Bed and Breakfasts in England
A cornerstone of the English holiday experience, staying in a bed and breakfast gives you the chance to experience some of the most atmospheric holiday properties in the country, with that extra special personal touch. Whether it's a characterful country home in secluded Shropshire, an historic farmhouse in Cornwall or an elegant urban townhouse in vibrant Brighton, the ever-versatile bed-and-breakfast is an option with something for all tastes.
With friendly owners on hand to provide the best local knowledge (as well as delicious home-cooked breakfasts), there are properties all across the country in some of England's most beautiful scenery. Some of them feature on our blog feature of Britain's Top Green Places to Stay.
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
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
£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
£150 per room per night including breakfast
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
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 £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
Standard King £95- Ballard Suite £299
Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55
Cosy beds, afternoon tea & award-winning breakfasts in Lower Buckton: £90.00 a room a night for two people (weekends min 2 nights) &The Shepherd's Hut & Tipi are available for self-catering on request
£235 per night for 2 people fully inclusive of all meals, canal cruising, accommodation, parking and meditation sessions. B&B is £90 per night for 2 people (limited availability). Yoga & Foraging weekends are £275 per night for 2 people fully inclusive. Day trips are £300 for 4-8 people.
All rates are per room, per night & are inclusive of breakfast & all taxes. Double rooms (£75-£115) Single rooms (£45-£55) Twin & Triple rooms (£95-£150) Superior double (£105-£135)
Double occupancy - from £40-£55 per person per night. Single occupancy - from £65-£95 per person per night.
One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00
One bedroom apt from £65.00 per night, two bedroom apartment from £95.00 per night
£99- £ 125.00 BB double or twin room
Luxury suites £65-£100 total for 2 persons, 2 bedroom. Family Suite £110-£155 for family of 4, larger parties please ask
From £240-£1,1235 per week (B&B from £78 for two per night).
From £94 per night
£52 Based on 2 sharing, £34 Single and various packages for family rooms
£35 per person per night
One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 per night
From £95 per night. Both spaces can be booked together at a discount.
£35/45 single, £70 double/twin, £99 triple and hostel accommodation at £20 - all prices are per night
Adults- £20 per person per night, Children- £15 per person per night, Single Supplement- £4 per person per night. Discount for room rates, see web site, group bookings please phone. Camping £8 for adults, £4 for children.
£84 - £132 (£84 = price per room per night for B&B, £132 = price per room incl dinner for 1 night - dbb prices are lower per night for longer stays)
Contact owner for details
from £80 per night for two, £150 per weekend, £300 per week
From £80 for two B&B; cottage from £225 for 3 nights.
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.
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.
One for discerning beach bums, the two huge guest rooms at this farm on the east side of the island are within 15 minutes’ drive of some of its best beaches – Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor among them. The B&B is set in a beautiful old stone manor house at the heart of a working farm, and reached via a leafy country lane. Book the Manor Suite if you’re after the decadence of high ceilings, a marble fireplace and an antique canopied bed. Or opt for the cosy Garden Room with its large pine bed and garden views. Double rooms from £89, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 2. Nearest stop: Merstone North.
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
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.
As locations go, Julie and Keith’s smart Edwardian home can’t be beat. You’re 300 metres from the Atlantic (see views from most bedrooms), a two-minute walk from the centre of historical Tintagel, and walkers and cyclists have got endless routes and trails on their doorstep. Eight sweet rooms have pine beds, patchwork quilts and dressing tables. The eco conscious owners have implemented various of energy saving measures throughout the house – Julie even reuses linen to create the quilts – and provide guests with lots of thoughtful extra services, such as packed lunches and baggage transfer option for those tackling the coastal path. A lovely place with kind, considerate owners. From £55 for two; minimum stay three nights.
The nearest railway station is Bodmin Parkway. From the station, take the 555 bus to Wadebridge, then change to the 595 bus for Tintagel. Alternatively, take a train to Exeter St Davids, then take the X10 bus to Camelford, before changing to the 595 bus to Tintagel. If cycling, Tintagel lies close to several routes on the National Cycle Network; Route 3, the Cornish Way and the West Country Way.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Regency living in contemporary Brighton, just a hop and a skip from the seafront. This friendly B&B, in one of the city’s glorious Georgian terraces, is a real home from home with sea views, delicious locally-sourced organic breakfasts, comfortable bedrooms in neutral tones; the owners are a font of knowledge on Brighton and the surrounding area and will happily help you plan an itinerary. They are also committed to the environment and their efforts have won them many awards, including a silver award for the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Bear Manor Oast
Complete with an elegant old pub - The Chaser - and a flint-and-stone church that hosts a farmers’ market on Thursday mornings, Shipbourne near Sevenoaks is picture-pretty Kentish village. Here you can rent your own oast house, a round tower-like structure formerly used for drying hops. Bear Manor Oast is a neatly converted, self-contained building with kitchen and dining facilities on the ground floor and a comfortable bedroom above. Breakfast of cereals, bread and fruit is included in the cost Rooms: one bedroom Price: double room with breakfast from £65 per night
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll find this pretty B&B is in the village of East Bergholt, childhood home of John Constable and right at the heart of Dedham Vale. It has three cosy twin-bedded rooms, each with a washbasin, TV and tea-making facilities, and all have lovely views over the gardens which owner Natalie Finch has nurtured for over 40 years. Don’t be surprised if Nat has a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake waiting for you on arrival, and she knocks up a pretty mean fried breakfast too, using locally sourced ingredients as matter of course.
The nearest railway station is Manningtree, from where you can take the 92 bus to East Bergholt. The village is also on Route 1 on the National Cycle Network, as well as the South Suffolk Cycle Route.
Underleigh House B&B
Tucked down a private lane amidst glorious Peak District scenery is this delightful, multi-award winning B&B, run by Vivienne and Philip. Charming bedrooms have valley views, and breakfasts of locally-sourced produce and homemade breads are delicious. Vivienne and Philip are dedicated to protecting the environment and encourage guests to reduce their own carbon footprint wherever possible. Great walks start from the door.
Take the train to Hope Railway Station, which is only 1.4 miles away. It is only a half an hour walk from the station to the accommodation, or it is possible to take a local bus such as the 272 which will drop you off in the centre of the village. The Nu,ber 6 Route on the National Cycle Network also passes very close to Hope.
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.
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.
Beyond the pale yellow turreted house sweeps the Tamar. Pentillie’s gardens (2,000 acres) extend down to the river; it even has its own beautiful bathing hut, jutting out into the water – a perfect launchpad for a quick swim. The house was built in 1698 by a James Tillie – there’s still a statue of him in the mausoleum. Time has done little to fade the majesty of this place: huge, gracious guest bedrooms and interiors stuffed with history and heritage. And, as if we didn’t love this place enough already, they’re greener than green: they have solar panels, electric car charging points, a borehole, woodburners, and wonderful, locally-sourced breakfasts, with bacon and sausages from farms on the estate, Pentillie honey and apple juice, and homemade granola and compote. From £100 for two.
The closest railway station is Plymouth. From there, take the 576 bus to Paynters Cross. The castle will be directly in front of you. Alternatively, Paynters Cross lies close to the Bere Pensinsula Route 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.
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.
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.
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 Little Gloster
Take unprepossessing seaside bar and restaurant, give it a Scandinavian-style makeover, convert the spare space into three smart, en-suite bedrooms, throw in an owner-chef as passionate about his Danish heritage as he is about locally sourced ingredients (Bembridge crab and beef from Newbarn Farm among them) and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect foodie seaside break. Double rooms from £90, B&B.