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)
Prices from: Double £110 Single £90
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
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
More Bed and Breakfasts
€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)
Double £65, Twin £65, Single £35. Self Catering Apartment 2 people Low Season £263. per week, High £375. Peak £413.
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
£99 for stays of 1 or 2 nights, £90 for stays of 3 nights or more
Classic double £85.00 per night, Superior double £95.00 per night, Suite £110.00 per night
£85-£99 per double room to include full breakfast
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or with breakfast.
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
Ty Fferm Hen August based on 2 sharing- 7 days £29ea per night. Peacock Cottage August 7 days / 6 people £14ea per night.
Standard King £95- Ballard Suite £299
B&B Standard £140, Superior £160, Junior Suite £180, Fairway Suite £200, Lynedoch Suite £220, Lodge House (sleeps 6) £250
Prices from £69 to £119.
Nightly Rate - Suite €250, based on 2 people sharing
Superior King is £130, King Room is £120, Double/Twin is £100, Single is £50. Longer stay deals available
£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).
£80 per night (based on 2 people sharing)
£40 to £48
£80 per night
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
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
doubles with en-suite wetroom £80, double with en-suite bathroom £75
From 700€ per week including 3 vegetarian meals a day, morning and afternoon yoga classes, and a massage or acupuncture treatment.
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
From €160 per night (based on a minimum 2 night stay)
£130-£185 per room
Depending of Property for 2 persons £85 - £150 per night. 15% discount for guests arriving for short breaks by train.
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
£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
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
Fri- Sat 1 night stay: B&B £55- £85 per person, B&B + Dinner £79-£110 per person. Any 3 Nights Sun-Fri: Dinner + B&B- from £64-£99 per person per night depending on room.
£150 per room per night including breakfast
For 7 nights Stables costs between £281 to £442 and Loft costs between £306 to £480. Short breaks from £242 to £284.
£115 per room per night including breakfast and cream tea on arrival
rooms £120 - £165. Suite £235
Double room from 60 to 75 euros per night
From £75 per night, based on 2 people sharing
From £75.00-£110.00 double super-king/twin. From £125.00-£160.00 family room.
92 € guestroom, 119 € guestroom, 125 € guestroom per night incl breakfast, 660 € selfcatering apartment per week
Prices from: Double £110 Single £90
2 pers/1 night including breakfast 160€. 2 pers./2nights including breakfst 290€. 10€ per child extra per night, 25€ p/extra adult per night. 7nights self catering with welcome basket for whole treehouse: 850€ low season, 950€ July & August
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)
2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded bunkroom £29 per night; camping £6.50 per night
Double room £75.00 Kingsize Room £80.00
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).
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.
CLOSED The Barn at Scorriton
Staying in a converted old stone barn in a tiny agricultural hamlet, you couldn’t be more embedded in farm life: wake to the cooing of doves in the cote and the cows trundling up the lane for milking – you’ll taste their bounty in your breakfast coffee, along with homemade bread and and free-range eggs from the hens outside. The Barn is surrounded by mature gardens, a cider orchard and pasture, and the Two Moors Way runs past its door – this is a wonderful stop-off point or base for walkers, and there’s secure cycle storage,too. The two en-suite bedrooms are charmingly rustic, and feature free wi-fi, a fridge and TV in case you fancy a peaceful night in. Single/double occupancy from £45/£65 B&B.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Book one of the seven en-suite guest rooms in this stately Jacobean manor house and you’ll find each one has its own period charm, whether that’s a clawfoot bath or ancient panelling. Communal areas include a woodburner-equipped sitting room and visitors are welcome to try their hand at the grand piano or 18th century pipe organ. Outside there’s a tennis court and fifteen acres of gardens. The latter, which includes a walled kitchen garden, has been recognised as a site of historic importance by English Heritage. Breakfasts include locally made honey and jam and, for evening meals, there’s the local pub, a five-minute stroll away through the grounds. Doubles from £90, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 12. Nearest stop: Crown Inn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
The small town of Wye near Ashford is pretty and vibrant in equal measure – it’s a place on the up and there’s a real buzz here. At its heart is The Kings Head, which was very down at heel when Mark Lightford and Scott Richardson acquired it a couple of years ago. They have transformed the pub into an appealingly retro-yet-modern outfit with a relaxing bar/restaurant serving good bistro dishes and with four very comfy rooms (with plans for a further four). Great care has been taken to keep the character of the old inn and to use as much of the traditional furniture as possible. The food is just as sensitively devised – most of it very locally sourced: bread from Wye Bakery opposite; sausages from Wye Butcher two doors down; chutneys and pickles from the Wooden Spoon Perserving Company in Wye. Come for a walking break here (the Pilgrims Way passes through town) and arrive by public transport: Wye station is just down the road. Rooms: four doubles Price: doubles from £70 including breakfast
Great Field Farm
For years Lewana and Malcolm Castle have run a much acclaimed B&B from their 15-hectare biodiverse farm in lovely countryside within easy reach of Canterbury. So they know a thing or two about providing just what guests want. More recently they have developed three eco barns powered by solar panels and heated through ground source heat pumps. Fittings and furnishings have been stylishly devised and there are big windows to enjoy the rural location. Wildlife thrives here – from woodpeckers to badgers. Rooms: three eco barns sleeping six, five and four; plus B&B offered in a separate cottage Prices: weekly rates: smallest barn from £420 (to £799); barn for five from £520 (to £850); and for six from £550 (to £925). B&B from £40 per person
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.
