from the locally sourced Cumbrian breakfast to the wealth of information advising you how to best spend your time here.
Bear Manor Oast
Complete with an elegant old pub - The Chaser - and a flint-and-stone church that hosts a farmers’ market on Thursday mornings, Shipbourne near Sevenoaks is picture-pretty Kentish village. Here you can rent your own oast house, a round tower-like structure formerly used for drying hops. Bear Manor Oast is a neatly converted, self-contained building with kitchen and dining facilities on the ground floor and a comfortable bedroom above. Breakfast of cereals, bread and fruit is included in the cost Rooms: one bedroom Price: double room with breakfast from £65 per night
South Moor Farm
Between the towering trees of the Dalby Forest and the soaring highlands of the North York Moors sits this lovely working farm, a haven of relaxation and tranquillity where you can enjoy a warm welcome and an escape right to the heart of one of the UK’s loveliest natural habitats. With free range duck and chicken eggs and a choice of delicious breakfasts, South Moor Farm offers an authentic farm experience with all the comforts of a B&B. It’s also a gret green option: energy comes from a solar panel and wind turbine, and fresh, local spring water spurts out of the taps! From £60 per night B&B based on 2 people sharing
Wood House Farm
Feeling strong? You can have a go at shearing a sheep on this working farm at the end of a lane on the southern edge of the Howardian Hills. If shearing seems too energetic, just take the sheepdogs for a walk through nearby woods, carpeted with primroses and bluebells in spring, or collect eggs from the hens. B&B accommodation is in the 200-year old listed farmhouse with fine breakfasts of local produce and an open-fire in the living room or there is a self-catering option, sleeping six, in a converted barn: all quarry tiles, beams and open brickwork. From £70 per night.
With exquisite gardens, sublime views, light-filled rooms where everything’s just-so and sumptuous breakfasts, owners Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst have won many plaudits for their three-bedroom B&B in Ampleforth, including Yorkshire guesthouse of the year. There are glorious walks in any direction from the 1960s property or just curl up in comfort with a good book from the library and views of the Howardian Hills through large picture windows. A four-course set dinner is reason enough to visit, with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce such as asparagus and duck breasts with braised endives. From £105 per night.
Stinchcombe Hill House
This stunning Edwardian mansion is nestled on the edge of Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course and the Cotswold Way. The owners, Graham and Jane, are lovingly restoring the house to its former glory. Their quirky bed and breakfast offers sausages for breakfast made from pigs fattened on their land plus chicken and ducks eggs from their own poultry. All the preserves are home made along with elderflower cordial and organic soaps. The rain water collected off the Cotwold Stone roof tiles services the bathrooms. Afternoon tea with home made cake is taken either in the reception hall in front of a log fire when it's parky or during the summer, in the garden. The owners also have dogs, pygmy goats, horses and their pet pigs (Bobby is supposed to be a "micro pig" but he forgot to read the manual). The views across the River Severn and beyond will take your breath away. Graham and Jane like to give all their guests a warm welcome and hope they will leave as friends. 5 rooms available from £60 per night
Ganthorpe Gate Farm
David and Angie and their collie dog, Flint, give a friendly welcome at their working dairy farm on the Castle Howard estate. The five-bedroom B&B is in a quiet village, surrounded by wooded hills and makes for a welcome overnight break on two long-distance footpaths, the Ebor Way and Centenary Way. Mind you, after a hearty Yorkshire breakfast, you may just want to hang up your hiking boots for another day and enjoy this peaceful, unpretentious place. There’s a piano and open fire in the guests’ lounge. From £60 per night.
Maison Talbooth is a hotel with added wow factor. Each of its 12 suites comes with a super kingsize bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, goose feather duvets, luxurious duvets and that all-important complimentary wifi, whilst some also boast their own private hot tub for that extra touch of luxury. Enjoy breakfast in the light and airy Garden Room which overlooks Dedham Vale before heading off to the Pool House for a dip or booking a session on the tennis court. After an active day, enjoy a massage at the hotel’s new spa before catching the complimentary shuttle car for a five-minute journey to the award-winning restaurant, Le Talbooth. Located in a stunning location on the banks of the River Stour, this restaurant has been creating locally sourced dishes for 50 years, such as Colchester Crab ravioli and Fillet of Dedham Vale beef carpaccio.
