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
£66 per room per night
From €160 per night (based on a minimum 2 night stay)
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225....
Prices from: Double £110 Single £90
130 euros for 2 people and 195 euros for four people
45 to 60 Euros per night
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or...
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£80 per night (based on 2 people sharing)
£66 per room per night
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
£150 per room per night including breakfast
£40 to £48
Weeks: £420 to £550. Short breaks: £250 to £320 (discounts possible)
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>
From £42 including full Welsh cooked breakfast. Full board with home cooked meals available.
B&B Standard £140, Superior £160, Junior Suite £180, Fairway Suite £200, Lynedoch Suite £220, Lodge House (sleeps 6) £250
£80.00 - £120.00 based on room type & facilities
From £75.00-£110.00 double super-king/twin. From £125.00-£160.00 family room.
£70 per night based on 2 sharing
Double room £75.00 Kingsize Room £80.00
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
rooms £120 - £165. Suite £235
Double / Twin rooms £95.00 per night, Family Room (2 adults & 2 Children) £120.00 per night
Self catering: £200 - £850 per week [small party discounts]. B&B £32.50 pppn [two sharing]
Superior King is £130, King Room is £120, Double/Twin is £100, Single is £50. Longer stay deals available
£70-£90 a night
From £75 per night, based on 2 people sharing
£30-£36 per night for bed and breakfast; £86 per night for b&b and horse riding; Horse b&b is from £60 per night.
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded bunkroom £29 per night; camping £6.50 per night
£130-£185 per room
doubles with en-suite wetroom £80, double with en-suite bathroom £75
£80 per night
Nightly Rate - Suite €250, based on 2 people sharing
45 to 60 Euros per night
Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55
£480 - £615 for 4 nights, £790 - £1025 for 7 nights B&B; £700 - £1650 7 nights self-catering, special breaks also available
£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)
Double £65, Twin £65, Single £35. Self Catering Apartment 2 people Low Season £263. per week, High £375. Peak £413.
For 7 nights Stables costs between £281 to £442 and Loft costs between £306 to £480. Short breaks from £242 to £284.
Prices from £69 to £119.
Classic double £85.00 per night, Superior double £95.00 per night, Suite £110.00 per night
b&b: 85€ double bedroom with shared bathroom - 100€ double bedroom with private bathroom, Farmhouses from 1200€ p/w to 2600€ p/w
2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251
Prices from: Double £110 Single £90
Depending of Property for 2 persons £85 - £150 per night. 15% discount for guests arriving for short breaks by train.
£115 per room per night including breakfast and cream tea on arrival
£70 - £80 per room (off-season), £76 - 94 (mid-season), £80 - 98 (high season). Prices include 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
£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
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
£76 ( double or twin ), £38 single
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.
In the tiny hamlet of Worton, this Grade II Listed building dates back to the 17th and has a real home-from-home vibe. Rooms are luxurious (one even has a hot tub). The extensive, award-winning breakfasts use local produce (you’ll be hard pushed to decide what to have, it all sounds so delicious).
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.
Set in an idyllic spot in Yarner Wood, part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, Yarrow Lodge provides wonderfully isolated accommodation amid ancient, moss-clad oak woods and streams – a perfect setting for wildlife-lovers and walkers, where flycatchers and wood warblers flit in spring and summer. Two simple bedrooms – one double, one twin – share a bathroom, and a cost guest room offers a spot to relax with a hot drink after a day exploring the moors. The remarkable rocks of Haytor, magical Becky Falls and Widecombe in the Moor are all nearby. From £30 per person per night B&B.
A wonderful B&B in a unique 15th Century, Grade 1 Listed Manor House with many period features including oak beams, stone archways and medieval garderobes, and views of the Quantocks Hills. Come here for a taste of what it must have been like in Elizabethan times. Blackmore Farm has been run by the Dyer family since 1952 and they now farm 850 acres and 180 cows. As well as the dairy herd they also grow 450 acres of combinable crops including wheat, barley, oats, peas and beans. Milk from the cows is used to produce the farm’s delicious Blackmore Farm ice cream, which is available in a well-stocked onsite farm shop along with many other local produce.
Train or bus to Bridgwater, then 5 mins by taxi to the farm. For taxi companies that serve Bridgwater station see: traintaxi.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Grange Country House
Yet another fine option for a bed abd breakfast accommodation in Keswick, Grange Country House. As well as (rooms), you'll find a scenic terrace and a quiet reading room, while the views from the dining area are second to none. You're not likely to be disappointed by the breakfasts eiher, with most of the meat coming direct from a local butcher, plus a range of home baked cakes and patisseries on the menu. The house offers 11 en-suite rooms in total, including a spacious ground floor double bedroom suite decorated in a traditional Victorian style (the cosy fireplace is made from locally quarried stone).
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.
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.
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.
Rubbing shoulders with the RBPB Ynyshir reserve is the Georgian Plas Mawr B&B, with a cheerful cherry-red front door and window boxes spilling flowers in summer. The three rooms are individually furnished; one double has views overlooking the reserve. The B&B is geared up for walkers and cyclists, with drying facilities for wet gear; even canoeists are catered for with a lockable storage available for canoes and paddles. The full Welsh breakfast includes local sausages and bacon and home-grown veggies, and they have an environmental policy on their website which gives details of their green endeavours. From £80 per night for two. >> Special offer! Plas Mawr are offering a 10% discount off the price of all stays until the end of August 2015 when they close their doors for the last time.
