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.
The Dulaig, Grantown-on-Spey
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Here are the Good Hotel Guide’s Editor's Choice selections for best B&Bs.

2021 Editor's Choice B&Bs

Editor’s Choice B&Bs

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Millgate House

Millgate House

Richmond

Lovers of fine Georgian interiors, antiques and the chime of many clocks will adore this Regency house with an award- winning garden, which is run by two passionate collectors. Some of the elegant bedrooms have views of the garden and river.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • view
  • dog_friendly
  • walking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • good_value
  • great_breakfast
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
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Old Whyly

Old Whyly

East Hoathly

Handily situated for Glyndebourne, Sarah Burgoyne’s Georgian farmhouse is homely and comforting, with a lovingly tended garden ablaze with seasonal blooms. There is also an outdoor pool. She’s a trained cook, so breakfasts are tip-top.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • outdoor_pool
  • guest_house
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • outdoor_dining
  • b&b
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The Dulaig

The Dulaig

Grantown-on-Spey

On the edge of the Cairngorms, this Edwardian house was designed by the chap behind London’s Waldorf Hotel; inside, a sense of timeless comfort prevails in its Arts and Crafts furniture, home-baked treats, and superb breakfasts.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • garden
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • great_breakfast
  • good_value
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Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Bristol

A great deal of care has gone into making this B&B look so stylish, from the unusual vintage furniture, contemporary art and Zoffany wallpapers to the special features in the rooms, such as four-posters and copper baths.
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference/meeting_friendly
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2 Blackburne Terrace

2 Blackburne Terrace

Liverpool

A discerning eye characterises Sarah and Glenn Whitter’s Georgian town house, with its carefully curated collection of furniture, books and paintings. Sleep in richly coloured rooms; at breakfast the table is laid with silver and crystal.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • vegetarian_friendly
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The Coach House

The Coach House

Brecon

Kayt and Hugh Cooper usher you in to their 19th-century former coaching inn with tea and bara brith. Spacious rooms are soothing, in shades of sage green and cream. Walkers will appreciate the big breakfasts and option of a packed lunch.
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • golf
  • fishing
  • good_value
  • eco-friendly
  • parking
  • great_breakfast
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Chapel House

Chapel House

Penzance

This Georgian house with crisp white interiors overlooks the harbour. Bedrooms with just a dash of colour – cerulean, sunburnt orange – all have sea views. They serve a fine breakfast and you can join a communal dinner at weekends.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • romantic
  • guest_house
  • baby-friendly
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • great_breakfast
  • boutique
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Daisybank Cottage

Daisybank Cottage

New Forest

Ciaran and Cheryl Maher will welcome you like old friends to this Arts and Crafts house in the New Forest, whose pretty, immaculate rooms have espresso machines and chocolates. There is home- made granola and American pancakes for breakfast.
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • good_value
  • wildlife_watching
  • cycling
  • boutique
  • disabled_facilities
  • great_breakfast
10% discount voucher
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Low Mill Guest House

Low Mill Guest House

Bainbridge

The past comes alive at this converted 18th-century watermill in Wensleydale hill country: the old waterwheel is a highlight of the rustic, playful interior, with its stone walls and jazzy fabrics. In the morning, wake up to home-baked bread.
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • historic
  • good_value
  • cycling
  • great_breakfast
  • adults-only
10% discount voucher
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The Old Manor House

The Old Manor House

Shipston-on-Stour

This lovely 16th-century house overlooking the Stour seems too good to be true. It has antique-filled interiors, comfy, oak-beamed bedrooms, a drawing room with an open fire and, outside, a tennis court and the option to fish in the river.
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
  • garden
  • tennis
  • walking
  • parking
  • cycling
  • fishing

2020 Editor's Choice B&Bs

Editor’s Choice B&Bs

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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Pwllheli

The welcome from Lindsay Ashcroft, and husband Gary’s breakfasts win praise for this B&B in a Georgian rectory surrounded by mature grounds on the Llyn peninsula. Book a session with a visiting artist and paint your own souvenir.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • boutique
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • baby-friendly
  • b&b
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Shallowdale House