The nearest railway station is Colchester. From there, take the 93C bus to Stratford St Mary. Also nearby are Routes 1 and 13 on the National Cycle Network.
Lovely Looe, with its rows of whitewashed fisherman cottages and colourful boats bobbing in the harbour. This B&B makes a great lookout for passing boats, hence the name – you never know, you might even catch sight of a schooner making its way out of the town’s pretty harbour. The nautically-named rooms are light and stylish, with flowery prints on walls, good beds, matching scatter cushions on leather chairs; most rooms have lovely views. Award-winning breakfasts will set you up for the day; order a packed lunch and spend a day exploring the coastal path. From £60 for two.
The closest railway station is Looe, which is just a five minute walk away, across the river. Looe has regular services to and from Liskeard, which in turn runs services from a variety of locations, including London Paddington, Edinburgh and Leeds. Looe also sits on Route 2 of the National Cycle Network.
Grange Farm is a family-run dairy and arable farm on the famous Castle Howard estate. There are just three bedrooms, decorated in simple, country style. After a hearty breakfast of eggs that you’ve collected from the hens, borrow some of the walking maps on offer, pick up your packed lunch and head out to the hills for a good long hike or just relax in the secluded garden. From £60 per night.
The Salty Monk
This restaurant-with-rooms has six individually decorated bedrooms. King-size beds, freestanding baths and power showers, private courtyards and garden views are just some of the features you can choose. All rooms have wi-fi, tea- and coffee-making with homemade biscuits, chilled bottled water and, erm, a teddy-bear on the bed. Take him down to breakfast and you might be able to blag extra portions. From £120 per night.
Originally built in 1907, this spacious, dog-friendly campsite is set right on the edge of the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park and is perfectly situated for the Three Peaks, Ingleton waterfalls, caves and a huge variety of different walks. You’ll find essentials like bread and milk for sale in the reception area, or if you have a hankering for some local produce, then head for the local organic farm shop just two miles down the road. There is wide range of accommodation on offer at Dalesbridge, from the two camping fields (one of which is set aside for groups) to bunk houses and guests can also stay in the main house which sleeps up to 15, either self catered or with B&B.
There can’t be too many places to stay in this world where you can arrive by steam train; this 250-acre farm has it’s own stop on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway! Hendy Farm is a family-run sheep and cattle farm on the edge of the Dyfi Biosphere and guests are free to roam the farmland and meet the animals. Three comfortable and homely bedrooms are decked out in floral bedspreads and pale yellow walls, and there’s a separate sitting room should guests want to stick their feet up. The seaside town of Tywyn is a short walk away and there’s plenty of walking opportunities from the door.
St Georges Court
St George’s Court is a family home and 20-acre working farm (look out for the pigs and the children’s sheep) in Grantley, just outside Ripon. The five en-suite rooms have a cottagey feel and are set round a courtyard, each with its own front door. Besides all the great local walks and adventures to be had nearby, guests can try a spot of fly fishing in the farm’s lake. The breakfasts are up there with the best and will set you up for the day.
This spacious boutique Bed and Breakfast lies on the coastal border of the New Forest National Park, and boasts stunning panoramic views of the surrounding farmland. With three comfortably contemporary rooms available, you’re free to relax in front of the wood burner in the lounge with a drink from the well-stocked honesty bar. While it may be hidden in over an acre of woodland, Harvest House is only a 5 minutes walk from the village centre while the nearest beach is just 10 minutes away.
The Little Gloster
Take unprepossessing seaside bar and restaurant, give it a Scandinavian-style makeover, convert the spare space into three smart, en-suite bedrooms, throw in an owner-chef as passionate about his Danish heritage as he is about locally sourced ingredients (Bembridge crab and beef from Newbarn Farm among them) and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect foodie seaside break. Double rooms from £90, B&B.
