Really beautiful house on the cobbled Mermaid Street in Rye. It is all creaky staircases, narrow passages and dark wood - really like stepping back in time. Breakfast is served in the old Quaker meeting house, a beautifully spacious room adjoining the B&B. Have the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.
A really nice touch is the honesty bar. The bar room is cosy and refined and you help yourself to drinks, writing what you have had on a pad to be charged on check out.
Mermaid Street, Rye
Maison de Poitiers is a lovely B&B situated in the heart of a bastide village. The rooms come complete with antiques, fluffy white towels and freshly ironed cotton sheets. It is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
1 rue des valets 47330 Castillonnes
Ph: +33 (0) 6 32 32 13 24
The Tiffin Room is a bit of an anomaly - a classy Indian restaurant in the land of cream teas and ice-creams, otherwise known as the Isle of Wight.
It's attached to Bonchurch Manor, a B&B housed in a smart Victorian house with sea views but you don't have to be a guest to eat there. The food is delicious - the masala dosa was the best I've tasted and sea bass cooked in coconut, tamarind and coriander was fantastic.
Standard curry house fare is often too rich and heavy but this food - cooked by B&B owner Shuba Rao - is light and delicately spiced.
The wine list - chosen by Shuba's husband Mark - impressive too and amazingly good value.
Northwood is a beautiful Victorian house right on the beach front of St Annes with the most stunning views across the sea.
There are two fantastically modern, ensuite B&B rooms decorated with style and a great deal of thought for comfort and practicality. Far from the traditional and rather basic ideas of the average B&B room, the rooms at Northwood could easily rival deluxe bedrooms at many a top-end hotel with carefully chosen themes, colours, soft furnishings and art work.
The owners of Northwood are incredibly friendly and make sure you feel totally catered for and will go out of their way to see that you have access to all that the surrounding area offers.
The owners are also very child-friendly and being parents themselves, they were amazing in helping out with any child-related items we had forgotten to bring. It's the only B&B I've ever stayed in that manages to remain sleek, elegant and stylish whilst catering so wonderfully to children.
Northwood is ideally situated for the beach, the pier, shops in St Annes Square, the trendy restaurant scene in Lytham, traditional seaside fun in Blackpool and it's ideal for golfers who wish to take advantage of Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. I really couldn't fault it. If you're looking for a comfortably modern and stylish place to stay with a relaxing, friendly atmosphere then I can't recommend Northwood highly enough. It's certainly the best B&B I've stayed in and will be returning there in the very near future.
24 North Promenade
St Annes On Sea
A broken down car in the middle of the Brecon Beacons and an inability to get to our pre-booked accommodation was not a great start to the holiday, but without those factors we would never have happened across Ardwen House - a true gem of a B&B. We were warmly welcomed into a beautifully refurbished room with en-suite roll-top bath, invited for drinks in the library before dinner, and utterly spoilt with some wonderful home-cooked food. We were hooked.
This beautiful Georgian house is a B&B, and then some. Owners, Mike and Susan Gordon (delightful hosts) restored the house from scratch (they also own a modern property available for hire nearby) have had a few celebrity guests stay. The place is going to be featured in the next Mr and Mrs Smith guidebook, say no more.
£138-£258 with complimentary drinks and run of the house. aboutscotland.com/edin/royalcircus.html
Small B&B opened this year by Dinah and Brian Post who are friendly and welcoming while allowing guests their own space. Rooms are comfortable and the cooked breakfast delicious.
It’s in a great spot for walking activities and Hay-on-Wye is less than half an hour's drive away. Surrounding countryside is awesome.
From £60, 01873 812240, www.tytalbedandbreakfast.co.uk
I grew up in Warwick and the three best things about it were (indeed I think still are) the pizzas at Piccolinos, the Castle and the best local park ever, St Nicholas's.
Avon Guest House is a lovely bed and breakfast 5 minutes' walk away from all three, making it perfect for families. Run by a lovely couple who are really welcoming and knowledgable about all the local attractions and the sights to be found a short bus/train/car ride away (Stratford-Upon-Avon, The Cotswolds).
It's chintz-free and more like a hotel than a standard B&B. I had one of the best nights' sleep on a super comfy bed and woke up to the smell of bacon frying downstairs - heaven. They also do the most perfect scrambled eggs (apart from my boyfriend's!)
Definitely the posh end of the B&B business. Grade 1-listed half-timbered and dating from the 13th century. Lots of oak beams and floors, Elizabethan wall paintings, four-posters, bateau lit etc. There’s even an honesty bar.
01787 247404, lavenhampriory.co.uk
Meadow Park is on the outskirts of the village of Buckland Brewer. It is a beautiful bungalow built by its owners 10 years ago and it has panoramic views over its own farmland towards the distant hills of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Everything is spotless and of a high standard but the main attraction is the peace and quiet.
It's handy for Bideford and Clovelly and the R.H.S. Rosemoor Gardens and is right in the heart of Tarker country. At the end of the Chapple's private road there is the most wonderful 13th Century thatched pub with equally wonderful food and where we were treated like old friends!
The Old Rectory bed and breakfast is a beautiful old stone building with an unbeatable view of Loch Fyne to wake up to each morning. Hosts are welcoming and friendly. Great pub just up the road that does good beer, food and whisky. It's a perfect place to get away from it all.
The Old Rectory, Newton, Inveraray, Scotland, PA32 8UH
Tel: 01499 302280
Norburton Hall is located in beautiful grounds in the heart of Burton Bradstock (two pubs and The Hive Beach cafe).
The Halcyon Suite is enormous with a bathroom the size of a normal hotel bedroom. The breakfast is superb and catered for all diets (great homemade veggie sausages) and the owner, Karen Venn, is extremely nice and helpful.
Norburton Hall, Shipton Lane, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4NQ, Tel: 01308 897007
This site is great, I was scouring the internet for a good value B&B that didn't have interiors from the 70s and found this little gem.
There are three contemporary B&Bs on the site and rooms start from £65 per room per night for The Alvia Hotel. We stayed at Brighton Wave, the breakfasts were delicious. I recommend their blueberry pancakes.
brightonwave is at 10 Madeira Place, BN2 1TN just east of the pier, some rooms have sea views the website is www.boutiquebrighton.co.uk and the phone number is 01273 676794
It is quite simply the best British B&B we have stayed in. Everything is thought of and catered for. How ace to have a full breakfast menu with such great choices with proper sauces, jams etc - none of these rubbishy catering pack plastic sachets. Perfectly situated for the excellent Monkey World, too!
44 Maiden Castle Road
01305 267145 - 07748947610
There are hundreds of B&Bs to choose from in Whitby - and this is one of the best. Simply decorated, quirky rooms with fabulous fixtures in this elegant Georgian town house, handy for both the harbour and the buzzy town centre.
The vibe is very relaxed - not a single 'do not do this/that/the other' sign in evidence; the welcome's warm and the breakfast stupendous.
You'll return again and again - you can afford to -it's within everyone's pocket.
5 Havelock Place
North Yorks YO21 3ER
A B&B in Tywardreath (setting for Daphne du Maurier's House on the Strand). Really stylish modern rooms and ideally located for exploring mid-Cornwall. Owners are highly knowledgeable about local walks, beaches, pubs and restaurants.
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