Top 10 Bed & Breakfasts
Comfy retreats at reasonable prices
A perfect base to explore the rugged delights of the Northumberland coast from, Regal House is a 4 star Silver and Breakfast Award winning B&B, situated in the traditional fishing village of Seahouses. Offering stylish, yet homely en-suite rooms, just a five minute walk from the harbour and beach, it’s ideally placed to take advantage of local attractions such as the picturesque Farne Islands, and further to the north, Holy Island. Cross the causeway at low tide and explore the atmospheric ruins of Lindisfarne Priory or head to Bamburgh village and castle, a mere five minute drive away or a scenic 30 minute walk along the beach.
Devon has its fair share of top notch bed and breakfasts, but this one is the cream of the crop. Located in the centre of Torquay, a short walk from the harbour, it offers boutique hotel-style accommodation with nine bedrooms. Choose from one of the double or twin rooms – all boasting big comfy beds, goose down duvets and flat screen TVs – or push the boat out and opt for one of the suites. Spacious and sumptuous, you can expect everything from king sized beds, French painted furniture and original artwork to designer baths with plasma TVs suspended above. Breakfast is served in the airy conservatory.
Sat amid rolling countryside with the fells and mountains beyond, this one bags the title for the most idyllic location. The old rectory dates from around 1360 but each of its three bedrooms is freshly contemporary with super big beds (king size or larger), Egyptian cotton sheets, luxury eco toiletries in the plush bathrooms, even a selection of CDs (to play in the Roberts CD clock radios) and locally handmade chocolate. After a romp through the fells kick back in the large drawing room with its views over Skiddaw, or warm up in front of the log fire in the study.
Set in rural Lincolnshire, this traditional B&B was an alehouse in a past life and dates back to 1797. It has four bedrooms (two doubles, one twin, one family sleeping up to four) spread amongst the main house, converted barn and outbuildings, each one filled with fresh flowers and fairtrade biscuits, tea and coffee. There is also a comfortable lounge area for guests' use, with access to a decked area overlooking the large rear garden, and hearty breakfasts are served daily; ask for the “breakfast special” – it could be bacon with American pancakes and maple syrup one day, and devilled mushrooms on toast the next.
Three words to describe this bed and breakfast? Comfy, contemporary and chic. Located in the heart of one of England's most visited towns, it has four en suite double bedrooms (a fifth is set to open by spring 2011) that are an oasis of calm, with huge, squishy beds, crisp linen, flat screen TVs and fluffy bathrobes. There is also a guests’ sitting room – complete with complementary sherry – and pretty garden which is perfect for a pre-theatre drink in the summertime. The fabulous breakfast made with fresh, organic produce is the icing on the cake.
“Posh B&B” – that's how the people behind Byfords bill their retreat, and they're not far wrong. Believed to be Holt's oldest property, dating back to the 15th century, this beautiful Grade II-listed property (which also has a superb cafe and deli on site) has 16 boutique-style luxury doubles and twins, combining exposed brickwork and oak floorboards with Bang & Olufsen TVs, plush beds and stylish en-suite bathrooms with power showers and underfloor heating. Make sure you have a good appetite for brekkie, it's a feast, with award winning sausages, free-range eggs, Cley kippers (all locally sourced) alongside fresh fruit and Danish pastries.
This 18th century cottage is situated in four acres of gardens and ancient woodland on the banks of the River Tamar. It offers three luxury bed and breakfast suites (two doubles, one twin), each with its own private entrance, sitting room, en suite facilities and – best of all – sweeping views across the Tamar Valley; enjoy them while supping a chilled glass of wine, which will be waiting to welcome you on your arrival. If you're blessed with sunshine head outside to the terraced gardens and follow the path down to a meadow by the river.
Small but perfectly formed – that's the best way to describe this bed and breakfast. It has just three double bedrooms, all of which are the epitome of boutique-chic, think striking artwork, funky lighting, lofty ceilings with skylights, king sized beds with memory mattresses, flat screen TVs and walk in showers. They even have under floor heating. Outside is just as stunning, with one acre of beautiful landscaped gardens, views of which you can admire while enjoying a slap up breakfast in the conservatory.
Located in the village of Bardon Mill, just a walking shoe's throw from historic Hadrian's Wall, this charming family-run B&B makes for a great base for exploring England's north east. It has two cosy en suite bedrooms housed in its converted coach house, each sleeping between two and four, one of which is accessed via an outdoor staircase and has a fabulous beamed ceiling. Head to the dining room in the main house for a slap-up cooked breakfast and rummage through the books and board games in the “entertainment library” – perfect for those rainy autumn days.
Set in beautiful grounds just a few paces from the village centre, this award-winning bed and breakfast has five en suite double/twin bedrooms each individually designed. While one boasts a striking black chandelier and modern black and white floral wallpaper, another has elegant antique furniture. Whichever you choose you can expect complimentary home baked goodies and so-good-you’ll-want-to-pinch-‘em White Company toiletries. Breakfasts are well worth getting early up for with homemade jams and preserves, “Broadway Banger” sausages and cooked-to-perfection eggs.
St Cuthbert's House
... North-East B&B of the Year 2010!St Cuthbert's House, Northumbrian Bed & Breakfast