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.

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
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • boutique
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • baby-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • 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
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • guest_house
  • wi-fi
  • wildlife_watching
  • b&b
10% discount voucher
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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
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • romantic
  • historic
  • wi-fi
  • good_value
  • parking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • electric_charging_point
  • b&b
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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
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • romantic
  • great_breakfast
  • b&b
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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
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • outdoor_pool
  • guest_house
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • parking
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • wi-fi
  • 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
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • boutique
  • baby-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • parking
  • great_breakfast
  • b&b
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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
  • wifi
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
  • vegan-friendly
  • eco-friendly
8
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
  • wifi
  • parking
  • boutique
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • b&b
9
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
  • b&b
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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
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • b&b
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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
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • historic
  • vegan-friendly
  • baby-friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
10% discount voucher
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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.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • walking
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • parking
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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
  • wifi
  • parking
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wi-fi
  • great_breakfast
  • wildlife_watching
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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
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • exceptional_value_(
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
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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
  • wifi
  • weddings
  • garden
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • boutique
  • weddings
  • honeymoon
  • garden
  • parking
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
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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
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • romantic
  • wi-fi
  • guest_house
  • baby-friendly
  • historic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • great_breakfast
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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
  • 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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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
9
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.
  • child_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • boutique
  • wi-fi
  • great_breakfast
10
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
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • wi-fi
  • parking
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2018 Editor's Choice B&Bs

Editor’s Choice B&Bs

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Jeake’s House

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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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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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Brownber Hall

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Kirkby Stephen

‘As soon as we entered, we knew this was going to be special.’ Readers offered high praise in 2019 after visiting Amanda and Peter Jaques-Walker’s Victorian country house.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • baby-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • country_house
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • great_breakfast
  • good_value
  • cycling
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Penbontbren

Penbontbren

Llandysul

Leave the West Wales coast road, head down a country lane, and you’ve suddenly arrived at this ‘superb’ B&B, a former Victorian farm among ‘delightful grounds’ in ‘complete silence’.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • disabled
  • baby-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
  • wheelchair_accessible
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Y Goeden Eirin

Y Goeden Eirin

Caernarfon

The promised welcome in the vales is extended by Eluned Rowlands at this converted granite cowshed-turned-characterful B&B with views to Snowdonia and the Menai estuary
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • value
  • parking
  • eco-friendly
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • wi-fi
  • good_value
  • wildlife_watching
  • electric_charging_point
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Sea Mist House

Sea Mist House

Clifden

Sheila Griffin is the innately welcoming hostess at this Georgian house near the foot of the Sky Road, ‘a gorgeous route around the coast and up the Wild Atlantic Way’.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • good_value
  • vegan-friendly
  • eco-friendly
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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
8
Newbegin House

Newbegin House

Beverley

A stay at the Georgian family home of Nuala and Walter Sweeney, he a former MP, is ‘memorable for all the right reasons’.
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • garden
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
  • parking
  • child_friendly
10% discount voucher
9
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
10
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
  • wifi
  • parking
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • wi-fi
  • child_friendly

2017 Editor's Choice B&Bs

Editor’s Choice B&Bs

1
Special offer
Jeake’s House

Jeake’s House - Weekly Discount Special Offer

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
2
The Quay House

The Quay House

Clifden

In a small harbour town between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the Owenglin river where it meets the Atlantic, Julia and Paddy Foyle run their B&B with ‘generosity of spirit’.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • historic
  • vegan-friendly
  • baby-friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • great_breakfast
10% discount voucher
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Blackmore Farm

Blackmore Farm

Cannington

On the family dairy 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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The Manor Town House

The Manor Town House

Fishguard

In a market town by the Preseli hills, this ‘superbly located’ B&B in a powder-blue Georgian town house delighted readers this year. ‘It is an exceptional establishment. Every need we had was happily met.’
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • b&b
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
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Swan House

Swan House

Hastings

‘Possibly the friendliest place I have ever stayed in,’ writes a reader in 2019, of Brendan McDonagh’s ‘exquisitely beautiful’ Tudor black-and-white B&B in a quiet Old Town cul-de-sac.
  • garden
  • value
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • romantic
  • great_breakfast
  • b&b
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Old Whyly

Old Whyly

East Hoathly

‘You are essentially staying in someone’s beautiful farmhouse, with an exquisite garden and delicious breakfast.’ A reader reaffirms her support this year for Sarah Burgoyne’s ‘wonderful’ B&B.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • outdoor_pool
  • guest_house
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • parking
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • wi-fi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • outdoor_dining
  • b&b
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2 Blackburne Terrace

2 Blackburne Terrace

Liverpool

Practically within earshot of the Liverpool Philharmonic, in the city’s cultural quarter, this pitch-perfect B&B has attracted ecstatic reviews since it opened in 2014.
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • boutique
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
8
Apsley House

Apsley House

Bath

‘Delightful young couple’ Miroslav Mikula and Katarzyna Kowalczyk are the ‘friendly, helpful’ managers at Nicholas and Claire Potts's Georgian house.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • b&b
  • wi-fi
  • good_value
  • romantic
9
Timberstone

Timberstone

Clee Stanton

‘We are greeted as if we are the most important people in the world,’ says a regular guest at this Shropshire B&B, lovingly created by Tracey Baylis and Alex Read from two 300-year-old cottages.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • b&b
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Dalshian House

Dalshian House

Pitlochry

You can tour the Edradour distillery in bustling Pitlochry – but why bother? Guests staying at Martin and Heather Walls’s ‘blissfully remote’ Georgian house can start the day with a nip of the whisky in their porridge, or sip a tot while relaxing with a book by the wood-burning stove.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • walking
  • vegan-friendly
  • parking
  • baby-friendly
  • good_value
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Last updated: November 10, 2019