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
From €160 per night (based on a minimum 2 night stay)
Double room from 60 to 75 euros per night
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....
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225....
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or...
£66 per room per night
More Bed and Breakfasts
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
Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251
£150 per room per night including breakfast
£70 per night based on 2 sharing
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
Self catering: £200 - £850 per week [small party discounts]. B&B £32.50 pppn [two sharing]
From £75.00-£110.00 double super-king/twin. From £125.00-£160.00 family room.
Nightly Rate - Suite €250, based on 2 people sharing
£70 - £80 per room (off-season), £76 - 94 (mid-season), £80 - 98 (high season). Prices include breakfast.
B&B Standard £140, Superior £160, Junior Suite £180, Fairway Suite £200, Lynedoch Suite £220, Lodge House (sleeps 6) £250
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
£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.
Double room from 60 to 75 euros per night
For 7 nights Stables costs between £281 to £442 and Loft costs between £306 to £480. Short breaks from £242 to £284.
Ty Fferm Hen August based on 2 sharing- 7 days £29ea per night. Peacock Cottage August 7 days / 6 people £14ea per night.
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.
€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)
92 € guestroom, 119 € guestroom, 125 € guestroom per night incl breakfast, 660 € selfcatering apartment per week
£80 per night (based on 2 people sharing)
Rooms from €66.
b&b: 85€ double bedroom with shared bathroom - 100€ double bedroom with private bathroom, Farmhouses from 1200€ p/w to 2600€ p/w
From £75 per night, based on 2 people sharing
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
Weekends £300 in Barn 3 bedrooms:week end £400 in 4 bedrooms: weekly £600 for barn: weekly in 4 bedrooms £700: Bed & Breakfast king £80 pp:single £35 :twin £35 pp: double £80pp>
doubles with en-suite wetroom £80, double with en-suite bathroom £75
£80 per night
1 Double £70 per room per night incl Breakfast, Twin Room £60 per night incl. Breakfast and single room £35 incl. breakfast
£105 for stays of 1 or 2 nights, £95 for stays of 3 nights or more. Reduced rates in January & February 2017 pls contact
£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
rooms £120 - £165. Suite £235
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
Double £65, Twin £65, Single £35. Self Catering Apartment 2 people Low Season £263. per week, High £375. Peak £413.
Prices from £69 to £119.
Depending of Property for 2 persons £85 - £150 per night. 15% discount for guests arriving for short breaks by train.
£150 per room for single night, £145 per night for stays 2-6 nights, £140 per night for stays 7 nights or more. (Single occupancy £110/£105/£100)
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
£85-£99 per double room to include full breakfast
Standard King £95- Ballard Suite £299
Classic double £85.00 per night, Superior double £95.00 per night, Suite £110.00 per night
£115 per room per night including breakfast and cream tea on arrival
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
Rubbing shoulders with the RBPB Ynyshir reserve is the Georgian Plas Mawr B&B, with a cheerful cherry-red front door and window boxes spilling flowers in summer. The three rooms are individually furnished; one double has views overlooking the reserve. The B&B is geared up for walkers and cyclists, with drying facilities for wet gear; even canoeists are catered for with a lockable storage available for canoes and paddles. The full Welsh breakfast includes local sausages and bacon and home-grown veggies, and they have an environmental policy on their website which gives details of their green endeavours. From £80 per night for two. >> Special offer! Plas Mawr are offering a 10% discount off the price of all stays until the end of August 2015 when they close their doors for the last time.
Nestled right in the heart of the New Forest National Park, this boutique B&B prides itself on offering a luxurious cottage hideaway experience. Each of the five individually styled en-suite bedrooms makes the most of the cottage’s Victorian heritage, while the courtyard suite opens out onto a private, Spanish-style terrace. Daisybank has taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint, and the restaurant offers guests a fantastic New Forest Breakfast. With the coastal towns of Milford on Sea and Highcliffe nearby, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Read Philippa Jack's blog here.
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)
Just off Penzance’s promenade crammed with quirky inns, restaurants and intriguing shops is Warwick House, a smart, peach-coloured Regency guesthouse with contemporary, freshly-decorated rooms, locally sourced breakfasts (try the Cornish muffins), and the delights of Penzance a short hop. To the front, a lovely patio area catches the sun all day; wallow in those sea views or read a book under the parasol. Julie and Chris are a wealth of information on the local area and will happily help you plan an itinerary. If you prefer to self-cater, they have a two-bed cottage just up the road. From £88 for two.