The Jolly Sailor
Located just a stone’s throw from Orford Quay, the Jolly Sailor Pub and Guest House has been here since the late 16th century, and was allegedly built from the timbers of a shipwreck. It now offers four lovely rooms, all recently refurbished and boasting some luxurious touches including roll top baths, Nespresso Coffee machines, DAB radios and those essential fluffy towels. The food here is a major pull for locals and tourists alike, offering delicious seasonal menus including smoked hams, handmade sausages and fresh local seafood. After breakfast you could head out to Orford Quay for some fishing or a boat trip, just chill out in the bar with the papers or enjoy some occasional live music out in the garden from sea shanties to opera.
Moorhouse Guest House
Follow in the footsteps of royals and celebrities (including Bing Crosby!) who have stayed in this gorgeous traditional country lodge in the Nidderdale AONB, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, 20 minutes from Harrogate. Built of creamy York stone and surrounded by rolling fields, the house has five double or twin rooms with views of Dallowgill Moor and unspoilt countryside. The award-winning breakfasts offer a huge choice from pancakes to a full English and afternoon tea and dinner are available on request – and there’s a great local pub the Drovers’ Inn, one of the smallest in England, just next door.
One for discerning beach bums, the two huge guest rooms at this farm on the east side of the island are within 15 minutes’ drive of some of its best beaches – Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor among them. The B&B is set in a beautiful old stone manor house at the heart of a working farm, and reached via a leafy country lane. Book the Manor Suite if you’re after the decadence of high ceilings, a marble fireplace and an antique canopied bed. Or opt for the cosy Garden Room with its large pine bed and garden views. Double rooms from £89, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 2. Nearest stop: Merstone North.
If ‘Victorian Boutique’ were the newest B&B fad, Longmead House in Lynton would be in the vanguard: from the comfortable, light-filled lounge and rustic dining room to the individually designed bedrooms, all areas have been updated with a knowing but light touch. Egyptian cotton bedding and feather-and-down pillows soothe the beds, quality toiletries scent the bathrooms, and wifi and flatscreen TVs fulfil multimedia demands; some rooms are rustic – exposed beams, a cottagey vibe – while others are more grand. You don’t need to spy the OS maps to know that owners Caroline and Alan love walking: there’s advice and encouragement aplenty, plus boot-drying facilities. Doubles from £70 B&B (minimum two-night stay at busy periods; reductions for longer bookings).
The nearest railway station is Barnstaple. From there, you can take the 310 bus to Lynton. A short walk along Longmead will bring you to Longmead House. Also you can cycle using Regional Route 51 on the National Cycle Network, which goes directly through Lynton.
CLOSED The Barn at Scorriton
Staying in a converted old stone barn in a tiny agricultural hamlet, you couldn’t be more embedded in farm life: wake to the cooing of doves in the cote and the cows trundling up the lane for milking – you’ll taste their bounty in your breakfast coffee, along with homemade bread and and free-range eggs from the hens outside. The Barn is surrounded by mature gardens, a cider orchard and pasture, and the Two Moors Way runs past its door – this is a wonderful stop-off point or base for walkers, and there’s secure cycle storage,too. The two en-suite bedrooms are charmingly rustic, and feature free wi-fi, a fridge and TV in case you fancy a peaceful night in. Single/double occupancy from £45/£65 B&B.
Creaking floorboards, winding staircases and lovely antiques add to this rambling 16th-century farmhouse’s charm. Owners Charles and Maggie will make sure you feel at home – and their love of this glorious area and all it offers will inspire your exploration. It’s the kind of place you can kickback and really relax, with big comfy beds, and individual quirky touches in each room. The kitchen is at the heart of the house and guests breakfast around a large dining table, feasting on the likes of local black pudding, sausages from the next door farm and kedgeree with Nidderdale trout.
Shepherd's Hut by Secret Pond
Take a secluded, woodland site on an organic farm. Throw in a ‘secret’ pond. Add a Shepherd’s Hut supplied with a bed and a wood-burning stove and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect off-grid escape. The owners even throw in Wellies for use while you’re there. A toilet, shower and tea-making essentials are two minutes’ walk away in a stable block but the hut itself has no electricity. Part camping, part B&B, if you have romance in mind look no further. From £60 for two, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus routes 2 and 3. Nearest stop: Godshill South.
