Sometimes, where you stay triggers the same wonderful memories as what you see or do. This is the case for the Secret Garden. Iguazu Falls are awesome, but returning to the Secret Garden is really special. Only three rooms at the end of a tropical garden. These rooms are simple, but large, cheerful and comfortable. A small bridge through the garden takes you to the breakfast area on the other side: two large round tables where a delicious breakfast with fresh fruits is served every day. At 7:00pm, the tables are transformed into a magic area where drinks and tasty finger food are served, thus you get to know your host and the other guests. Not surprisingly, the guests often end up going out to dinner together and have a great time. John is the magician who created this little paradise and who is just as fascinating as his surroundings. He will help you with everything you need, serve the only drinkable "mate" I ever drank, and tell you just enough stories to make you yearn to hear more.
Los Lapachos 623, Puerto Iguazu, Misiones, Argentina
tel.+54 3757 423099
Luxury but extremely affordable B&B - four ladies travelling together had two very well appointed and comfortable bedrooms made up as twins - own bathroom and sitting room and extremely welcome hosts Pete and Gaye. Pete keeps some sheep and we had our own shearing session. One of us left camera behind which Gaye kindly left at our motel in Christchurch where we were heading a week later. Excellent breakfast and will do supper too.
45 Mairaki Road, Fernside, Rangiora 7471, New Zealand
+64 3-313 5180
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The best bed and breakfast in Scotland, I'd say. Rosebank House is a wonderful Victorian House in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park area. Mal and Paul made us most welcome.
The best B&Bs are those that make you feel like you're in the comfort of your own home and Coed Cae certainly fits the bill. Situated in two acres of woodland overlooking the beautiful Mawddach estuary, the B&B is ideally located for those hoping to indulge in outdoor pursuits although equally perfect for those wishing to sit back and relax in a beautiful setting. Don't miss host Jackie's exquisite home cooked with a local and seasonal twist!
A blue room and a yellow room, both in delicate pastel shades and frilly lace soft furnishings. I think of the Yorkie bar advert, but with a twist, this is not for men!
The exotic cats bred in their own lavish home further emphasize how pampered guests are.
Primrose Farm’s neat and mature one acre garden invites a wander among the shrubs and trees of this former farm house just two miles from the coast at Walcott and five miles from Happisburgh in Norfolk.
The barn and stable have been converted into two guest rooms, a double and a twin. Both rooms utilise the inter-connecting shower room and the sitting/dining room full of books with a TV. The crown being the external patio, solid wood chairs and table for jam and toast in the morning sun.
Clean, welcoming, comfortable and excellent value, close to The Malting.
Breakfast is huge with so many choices you could have a different breakfast every day of a week-long stay or be spoilt for choice if popping overnight on the way up to Scotland or on the way down south.
There are also plenty of places to eat in the evenings and the pub at the end of the road has real ale and music.
Art gallery is about a 15 minute walk.
Could anyone recommend a better B&B in Snowdonia than this one? I doubt it! Emma and Menno are warm and welcoming hosts, the rooms are spotlessly clean and comfortable and the breakfast is totally delicious - a great choice of local fare ranging from the 'full Welsh', to the healthy options. The Dutch Pancake is a particular treat - Menno having brought all sorts of interesting recipes from his homeland.There isn't a lounge, but you will be welcome to sit in the cosy Tea Room in the evening, reading or playing a board game (if you don't want to watch TV in your room) - or just relaxing. Out of season they can provide you with an evening meal or you can walk a few steps to the local pub. No need to use the car once you have arrived, as Ty Mawr is ideally situated for walks, and of course, there is the Welsh Highland Railway station across the road. Perfect!
Harmshay Farm is a gorgeous B&B located not far from Axminster and Lyme Regis. Positioned on a beautiful working farm, you will find cosy beamed bedrooms, a very warm welcome and a fantastic breakfast come morning.
Wonderful luxury B&B in the centre of town. Super beds and bedding and bathrooms. Breakfasts excellent. Owners most helpful.
Very close to Hix Oyster House and Jurassic Seafood (latter excellent if you don't mind the scruffy decor)
Parking the one black spot - you have to use the public car park up the hill.
I had gone through almost the full list of B&Bs on the Brecon Beacons National Park website and none of them had a room for two nights. Finally I decided to call the Ty Shon Jacob farm.
I called them last because their website looked a bit rough and ready, the pictures on it were fuzzy and I was convinced the horses in the picture were taken from a children's story book. When Agneta Harris the owner said on the phone that it would cost us just £25 a night, I was convinced it was only a matter of time before we discovered what the catch was.
As we went higher and higher up a hill after turning off the highway in the town of Pontypool, I almost began to wonder if it existed at all. But finally we saw a cheerful sign on the top of the hill to the Ty Shon Jacob farm and Agneta's horses munching in her fields. Energetic Agneta showed us to our wonderful room with a large luxurious bathroom. In the morning we got an excellent breakfast and Ty Shon Jacob farm turned out to be a superb find. Highly recommend it for a weekend of writing, reading or rambling through the Brecon Beacons. Its a short drive away.
There are only three rooms so you're not likely to ever find it too crowded. Ample car parking space available.
The Bothy, situated in the grounds of the White Cottage is simply the best romantic yet stylish hideaway ever.
