Good Hotel Guide Review
Hosts Andy and Julian Banner-Price love to make their guests smile, and there is much to smile about at their award-winning boutique B&B, stylish yet infused with wit and warmth. In 2015 they bought what was then a rather mushroom-soupy ten-room guest house on the English Riviera and reinvented it as the six-room jeu d’esprit we see today. Rooms may feature a giant orange gerbera mural, a black and white feature wall with the head of Frank the (fake) zebra, or an oversized silver headboard. Shoalstone has a separate sitting room as well as a lamp contrived from a male mannequin spray-painted by Andy and wired by Julian. All have an espresso machine, mood lighting, a power shower, a fridge and a daily home-made treat (maybe Viennese whirls). There is an honesty bar in the Edwardian-style drawing room if you fancy a drink by the fire or alfresco. Breakfast is a feast, with kippers, and eggs from happy hens, scrambled with butter and cream. The warm croissants with herby mushroom and melted goat’s cheese were pronounced ‘absolutely fabulous’ by Joanna Lumley when she stayed. Now meet resident miniature schnauzer Patsy.
25 Avenue Road
drawing room, dining room, in-room smart TV (movies on demand), patio, parking.
not under 17.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £175, singles from £160. Min. stay of 2 or 3 nights may apply in high season.