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.
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
From £40 per person, per night (based on a minimum of 2 nights in B&B). From £60 per night self-catering
£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
£50 for single occupancy mid-week low season per room - £160 for double occupancy in four poster at weekends
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
Price in High Season: Double/twin £105, Single-occupancy £85
From £105 per night
from £80 per night for two, £150 per weekend, £300 per week
£105 to £135 B&B
£30 per night as standard, £50 double, hostel accommodation at £15 per night if people provide their own bedding
Per week, self catering from £275 low season to £475 high season. Short breaks also available.
£52 Based on 2 sharing, £34 Single and various packages for family rooms
One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 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
One bedroom from £83 and two bedroomed from £99
£85 per night or £190 for 2 nights. Both spaces can be booked together at £150 per night.
Rooms £325 - £575. Suites £610 - £1580
One Bedroom Apartments from £60.00. Two Bedroom from £90.00
From £65.00 - £199 per night One Bedroom Apartment and £85.00 - £299 per Two Bedroom Apartment
£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)
Non seaview £75, Seaview £85, Seaview Classic £95, Seaview Suite £105
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
from £105 B&B pn to £170 B&B pn
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
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.
High Green Farm
Perched on the hillside of Nidderdale, this renovated farmhouse offers amazing views across Gouthwaite Reservoir. There are two pretty, light rooms (a double with adjacent bathroom and twin with en-suite shower) and under floor heating adds to the cosy feeling in winter. The traditional Aga cooked breakfasts include eggs from the farm and locally sourced produce. The historic Pateley Bridge is closeby, with traditional shops and tearooms, and all the region has to offer is easily accessible.
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
A wonderful B&B in a unique 15th Century, Grade 1 Listed Manor House with many period features including oak beams, stone archways and medieval garderobes, and views of the Quantocks Hills. Come here for a taste of what it must have been like in Elizabethan times. Blackmore Farm has been run by the Dyer family since 1952 and they now farm 850 acres and 180 cows. As well as the dairy herd they also grow 450 acres of combinable crops including wheat, barley, oats, peas and beans. Milk from the cows is used to produce the farm’s delicious Blackmore Farm ice cream, which is available in a well-stocked onsite farm shop along with many other local produce.
Train or bus to Bridgwater, then 5 mins by taxi to the farm. For taxi companies that serve Bridgwater station see: traintaxi.
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.
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.
Creaking floorboards, winding staircases and lovely antiques add to this rambling 16th-century farmhouse’s charm. Owners Charles and Maggie will make sure you feel at home – and their love of this glorious area and all it offers will inspire your exploration. It’s the kind of place you can kickback and really relax, with big comfy beds, and individual quirky touches in each room. The kitchen is at the heart of the house and guests breakfast around a large dining table, feasting on the likes of local black pudding, sausages from the next door farm and kedgeree with Nidderdale trout.
Greenwell Hill Holiday Cottages
Sitting comfortably between the villages of Wolsingham and Tow Law, Greenwell Hill offers up no less than 350 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside for your exploration. You'll have the choice of three holiday cottages sleeping between four and thirteen people - the 18th Century barn is a particular draw, with its Weardale stone roof and converted Gin Gan (a separate accommodation sleeping 6 whose living area is completely circular and 22ft across). The barn and Gin Gan can also be booked as B&B accommodation. Kids will love just how much there is to do here, from following the farm trail and feeding the resident chickens to pony trekking, mountain biking and wandering the North Pennines and Durham Dales.
Scaife Hall Farm
Enjoy a stay on a working farm, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The 600-acre Scaife Farm in Washburn Valley has amazing moor views and great walking right on the doorstep. There are three rooms and a guest lounge with log fires and tons of information on the local area. The hearty breakfasts have won awards – with free-range eggs from the farm’s hens naturally, sausage, bacon and black pudding often from home-reared pigs and Heather honey from the farm too, of course.
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.
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.
