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.
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
Price in High Season: Double/twin £105, Single-occupancy £85
From £105 per night
B&B from £40 per person per night and Holiday Cottage Short Breaks from £245
One bedroom from £83 and two bedroomed from £99
One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00
Prices start at £62.50 per person
£70.00 to £90.00
From £65.00 - £199 per night One Bedroom Apartment and £85.00 - £299 per Two Bedroom Apartment
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.
One bedroom apt from £65.00 per night, two bedroom apartment from £95.00 per night
£105 to £135 B&B
One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 per night
Rooms £325 - £575. Suites £610 - £1580
from £80 per night for two, £150 per weekend, £300 per week
£30 per night as standard, £50 double, hostel accommodation at £15 per night if people provide their own bedding
Family £48 - £60 per person per night, £56 - £70 Family Ensuite, £64 - £80 Bridal Suite - All per person per night
from £105 B&B pn to £170 B&B pn
£85 per night or £190 for 2 nights. Both spaces can be booked together at £150 per night.
It’s the hosts that make the family-run Willowfield feel like home - Peter’s gentle banter over breakfast and Georgina’s home cooking. Breakfast, which is served in the conservatory to take full advantage of those misty morning views, is a real priority and features local sausages and bacon from the “good old fashioned butchers” at Silverdale.
The grand Victorian townhouse sits in a peaceful spot on the Arnside promenade, just far enough from the village centre to be silent at night and to offer uninterrupted views of the Helvellyn range. The views keep guests coming back time and time again – and you’ll often find them camped out in two well-used recliners in the dining room, spotting scope at the ready. Many guests are keen walkers and wildlife enthusiasts – orchid seekers, butterfly-buffs and entomologists – so if you’re here to explore the area’s natural highlights, you’ll be in good company.
The nearest railway station is Arnisde, which is only a ten minute walk away. The area is easily accessible by bicycle, via Regional Route 90 on the National Cycle Network.
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 picturesque cottage of Yorkshire stone, just a few yards from Castle Howard, has bedrooms in simple earthy colours. There’s an outdoor patio with barbecue and a garden with views of the world-famous Baroque castle. Your hosts, Gillian and John Harris, pride themselves on their breakfasts, which you can enjoy by an open fire. Try a fishy start to the day: Whitby haddock and salmon cooked in a ramekin with Parmesan, accompanied by a poached egg.
To get here, you could put your bike on the train: the Trans Pennine Express stops at Malton just four miles away. From £65 per night.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 20-minute amble from the nearest beach and surrounded by three acres of glorious gardens, this period guesthouse is kept cosy with the help of a biomass boiler. Frills in its three comfortingly traditional guest rooms (one has an adjacent twin room making it a popular choice with families) include fresh milk and homemade biscuits. For walkers the Tennyson Trail passes close by, for bookworms there’s a library and supper can be arranged if booked in advance. For meals out, wander down to the local pub for local rare breed sausages and mash. Doubles from £100, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 12. Nearest stop: Brook Triangle.
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'.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 warm glow you’ll get from a stay at this small modern B&B comes with a green tinge: underfloor heating and hot water are powered by a ground-source heat pump, an impressively efficient (and eco-friendly) heating system – and filtered drinking water rises from the same borehole. But there’s no Good Life-style back-to-basics deprivation here – the two double bedrooms, named Poppy and Bluebell, both boast Egyptian cotton bedlinen, feather duvets and stunning views across to the moor, just beyond the nearby gateway village of Dulverton. At breakfast, jams are home-made from soft fruits grown in the garden, and local produce makes up the bulk of the fare. Singles/doubles £50/£70 B&B.
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.
Spreading for 93 acres along the moor’s northern edge, Lovaton is very much a working farm, with rare-breed pigs, cows, sheep (and the odd horse, dog and hen!). The 18th-century farmhouse has been sensitively updated and offers comfortable, contemporary accommodation in a double room and family room, plus a guest lounge, fridge, TV and wi-fi. But do get outside: the garden – complete with stone circle, sandpit and treehouse for children – is large and welcoming, and a 15-acre wood is abloom with snowdrops and daffodils in spring. Breakfast is a real treat, with home-made sausages and bacon plus free-range eggs from the farm – take some free-range lamb, beef or pork away with you at the end of your visit. Single/double occupancy £45/£65 B&B (discounts for stays of five nights or longer; single-night bookings not accepted).
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.
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.
Following a recent extension and refurbishment project, Howe Keld has quickly garnered a reputation for offering modern, award-winning bed and breakfast accommodation only a short hop from Keswick and Lake Derwentwater. The owners have also installed a new gas condenser boiler, dual flush toilets and a range of other green initiatives to improve sustainability and have been awarded a GTBS Gold award for their efforts. Much of the furniture in the bedrooms and suites has been constructed by a local craftsman using local, naturally felled hardwoods. During breakfast the emphasis is very much placed on local produce, with the likes of home baked organic bread and locally sourced meats peppering the menu.
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.
River Dart Country Park
With over 90 acres of woods, lakes, riverside and grassland surrounding the Victorian Holne Park House in the south-east of the national park, this estate is a natural adventure playground for children and adults alike. As well as high-quality facilities for tents and touring caravans, B&B is available in en-suite doubles and twins in the main house and Coach House. River Dart Adventures, comprising extensive play facilities for kids ranging from toddlers to teenagers, includes a wooden pirate ship and fort, slides, zipwires and a commando assault course, while Dare Devils (available at extra cost - see website for times & prices) tweaks the adrenaline further with zorbs, high ropes and indoor climbing. The River Dart provides a fine backdrop to enjoy freshly made, locally sourced fare served at the Old Sawmill Cafe Bar and Restaurant. Camping from £14 (tent plus two adults), B&B twins from £90.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.