The closest railway station is Penzance, which has regular services from London Paddington, Exeter and St Ives. From the station, a ten minute walk along the seafront will bring you to Warwick House. Alternatively, both Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network pass through Penzance.
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.
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).
Burcott Mill Guest House
Burcott Mill is one of only two working watermills in Somerset; it’s Victorian cogs still churn away to produce organic wholemeal flour. Friendly owners, Louise and Steve French, have sensitively converted some of the mill buildings into delightful B&B rooms and a cosy self-catering bolthole for two. Visitors are free to wander around the mill museum. Country pubs, beautiful walks, and historic market towns are all on your doorstep. Doubles from £65 for two.
Take the train to Castle Cary - from here, take the 67 bus from to Wells on the bus route from Wells to Wookey. Route 3 (West Country Way) on the National Cycle Network also passes nearby.
This 4* B&B offers the warmest of welcomes with freshly baked scones with butter and jam waiting for you on arrival. It has two comfortable and spacious bedrooms available with gorgeous views over the Sabden Valley, and in the morning you can watch the hens clucking around the garden whilst the cook rustles up a delicious home-cooked breakfast using the freshest eggs laid just hours before. There’s easy access to two public footpaths that cross the farm, three nearby golf courses and horse riding and fishing available nearby.
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.
The Granary Barn
Ducks and hens make happy sounds in the garden of the two-bedroom B&B, Granary Barn. “Bring ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper and think it may disturb!” warns owner Louise Higham. When their fresh bright eggs appear on the breakfast table any clucking noise is forgiven. Well-behaved dogs are welcome (£10 per night supplement) at this end-of-the lane quiet location. Your canine friend and you will enjoy the wide choice of walks straight from the front door, into the Howardian Hills or through the Vale of York. From £70 per night.
The Old School
This beautiful Victorian school has been lovingly renovated whilst still maintaining many of its charming original features including the original school hall with its vaulted beamed ceilings and a wonderful Gothic stained glass windows and even the school railings! This is a 5 star Gold accredited bed and breakfast, thriving and busy throughout the year, with guests returning time and time again to enjoy this area of outstanding natural beauty which starts in the back garden. Stroll the newly planted orchard, with the rescue hens, rabbits and assorted characterful bantams, including Diana Duck and her Supremes....who provides delicious eggs for breakie. It is also an over-winter residence for resting local hedgehogs for a rescue society. 4 super-king rooms, all en suite, Why not come and stay and be reminded why school days are the best days of your life! Bed and Breakfast from £60
Pool House, Woolavington
A Grade II listed, Georgian village house B&B that has had a stylish modern makeover - the bedrooms and reception rooms are bright with tall sash windows and there's a cosy wood-fired stove in the drawing room. Outside, there’s a secluded courtyard with a small swimming pool and a hot tub.
Train to Bridgwater then it's a 15-min taxi ride to Woolavington. For more information on taxi services at Bridgwater railway station, see traintaxi.
CLOSED: Braythorne Barn B&B
Just five miles south of Harrogate, Braythorne lies in the heart of the countryside, with only the sound of the birds to disturb the peace. Inside it’s all oak beams and rugs, with open fires and a cosy sitting room, and two pretty guest bedrooms. Wake to the smell of breakfast cooking on the aga – and tuck into local produce and organic bread. You can relax in the sprawling gardens (there’s a terrace for alfresco breakfasts on warm summer mornings).
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.
Beyond the pale yellow turreted house sweeps the Tamar. Pentillie’s gardens (2,000 acres) extend down to the river; it even has its own beautiful bathing hut, jutting out into the water – a perfect launchpad for a quick swim. The house was built in 1698 by a James Tillie – there’s still a statue of him in the mausoleum. Time has done little to fade the majesty of this place: huge, gracious guest bedrooms and interiors stuffed with history and heritage. And, as if we didn’t love this place enough already, they’re greener than green: they have solar panels, electric car charging points, a borehole, woodburners, and wonderful, locally-sourced breakfasts, with bacon and sausages from farms on the estate, Pentillie honey and apple juice, and homemade granola and compote. From £100 for two.
The closest railway station is Plymouth. From there, take the 576 bus to Paynters Cross. The castle will be directly in front of you. Alternatively, Paynters Cross lies close to the Bere Pensinsula Route on the National Cycle Network.