Shallowdale House

Ampleforth

There are dreamy views to the Howardian hills from Anton van der Horst and Phillip Gill’s 1960s house in leafy, hillside gardens. From fresh-baked scones to freshly squeezed orange juice at breakfast, everything is just about perfect.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • guest_house
  • wildlife_watching
  • b&b
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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Boscastle

There are romantic associations with Thomas Hardy at the Searles’ Victorian rectory B&B. The bed might be an antique carved one. Breakfast brings eggs from the hens, home-grown tomatoes, honey from the bees that pollinate the fruit trees in lovingly tended gardens.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • romantic
  • historic
  • good_value
  • parking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • electric_charging_point
  • great_breakfast
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • eco-friendly
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Swan House

Swan House

Hastings

Brendan McDonagh is a legendarily kind and friendly host at this Tudor house tucked away behind the High Street. A log fire burns in the beamed sitting room. Bedrooms are simple but beautiful. A great breakfast is cooked to order.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • romantic
  • great_breakfast
  • historic
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Old Whyly

Old Whyly

East Hoathly

Dinner under a vine-covered pergola with fellow guests on a summer’s night epitomises a stay at Sarah Burgoyne’s Georgian manor house in glorious gardens. Her spaniel, Puzzle, is a chatty host. Eggs are from the hens, honey from hives in the orchard.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • outdoor_pool
  • guest_house
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • outdoor_dining
  • b&b
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94DR

94DR

Edinburgh

A very special place, avers a fellow Guide hotelier, of Paul Lightfoot and John MacEwan’s Victorian town house near Holyrood Park. Special and beautiful, with period features, personable hosts, super bathrooms and a spectacular breakfast.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • boutique
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • parking
  • great_breakfast
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Sea Mist House

Sea Mist House

Clifden

Hens cluck away in the flower-filled garden of Sheila Griffin’s Georgian house B&B. There are wood-burning stoves, artworks everywhere, new-laid eggs at breakfast, of course, with soda bread, pancakes, honey from happy bees.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • b&b
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
  • vegan-friendly
  • eco-friendly
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Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Number Thirty Eight Clifton

Bristol

Hit the heights at Adam Dorrien-Smith’s Georgian merchant’s house overlooking Clifton Down. Stylish, uncluttered interiors, stunning views, swish bathrooms, lovely service, cream teas and a top-notch breakfast more than repay the uphill climb.
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference/meeting_friendly
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The Old Manor House

The Old Manor House

Shipston-on-Stour

You can ask for a picnic then fish in the River Stour, which borders the landscaped gardens of the Puseys’ 16th-century manor house filled with antiques and curios. A full English breakfast of local produce sets you up for the day.
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
  • garden
  • tennis
  • walking
  • parking
  • cycling
  • fishing
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Timberstone

Timberstone

Clee Stanton

Tracey Baylis and Alex Read are the warmest of hosts at this conversion of two old cottages. Modern-rustic bedrooms have countryside views. One has an in-room bath and balcony. Supper is convivial, breakfast a feast.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • view
  • cycling
  • good_value
  • bird_watching
  • baby-friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • parking
  • foodie
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2019 Editor's Choice B&Bs

Editor’s Choice B&Bs

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The Quay House

The Quay House

Clifden

Warm and genuine hosts encourage a relaxed and happy ethos at this former harbourmaster’s house filled with antiques and curios. In the morning there is breakfast cake, freshly squeezed orange juice, perfect poached eggs.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • baby-friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
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St Cuthbert’s House

St Cuthbert’s House

Seahouses

A former Presbyterian church dedicated to the patron saint of northern England is today an award-winning B&B and music venue. Rooms have an espresso machine, posh toiletries. Breakfast includes kippers from the famous local smokehouse.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
  • wildlife_watching
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Brooks Guesthouse

Brooks Guesthouse

Bristol

Guests sleep in a smart, conventional bedroom or an aluminium retro caravan on the Astroturf roof at this former office block turned friendly, unfussy city base. Breakfast brings bacon butties, smoked salmon bagels, eggs Benedict. Local restaurants abound.
  • child_friendly
  • value
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • exceptional_value_(
  • good_value
  • baby-friendly
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The Hack & Spade