In 2006, Stuart and Elizabeth Smith planted thousands of vines on south-facing slopes at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds. Now they’re reaping the fruits of their labour. Britain’s most northerly commercial vineyard, just 12 miles from York, is producing award-winning wine AND it’s managed with wildlife in mind. There are organised tours and opportunities for volunteer pickers or just stay in one of two guest bedrooms in the Grade II listed 17th century farmhouse. Breakfasts feature Yorkshire bacon, honey and fruit and, perhaps if you ask nicely, a Buck’s Fizz of bubbles from the most local of vines. From £75 per night.
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.
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.
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.
Recharge your batteries at Beechenhill Farm, an organic dairy farm in the heart of the Peak District. Two comfortable B&B rooms (one double, one family room) are simply decorated with wonderful views over the lovely garden and grazing sheep beyond. Breakfast, of course, is organic - feast on homemade yoghurt, bread and jam. Sue and Terry are devoted to protecting the environment and are proud of their 'eco-ventures' - you can even hold your eco-wedding here. There's a farm trail to explore, Swedish hot tub to soak in and an art studio. Discover the local area on one of their electric bikes. There are cottages to rent if you prefer to self-cater.
Reviewed by Rhiannon Batten:
"As with her paintings, Sue has the B&B business down to a fine art. For a relaxing weekend in a family-run, farmhouse setting, with access to glorious National Park scenery literally on the doorstep, Beechenhill is hard to beat. Not least because the welcome here is so heartfelt."
>> Read Rhiannon's full review of Beechenhill Farm
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.
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.
Moorhouse Guest House
Follow in the footsteps of royals and celebrities (including Bing Crosby!) who have stayed in this gorgeous traditional country lodge in the Nidderdale AONB, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, 20 minutes from Harrogate. Built of creamy York stone and surrounded by rolling fields, the house has five double or twin rooms with views of Dallowgill Moor and unspoilt countryside. The award-winning breakfasts offer a huge choice from pancakes to a full English and afternoon tea and dinner are available on request – and there’s a great local pub the Drovers’ Inn, one of the smallest in England, just next door.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Set in a Victorian townhouse in Cowes, this contemporary B&B has a choice of four light, bright and elegant guest rooms. Take your pick then wake up the next morning with perfectly poached, free-range, organic eggs or a full monty (if you’d rather a continental spread you can have it delivered to your room). If that doesn’t fill you up for the day, freshly made picnic lunches can also be ordered. Doubles from £85, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 1. Nearest stop: Rashleys.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the lovely village of Kirkby Malzeard, Cowscot House is a converted barn and stables with four bright rooms and charming owners, Liz Woolston and Mike Hurford. Besides all the village offers (two pubs, a tea room, a fish and chip shop – what more could you want?!), you’re right in North Yorkshire’s rural heart, with footpaths just yards from the house. The Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire Moors and gorgeous coast are all closeby, as well as Ripon, Masham and Pateley Bridge. The award-winning breakfast is boasts homemade bread, eggs from the smallholding and the finest bacon and sausages from local butchers. Afternoon tea’s another treat after a day out walking.
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