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
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.
A modern B&B overlooking quaint, cobbled St Ives. Individually decorated bedrooms mix traditional touches with modern flourishes: brass beds, dressing tables, tie-back curtains and flat screen TVs; two have balconies with far-reaching sea views. Breakfast in the sunny dining room is a strictly Cornish affair. The lovely garden encourages wildlife so don’t forget to pack your binoculars – note your sightings in the B&B’s wildlife diary. A restful retreat, great for couples seeking a quiet getaway within striking distance of lively St Ives. From £86 for two.
The closest railway station is St Erth, which has services from London Paddington, although there are limited services here. Therefore, where possible, arrangements can be made to collect guests arriving at St. Ives station. Arrangements can also be made to collect guests from St Ives bus station, which has a National Express stop. Also nearby are Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network.
Owners Rob and Karen realise just how lucky they are to be living in one of England's most desirable spots, which is perhaps why they're so keen on preserving the landscape. Active in the Cumbria Green Business Forum, they have also been awarded Silver by the GTBS and are proud members of Nuture Lakeland. The 3* guesthouse has five rooms and was first built in 1860 in the traditional local stone and slate style. Breakfast is served in the Victorian dining room using the best local ingredients, including sausage and bacon from the award-winning Huddlestons of Windermere butchers. After a long day of exploring the Lakes there's no better place to relax than Elim Lodge's private garden.
Just moments from the natural harbour at bustling Boscastle, Lower Meadows has five comfortable, inviting rooms – all ensuite – decorated in neutral tones; one has a balcony, another comes with complimentary Cornish fudge. Breakfast – taken at individual tables in the big windowed dining room – is locally sourced, including homemade muesli and local free range eggs. Boscastle has plenty of characterful old inns, great shops and restaurants, and you’re perfectly placed for the dramatic coast and cliffs of north Cornwall. From £78 for two.
The 595 bus goes directly to the B&B from Exeter bus station, and both Bude and Camelford railway stations; get off at Boscastle Car Park. Not too far from Boscastle are three routes on the National Cycle Network; Route 3, the Cornish Way and the West Country Way.
Newburgh Guest House
Behind a topiary hedge, next to a man-made lake and with manicured gardens, this long Georgian stone house has an air of sophisticated orderliness. There are book-lined walls, antiques and a real fire in a red dining room where owners Colin and Suzy Bell can prepare you dinner. Two of the three bedrooms are frilly and pink, the third a touch baronial. Breakfasts – including local kippers – are served next to French doors overlooking lawns. There are splendid abbeys – Byland, Rievaulx – nearby. Thirsk train station is just nine miles away. From £80 per night.
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.
Artist Residence & Art Gallery
From the moment you arrive at the bright pink front door, you know you are in for a different hotel experience. This place claims to not just be a bed, but an idea. The rooms here are works of art in themselves, each one designed and decorated by a local artist handpicked by a member of staff. The art gallery stages a new exhibition every month, the proceeds of which go directly to the artist. The location’s not bad either – it’s ideally placed to allow you to get to the best bits of Brighton by foot.
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.
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.
With lovely antiques, finest Egyptian cotton sheets, open-fires and expensive toiletries, this splendid wisteria-clad four-bedroom B&B offers a touch of class. Surrounded by eight acres of land, including picturesque orchards, Larkbeare Grange is green in more ways than one: some of your electricity comes from solar power and there are bicycles to borrow.
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.
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
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.
The Mill at Gordleton
This 5*, privately owned restaurant also has 8 bedrooms including the Orchard Room, which comes complete with its own private terraced area. The 400 year-old mill has been lovingly converted into the top suite, with a sitting room overlooking the river and and a corner spa bath. At the restaurant, nearly all greens are grown in the herb garden and green house and the river allows for fishing of trout and salmon. Local sculptors have worked on the impressive gardens and recycled sculptures have been commissioned for each table.
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.
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.
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.
Originally built for a Master Mariner in 1836, Camilla House is now a sleek boutique B&B with eight rooms, Mount Bay views, and an ethical, sustainable approach to running the B&B. Rooms are stylish and eclectic – think big prints, bolds colours, leather chairs, spotlighting. Superb ensuite bathrooms are just as luxurious, with fluffy white bathrobes and towels and fabulous showers. The menu (book in for dinner) features all sorts of locally sourced goodies, such as fish from Newlyn (a mile away), Mounts Bay mackerel, and Roskilly ice cream. Simon and Susan are as hands on or off as you want them to be, and have plenty of suggestions of things to do in the area – they will happily pack you a hamper for an evening at the Minack Theatre. From £77 for two.