The Hack & Spade

Richmond

So close to Scotch Corner, yet so peaceful, this former Georgian ale-house-cum Victorian pub is now a fine B&B, rustic without, chic within. Bathrooms have a rainfall shower, aromatherapy toiletries. High praise for the full Yorkshire breakfast.
  • walking
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • view
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • parking
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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

Hastings

Designer chic and witty caprice abound at this former rectory with beautiful lounges and lovely walled garden. Rooms are supplied with home-baked biscuits, own-label toiletries. At breakfast there are smoothies, home-cured kippers, bread fresh from the oven.
From £90 per night
  • wi-fi
  • weddings
  • garden
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
  • honeymoon
  • parking
  • seaside
  • good_value
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Chapel House

Chapel House

Penzance

A Georgian house, once an admiral’s home, is run with care and pride as a B&B. Rooms are highly individual – one bathroom has a retractable glass roof. From tea and cake on arrival to Sunday brunch’s kedgeree, everything is tiptop.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • romantic
  • guest_house
  • baby-friendly
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • great_breakfast
  • boutique
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Coes Faen

Coes Faen

Barmouth

A literally ground-breaking B&B (the entrance hall incorporates a rock outcrop, with water trickling into a pool) has been fashioned from a Victorian lodge. Each bedroom has a unique spa feature. Tuscan- style dinner is served four nights a week.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • boutique
  • adults-only
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • eco-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • horse_riding
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • great_breakfast
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • cycling
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The Roseleigh

The Roseleigh

Buxton

Choose a bay-windowed front room at this handsomely furnished Victorian guest house, and enjoy views over the lake of the Pavilion Gardens, designed by Joseph (Crystal Palace) Paxton. A comfortable, traditional, stylish and professional operation.
  • bandb
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • wi-fi
  • walking
9
Craigatin House and Courtyard

Craigatin House and Courtyard

Pitlochry

A Victorian former doctor’s house has been made over as a splendid B&B by its hospitable, hands-on owners. Rooms have contemporary styling. Breakfast brings fruits from the garden (berry compote, apple pancakes), omelette Arnold Bennett.
  • disabled_facilities
  • garden
  • good_value
  • parking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wi-fi
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38 St Giles

38 St Giles

Norwich

A stroll from castle and cathedral, this lovely house, built in 1700, is run as a very special B&B. From tea and cake on arrival to beautifully appointed rooms and excellent breakfast, every aspect pleases.
  • boutique
  • child_friendly
  • great_breakfast
  • parking
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly

2018 Editor's Choice B&Bs

Editor’s Choice B&Bs

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Wells

‘Superbly positioned, with stunning views to the cathedral and the Somerset country beyond, Glastonbury Tor in the distance.
  • golf
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • great_breakfast
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
  • vegan-friendly
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Jeake’s House

Jeake’s House

Rye

Creeper-clad and atmospheric, Jenny Hadfield’s B&B stands on the steep, cobbled main street of this medieval hilltop town.
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
  • great_breakfast
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Penbontbren

Penbontbren

Llandysul

Richard Morgan-Price and Huw Thomas are personable hosts at their dog-friendly B&B with a difference, in gardens and grounds with views to the Preseli hills.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • parking
  • great_breakfast
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Y Goeden Eirin

Y Goeden Eirin

Caernarfon

Sandwiched between Snowdonia and the Menai estuary, this B&B in a converted granite cowshed celebrates both its Welsh heritage and its eco credentials.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • value
  • parking
  • eco-friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • good_value
  • wildlife_watching
  • electric_charging_point
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Sea Mist House

Sea Mist House

Clifden

Just off the scenic Connemara Loop, this B&B has been in the same family for three generations, giving it a rich, lived-in patina and making guests feel it is ‘like staying with friends’.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • b&b
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
  • vegan-friendly
  • eco-friendly
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Duke House

Duke House

Cambridge

In a quiet neighbourhood of Victorian terraced houses on the edge of Christ’s Pieces, this boutique B&B is well placed for those wishing to see the city.
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • boutique
  • great_breakfast
  • baby-friendly
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Newbegin House

