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
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or...
From €160 per night (based on a minimum 2 night stay)
130 euros for 2 people and 195 euros for four people
Double room from 60 to 75 euros per night
£99 for stays of 1 or 2 nights, £90 for stays of 3 nights or more
Prices from: Double £110 Single £90
£66 per room per night
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225....
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£150 per room per night including breakfast
B&B: £35 pppn. Self-catering: from £300 per week.
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
£70-£90 a night
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded bunkroom £29 per night; camping £6.50 per night
€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)
doubles with en-suite wetroom £80, double with en-suite bathroom £75
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
Standard King £95- Ballard Suite £299
1 Double £70 per room per night incl Breakfast, Twin Room £60 per night incl. Breakfast and single room £35 incl. breakfast
Double £65, Twin £65, Single £35. Self Catering Apartment 2 people Low Season £263. per week, High £375. Peak £413.
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
Prices from £69 to £119.
Superior King is £130, King Room is £120, Double/Twin is £100, Single is £50. Longer stay deals available
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)
From £75 per night, based on 2 people sharing
From 700€ per week including 3 vegetarian meals a day, morning and afternoon yoga classes, and a massage or acupuncture treatment.
Weeks: £420 to £550. Short breaks: £250 to £320 (discounts possible)
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
£76 ( double or twin ), £38 single
£85-£99 per double room to include full breakfast
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
From €160 per night (based on a minimum 2 night stay)
Ty Fferm Hen August based on 2 sharing- 7 days £29ea per night. Peacock Cottage August 7 days / 6 people £14ea per night.
£80.00 - £120.00 based on room type & facilities
Classic double £85.00 per night, Superior double £95.00 per night, Suite £110.00 per night
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
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>
b&b: 85€ double bedroom with shared bathroom - 100€ double bedroom with private bathroom, Farmhouses from 1200€ p/w to 2600€ p/w
£70 - £80 per room (off-season), £76 - 94 (mid-season), £80 - 98 (high season). Prices include breakfast.
£66 per room 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.
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 £42 including full Welsh cooked breakfast. Full board with home cooked meals available.
Self catering: £200 - £850 per week [small party discounts]. B&B £32.50 pppn [two sharing]
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
For 7 nights Stables costs between £281 to £442 and Loft costs between £306 to £480. Short breaks from £242 to £284.
Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55
£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)
£115 per room per night including breakfast and cream tea on arrival
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or with breakfast.
£40 to £48
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.
Five Bells Inn
Since they acquired this 15th-century inn at East Brabourne near Ashford back in 2010, Alison and John Rogers have not only refurbished the building as a modern take on Kentish traditions, they’ve also developed it as a celebration of local life and the arts. So you get a wonderfully vibrant insight into Kentish culture here (there’s live music on Tuesday evenings and some Sunday afternoons). The four bedrooms are named after grapes and hops and have been furnished with quirky flourishes. There are great walks from here, and striking views too. Rooms: four Prices: doubles from £120 including breakfast
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
The eight en-suite bedrooms at this charming, stone-clad Lynton guesthouse ooze elegance and individuality. Each has a distinctive personality: some feature wrought-iron or brass-knobbed bedspreads, pleasingly solid oak furniture and delicate floral Laura Ashley wallpaper; several have balconies, while one even has a small private patio, and all offer free wifi, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities. Breakfast caters equally well for carnivores and special diets – fear not, vegans or ye of gluten or lactose intolerance – and there’s a commendable reliance on local and Fairtrade produce. Doubles from £80 B&B (minimum two-night stay; reductions for longer bookings).
The nearest railway station is Barnstaple, from where you can take the 310 bus to Lynton. From there it is just a short walk to Lynton House. Lynton also lies on the Regional Route 51 on the National Cycle Network.
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.
The White House
An award-winning boutique hotel, The White House’s bedrooms mix contemporary chic with understated elegance – brown leather headboards, beautiful designer floral wallpaper, fluffy towels, White Company goodies in the bathrooms, fresh flowers. The breakfast menu changes regularly - it's chalked up on the the blackboard every morning - and ingredients are locally-sourced. They have regular offers so it’s worth checking their website for the latest discounts. And, being just 100 metres from the seafront, the sea views are of course beautiful.
