Editor’s Choice B&Bs

Character and comfort define the best of B&Bs, and these wonderful guest houses always give a sense of being welcomed with open arms, quite literally in some cases. From converted cider presses to bedrooms adorned with Georgian antiques, expect high standards, and occasionally a quirky window and sloping floor board or two – it’s all part of the charm.  Here are the Good Hotel Guide’s Editor’s Choice selections for best B&Bs.

2019 Editor's Choice B&Bs

Editor’s Choice B&Bs

1
The Quay House

The Quay House

Clifden

‘It is impossible not to like Julia and Paddy Foyle,’ the ‘delightful hosts’ of this ‘sybaritic’ harbourside B&B on the fringes of the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • b&b
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • historic
10% discount voucher
2
Craigatin House and Courtyard

Craigatin House and Courtyard

Pitlochry

Built in the early 1800s, this handsome B&B, a former surgeon’s house, stands at the gateway to the Highlands.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • walking
25% voucher
3
St Cuthbert’s House

St Cuthbert’s House

Seahouses

Regular Guide readers laud Jeff and Jill Sutheran’s B&B, forged from a ‘delightfully converted’ Presbyterian church, as ‘a perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of the north-east’.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Brooks Guesthouse

Brooks Guesthouse

Bristol

Owners Carla and Andrew Brooks have made a foray into the country (see entry, Ross-on-Wye), but everything ticks over nicely back at their ‘impressive’ city B&B.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • exceptional_value_(
  • wi-fi
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The Hack & Spade

The Hack & Spade

Whashton

‘Informal and friendly’, Jane Ratcliffe’s ‘utterly peaceful’ B&B stands on a hillside overlooking rolling Yorkshire countryside.
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • gastropub
  • view
  • wi-fi
6
The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Hastings

On the edge of the Old Town, designer Lionel Copley has created a beautiful B&B in this Grade II listed Georgian-cum-Victorian rectory.
From £90 per night
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • garden
  • b&b
  • b&b
  • weddings
  • honeymoon
  • garden
  • parking
  • seaside
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Chapel House

Chapel House

Penzance

‘I have travelled widely but never stayed in a place where I truly felt I was with a close friend.’ Owner Susan Stuart ‘has created a real treat’, says a Guide regular after this year’s visit to the ‘beautifully restored listed house’.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • view
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
  • b&b
  • guest_house
8
Coes Faen

Coes Faen

Barmouth

‘The name means “leg of stone”,’ a Guide inspector tells us – a reference to the rocks on and over which this ‘fabulous, ultra-modern’ B&B is built.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
  • b&b
25% voucher
9
The Roseleigh

The Roseleigh

Buxton

Gazing across the lake in Buxton’s ‘elegant, well-wooded main park’, the Victorian B&B’s ‘fine premises’ earned a return visit and more praise from trusted Guide correspondents.
  • bandb
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
10
38 St Giles

38 St Giles

Norwich

In a ‘lovely old building’ a stroll from marketplace, cathedral and castle, this upmarket B&B is run with commitment and enthusiasm by father and daughter Dennis and Holly Bacon.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
  • wi-fi

2018 Editor's Choice B&Bs

Editor’s Choice B&Bs

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Jeake’s House

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Rye

‘It’s a lovely place to stay, with great character and charm.’ Readers visiting Jenny Hadfield’s 17th-century B&B ‘as a little treat’ to celebrate an occasion in 2018 ‘were made to feel special and right at home’.
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • b&b
  • child_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • walking
  • bird_watching
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Penbontbren

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Glynarthen

Surrounded by rolling countryside, yet just a hill away from the sea, this ‘first-rate’ former Victorian farm B&B ‘is a very special place set in beautiful grounds’.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • b&b
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Stoberry House

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Wells

‘Five stars’, ‘Highly recommended’, ‘Faultless.’ ‘Frances, Tim and their lovely staff treat guests as if they are treasured members of the family.’ This year’s Guide received plentiful accolades for Tim and Frances Meeres Young’s B&B in an 18th-century coach house.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • romantic
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
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Brownber Hall

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Newbiggin-on-lune

Drawn by the possibilities for walking, climbing and cycling, ‘enthusiastic, hard-working’ Amanda Walker and Peter Jaques invite visitors to share in Dales living at their lovingly restored Victorian house.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
  • country_house
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The Dower House

