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.
2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251
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
Price in High Season: Double/twin £105, Single-occupancy £85
£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
From £40 per night for a couple sharing, up to 30% discount on a two night stay at a weekend
Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55
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 £105 per night
from £105 B&B pn to £170 B&B pn
B&B £80 per night £95 for one night at a weekend. Self-catering £250-£350 per week
One bedroom apt from £65.00 per night, two bedroom apartment from £95.00 per night
From £58 to £80
Per week, self catering from £275 low season to £475 high season. Short breaks also available.
Luxury suites £65-£100 total for 2 persons, 2 bedroom. Family Suite £110-£155 for family of 4, larger parties please ask
from £80 per night for two, £150 per weekend, £300 per week
£40 per person per night
One bedroom from £83 and two bedroomed from £99
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.
£85 per night or £190 for 2 nights. Both spaces can be booked together at £150 per night.
£99- £ 125.00 BB double or twin room
One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 per night
£52 Based on 2 sharing, £34 Single and various packages for family rooms
Non seaview £75, Seaview £85, Seaview Classic £95, Seaview Suite £105
£105 to £135 B&B
£30 per night as standard, £50 double, hostel accommodation at £15 per night if people provide their own bedding
From £65.00 - £199 per night One Bedroom Apartment and £85.00 - £299 per Two Bedroom Apartment
Just off Penzance’s promenade crammed with quirky inns, restaurants and intriguing shops is Warwick House, a smart, peach-coloured Regency guesthouse with contemporary, freshly-decorated rooms, locally sourced breakfasts (try the Cornish muffins), and the delights of Penzance a short hop. To the front, a lovely patio area catches the sun all day; wallow in those sea views or read a book under the parasol. Julie and Chris are a wealth of information on the local area and will happily help you plan an itinerary. If you prefer to self-cater, they have a two-bed cottage just up the road. From £88 for two.
The closest railway station is Penzance, which has regular services from London Paddington, Exeter and St Ives. From the station, a ten minute walk along the seafront will bring you to Warwick House. Alternatively, both Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network pass through Penzance.
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.
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.
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.
Bear Manor Oast
Complete with an elegant old pub - The Chaser - and a flint-and-stone church that hosts a farmers’ market on Thursday mornings, Shipbourne near Sevenoaks is picture-pretty Kentish village. Here you can rent your own oast house, a round tower-like structure formerly used for drying hops. Bear Manor Oast is a neatly converted, self-contained building with kitchen and dining facilities on the ground floor and a comfortable bedroom above. Breakfast of cereals, bread and fruit is included in the cost Rooms: one bedroom Price: double room with breakfast from £65 per night
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.
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.
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.
The Moorlands Country House
In lush gardens, amidst the stunning scenery of the North York Moors, this five star luxury bed and breakfast is a wonderful choice for a relaxing escape. With easy access to Whitby and the rugged North Yorkshire coast, as well as all the fine walking country of the Moors and the historic city of York, this tastefully decorated slice of country living offers up fine food (not just breakfasts) and holds a Green Tourism Business Scheme silver award. From £140 per night B&B based on 2 people sharing
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.
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.
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.
Maison Talbooth is a hotel with added wow factor. Each of its 12 suites comes with a super kingsize bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, goose feather duvets, luxurious duvets and that all-important complimentary wifi, whilst some also boast their own private hot tub for that extra touch of luxury. Enjoy breakfast in the light and airy Garden Room which overlooks Dedham Vale before heading off to the Pool House for a dip or booking a session on the tennis court. After an active day, enjoy a massage at the hotel’s new spa before catching the complimentary shuttle car for a five-minute journey to the award-winning restaurant, Le Talbooth. Located in a stunning location on the banks of the River Stour, this restaurant has been creating locally sourced dishes for 50 years, such as Colchester Crab ravioli and Fillet of Dedham Vale beef carpaccio.
The nearest railway station is Colchester. From there, take the 93C bus to Stratford St Mary. Also nearby are Routes 1 and 13 on the National Cycle Network.
Originally built in 1907, this spacious, dog-friendly campsite is set right on the edge of the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park and is perfectly situated for the Three Peaks, Ingleton waterfalls, caves and a huge variety of different walks. You’ll find essentials like bread and milk for sale in the reception area, or if you have a hankering for some local produce, then head for the local organic farm shop just two miles down the road. There is wide range of accommodation on offer at Dalesbridge, from the two camping fields (one of which is set aside for groups) to bunk houses and guests can also stay in the main house which sleeps up to 15, either self catered or with B&B.
