Bed and breakfasts are comfortable travel alternatives for those seeking overnight accommodation.
Outstanding ones offer comfort, fine service and make thorough preparations to receive guests.
A few B & Bs have facilities that will address guests’ pressing needs. Here are ten highly rated ones that promise British hospitality.
10 Outstanding Bed and Breakfasts in the United kingdom
1. Traditional Bed and Breakfasts
These B and Bs are traditional havens for weary travellers looking for a place where they can rest for the night.
Chequers is a barn that Mark and Kate Casey converted into a Bed and Breakfast. At the edge of the Wickham market in Suffolk, this is a good place to find lodging if you want to explore the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Famous attractions like Sutton Hoo and Snape Maltings surround it. The picturesque Walberswick village is but a short drive away. Find lots of eateries in historic Woodbridge.
The establishment has three spacious, comfortable rooms. Find The Hayloft, an indulgent room, at the upper level of the converted barn. The Coachhouse, offering luxurious Egyptian bedding, is at the ground floor of the barn. If you do not need so much space, use the Garden Room, a comfortable double room in the annex of the house.
Rates begin at 75 pounds per night.
b. The Malthouse
Find The Malthouse, run by Judy Wilkes, at Broad Campden, Gloucestershire. She turned an old malting house into a comfortable guest house. It welcomes all visitors.
The Malthouse has seven different rooms. Each is laid out comfortably and arouses the senses with pleasant names like Hidcote, Heythrop, Wndrush, Sezincote, Croome and Kiftsgate. Rates begin at 140 pounds per night.
Enjoy the luxurious surroundings of the Malthouse. Visit the Broadway Tower, which offers astounding views of the Vales of Evesham and Severn Valley. Take in the gripping exhibitions about its past. Alternatively, roam the Batsford Aboretum, one of the United Kingdom’s largest tree collections.
Visitors praise Judy for her attention to detail.
2. Bed and breakfasts that welcome dogs
If you are taking a road trip with your pet, do not fear, for there are B and B’s that guarantee their comfort.
a. Wilmot House, Lincoln
The Wilmot House, run by Susan Dossor, welcomes you and your dog. It is a Georgian-listed building 12 miles away from Newark.
The comfortable rooms offer bedding made of Egyptian cotton. Enjoy a breakfast of carefully chosen homemade preserves. Rates begin at 37.75 pounds per person.
Wilma house is also a good starting point from which to explore Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Visit Burghley House in Lincolnshire, an ornate Tudor mansion. If you have a mind to find out more about the United Kingdom’s impressive legal heritage, explore The Galleries of Justice Museum.
b. Thrift Farm
Thrift Farm at New Market is a thatched farmhouse run by Jen Oddy. Within easy reach of Cambridge, Newmarket, it has fascinating gardens and offers visitors opportunities for birdwatching. It also offers organic breakfasts.
Stay in the “Piggery”, a double en suite room. Prices begin at 30 pounds per person. The Thrift Farm welcomes pets and has spacious stables for horses.
3. Bed and Breakfasts with stables
a. The Old Farmhouse
The Old Farmhouse, nine miles away from Grimsby, is an 18th century farmhouse that owner Mrs Nichola Clarke renovated recently. Rates for the three comfortable rooms, named after Kings, start at 40 pounds per person.
No pets are welcome in the rooms, but there is horse livery. Relax in the lounge that has a warm, Inglenook fireplace. Each room has WIFI access for your internet needs.
Eat out at The Ship Inn, which offers food at affordable prices. For animal lovers, met the rescued tigers at Woolside Wildlife and Falconry Park.
b. The Manor House
The Manor House, situated along an avenue of horse-chestnut trees, is a relaxing place for you and your pets to stay. Stables accommodate horses, and the B and B welcomes well-behaved dogs.
One of its rooms has a kitchenette with a comfortable seating area.
Take the time to visit the Gardens at Doddington Hall or the fairs at the Lincolnshire show ground. Rates begin at 37.50 per person.
4. Bed and Breakfasts for the less mobile
Those who are less mobile may also enjoy a short retreat at a B and B. Some have excellent facilities that address special needs.
Willowsbrook, run by Tony and Elaine Barnaby, is at Lanivet Village. In central Cornwall, it gives visitors access to all the city.
Two of its well-fitted, comfortable bedrooms are on the ground floor, making it an ideal place to stay for the less mobile. Take the time to tour Cornwall’s attractions, such as the enchanting Lamorran House Gardens or the Newquay Zoo. If you need a stretch, bowl at Country Skittles.
Visit the Gardens Bodmin Moor, a vast area that shows nature at its finest. Find restaurants and tea rooms nearby.
Rates start at 35 pounds per person.
b. Reddivallen Farmhouse
Reddivallen Farmhouse, run by Liz Brewer, is four miles from Tintagel, Boscastle. A secluded 17th century farmhouse, it gives visitors access to Boscastle’s heritage coastline.
There are limitless choices for walks along the coast path to Port Isaac. Cycling options are plenty.
Choose from the Treeweens, Tregaina and Treforda rooms. One of their rooms, on the ground floor, suits the disabled. Reddinvallen has a captivating, landscaped garden and a spacious sitting room.
Reddinvallen caters to special dietary needs. Breakfasts include the traditional English Breakfast with home produced sausages.
Rates start at 37.00 per person.
5. Bed and Breakfasts that offer special courses
Then, there are Bed and Breakfasts that offer outlets for those who have special interests.
a. Higher Trevartha Farmhouse
Those interested in carp fishing will want to visit the Higher Trevartha Farmhouse at Liskeard. A 17th Century listed building run by Kathryn Sobey, it is within an acre of walled garden.
It has a choice of four rooms, including Camel, a romantic room with a four-poster bed.
Try carp fishing at one of its two ponds, or wander through the gardens before resting by the Inglenook fireplace. For animal lovers, visit the Wooly Monkey Santuary Lane, a home to rescued primates.
The Higher Trevartha Farmhouse is also near The Eden Project, the world’s most celebrated horticultural project.
Rates start at 37.50 pounds per person.
b. Summer Lodge
The Summer Lodge, run by Ady and Tim Henderson, offers visitors the chance to use its tennis court. It offers accommodation all year round.
If you do not want to play tennis, take a walk to the nearby, ancient Dalwood village. Alternatively, visit the River Cottage Canteen to sample local produce.
Breakfast options are plenty, including handmade yoghurt, a range of pastries and delectable meals taken from the Summer Lodge Breakfast Club Menu.
It has a choice of three rooms, the Balcony Room, Dovecote Room and Music Room, fitted with king-sized beds. Rates begin at $35.00 per person.
If you are in need of affordable, yet comfortable accommodation, why not try a Bed and Breakfast?