20 of the best British B&Bs

20 of the best British B&Bs

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Lindeth Fell

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Bowness-on-Windermere

‘The Kennedys certainly know how to welcome their guests and to make every minute special,’ report visitors staying for lunch this year.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wi-fi
  • great_breakfast
  • baby-friendly
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
  • country_house
  • wheelchair_accessible
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Stoberry House

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Wells

‘Fabulous views’ over the cathedral and the Vale of Avalon to Glastonbury Tor await at Frances and Tim Meeres Young’s 18th-century coach house, run as a ‘faultless’ B&B.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wi-fi
  • great_breakfast
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • b&b
  • for_wine-lovers
  • guest_house
  • parking
  • vegan-friendly
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Jeake’s House

Jeake’s House

Rye

A cinematic street of cobblestone and gently listing cross-beamed houses hosts this ‘beautiful, comfortable and relaxing’ B&B, once a haunt of Malcolm Lowry and Radclyffe Hall.
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • baby-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • vegetarian_friendly
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The Lynch Country House

The Lynch Country House

Somerton

Lynne Vincent is the perfect hostess and a mine of information at Roy Copeland’s Grade II listed Georgian country house B&B on the edge of a market town, the former capital of Wessex.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • b&b
  • baby-friendly
  • dog_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • country_house
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Blackmore Farm

Blackmore Farm

Cannington

On the family farm on the edge of the Quantock hills, Ann and Ian Dyer run this 15th-century manor house with chapel as a ‘warm, welcoming’ B&B.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • historic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • parking
  • good_value
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Underleigh House

Underleigh House

Hope

‘Near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac lane’, within the Peak District national park, Vivienne and Philip Taylor welcome guests to their farmhouse B&B, ‘overlooking the beauty of Hope valley’.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • good_value
  • eco-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • wildlife_watching
  • great_breakfast
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Shallowdale House

Shallowdale House

Ampleforth

Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst’s ‘warm welcoming’ B&B is adored by a cohort of regular returnees. ‘It felt like coming home,’ writes a reader after this year’s visit.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • guest_house
  • wi-fi
  • wildlife_watching
  • b&b
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Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Bristol

Understated contemporary style is mixed with splendid views at this honey-toned former Georgian merchant’s house.
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • boutique
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • b&b
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Brownber Hall

Brownber Hall

Kirkby Stephen

Soul-stirring views of the Howgills and space to spread out in a luxurious, eclectically furnished Victorian country house make Brownber Hall a special place for private gatherings of family and friends.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • baby-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • country_house
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • great_breakfast
  • good_value
  • cycling
  • vegetarian_friendly
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The Pig in the Wall

The Pig in the Wall

Southampton

A Georgian house ‘charmingly set into the ancient city wall’, this little Piggy is wee, wee, wee – at least, compared with its country cousins.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities
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Duke House

Duke House

Cambridge

Liz and Rob Cameron’s ‘beautifully presented’ B&B is ‘well located’, in ‘walking distance of the whole city’.
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • boutique
  • wi-fi
  • great_breakfast
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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Hastings

Trusted friends of the Guide rated this boutique B&B, on the fringe of the Old Town, ‘the nicest’ they had stayed in.
From £90 per night
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • garden
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
  • weddings
  • honeymoon
  • garden
  • parking
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
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Riverwood

Riverwood

Pitlochry

A contemporary Arts and Crafts-style house, in large grounds on the edge of a conservation village, is home to Ann and Alf Berry’s ‘tranquil’ B&B.
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wi-fi
  • good_value
  • wildlife_watching
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Coes Faen

Coes Faen

Barmouth

Coes Faen means ‘leg of stone’, bringing to mind Shelley’s Ozymandias, but there is no vainglory at Sara and Richard Parry-Jones’s adults-only hotel overlooking the Mawddach estuary.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • boutique
  • adults-only
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wi-fi
  • eco-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • horse_riding
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • great_breakfast
  • rooms_with_a_view
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Craigatin House and Courtyard

Craigatin House and Courtyard

Pitlochry

A lofty glass-fronted, cedar-beamed extension creates a cathedral of light, drawing visitors to this B&B in a former surgeon’s house set amid two acres of gardens and woodland on the fringe of the Highlands.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • walking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
25% voucher
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New House Farm

New House Farm

Cockermouth

A cream tea on arrival and a hot tub in the grounds are among the pleasures that make Hazel Thompson’s B&B, in fans’ eyes, ‘the best in the Lakes’.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • guest_house
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • dog_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
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Padstow Townhouse

Padstow Townhouse

Padstow

Chef Paul Ainsworth’s parents owned a Southampton guest house, where dinner might be dad’s corned beef hash with Bisto gravy. His own enterprises are more high end, the rooms here complementing Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 in downtown Padstow.
  • walking
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • adults-only
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
  • for_wine-lovers
  • celebrity_chef
  • boutique
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38 St Giles

38 St Giles

Norwich

Built in 1700, and once home to the Lord Mayor of Norwich, this ‘well-placed’ luxury B&B is run ‘with enthusiasm’ by father and daughter Dennis and Holly Bacon.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • boutique
  • wi-fi
  • great_breakfast
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Austwick Hall

Austwick Hall

Austwick

The Guide’s recommendation inspired one gratified reader to book a stay at Eric Culley and Michael Pearson’s characterful B&B in a Yorkshire Dales village: ‘I’m pleased to be able to agree with the enthusiastic comments.’
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
  • adults-only
Last updated: July 02, 2020