A lovingly restored 18th century cow mistle and granary, Covill Barn enjoys a gorgeous location overlooking Gouthwaite Nature Reserve. Owners Sue and John have created a real home from home experience, and pride themselves on serving up fantastic breakfasts. As well as the two rooms within the house (a twin and a double), there’s a self-catering granary sleeping two attached to the barn – all super-clean and comfy. Set in pretty gardens next to a stream, Covill Barn makes a perfect base for walking, mountain biking, birdwatching and sightseeing in the Nidderdale area.
A wonderful B&B in a unique 15th Century, Grade 1 Listed Manor House with many period features including oak beams, stone archways and medieval garderobes, and views of the Quantocks Hills. Come here for a taste of what it must have been like in Elizabethan times. Blackmore Farm has been run by the Dyer family since 1952 and they now farm 850 acres and 180 cows. As well as the dairy herd they also grow 450 acres of combinable crops including wheat, barley, oats, peas and beans. Milk from the cows is used to produce the farm’s delicious Blackmore Farm ice cream, which is available in a well-stocked onsite farm shop along with many other local produce.
Train or bus to Bridgwater, then 5 mins by taxi to the farm. For taxi companies that serve Bridgwater station see: traintaxi.
Thornton Lodge Farm
Sue and Bill Raper offer a full-on country sports experience at their modern farmhouse B&B on the edge of the Vale of York between Easingwold and Coxwold. If you have your own horse, he or she will be welcome here and there is a three-mile ‘Chasers course’ through fields nearby. Clay pigeon shooting and fly-fishing are also possibilities with or without tuition. The two bedrooms are on the ground floor of a modern annexe, both wheelchair accessible. Breakfasts are served in a sunny conservatory with views over the rolling countryside. From £75 per night.
Yew Tree Farm
Originally built in 1693, this historic B&B in Coniston is one of the most photographed buildings in the North - due in no small part to the fact that the cottage was owned by Beatrix Potter in the 1930s and is still home to many of her furnishings. When you also factor in the beautiful surroundings, as well as the countless activities on offer nearby, Yew Tree Farm really is one of the region's top bed and breakfasts. There are three comfortable rooms in total, each one having been refurbished with all original features, while most items on the breakfast menu are sourced as locally as possible, with many coming from the owners' own farm and garden.
Roundhouse Barn, Cornwall, England
Relax and unwind at this luxury, multi-award winning 5 star B&B on the unspoilt Roseland Peninsula. The converted 17th Century Cornish stone barns are packed with the latest mod cons and are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. £115 per room per night including breakfast and cream tea on arrival
The closest railway station is Truro, which has regular services from all over the country. From the station, take the 550 bus to St Just In Roseland, opposite Trethem Turn (ask the driver). It is then a 40 minute walk along the B3289 road to find the barn. Alternatively, you could organise a taxi from Truro station via TrainTaxi. Also nearby is Route 3 on the National Cycle Network.
Cowley House B&B
Cowley House is a beautiful mid-17th century Cotswold stone house providing 4 star luxury bed-and-breakfast accommodation in Broadway for over 20 years. Its quiet location just off the village green, in the heart of a pretty English village and less than 50 yards from the many galleries, antique shops and restaurants makes Cowley House the ideal location for your stay in Broadway and the perfect base from which to tour the Cotswolds. Prices for B&B from £78
Scaife Hall Farm
Enjoy a stay on a working farm, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The 600-acre Scaife Farm in Washburn Valley has amazing moor views and great walking right on the doorstep. There are three rooms and a guest lounge with log fires and tons of information on the local area. The hearty breakfasts have won awards – with free-range eggs from the farm’s hens naturally, sausage, bacon and black pudding often from home-reared pigs and Heather honey from the farm too, of course.
In the lovely village of Kirkby Malzeard, Cowscot House is a converted barn and stables with four bright rooms and charming owners, Liz Woolston and Mike Hurford. Besides all the village offers (two pubs, a tea room, a fish and chip shop – what more could you want?!), you’re right in North Yorkshire’s rural heart, with footpaths just yards from the house. The Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire Moors and gorgeous coast are all closeby, as well as Ripon, Masham and Pateley Bridge. The award-winning breakfast is boasts homemade bread, eggs from the smallholding and the finest bacon and sausages from local butchers. Afternoon tea’s another treat after a day out walking.