Newbegin House

Beverley

In a ‘wonderful’ walled garden, yet just minutes from the centre of Beverley, this classic Georgian town house is brimful of family treasures accumulated by owners Walter and Nuala Sweeney, who ‘treat their guests as friends’.
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • garden
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • child_friendly
  • great_breakfast
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • country_house
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Austwick Hall

Austwick Hall

Austwick

From the grand entrance hall with its flamboyant staircase to the antique-furnished bedrooms and Italianate garden, this country house B&B adds an exotic touch to a Yorkshire Dales village.
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • parking
  • adults-only
  • bird_watching
  • country_house
  • historic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • boutique
9
Brownber Hall

Brownber Hall

Kirkby Stephen

With its quirky hipster vibe, thoughtful touches and soul-stirring views of the Howgills, this Victorian country house has charmed many readers.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • baby-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • good_value
  • cycling
  • parking
  • foodie
  • country_house
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The Dower House

The Dower House

Muir of Ord

A former dowager's residence owned by the Mackenzies of Highfield, this enchanting stone cottage orné is run as a ‘gem’ of a B&B by ‘lovely people’ Robyn and Mena Aitchison.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • child_friendly

2017 Editor's Choice B&Bs

Editor’s Choice B&Bs

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Jeake’s House

Jeake’s House

Rye

Creeper-clad and atmospheric, Jenny Hadfield’s B&B stands on the steep, cobbled main street of this medieval hilltop town.
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • historic
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
  • great_breakfast
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The Quay House

The Quay House

Clifden

There’s personality aplenty at this family-run B&B ‘stuffed with antiques and curios’ in a former Georgian harbourmaster’s house and three of its neighbours, overlooking Owenglin estuary.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • baby-friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
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Blackmore Farm

Blackmore Farm

Cannington

Gazing upon the Quantock hills, Ann and Ian Dyer’s 15th-century, red sandstone manor house B&B on the family farm is redolent of history.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wi-fi
  • exceptional_value
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • historic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • parking
  • good_value
  • boutique
  • dog_friendly
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The Manor Town House

The Manor Town House

Fishguard

Above the harbour in a seaside town with spectacular views over Cardigan Bay to the Preseli hills, this Georgian town house B&B is all that the smart street front promises – and more.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • good_value
  • dog_friendly
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Swan House

Swan House

Hastings

Brendan McDonagh is ‘the most welcoming of hosts’ at this half-timbered Tudor B&B on a quiet cul-de-sac in the trendy Old Town.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • romantic
  • great_breakfast
  • historic
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Old Whyly

Old Whyly

East Hoathly

‘The house is beautiful, the garden is glorious,’ writes a reader this year, after a return visit to Sarah Burgoyne’s Georgian farmhouse, so handy for Glyndebourne.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • outdoor_pool
  • guest_house
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • outdoor_dining
  • b&b
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2 Blackburne Terrace

2 Blackburne Terrace

Liverpool

In the cultural district, this boutique B&B between the city’s two cathedrals is ideally located for the Liverpool Philharmonic and Everyman and Unity theatres.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • vegetarian_friendly
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Apsley House

Apsley House

Bath

Said to have been built by the Duke of Wellington for one of his mistresses, this late Georgian house-turned-B&B has elegant proportions, a grand piano, and the city of Bath at its feet.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • good_value
  • romantic
  • guest_house
  • historic
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Timberstone

Timberstone

Clee Stanton

Five miles from the foodie town of Ludlow, two 300-year-old cottages have been brought together as a B&B known for producing its own delicious meals.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wi-fi
  • view
  • cycling
  • good_value
  • bird_watching
  • baby-friendly
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • parking
  • foodie
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Dalshian House

Dalshian House

Pitlochry

Martin and Heather Walls’s ‘blissfully remote’, good-value B&B is in a white-painted Georgian house, in gardens and woodland on the outskirts of town.
  • bird_watching
  • fishing
  • garden
  • golf
  • good_value
  • parking
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • wi-fi
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Last updated: December 04, 2020