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.
Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
£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
Price in High Season: Double/twin £105, Single-occupancy £85
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
B&B £80 min 2 nights. Beechenhill Cottage costs £240-£370/short break £290-£420/week. Cottage by Pond costs £300-£600/short break £390-£720/week
From £105 per night
Non seaview £75, Seaview £85, Seaview Classic £95, Seaview Suite £105
Per week, self catering from £275 low season to £475 high season. Short breaks also available.
One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 per night
One bedroom apt from £65.00 per night, two bedroom apartment from £95.00 per night
Bed and Breakfast £75 per night. Self-catering (1 or 2 bedroom apartments) £50 to £70 per night, £300 to £450 per week
£30 per night as standard, £50 double, hostel accommodation at £15 per night if people provide their own bedding
£105 to £135 B&B
One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00
One bedroom from £83 and two bedroomed from £99
from £80 per night for two, £150 per weekend, £300 per week
from £105 B&B pn to £170 B&B pn
£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)
Rooms £325 - £575. Suites £610 - £1580
From £65.00 - £199 per night One Bedroom Apartment and £85.00 - £299 per Two Bedroom Apartment
£85 per night or £190 for 2 nights. Both spaces can be booked together at £150 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.
£52 Based on 2 sharing, £34 Single and various packages for family rooms
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strawberry Line B&B
You’ll have reservoir views across landscaped gardens at this homely little 2-bedroomed B&B in medieval Axbridge. Rooms are spacious with comfy easy chairs and lots of light through huge windows. Generous, locally-sourced breakfasts will set you up for the day's exploration of the surrounding hills, and there’s bike storage for those arriving on two wheels. John and Sue are a mine of information on what to do in the local area, and the Strawberry Line cycle way, after which the B&B is named, is just yards from the door. Doubles from £55; triple from £75.
Take the train to Weston Milton Railway Station, and from there take the 126 bus to Axbridge, Cheddar Road. Route 26 on th National Cycle Network also passes through Axbridge.
This family run B&B with 3 bedrooms at Old Farm is based in the farmhouse which dates back to the 15th Century. A working farm, the family breed sheep, cattle and their very own Glamrock pigs (half Gloucestershire Old Spot, quarter Hampshire and quarter Duroc) as well as producing cereals to sell and hay and silage to feed to the stock over the winter months. The Farm Shop sells home reared meats and free range eggs. They also run a small campsite in one of the fields next to the farm which can host 5 caravans and 5 tents at any one time. B&B from £50, camping from £10 a night
In the lovely village of Kirkby Malzeard, Cowscot House is a converted barn and stables with four bright rooms and charming owners, Liz Woolston and Mike Hurford. Besides all the village offers (two pubs, a tea room, a fish and chip shop – what more could you want?!), you’re right in North Yorkshire’s rural heart, with footpaths just yards from the house. The Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire Moors and gorgeous coast are all closeby, as well as Ripon, Masham and Pateley Bridge. The award-winning breakfast is boasts homemade bread, eggs from the smallholding and the finest bacon and sausages from local butchers. Afternoon tea’s another treat after a day out walking.
Burcott Mill Guest House
Burcott Mill is one of only two working watermills in Somerset; it’s Victorian cogs still churn away to produce organic wholemeal flour. Friendly owners, Louise and Steve French, have sensitively converted some of the mill buildings into delightful B&B rooms and a cosy self-catering bolthole for two. Visitors are free to wander around the mill museum. Country pubs, beautiful walks, and historic market towns are all on your doorstep. Doubles from £65 for two.
Take the train to Castle Cary - from here, take the 67 bus from to Wells on the bus route from Wells to Wookey. Route 3 (West Country Way) on the National Cycle Network also passes nearby.
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 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.
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.
There aren’t many places where you can sit on a sunny terrace and watch marsh harriers cavorting in the air and see ospreys fishing, but this well-heeled B&B overlooking Hawes Water on the edge of Gait Barrows NNR is one of them. It’s an ideal base for exploring the area, situated just outside Silverdale, with plentiful walks from your doorstep and Leighton Moss just a stone’s throw away. The breakfast is a real treat (Alastair Sawday said Charlotte’s scrambled eggs were the best he’s ever tasted and it’s hard to disagree). The comfy social areas and traditional decor (packed with mementos from the owner’s travels) make it feel especially homely.
Silverdale Railway Station is less than a mile away, meaning it is only a 15 minute walk from the station to the B&B, or it is possible to take the 51 bus. Regional Route 90 on the National Cycle Network goes through Silverdale.
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.
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.
Lowbyer Manor Country House
There are perhaps two main draws to holidaying in Lowbyer Manor; the first being that you'll be bedding down in a Grade II-listed Georgian Manor House, and the second being that the accommodation is surrounded on all sides by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Every one of the nine guest bedrooms has been designed with the guest in mind, providing the ideal surroundings in which to relax after a long day exploring the Pennines. Spend most of your time exploring and you'll need to refuel at some point, and what better way than with one of Lowbyer's award-winning breakfasts. Mustard, preserves and honey are but some of the locally-produced goodies on offer, while the bar is well stocked with local ales. Lowbyer holds a Gold Green Tourism Award.
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.
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.
Panoramic views of the Vale of York are just some of the joys of this hillside B&B in the grounds of a working farm. All three of the grandly decorated rooms are sunnily south-facing, as is the dining room with its terrace for al fresco breakfasts (or perhaps to sit with a complimentary port or sherry.) There are impressive green credentials: solar water heating, biomass boiler burning wood from the farm and good tips on cycle hire and public transport. There are six buses a day to York (Mon-Fri) from the village of Crayke, just a ten-minute walk away. From £60 per night.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.