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
Price in High Season: Double/twin £105, Single-occupancy £85
2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251
£150 per room per night including breakfast
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
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
£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
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
From £105 per night
£30 per night as standard, £50 double, hostel accommodation at £15 per night if people provide their own bedding
One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00
£99- £ 125.00 BB double or twin room
Bed and Breakfast £75 per night. Self-catering (1 or 2 bedroom apartments) £50 to £70 per night, £300 to £450 per week
From £65.00 - £199 per night One Bedroom Apartment and £85.00 - £299 per Two Bedroom Apartment
Double room from £65, family room from £75
£85 per night or £190 for 2 nights. Both spaces can be booked together at £150 per night.
from £80 per night for two, £150 per weekend, £300 per week
£105 to £135 B&B
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
£40 per person per night
One bedroom from £83 and two bedroomed from £99
From £58 to £80
One bedroom apt from £65.00 per night, two bedroom apartment from £95.00 per night
£52 Based on 2 sharing, £34 Single and various packages for family rooms
Luxury suites £65-£100 total for 2 persons, 2 bedroom. Family Suite £110-£155 for family of 4, larger parties please ask
One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 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.
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.
Set in an idyllic spot in Yarner Wood, part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, Yarrow Lodge provides wonderfully isolated accommodation amid ancient, moss-clad oak woods and streams – a perfect setting for wildlife-lovers and walkers, where flycatchers and wood warblers flit in spring and summer. Two simple bedrooms – one double, one twin – share a bathroom, and a cost guest room offers a spot to relax with a hot drink after a day exploring the moors. The remarkable rocks of Haytor, magical Becky Falls and Widecombe in the Moor are all nearby. From £30 per person per night B&B.
Slap in the centre of the moor, Beechwood is ideally placed for exploring the wild central tors, and boasts wonderful views over Higher White Tor. Built in 1871 and long occupied as two dwellings, this charming B&B retains the feel of a country cottage – woodburners, beams, water from its own well – updated with home comforts to welcome returning walkers and cyclings. The house is set in delightful gardens and several acres of hay meadows ablaze with orchids and other wildflowers in spring and summer. Breakfast is a treat, with homemade honey granola and yoghurt, and evening meals featuring west country specialities are available. Singles/doubles from £42/£68 B&B (discounts for stays of two nights or longer).
Old Tavistock Railway Station
Three luxury holiday cottages – one of which is also used for B&B – within the shell of a disused granite railway station offer possibly Devon’s most unusual accommodation option. Built in the 1880s to serve the London–Plymouth line and axed by Beeching in 1968, Grade-II-listed Tavistock North Station has been converted to provide apartments that preserve period quirks and character, but each with a different style. The Porter’s Office, sleeping four, has a cottagey feel; the Ticketing Hall, also with two double bedrooms, is Victorian in style; and the Refreshment Hall, sleeping six in three bedrooms (which can be offered for B&B), channels French chic. On a summer day, enjoying breakfast under the platform canopy is a wonderfully unusual experience. Doubles from £80 B&B; self-catering from £400/£500 for three nights/one week (sleeps four).
This 4* B&B and caravan site is set in 300 acres of glorious farmland, managed by the Clark family who have been farming here for four generations since 1923. There are two spacious bedrooms available for B&B, one double and one twin, as well five hard standings for caravans in the back field complete with electric hook ups and water points. The family manage their land with wildlife in mind, working closely with the RSPB to support large populations of wading birds such as lapwings, curlews and Redshanks. So be sure to bring your binoculars, as you never know what you might spot out of your bedroom window.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A magical hideaway in the moor’s south-eastern quarter, Mitchelcroft manages to combine the rustic ambience of a wood cabin with elegant contemporary style and a real sense of immersion in nature. All three of the en-suite bedrooms open onto a veranda where you can sit with a morning tea or coffee and watch the changing light on the idyllic meadow garden and wild moor. Debbie and Michael greet guests with the warmest of welcomes – homemade cake – and there are more gastronomic treats at breakfast, mostly local, organic and Fairtrade goodies, taken in a light, airy room with a wall of glass doors that fold right back to welcome in the summer air. Single/double occupancy from £60/£80 B&B.
