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
£99 for stays of 1 or 2 nights, £90 for stays of 3 nights or more
Prices from: Double £110 Single £90
Double room from 60 to 75 euros per night
£66 per room per night
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225....
130 euros for 2 people and 195 euros for four people
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)
More Bed and Breakfasts
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
For 7 nights Stables costs between £281 to £442 and Loft costs between £306 to £480. Short breaks from £242 to £284.
Double / Twin rooms £95.00 per night, Family Room (2 adults & 2 Children) £120.00 per night
Superior King is £130, King Room is £120, Double/Twin is £100, Single is £50. Longer stay deals available
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or with breakfast.
£130-£185 per room
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded bunkroom £29 per night; camping £6.50 per night
£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)
Self catering: £200 - £850 per week [small party discounts]. B&B £32.50 pppn [two sharing]
£70 - £80 per room (off-season), £76 - 94 (mid-season), £80 - 98 (high season). Prices include breakfast.
£76 ( double or twin ), £38 single
Nightly Rate - Suite €250, based on 2 people sharing
From £75 per night, based on 2 people sharing
£80 per night (based on 2 people sharing)
£66 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>
£150 per room per night including breakfast
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
Rooms from €66.
From €160 per night (based on a minimum 2 night stay)
From £75.00-£110.00 double super-king/twin. From £125.00-£160.00 family room.
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
B&B Standard £140, Superior £160, Junior Suite £180, Fairway Suite £200, Lynedoch Suite £220, Lodge House (sleeps 6) £250
From £42 including full Welsh cooked breakfast. Full board with home cooked meals available.
rooms £120 - £165. Suite £235
Ty Fferm Hen August based on 2 sharing- 7 days £29ea per night. Peacock Cottage August 7 days / 6 people £14ea per night.
£120 per room for 2 nights or more, £130 per room for one night stays. £440 per night for House Party of 4 rooms (min 2 nights).
92 € guestroom, 119 € guestroom, 125 € guestroom per night incl breakfast, 660 € selfcatering apartment per week
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
Depending of Property for 2 persons £85 - £150 per night. 15% discount for guests arriving for short breaks by train.
Prices from £69 to £119.
£80.00 - £120.00 based on room type & facilities
£115 per room per night including breakfast and cream tea on arrival
Double £65, Twin £65, Single £35. Self Catering Apartment 2 people Low Season £263. per week, High £375. Peak £413.
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)
£480 - £615 for 4 nights, £790 - £1025 for 7 nights B&B; £700 - £1650 7 nights self-catering, special breaks also available
£70-£90 a night
£80 per night
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
Classic double £85.00 per night, Superior double £95.00 per night, Suite £110.00 per night
£99 for stays of 1 or 2 nights, £90 for stays of 3 nights or more
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.
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.
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.
Brynawel Guest House
Delightful bedrooms at this B&B are in keeping with the Georgian surrounds: some have cast-iron fireplaces, brass bedsteads and tie-backed curtains; the downstairs room has lovely wooden panelling and shutters. A short stroll away down a leafy lane is Glyn and Corina's own restaurant, Glan yr Afon, where breakfast and dinner are served.
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.
Stay in this idyllic Victorian farmhouse in Langstrothdale on a 380-acre working farm 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 are three very comfortable rooms in the house and new self-catering in a converted barn too. Opt for B&B and you’ll feast on home-baked bread, home-cured bacon and the freshest possible eggs for breakfast.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rezare Farmhouse B&B, Cornwall, England
Characterful B&B in a peaceful location between Bodmin moor and Dartmoor with an emphasis on good food - your host (a professional cook for 20yrs) serves delicious seasonal and locally sourced meals. Prices: £76 ( double or twin ), £38 single
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.
Panoramic views of the Vale of York are just some of the joys of this hillside B&B in the grounds of a working farm. All three of the grandly decorated rooms are sunnily south-facing, as is the dining room with its terrace for al fresco breakfasts (or perhaps to sit with a complimentary port or sherry.) There are impressive green credentials: solar water heating, biomass boiler burning wood from the farm and good tips on cycle hire and public transport. There are six buses a day to York (Mon-Fri) from the village of Crayke, just a ten-minute walk away. From £60 per night.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Usk and Railway Inn
Plumb in the middle of Sennybridge village, the recently-refurbished Usk and Railway Inn offers locally-sourced meals, a wide range of drinks and ales, and gorgeous contemporary bedrooms upstairs. An unassuming exterior gives way to a sleek, modern bar and restaurant, where you can feast on classic dishes such as steaks and pies, soups and paninis.
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.
Woolchamber Cottages, Simonsbath House
The clue’s in the name: a 300-year-old barn – the woolchamber – has been converted to create three self-contained cottages with exposed beams and bags of charm. Two of the cottages (The Weaver’s Loft and The Shepherd’s Crook) each have a double room plus a single bed in a gallery area; a third, The Spinning Wheel, sleeps up to six in two double rooms plus a twin. Though all have fully equipped kitchen areas, you can take a break from the stove and treat yourself to a meal at the well-reviewed restaurant at the adjacent Simonsbath House. Outside, the bleakly beautiful central moor and Barle Valley beckon walkers, cyclists, riders and fly-fishers. From £360 (two people in the Weaver’s Loft or Shepherd’s Crook) or £540 (six people in the Spinning Wheel) per week.
The closest railway stations are Umberleigh and Barnstaple, which are both 14 miles away. From either station, you can arrange a taxi to take you to the cottages. A list of local cab firms from both stations is available at TrainTaxi. It is also easily accessible by bicycle, as Simonsbath lies on Route 277 on 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cornwall is what children’s holidays are made of, but what if you want to kick back and romance your other half without the fear of someone’s tots getting under your feet? Head straight to Trenderway Farm, a stunning B&B on a working farm near Looe, a gorgeous child-free retreat. Delightful bedrooms are individually decorated: ‘Wysteria’ and ‘Willow’ are country cottage with cherry red carpet and floral curtains. Others are more rustic, with exposed walls painted white; the characterful Meadow Barn has its own kitchen for those that want to keep themselves entirely to themselves. Breakfast is local – in the pretty conservatory or outside under the willows if it’s nice. This is a real working farm, where herds of pedigree cows roam the land; the apple orchard contains forty heritage varieties. From £80 for two.
The closest railway station is Looe. From there, take the 572 bus to Polperro Seaside Village, the walk a short distance up the A387 to the farm. Close to both Looe and Polperro is Route 2 on the National Cycle Network.
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
Briar Rigg House
It may only be a five minute walk from the centre of Keswick, but Briar Rigg House feels miles from anything, set in two acres of beautiful gardens with 360 degree views of the surrounding hillsides. The rooms are bright and comfortable, the beds luxurious (adorned with the finest quality organic bed linen) and the wood burner makes for some wonderfully cosy evenings in. At the heart of the Northern Lakes, Briar Rigg is a fantastic base for any number of shorter and longer walks and bike rides, plus you can rest assured that any food that passes your lips has either been sourced locally or grown in their very own garden - the Elderflower Cordial is a big favourite amongst guests.
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.