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.
Following a recent extension and refurbishment project, Howe Keld has quickly garnered a reputation for offering modern, award-winning bed and breakfast accommodation only a short hop from Keswick and Lake Derwentwater. The owners have also installed a new gas condenser boiler, dual flush toilets and a range of other green initiatives to improve sustainability and have been awarded a GTBS Gold award for their efforts. Much of the furniture in the bedrooms and suites has been constructed by a local craftsman using local, naturally felled hardwoods. During breakfast the emphasis is very much placed on local produce, with the likes of home baked organic bread and locally sourced meats peppering the menu.
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.
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.
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.
Arreton Manor Yurt
It may have a self-catering cottage and two B&B rooms on offer but it’s a yurt in the grounds that really sets Arreton Manor apart. Available from June to September, this canvas hideaway sleeps two and comes with a wrought-iron bed and sofa. Set, rather magically, by an old stone wall there’s a parterre in front of it and a knot garden beyond. Guests booking in here also get to use a little bunting-strewn, solar-lit log cabin. Inside this is a simple kitchen, wooden dining table and shower space. From £100, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 8. Nearest stop: Arreton Manor.
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.
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).
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smuggler's Rock Country House
Originally a Victorian inn, today’s visitors roll in drunk on the views – sitting wonderfully lonely on the edge of Ravenscar, the ‘town that never was’, Smuggler’s Rock has the best of the wild coastline and eastern moors on its doorstep. Rooms combine modern style with period touches, feature walls and four-posters, Egyptian cotton and WiFi, and those views towards the coast and Flamborough Head… The green ethos is in the DNA here: solar panels for hot water and power, filtered water from the borehole, free-range eggs from the chickens clucking in the garden, and a small menagerie of Scottish black-faced sheep, Shetland ponies, Highland cattle, geese and ducks roaming the smallholding. There’s also a trio of charming self-catering cottages. Singles/doubles from £41/£68 B&B (based on two-night stay)
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.
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.
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
This grand but very pretty country home is anything but stuffy. Built in 1815 by Lord Yarborough as a country retreat for his brother, Captain Pelham, and now owned by the descendants of poet Alfred Noyes, Lisle Combe stands proudly above the island’s south coast. Its three clean and comfortable guest rooms are wonderfully original in a bygone sort of style. You won’t find faux fur cushions or flat-screen TVs here but sun-dappled bedspreads, antique prints and age-old family heirlooms. Doubles from £80, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 6. Nearest stop: Ventnor Botanic Garden.
A 20-minute amble from the nearest beach and surrounded by three acres of glorious gardens, this period guesthouse is kept cosy with the help of a biomass boiler. Frills in its three comfortingly traditional guest rooms (one has an adjacent twin room making it a popular choice with families) include fresh milk and homemade biscuits. For walkers the Tennyson Trail passes close by, for bookworms there’s a library and supper can be arranged if booked in advance. For meals out, wander down to the local pub for local rare breed sausages and mash. Doubles from £100, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 12. Nearest stop: Brook Triangle.
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.
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.
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.
Underleigh House B&B
Tucked down a private lane amidst glorious Peak District scenery is this delightful, multi-award winning B&B, run by Vivienne and Philip. Charming bedrooms have valley views, and breakfasts of locally-sourced produce and homemade breads are delicious. Vivienne and Philip are dedicated to protecting the environment and encourage guests to reduce their own carbon footprint wherever possible. Great walks start from the door.
Take the train to Hope Railway Station, which is only 1.4 miles away. It is only a half an hour walk from the station to the accommodation, or it is possible to take a local bus such as the 272 which will drop you off in the centre of the village. The Nu,ber 6 Route on the National Cycle Network also passes very close to Hope.
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.
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.
You’ll find this pretty B&B is in the village of East Bergholt, childhood home of John Constable and right at the heart of Dedham Vale. It has three cosy twin-bedded rooms, each with a washbasin, TV and tea-making facilities, and all have lovely views over the gardens which owner Natalie Finch has nurtured for over 40 years. Don’t be surprised if Nat has a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake waiting for you on arrival, and she knocks up a pretty mean fried breakfast too, using locally sourced ingredients as matter of course.