In 2006, Stuart and Elizabeth Smith planted thousands of vines on south-facing slopes at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds. Now they’re reaping the fruits of their labour. Britain’s most northerly commercial vineyard, just 12 miles from York, is producing award-winning wine AND it’s managed with wildlife in mind. There are organised tours and opportunities for volunteer pickers or just stay in one of two guest bedrooms in the Grade II listed 17th century farmhouse. Breakfasts feature Yorkshire bacon, honey and fruit and, perhaps if you ask nicely, a Buck’s Fizz of bubbles from the most local of vines. From £75 per night.
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre
Though the moor’s regal red deer understandably grab the most attention, birdlife is also rich here – and this specialist centre, based at a delightful 15th-century National Trust farmhouse, offers the chance to learn about owls, hawks and eagles. Activities range from a visit to the owl garden, meeting a range of raptor species, to sessions flying trained birds – including a Bengal eagle owl and a twisting, diving Harris hawk. Photography days present opportunities for capturing intimate portraits, while owl evenings provide atmospheric encounters. The centre also offers alpaca walks and horse or pony trekking, as well as the characterful B&B accommodation and cream teas. Guests staying at the B&B get a reduced rate at the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre.
As locations go, Julie and Keith’s smart Edwardian home can’t be beat. You’re 300 metres from the Atlantic (see views from most bedrooms), a two-minute walk from the centre of historical Tintagel, and walkers and cyclists have got endless routes and trails on their doorstep. Eight sweet rooms have pine beds, patchwork quilts and dressing tables. The eco conscious owners have implemented various of energy saving measures throughout the house – Julie even reuses linen to create the quilts – and provide guests with lots of thoughtful extra services, such as packed lunches and baggage transfer option for those tackling the coastal path. A lovely place with kind, considerate owners. From £55 for two; minimum stay three nights.
The nearest railway station is Bodmin Parkway. From the station, take the 555 bus to Wadebridge, then change to the 595 bus for Tintagel. Alternatively, take a train to Exeter St Davids, then take the X10 bus to Camelford, before changing to the 595 bus to Tintagel. If cycling, Tintagel lies close to several routes on the National Cycle Network; Route 3, the Cornish Way and the West Country Way.
High Green Farm
Perched on the hillside of Nidderdale, this renovated farmhouse offers amazing views across Gouthwaite Reservoir. There are two pretty, light rooms (a double with adjacent bathroom and twin with en-suite shower) and under floor heating adds to the cosy feeling in winter. The traditional Aga cooked breakfasts include eggs from the farm and locally sourced produce. The historic Pateley Bridge is closeby, with traditional shops and tearooms, and all the region has to offer is easily accessible.
Perched above Okehampton just north of the national park, Upcott is a solid Edwardian house with a thoroughly modern eco-outlook. While the decor is sympathetic with its heritage, with a grand sitting room, comfy bedrooms (two en-suite) and spectacular views across to Dartmoor, every effort has been made to make your stay environmentally friendly. A biomass boiler provides heating, PV solar panels provide electricity, recycling is thorough and there’s an electric car charging point. Oh, and those sausages, bacon and eggs are from animals raised by the owners, and served with homemade preserves. Single/double occupancy from £38/£66 B&B (discounts for stays of three nights or longer)
This gorgeous 19th century farmhouse has been painstakingly restored by owners Ed and Penny who welcome guests with open arms. There’s a super-comfy sitting room with squishy sofas (Ed’s paintings hang on the walls), and the six bedrooms (in the house and barn) are top-notch with little extras like WiFi and luxury toiletries. The gardens are a work of art with various ‘zones’, from woodland walks to stone-flagged terraces and the fruit and vegetable section. Breakfasts are equally satisfying – the home-made marmalade is not to be missed.
Potters Hill Farm
Potters Hill Farm, Burford Bed and Breakfast at the heart of our 770 acre family farm, set in peaceful, mature parkland, supporting diverse bird and wildlife, producing wheat, barley, linseed, beans and oilseed rape with a breeding flock of 400 ewes. Prices from £37.55 pppn