The Cornmill at Kirkby Mills
Nestling against the North York Moors in the pretty little village of Kirkbymoorside, close to Helmsley and Rivaulx Abbey, The Cornmill is an award winning, four star guest house and cottages. In the grounds of a lovely 18th Century watermill, the Cornmill offers 21st Century comfort and luxury (from Duck down pillows to wifi) mixed with traditional, rural surroundings to provide the ultimate Moors getaway, as well as a lovely wood burning stove to keep you warm without damaging the environment. From £80 per night B&B based on 2 people sharing
Owners Roger and Linda realise just how lucky they are to be living in one of England's most desirable spots, which is perhaps why they're so keen on preserving the landscape. Active in the Cumbria Green Business Forum, they have also been awarded Silver by the GTBS and are proud members of Nuture Lakeland. The 3* guesthouse has five rooms and was first built in 1860 in the traditional local stone and slate style. Breakfast is served in the Victorian dining room using the best local ingredients, including sausage and bacon from the award-winning Huddlestons of Windermere butchers. After a long day of exploring the Lakes there's no better place to relax than Elim Lodge's private garden.
A lovingly restored 18th century cow mistle and granary, Covill Barn enjoys a gorgeous location overlooking Gouthwaite Nature Reserve. Owners Sue and John have created a real home from home experience, and pride themselves on serving up fantastic breakfasts. As well as the two rooms within the house (a twin and a double), there’s a self-catering granary sleeping two attached to the barn – all super-clean and comfy. Set in pretty gardens next to a stream, Covill Barn makes a perfect base for walking, mountain biking, birdwatching and sightseeing in the Nidderdale area.
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
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.
Tythebarn House B&B
You get the impression that Diana and Vic of Tythebarn House genuinely live by their motto: come as a guest, leave a friend. With only one B&B apartment (sleeping 2) you’re sure to be well looked after. Vic is brimming with local knowledge and always on hand with a hand drawn map while Diana’s stone-baked breakfast are to die for.
All Diana's ingredients are locally sourced – sausages and black pudding from Stuart Smith butchers and dry cure bacon from Lune Valley Smokehouse - and served alongside freshly-baked bread, homemade granola and proper porridge, dished up in wooden “Goldilocks Bowls.” Diana’s been a keen foodie all her life and has even dabbled in celebrity cheffing - she has cooked for Japanese TV and made it to the finals of the Britain’s Best Dish.
Take the train to Carnforth Railway Station, and then the 555 bus to Holme. A quick walk up North Road will bring you to Tythebarn. Nearby is Route 6 on the National Cycle Network.
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.
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.
Dating all the way back to around 1856, this 4* Victorian Guest House is only two minutes from the centre of Keswick, and is a haven for anyone from hill walkers and cyclists to paragliders. The house has eight bedrooms altgoether, all of which offer comfortable mattresses with the best feather or down duvets to guarantee a peaceful night sleep. The owners also pride themselves on offering one of the best breakfasts around, with most of the produce coming from Keswick itself. Having been awarded Gold by the GTBS, sustainable initiatives include offering comprehensive recycling facilities, insulating all hot water pipes and installing water-saving toilets.
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.
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.
A modern B&B overlooking quaint, cobbled St Ives. Individually decorated bedrooms mix traditional touches with modern flourishes: brass beds, dressing tables, tie-back curtains and flat screen TVs; two have balconies with far-reaching sea views. Breakfast in the sunny dining room is a strictly Cornish affair. The lovely garden encourages wildlife so don’t forget to pack your binoculars – note your sightings in the B&B’s wildlife diary. A restful retreat, great for couples seeking a quiet getaway within striking distance of lively St Ives. From £86 for two.
The closest railway station is St Erth, which has services from London Paddington, although there are limited services here. Therefore, where possible, arrangements can be made to collect guests arriving at St. Ives station. Arrangements can also be made to collect guests from St Ives bus station, which has a National Express stop. Also nearby are Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network.
Originally built for a Master Mariner in 1836, Camilla House is now a sleek boutique B&B with eight rooms, Mount Bay views, and an ethical, sustainable approach to running the B&B. Rooms are stylish and eclectic – think big prints, bolds colours, leather chairs, spotlighting. Superb ensuite bathrooms are just as luxurious, with fluffy white bathrobes and towels and fabulous showers. The menu (book in for dinner) features all sorts of locally sourced goodies, such as fish from Newlyn (a mile away), Mounts Bay mackerel, and Roskilly ice cream. Simon and Susan are as hands on or off as you want them to be, and have plenty of suggestions of things to do in the area – they will happily pack you a hamper for an evening at the Minack Theatre. From £77 for two.
The closest railway station is Penzance, which has regular trains from London Paddington, Exeter and St Ives. From the station, it is just a ten minute walk to the B&B. Both Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network go through Penzance.
Lovely Looe, with its rows of whitewashed fisherman cottages and colourful boats bobbing in the harbour. This B&B makes a great lookout for passing boats, hence the name – you never know, you might even catch sight of a schooner making its way out of the town’s pretty harbour. The nautically-named rooms are light and stylish, with flowery prints on walls, good beds, matching scatter cushions on leather chairs; most rooms have lovely views. Award-winning breakfasts will set you up for the day; order a packed lunch and spend a day exploring the coastal path. From £60 for two.
The closest railway station is Looe, which is just a five minute walk away, across the river. Looe has regular services to and from Liskeard, which in turn runs services from a variety of locations, including London Paddington, Edinburgh and Leeds. Looe also sits on Route 2 of the National Cycle Network.
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).
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.