The nearest railway station is Manningtree, from where you can take the 92 bus to East Bergholt. The village is also on Route 1 on the National Cycle Network, as well as the South Suffolk Cycle Route.
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
Hindon Organic Farm
Tucked away in a secluded valley on the National Trust Holnicote Estate, this 380-hectare stock farm is within touching distance of Minehead, Dunster, Porlock and the coast. The 18th-century farmhouse is furnished with delightful antiques and watercolours by a local artist; each of the three bedrooms (two en-suite doubles and a twin with private bathroom) has its own tree-themed name and individual style – choose ‘Oak’ for a long soak in a fabulous rolltop bath. No prizes for guessing where the breakfast bacon, sausages and eggs come from (just glance outside), while bread comes still warm from the oven. Doubles/twin £80 B&B
Low Sutton B&B
A delightful restored stone farmhouse, with equally delightful owners, Judi and Steve, this is the place to stay for home-cooked meals from the Aga and a proper Yorkshire welcome. Low Sutton is a smallholding, with six beautiful acres of land filled with ponies, sheep (kept for their wool), dogs and chickens (free range eggs and veggies from the garden will end up on your plate). Attention is paid to carbon emissions, wood fires burn fuel from their own copse. There are just two rooms – with comfy beds and sparkling bathrooms – so be sure to book ahead.
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.
The Old House
This place certainly lives up to its name. Part of Gotten Manor’s collection of character-packed accommodation – visitors can also opt for self-catering – parts of the building date back to the 14th century. Inside there are two double guest rooms, each with cast iron baths and wooden floors. Make sure you save space for breakfast. The owner’s homemade organic feasts are delicious enough to have won it an AA Breakfast Award in 2013. Double rooms from £90, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 6. Nearest stop: Chale Street Post Box.
St Anne's B&B
Gold members of Green Tourism Business Scheme and probably the first to sign up when they rolled the scheme out in Gloucestershire in 2006, St Anne's has 3 bedrooms. Initially set up to cater for walkers, especially those walking The Cotswold Way which passes the front door. Iris ran walking holidays before her family came along and it has been a natural progression to offer B&B to walkers. Painswick is really absolutely perfect as a walking base: half way along the Cotswold Way, but also at the centre of quite outstanding walking country with beech woods, unspoilt limestone commons, orchards, valleys and streams. Circular walks branch out and loop back to Painswick taking in some of the finest pubs you could wish for. Both Greg and Iris are involved in restoring the wildflower meadows on the surrounding commons with their small herd of Dexter cattle. They also started the village Orchard Group which encourages the planting of heritage orchard trees, organise juicing and cider making in the community as a way to encourage people to use the fruit from their trees. Naturally they only serve their own pressed apple juice for breakfast! 5 rooms available from £50 per night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Middle Flass Lodge
Beautifully converted in 1996 by owners Joan and Nigel, this former barn and cow byre is now a hotel and restaurant nestled in the tranquil Ribble Valley. As Nigel is a former Head Chef, you can look forward to an extensive breakfast and full Table d’Hote dinner served in the evening, all made with fresh local produce whenever possible. Surrounded by open countryside and abundant birdlife and wildlife, it’s a great spot for walking, cycling and fishing, or you could just relax and unwind in the residents lounge.
Paskins Town House
Paskins was green long before the term even existed. Quirky and original, this art deco-inspired B&B is definitely one of a kind. Believing in their guests’ comfort above all else, they don’t like to preach about their environmentally-friendly practices, but their efforts deserve recognition and praise: towels are washed with soap nut shells, bathrooms goodies are certified by the Vegetarian Society, low energy light bulbs are approaching their eighth year of service. Bedrooms mix tradition (brass bedsteads or wooden carved beds) with modern flourishes - goemetric patterns and bold colours. The infamous Paskins breakfasts are delicious – local, organic and fair-trade wherever possible. No rules, late checkouts, welcoming smiles on arrival – you’ll be planning your return trip before you’ve even left.
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
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.