A chic and stylish place to stay, offering delicious locally sourced breakfasts, The Leeway is a great base to explore charming Whitby and the surrounding North York Moors. This historic fishing port and seaside resort meanders down narrow cliffs below its gothic Abbey – and the Leeway offers a fantastic contemporary twist on a stay in the town. Rooms offer a touch of luxury with thick foam mattresses, drinks makers, and ipod docks: what’s more, they’ve been awarded Gold by the Green Tourism Business Scheme for their commitment to minimising their carbon footprint. From £64 per night B&B based on 2 people sharing
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.
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 building was first built during the 1800s and still retains many original features, while each of the ten rooms has been warmly decorated and exudes a cosy home-away-from-home type charm. The local breakfast is widely considered to be one of the best in the area, with the hearty 'Cumbrian Breakfast' including locally-cured bacon, Cumberland sausage, Ambleside black pudding and Windermere eggs. Owners Paul and Vicky McDougall have lived in the Lake District all their lives, and their love for the region can be seen in everything from the locally sourced Cumbrian breakfast to the wealth of information advising you how to best spend your time here.
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
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.
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.
Cowley House B&B
Cowley House is a beautiful mid-17th century Cotswold stone house providing 4 star luxury bed-and-breakfast accommodation in Broadway for over 20 years. Its quiet location just off the village green, in the heart of a pretty English village and less than 50 yards from the many galleries, antique shops and restaurants makes Cowley House the ideal location for your stay in Broadway and the perfect base from which to tour the Cotswolds. Prices for B&B from £78
The eight en-suite bedrooms at this charming, stone-clad Lynton guesthouse ooze elegance and individuality. Each has a distinctive personality: some feature wrought-iron or brass-knobbed bedspreads, pleasingly solid oak furniture and delicate floral Laura Ashley wallpaper; several have balconies, while one even has a small private patio, and all offer free wifi, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities. Breakfast caters equally well for carnivores and special diets – fear not, vegans or ye of gluten or lactose intolerance – and there’s a commendable reliance on local and Fairtrade produce. Doubles from £80 B&B (minimum two-night stay; reductions for longer bookings).
The nearest railway station is Barnstaple, from where you can take the 310 bus to Lynton. From there it is just a short walk to Lynton House. Lynton also lies on the Regional Route 51 on the National Cycle Network.
Red Brick Barn
Found high up on the hillside just a short distance from the village of Rookhope, Red Brick Barn is surrounded by some 7 acres of farmland inhabited by pigs and sheep, as well as hens, ducks and geese - you'll never be short on eggs for breakfast! The barn offers two double rooms, plus a kitchen/diner and cosy lounge complete with wood burning stove. You'll also find many public footpaths on the doorstep, making this a fantastic place for people looking to get out and explore. All of the cottage's electricity is produced by a wind generator, while the produce on offer is either home grown or locally sourced.
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.
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.
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.
West Blackdown Cottage
Looking to get away from it all? This is the spot: a bucolic 18th-century farm cottage set in its own three acres of grounds, blissfully peaceful and with tremendous views across the western moor. The double guestroom is wonderfully atmospheric, with its brass-knobbed iron bedstead, whitewashed stone walls and guest garden – it’s a lovely little self-contained unit. Secure bike storage and drying room for walking gear is available, with fine hiking right from the door, and breakfast – with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, naturally – is served in a private dining room. Doubles £65 B&B.
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.
In the pretty village of Linton, just off the village green, this lovely traditional stone B&B has five very comfortable en-suite rooms and prides itself on high-quality, freshly-prepared breakfasts. There are pretty gardens and the patio’s a bit of a sun trap. Linton itself is pretty and unspoilt, and the Fountaine Inn is definitely worth a visit.
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.