Tim and Mary's attention to detail is superb as are their culinary skills. They are the perfect hosts.
If you want a real escape, beautiful scenery, great walks and plenty of interesting places to visit then look no further.
The owners of this incredible B&B, Deb and Ian, should offer courses to other B&B owners on how to run a successful business. Their attention to detail is second to none - carefully sourced organic products (everything from the soap to the ingredients for our delicious breakfast). We were made to feel extremely welcome with a wonderful roaring fire on our arrival. Our room was really stylish and comfortable. The location is stunning and an ideal stop off for trips to the West Highlands if you are coming from Edinburgh or Glasgow. We have stayed in many B&Bs and hotels and this is certainly one of the very best. They even have llamas! All this for £35pppn - superb value.
'Kiss away each hour of hiraeth...
when you come home again to…
Rowan in the Conwy valley.'
It’s tricky to find the lovely C19th lodge of Gwern Borter, but well worth it. Three miles from Conwy, Gwern Borta is near enough to some very fine tourist attractions in and around Snowdonia, yet secret and secluded enough to really feel away from the rat race. A highlight after breakfast is to feed the farm animals. Gary also has horses and ponies if you feel energetic. But after a busy week in the Steel City, I find it is just enough for me to unwind on a lovely woodland walk ending up at The Groes Inn, in time for lunch and local ale.
Barker Lane Rowen, Conwy LL32 8YL UK
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The five rooms in "The Place To Stay" are imaginatively converted outbuildings clustered around a pretty courtyard garden with views towards the Longleat Estate. West Country breakfasts - using fresh local produce - are served in the main farmhouse, along with bowls brimming with fresh fruit salad. The owner is a qualified massage therapist, so you can have a treatment in the luxury of your room. They will also sprinkle rose petals in the bath; coupled with the deep fluffy bathrobes, tasteful decor and four poster beds, this is the closest to five-star hotel service you'll ever find in a humble B&B.
The White Cottage, and more particularly their stone barn "The Bothy", is the perfect romantic hideaway for two in the south Shropshire Hills.
Perched on a hillside overlooking unspoiled, rolling countryside, The Bothy is small but perfectly formed. Decorated and run by Mary and Tim, it's an unrivaled exhibition of good taste. Every detail is taken care of: from under floor heating and enormous, firm bed to sculptures and original artwork by Tim and his family.
There's plenty to see and do nearby, with Offa's Dyke, Clun and Bishops Castle all a few miles away. That's not the point though. From the moment you arrive you'll sink into the place, drink in the details with a glass of red wine, shut the curtains and curl up together in a unique, moorishly loved space just for two.
We’ve never received a warmer B&B welcome than at the Pigeon House in Southam in the heart of the Cotswolds (perfect for the Cotswolds Way). Set in a lovely garden (in full bloom when we were there in Spring), this beautifully restored stone cottage sits in the centre of a tiny cluster of medieval and Norman buildings, including an adjoining tithe barn. Staying here you could be an extra in Midsomer Murders, though we were certainly charmed rather than terrified by the cosy rooms (roaring fire in the sitting room), comfy bed (duvet - not sheets and blankets!) and delicious organic breakfast. Our genial host went way beyond the call of duty, ferrying us to and from the local, award-winning pub. In the morning we found that our muddy walking boots had been discreetly scraped clean, ready for the day ahead! The Pigeon House is everything you want from an English B&B – we left happy and well rested.
A one bedroom B&B at Brownieside near Alnick, Northumberland.
A large comfortable bed,a whirlpool bath, great breakfasts and and hosts who go that extra mile-who else would allow you to borrow their SatNav to help you find the isolated inn you have chosen for supper?
Fabulous B&B near Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire. £80 for two for a huge, immaculately decorated room with 12 foot ceiling, sofa, king size bed, extra large bathroom overlooking the garden; walk in shower and large free standing bath. Plethora of towels and quality toiletries. Breakfast in the grand dining room with eggs from the hens in the garden. Superb restaurant (The White Pheasant) a short walk away.
These days Morecambe is a bit run down though with the renovation of the art deco Midland Hotel it may be on the up. But what will never change is the Bay and the wonderful views across to the Lake District. And that's where the Yacht Bay View Hotel scores. A traditional B&B in a four-storey stone built house right on the sea front. Good rooms with big bay windows have uninterrupted views right across the Bay. All the rooms have been renovated. Good comfortable beds, easy chairs to sit, have a cup of tea, borrow the binoculars and watch the view. Even towel dressing gowns to relax in. All for £66 per night per room with a great a la carte, cooked to order breakfast included.
Shieldhall, Capability Brown's family home (he is buried in the nearby pretty church) is Celia and Stephen Robinson-Gay's blisful B&B in the green rolling Northumberland countryside. Very comfortable bedrooms named after the wood used in them (we usually stay in the Oak Room) have ample bathrooms with soft towels. Celia's excellent breakfasts and (optional) dinners, incorporating local and often organic ingredients, are eaten at antique tables or one made by Stephen (an outstanding furniture maker/restorer) among elegant glass and silver antiques. With a sitting room/well stocked library and local walks, Shieldall is within easy reach of Alnwick and Bamburgh castles, Lindisfarne, Cragside, hadriaan's Wall and the Cheviots.
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