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
45 to 60 Euros 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....
£66 per room per night
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or...
130 euros for 2 people and 195 euros for four people
B&B from £40 per person per night and Holiday Cottage Short Breaks...
£99 for stays of 1 or 2 nights, £90 for stays of 3 nights or more
More Bed and Breakfasts
Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55
£150 per room for single night, £145 per night for stays 2-6 nights, £140 per night for stays 7 nights or more. (Single occupancy £110/£105/£100)
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.
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
B&B: £60 per night. Self-catering: from £260 per week.
2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251
£115 per room per night including breakfast and cream tea on arrival
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
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>
Cottages £220 per person per week; B&B rooms: £35-55 self catering or with breakfast.
1 Double £70 per room per night incl Breakfast, Twin Room £60 per night incl. Breakfast and single room £35 incl. breakfast
B&B Standard £140, Superior £160, Junior Suite £180, Fairway Suite £200, Lynedoch Suite £220, Lodge House (sleeps 6) £250
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded bunkroom £29 per night; camping £6.50 per night
£80 to £85 for 2 people sharing in high season
£130-£185 per room
£75 per night
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
£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)
Double £65, Twin £65, Single £35. Self Catering Apartment 2 people Low Season £263. per week, High £375. Peak £413.
Depending of Property for 2 persons £85 - £150 per night. 15% discount for guests arriving for short breaks by train.
Rooms: B&B 55 € per person per night, Dinner B&B 85 € p.p.p.n. (min. 3 nights) Apartments: 680 € per week (ask for shorter and longer stays)
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
£480 - £615 for 4 nights, £790 - £1025 for 7 nights B&B; £700 - £1650 7 nights self-catering, special breaks also available
Self catering: £200 - £850 per week [small party discounts]. B&B £32.50 pppn [two sharing]
£150 per room per night including 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
Ty Fferm Hen August based on 2 sharing- 7 days £29ea per night. Peacock Cottage August 7 days / 6 people £14ea per night.
Rooms from €66.
Nightly Rate - Suite €250, based on 2 people sharing
Double room £75.00 Kingsize Room £80.00
£ 1450 for one week high season in smallest cottage which sleeps 4
From 700€ per week including 3 vegetarian meals a day, morning and afternoon yoga classes, and a massage or acupuncture treatment.
£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.
rooms £120 - £165. Suite £235
Classic double £85.00 per night, Superior double £95.00 per night, Suite £110.00 per night
£70 - £80 per room (off-season), £76 - 94 (mid-season), £80 - 98 (high season). Prices include breakfast.
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
£99 for stays of 1 or 2 nights, £90 for stays of 3 nights or more
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
Prices from £69 to £119.
B&B near the Quantock Hills that's conveniently close to both Exmoor and the coast. Enjoy a good night's sleep in a cosy room, and a home-cooked breakfast made from local produce. The local beach is great for fossil hunters, with ammonites often discovered on the shore. A trio of walking routes pass close to Stilegate: the Somerset Coastal Path, the Coleridge Way, and the Macmillan Way. Picturesque villages such as the historic Dunster are also nearby.
Taunton Railway Station is 15 miles away. Buses run between the village of West Quantoxhead and Bridgwater.
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.
Barnabas House is a lovely Edwardian property sympathetically refurbished to provide eight bedrooms (1 single, 5 doubles and 2 twin), all with en-suite or private bathroom and free wi-fi, in the village of Yelverton at the moor’s south-western edge. Buckland Abbey is within touching distance, and the Drake’s Trail – a 21-mile cycling route linking Tavistock with Plymouth – runs through the village, with spurs into the moor; Barnabas House offers secure bike storage. Wonderful walking beckons nearby, including Guttertor, Sheepstor and key locations for Spielberg’s film version of War Horse at Ditsworthy Warren Farm, all fuelled with exceptional breakfasts – try the locally made sausages and home-made bakes or cinnamon plums. Recently awarded VisitBritain 4 -star award, with the Walkers' Welcome and Cyclists' Welcome accreditations. Singles/doubles from £48/ £70 B&B. Plus a 10% discount for stays of 3+ nights and 15% for stays of 6+ nights.
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
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
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.
Grange Farm is a family-run dairy and arable farm on the famous Castle Howard estate. There are just three bedrooms, decorated in simple, country style. After a hearty breakfast of eggs that you’ve collected from the hens, borrow some of the walking maps on offer, pick up your packed lunch and head out to the hills for a good long hike or just relax in the secluded garden. From £60 per night.
