High above the Isarco valley between Bressanone and Bolzano, this hamlet consists of le tre chiese, three curious little attached medieval churches and this unspoilt 14th-century chalet, now a modest hotel.
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Elegantly furnished, a B&B in a Gothic revival style mansion one mile from the city. In a pastoral setting, the beautiful grounds contain lawns, an ornamental pond and a Victorian walled garden. Extensive Aga-cooked breakfasts, and complimentary tea or coffee and home made cake each afternoon in the Tea Room.
In their tranquil Victorian home In Rusthall, the caring hosts have added thoughtful extras to meticulously furnished bedrooms. B&B guests are provided with an alarm clock, CD/DVD player, a USB socket for charging an iPhone, a fridge, luxury toiletries, ironing and tea and coffee making facilities. Gourmet breakfasts are served in the conservatory. The well-kept gardens contain a terrace, a water feature and koi pond. Local eateries are close by. 1.5 miles W of Tunbridge Wells.
Wonderful views, luxury extras and home-baked treats – on a quiet road within walking distance of the town centre, this B&B in an Edwardian property has an immaculate modern interior and welcoming hosts.
In secluded gardens and woodland, a low-built contemporary house with sun terraces and spacious accommodation overlooking acres of greenery. There’s an open-plan lounge for relaxing, and communal Aga-cooked breakfasts with a choice of home-made breads are served in a light-filled dining area. Five miles N of Lewes.
In a peaceful garden, this welcoming B&B is in Halland village, a ten-minute drive to Glyndebourne and Lewes. Bedrooms are homely and comfortable (one has a separate bathroom; robes provided). Served in a bright conservatory, award-winning breakfasts include yoghurt parfait, jugged kippers, Eggs Benedict and a full English.
In the village centre, with easy access to the lake and fells, David and Angela Beattie’s modern B&B is a great spot for walkers and cyclists – packed breakfasts and lunches can be provided, and secure storage is available.
A five-minute drive from Hull city centre and a short stroll into Hessle town centre, this comfortable B&B is in a tastefully refurbished Edwardian house, set In an acre of ‘Old English’ garden. It overlooks the Humber Bridge (the Viewpoint is just around the corner) and is also a good setting off point for the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
Next to the 15th-century castle, a hospitable owner and friendly pets provide the warmest of welcomes at this small B&B in a village seven miles W of Leicester. There are two homely bedrooms, a guest lounge, an outdoor pool and a gym.
Situated in a tiny hamlet the North Downs above Folkestone, this homely B&B in an 18th-century farmhouse has spectacular views across fields and hills, and on a clear day over to France. The Channel Tunnel is a ten-minute drive.
Seaside hints abound at this Victorian town house, an easy stroll from the seafront. Spic and span modern bedrooms have plenty of storage and are decorated in soft colours; two overlook the greenery of St John’s Park. Hearty breakfasts are served in a coastal-hued breakfast room and the friendly hosts share useful local tips with their B&B guests.
Opposite Taunton Racecourse, a charming 17th-century lodge set in over an acre of gardens. Some of the B&B accommodation is in spacious rooms in the main house – one has an emperor size bed, a bathroom with his and hers washbasins, free-standing bath, a separate power shower, and views to the Blackdown Hills. Characterful suites in the former stables have beams, a 4-poster bed, Persian rugs on traditional slate floors, and their own private access. A well-equipped, self-catering two-bedroom cottage is also available.
Close to Canterbury West Station, a quaint B&B dating back to the 14th century and mentioned in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. Themed bedrooms are spread between the half-timbered house (low beams, uneven floors, bowed walls) and the converted stables overlooking the garden. All guests have use of the comfy lounges, honesty bar and DVD library. Breakfasts are served in the historic wood-panelled Quadrant room.
In Beachampton, a picturesque village a short drive from Milton Keynes, a beautifully restored 300-year-old farmhouse with three inviting bedrooms and a well-equipped gym. Breakfast includes freshly laid eggs and honey from the owners’ hives. Footpaths lead across the fields; the village pub is a stroll away. Bletchley Park, Woburn Abbey and Silverstone nearby.
Light and airy, South Lodge, Wavendon, is a contemporary B&B in an acre of landscaped gardens bordering a golf course and fields, five miles SE of Milton Keynes. Spoiling additions to the comfortable bedrooms include soft fluffy robes, homemade biscuits, complimentary soft drinks and fresh milk in the mini fridge, and underfloor heating in sparkling bathrooms. A morning newspaper arrives with breakfast, which may be served in the dining room, on the patio or in one’s room. The Wavendon Arms restaurant is within walking distance; the Stables Theatre is just one mile away.
A small B&B in a detached house, peacefully surrounded by a lawn and lush gardens. It has a comfortable lounge, homely bedrooms (two share bathroom facilities) and a tasty English/Irish or continental breakfast in the morning. Dinner may be pre-arranged. Duxford and Shuttleworth airfields, the RSPB headquarters, local shops and places to eat are close by. 5.5 miles SE of St Neot’s.
Self-sufficient guests will find excellent value at this stylish B&B. In a Victorian town house, on a tree-lined road, it is a fifteen-minute walk away from Windsor Castle and close to Heathrow (some aircraft noise). Shops, pubs and restaurants are nearby. Breakfast is a help-yourself affair. Each comfortable room (some with a table and chairs) has a mini-fridge stocked with fresh milk, water, fruit juice, yoghurt; cupboards reveal cereals, fruit, muffins, bread for toasting, teas, coffee and hot chocolate. A breakfast room is also available for guests’ use. Complimentary movies and books may be borrowed. Parking is possible on the drive or by permit on the street.
Next to a fully restored and working water mill on the banks of the River Avill, a tranquil B&B with four pristine rooms. The lounge has books, magazines, games and DVDs; local maps and information. A small seating area at the front overlooks the river and across to Deer Forest.
Nestling in over seven acres, there are glorious views of the garden from every room of this lovingly refurbished 18th-century house. Accommodation is in three spacious rooms (one with a separate bathroom), and B&B guests may sit in front of a warm hearth in the cosy sitting room/library or drawing room. The host is helpful with local knowledge. A short walk away, a lively pub serves tasty food.
Close to the Hadrian’s Wall Path, this B&B in a Victorian house is a useful stopover for weary walkers. Comfortable bedrooms are equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities and a cooling fan for warm weather. Guests start the day with a fine breakfast; the welcoming hosts suggest where to eat in the evening. Near a busy road, rooms at the back are quieter. The city centre, train and bus stations are a 10-minute walk away.
Once the village blacksmiths, the 16th-century building is now a peaceful B&B with a TV, fridge, hairdryer, radio alarm, and tea- and coffee-making facilities in contemporary bedrooms. For breakfast, local and homemade produce is served in a large open-plan kitchen. A picnic area at the front is set beside the river bank where the Kennet flows past. In a small village, 5 miles W of Marlborough.
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