The Dower House

Muir of Ord

‘What a gem!’ Robyn and Mena Aitchison, the ‘charming’ owners, run this ‘extremely pleasant small B&B’ with ‘wonderful hospitality.’
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
  • child_friendly
6
Y Goeden Eirin

Y Goeden Eirin

Dolydd

Expect a thoroughly ‘warm’ ‘croeso’ at Eluned Rowlands’s B&B on the edge of Snowdonia. Welsh is the lingua franca of this converted cowshed, which is imbued with local culture and heritage.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • value
  • b&b
  • parking
  • wi-fi
7
Austwick Hall

Austwick Hall

Austwick

Guests step straight into a ‘grand entrance hall’ at this B&B in a village in the Yorkshire Dales national park.
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • b&b
  • parking
  • wi-fi
8
Sea Mist House

Sea Mist House

Clifden

A knock at the cherry-red door to this ‘characterful’ B&B is answered by ‘warm, inherently hospitable’ Sheila Griffin.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
9
Duke House

Duke House

Cambridge

Once the student digs of the Duke of Gloucester, Duke House is now a family-run boutique B&B in a ‘perfect’ situation ‘in Cambridge’s parking restricted area and walking distance for the whole city including a superb pub’.
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
10
Newbegin House

Newbegin House

Beverley

‘Perfect hosts’ Nuala and Walter Sweeney clearly enjoy welcoming guests to their ‘beautiful Georgian house’ in a market town dominated by its sublime Gothic minster.
  • b&b
  • garden
  • wi-fi

2017 Editor's Choice B&Bs

Editor’s Choice B&Bs

1
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Jeake’s House

Jeake’s House - Midweek Winter Breaks

Rye

‘It’s a lovely place to stay, with great character and charm.’ Readers visiting Jenny Hadfield’s 17th-century B&B ‘as a little treat’ to celebrate an occasion in 2018 ‘were made to feel special and right at home’.
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • b&b
  • child_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • walking
  • bird_watching
2
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The Manor Town House

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Fishguard

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path runs through the valley below the rear garden terrace of Helen and Chris Sheldon’s Georgian town house in this market town between the Preseli hills and the cliffs of Strumble Head.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • view
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
3
The Quay House

The Quay House

Clifden

‘It is impossible not to like Julia and Paddy Foyle,’ the ‘delightful hosts’ of this ‘sybaritic’ harbourside B&B on the fringes of the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • b&b
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • historic
10% discount voucher
4
Blackmore Farm

Blackmore Farm

Cannington

Breakfast is served at a carved oak refectory table by the Great Hall’s massive log fire at Ann and Ian Dyer’s B&B in a manor house with private chapel.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • b&b
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • historic
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Apsley House

Apsley House

Bath

Rumoured to have been built for his mistress by the Duke of Wellington, although less imposing than its Hyde Park Corner namesake (aka No. 1, London), this is a fine Georgian house, run as a B&B by Nicholas and Claire Potts.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
6
Swan House

Swan House

Hastings

Tucked away in an Old Town cul-de-sac, a short stroll from the seafront, this early Tudor black-and-white house is run as a welcoming B&B.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • b&b
  • parking
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
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Old Whyly

Old Whyly

East Hoathly

‘As wonderful as ever,’ writes a regular visitor to Sarah Burgoyne’s ‘charmingly run’ Grade II listed, red brick Georgian manor house adjoining a private estate, close to Lewes.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • outdoor_pool
  • guest_house
  • parking
  • wi-fi
8
Dalshian House

Dalshian House

Pitlochry

Martin and Heather Walls’s white-painted Georgian guest house feels ‘blissfully remote’ – robins and red squirrels in the ‘peaceful’ surrounding woodland are your only neighbours – but it is within easy distance of bustling Pitlochry.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
  • walking
  • parking
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2 Blackburne Terrace

2 Blackburne Terrace

Liverpool

‘Everything perfect. A real find in this wonderful city.’ Our readers are impressed with this chic B&B, in the Georgian quarter, between the two cathedrals.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
10
Timberstone

Timberstone

Clee Stanton

‘Timberstone remains a great favourite,’ writes a Guide regular this year after staying at Tracey Baylis and Alex Read’s B&B in the undulating landscape immortalized by AE Housman.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • view
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher 25% voucher