Stinchcombe Hill House
This stunning Edwardian mansion is nestled on the edge of Stinchcombe Hill Golf Course and the Cotswold Way. The owners, Graham and Jane, are lovingly restoring the house to its former glory. Their quirky bed and breakfast offers sausages for breakfast made from pigs fattened on their land plus chicken and ducks eggs from their own poultry. All the preserves are home made along with elderflower cordial and organic soaps. The rain water collected off the Cotwold Stone roof tiles services the bathrooms. Afternoon tea with home made cake is taken either in the reception hall in front of a log fire when it's parky or during the summer, in the garden. The owners also have dogs, pygmy goats, horses and their pet pigs (Bobby is supposed to be a "micro pig" but he forgot to read the manual). The views across the River Severn and beyond will take your breath away. Graham and Jane like to give all their guests a warm welcome and hope they will leave as friends. 5 rooms available from £60 per night
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.
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.
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.
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
Gages Mill Country Guest House
Originally a wool mill dating from the 14th century, used for fulling then flocking, Gages Mill is a stylishly relaxing guesthouse near Ashburton and Buckfast Abbey. Six elegant en-suite bedrooms channel country style with pine furniture, contemporary floral patterns and the most comfortable beds, softest linens and fluffiest pillows, and breakfast is proudly local, with free-range organic eggs and Dartmoor sausages and bacon. But the setting is arguably the trump card, with an acre of verdant gardens (replete with trampoline, playhouse and swing for smaller visitors) overlooked by the eastern moor. Single/double occupancy from £60/£80.
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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
You'll find this 4* farmhouse B&B in a quiet location, offering the ideal opportunity for a relaxed holiday in the North Pennines. Both bedrooms are well appointed, offering fantastic views in all directions. This is also one of the top choices for a holiday with your horse. Also on site you'll find four completely refurbished traditional stone stables so there's plenty of scope to explore the surrounding hillsides on horseback. Seeking some other form of adventure? There's not only a comprehensive network of local walking trails, but some fantastic mountain biking in nearby Hamsterley Forest.
Nestling into the hillside near the iconic granite stack of Haytor and a few miles from Widecombe in the Moor, Lowerton is the quintessential Dartmoor farm: flickering woodburner warming the cosy lounge, horses across the yard, ducks and hens scratching around the garden (those free-range breakfast eggs couldn’t be fresher!). Bedrooms are simple and cosy, sharing a bathroom, and boasting wonderful views to south and east; there’s free wi-fi and luxurious eco-friendly toiletries, plus a wealth of information about walking, riding, climbing and – particularly – kayaking on the nearby Dart River. Livery is offered for visiting horses, and owners Luke and Hannah are involved with breeding and conservation of the moor’s famous ponies. Single/double occupancy £33/£52 B&B (discounts for stays of three or more nights).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 Coach House
This converted Victorian coach house is a little oasis of calm, a few minutes walk from bustling Woodbridge. The house offers three light and airy guest rooms, all decorated with sophisticated touches including stripped pine floors, warm oak furniture and crisp, fresh bed linens. After a hearty, home cooked breakfast produced entirely with local ingredients, take time to enjoy the garden with its pretty brick courtyard and lush, mature planting before you head into town to explore the antique shops in town or visit the newly restored Tidal Mill. The owners take great care to reduce their energy consumption and recycle wherever possible, right down to harvesting rain water for the garden and providing fair trade tea and coffee in the bedrooms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
Middle Flass Lodge
Beautifully converted in 1996 by owners Joan and Nigel, this former barn and cow byre is now a hotel and restaurant nestled in the tranquil Ribble Valley. As Nigel is a former Head Chef, you can look forward to an extensive breakfast and full Table d’Hote dinner served in the evening, all made with fresh local produce whenever possible. Surrounded by open countryside and abundant birdlife and wildlife, it’s a great spot for walking, cycling and fishing, or you could just relax and unwind in the residents lounge.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Slack House Farm
A traditional farmhouse B&B offering two comfortable double/twin rooms as well as a dining room and lounge, both of which feature cosy wood burning stoves. The farm itself is a 12 acre organic holding with magnificent views out over the Irthing Valley and the Pennines to the South. It has full organic status, home to herd of Ayrshire dairy cattle and Dorset Mule ewes that produce prime lambs sold directly to butchers. The land is also managed within the Country Stewardship Scheme in order to maintain the drystone walls, hedgerow, woodland and waterways and enhance the wildlife habitat. This is also home to the popular Birdoswald Organic Farmhouse Cheese, as well as having been described by the Guardian as 'The Greenest Guest House of All'.
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.
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
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.
High Green Farm
Perched on the hillside of Nidderdale, this renovated farmhouse offers amazing views across Gouthwaite Reservoir. There are two pretty, light rooms (a double with adjacent bathroom and twin with en-suite shower) and under floor heating adds to the cosy feeling in winter. The traditional Aga cooked breakfasts include eggs from the farm and locally sourced produce. The historic Pateley Bridge is closeby, with traditional shops and tearooms, and all the region has to offer is easily accessible.