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.
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.
Very much a working farm, Wingstone offers B&B in the main farmhouse (double or twin rooms with en-suite or private bathrooms) and a self-catering cottage sleeping five in a converted granary. The setting is tremendous, with views across to Hayne Down and the stack of weathered granite called Bowerman’s Nose, and there are endless possibilities for walking, riding and cycling around the eastern moor (Hound Tor, Haytor and Grimspound are all close); hiking advice and guided walks are available, and there’s a secure bike store. Rooms in both B&B and cottage are fresh and airy, with pine furniture and free wi-fi. B&B from £30/£60 single/double occupancy; self-catering cottage from £180/£350 for three days/one week.
A magical hideaway in the moor’s south-eastern quarter, Mitchelcroft manages to combine the rustic ambience of a wood cabin with elegant contemporary style and a real sense of immersion in nature. All three of the en-suite bedrooms open onto a veranda where you can sit with a morning tea or coffee and watch the changing light on the idyllic meadow garden and wild moor. Debbie and Michael greet guests with the warmest of welcomes – homemade cake – and there are more gastronomic treats at breakfast, mostly local, organic and Fairtrade goodies, taken in a light, airy room with a wall of glass doors that fold right back to welcome in the summer air. Single/double occupancy from £60/£80 B&B.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Homelands is a B&B of comfort, style and elegance in a convenient semi-rural location very close to Cheltenham. With it's own 2 acre garden and fantastic views on Nottingham Hill and Cleeve Hill, where guests can walk through Bushcombe Wood and access The Cotswolds Way. The Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) starts at the front door. Homelands has en-suite bedrooms and breakfast that is top-of-the range including homemade delicious jams and conserves, home-baked bread, and their own dry-cured Gloucester Old Spot bacon and very tasty sausages and a daily “special” on the blackboard, such as cold smoked trout and scrambled eggs, porridge with our own honey, or Continental style cold meats. The Deer Stalker’s special, smoked salmon, cray-fish, kippers and poached smoked haddock make a regular appearance. Why would you ever want to leave? Rooms and breakfast from £37
Old Tavistock Railway Station
Three luxury holiday cottages – one of which is also used for B&B – within the shell of a disused granite railway station offer possibly Devon’s most unusual accommodation option. Built in the 1880s to serve the London–Plymouth line and axed by Beeching in 1968, Grade-II-listed Tavistock North Station has been converted to provide apartments that preserve period quirks and character, but each with a different style. The Porter’s Office, sleeping four, has a cottagey feel; the Ticketing Hall, also with two double bedrooms, is Victorian in style; and the Refreshment Hall, sleeping six in three bedrooms (which can be offered for B&B), channels French chic. On a summer day, enjoying breakfast under the platform canopy is a wonderfully unusual experience. Doubles from £80 B&B; self-catering from £400/£500 for three nights/one week (sleeps four).
This 15th-century cottage is wonderfully tucked away, accessed through a little tunnel from the road, yet conveniently sited in the centre of the vibrant market town of Moretonhampstead, in the north-east of Dartmoor. The house’s long history sings from the thick, uneven, whitewashed walls of the three cosy bedrooms – one en-suite double and another double and twin that share a bathroom, with gloriously quirky ceilings and exposed beams. There’s free wi-fi and plenty of local information on walks and activities, and the lovely secluded garden is a delight in summer. Single/double occupancy from £45/£55 B&B.
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.
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)
A great location for exploring the limestone scenery of the Three Peaks, Wood View in Austwick is one of the villages oldest farmhouses, dating from around 1700 and has many original features such as open fires and beamed low ceilings. A three-storey stone building overlooking the village green, there are five rooms and breakfasts are a hearty, leisurely affair.
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Angel Inn
The Angel Inn is a lovely, traditional country pub in Stoke by Nayland, in the heart of the Dedham Vale AONB. There are six boutique bedrooms, all with en-suite and beautifully styled to reflect the history of this Grade II listed, 16th-century building. After a good night’s sleep in an extremely comfortable bed, enjoy a newspaper delivered your room and tuck into a delicious breakfast of farmhouse sausages and bacon, free range poached duck egg, fresh fruit and organic, and fair trade tea and coffee. Just a short walk from the inn is the 14th-century St Mary’s Church, famous for its 120ft tower and which appears in several of Constable’s paintings. There are also two 18-hole championship golf courses nearby, and if you feel like heading off on a long walk, the staff will happily provide a packed lunch stuffed full of local delicacies.
The nearest railway station is Colchester. From there, take the 84 bus to Stoke by Nayland. Also nearby are Routes 1 and 13 on the National Cycle Network.
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.
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.
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.
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
There can’t be too many places to stay in this world where you can arrive by steam train; this 250-acre farm has it’s own stop on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway! Hendy Farm is a family-run sheep and cattle farm on the edge of the Dyfi Biosphere and guests are free to roam the farmland and meet the animals. Three comfortable and homely bedrooms are decked out in floral bedspreads and pale yellow walls, and there’s a separate sitting room should guests want to stick their feet up. The seaside town of Tywyn is a short walk away and there’s plenty of walking opportunities from the door.
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.
A beautifully designed boutique but homely B&B. Fully refurbished in March 2014, each of the 7 rooms are styled in white, with dark oak flooring, and feature works of local and international contemporary art.
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