Book one of the seven en-suite guest rooms in this stately Jacobean manor house and you’ll find each one has its own period charm, whether that’s a clawfoot bath or ancient panelling. Communal areas include a woodburner-equipped sitting room and visitors are welcome to try their hand at the grand piano or 18th century pipe organ. Outside there’s a tennis court and fifteen acres of gardens. The latter, which includes a walled kitchen garden, has been recognised as a site of historic importance by English Heritage. Breakfasts include locally made honey and jam and, for evening meals, there’s the local pub, a five-minute stroll away through the grounds. Doubles from £90, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 12. Nearest stop: Crown Inn.
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
The Salty Monk
This restaurant-with-rooms has six individually decorated bedrooms. King-size beds, freestanding baths and power showers, private courtyards and garden views are just some of the features you can choose. All rooms have wi-fi, tea- and coffee-making with homemade biscuits, chilled bottled water and, erm, a teddy-bear on the bed. Take him down to breakfast and you might be able to blag extra portions. From £120 per night.
The Ship Inn
The quirky, colourful, and charming Ship Inn sits by the lovely Yorkshire Coast in Port Mulgrave, offering wonderful walks to picturesque Staithes and the fine sands of Runswick Bay. This lovely retreat is home to a café selling home-made cakes and local ales; the delicious breakfast that you receive if you choose to stay also features local free range organic eggs and home-baked bread. A real warm, homely experience.
From £80 per night B&B based on 2 people sharing
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.
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
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.
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
Lower Trecott Farm
Cottages don’t come much more cottagey than this Grade-II-listed 16th-century farmhouse in the ancient hamlet of Trecott, just a few miles north of the national park. A traditional Devon longhouse constructed with cob – mud and straw – Lower Trecott is awash with character, featuring glowing wood stoves, inglenooks, oak beams and bread ovens. It’s also a working two-acre smallholding farm, with sheep, hens and beehives – savour the free-range eggs and honey at breakfast. Three cosy bedrooms, all with private or en-suite bathroom, continue the theme, with timeless charm and comfort. Prepare for a delightful cream tea on arrival. £38 per person B&B (discounts for stays of two nights or longer).
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.
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)
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.
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.
Cornwall is what children’s holidays are made of, but what if you want to kick back and romance your other half without the fear of someone’s tots getting under your feet? Head straight to Trenderway Farm, a stunning B&B on a working farm near Looe, a gorgeous child-free retreat. Delightful bedrooms are individually decorated: ‘Wysteria’ and ‘Willow’ are country cottage with cherry red carpet and floral curtains. Others are more rustic, with exposed walls painted white; the characterful Meadow Barn has its own kitchen for those that want to keep themselves entirely to themselves. Breakfast is local – in the pretty conservatory or outside under the willows if it’s nice. This is a real working farm, where herds of pedigree cows roam the land; the apple orchard contains forty heritage varieties. From £80 for two.
The closest railway station is Looe. From there, take the 572 bus to Polperro Seaside Village, the walk a short distance up the A387 to the farm. Close to both Looe and Polperro is Route 2 on the National Cycle Network.
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.
Get back to basics at this unique centre that provides affordable accommodation aimed at enabling young people to explore the wilds of Exmoor. The bunkhouse sleeps 14 people in two rooms, and there’s ample space alongside for camping; facilities are tailored to groups, with a communal washroom, a simple open kitchen and living area, benches and collapsible tables, and a wood-burning stove that’s perfect for evening huddles as sausages sizzle and spuds bake inside. The bunkhouse sits in the wooded Hoaroak Valley on the edge of the high moor near Lynton – perfect for introducing kids to the truly great outdoors. Not accessible by road. From £9 per person (minimum cost per group applies).
There’s an appealing mix of attributes here: superlative views over Eype Downs towards the sea in one direction and up to lovely Colmers Hill in another; glorious breakfasts, served whenever possible on the patio; and easy access to some of the most iconic features of Dorset. You’re within walking distance of the South West Coast Path and the high point of Golden Cap, while the beaches of Eype and Seatown are both a mile and a half away. Owners John and Pauline Bale exude enthusiasm for the area, and in addition to offering four comfy B&B rooms they run country living workshops such as hedgerow basket making. From £80 for two B&B
Take the train to Dorchester South railway station, which has a regular service from London Waterloo. From there, take the X31 bus to the Bridport stop from where you will be able to see the farm.