The closest railway station is Penzance, which has regular trains from London Paddington, Exeter and St Ives. From the station, it is just a ten minute walk to the B&B. Both Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network go through Penzance.
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.
The warm glow you’ll get from a stay at this small modern B&B comes with a green tinge: underfloor heating and hot water are powered by a ground-source heat pump, an impressively efficient (and eco-friendly) heating system – and filtered drinking water rises from the same borehole. But there’s no Good Life-style back-to-basics deprivation here – the two double bedrooms, named Poppy and Bluebell, both boast Egyptian cotton bedlinen, feather duvets and stunning views across to the moor, just beyond the nearby gateway village of Dulverton. At breakfast, jams are home-made from soft fruits grown in the garden, and local produce makes up the bulk of the fare. Singles/doubles £50/£70 B&B.
The Moorlands Country House
In lush gardens, amidst the stunning scenery of the North York Moors, this five star luxury bed and breakfast is a wonderful choice for a relaxing escape. With easy access to Whitby and the rugged North Yorkshire coast, as well as all the fine walking country of the Moors and the historic city of York, this tastefully decorated slice of country living offers up fine food (not just breakfasts) and holds a Green Tourism Business Scheme silver award. From £140 per night B&B based on 2 people sharing
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.
A dynamic Dutch couple run Dutch House, which combines wildlife garden, courtyard café, child-friendly art workshop and shop with a one-bedroom B&B in its own separate traditional farm cottage. The bedroom is spacious and light, with quirky touches such as a branch hung with coat-hangers. The bedroom looks onto the garden, tended by Sjaak Kastelijn, former manager of the Museum Gardens in York who is passionate about ecological gardening. Downstairs you have your own private ‘snug’ with wood-burner, piano and breakfast table. Breakfast is, appropriately, continental rather than full English. From £70 per night.
A budget option in central Brighton, Kipps has clean and comfortable rooms, plentiful and good value brekkies, and friendly staff who are always on hand with city info and suggestions on where to go. Right next to the Brighton Pavilion, it’s also in a great location.
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.
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.
Homelands is a B&B of comfort, style and elegance in a convenient semi-rural location very close to Cheltenham. With it's own 2 acre garden and fantastic views on Nottingham Hill and Cleeve Hill, where guests can walk through Bushcombe Wood and access The Cotswolds Way. The Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) starts at the front door. Homelands has en-suite bedrooms and breakfast that is top-of-the range including homemade delicious jams and conserves, home-baked bread, and their own dry-cured Gloucester Old Spot bacon and very tasty sausages and a daily “special” on the blackboard, such as cold smoked trout and scrambled eggs, porridge with our own honey, or Continental style cold meats. The Deer Stalker’s special, smoked salmon, cray-fish, kippers and poached smoked haddock make a regular appearance. Why would you ever want to leave? Rooms and breakfast from £37
Carr House Farm
If you love dogs but don’t have one, Anna and Jack will lend you a friendly hound to take walkies. As well as running this BBC Countryfile-recommended award-winning B&B in a 16th century farmhouse, the owners breed and train Labradors. After a day’s hiking with your borrowed pooch, you will sleep well (without dog) in your four-poster with locally made mattress. (Dogs don’t enter the house and if you bring your own; (s)he will have to stay in kennels elsewhere). Wake to the smell of breakfast cooking: all local ingredients and enough calories to keep you going for another day. Anna has recently started running workshops with Real Staithes on woodland management and natural dyes; see their website for more details. From £80 per night, minimum two nights.
Old Cider House
A 4 star bed and breakfast in the heart of the village of Nether Stowey that’s a great base to explore the Quantock Hills. The village has three real ale pubs, just a few minutes walk from the bed and breakfast.
Train to Bridgwater then it's about a 20-min taxi ride to Nether Stowey. For more information on taxi services at Bridgwater railway station, see traintaxi.
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
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
A beautifully designed boutique but homely B&B. Fully refurbished in March 2014, each of the 7 rooms are styled in white, with dark oak flooring, and feature works of local and international contemporary art.
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.