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Weekend escapes: the best B&Bs 2 hours from London

Weekend escapes: the 18 best B&Bs under 2 hours from London

Written by Martin Dunford on Mon June 8 2015

Weekend escapes: the best B&Bs 2 hours from London
Weekend escapes: the best B&Bs 2 hours from London
Weekend escapes: the best B&Bs 2 hours from London
Weekend escapes: the best B&Bs 2 hours from London
Weekend escapes: the best B&Bs 2 hours from London
Weekend escapes: the best B&Bs 2 hours from London
Weekend escapes: the best B&Bs 2 hours from London
Weekend escapes: the best B&Bs 2 hours from London

If you've ever suffered from that desperate midweek yen to escape to the country for the weekend, then you'll know where we're coming from with this round-up of our favourite Bed & Breakfasts within two hours drive of London. They're all as comfy and as far away from the city as can be – and naturally they all serve fantastic breakfasts. 

The Cavalaire, Brighton, East Sussex

This friendly, unpretentious B&B is one of our favourite places to stay in Brighton, with super-comfy beds piled high with cushions and over-sized duvets. 

Duke House, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

With each room named after a different duke, this 1840s townhouse situated in the heart of Cambridge is perhaps the city's most regal B&B. Very stylish, yet cosy at the same time.

House of Agnes, Canterbury, Kent

Funky, friendly boutique B&B in a great position on the edge of Canterbury city centre with quirky rooms in a historic main house and a converted stables in the garden.

No 5 The Lawn, St Leonards, East Sussex

We reckon this on of the most romantic hideaways on the south coast, with a sumptuous bedroom, steam room and cinema room – not to mention hot tub and shower on the terrace outside.  Like having your own five-star B&B for two. 

The Front Rooms, Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable has got to be one of the easiest and best escapes from London, and this contemporary B&B is one of its best places to stay – a peaceful haven in the centre of town with a living room that doubles as a small gallery. 

Blue Door Barns, Lewes, East Sussex

The former home of Quentin Bell, these sixteenth-century barns – one of which was formerly his studio – have been converted to a series of thoughtfully furnished B&B rooms and apartments – a perfect stop for those on the Bloomsbury  Trail. Plus you can work off their excellent breakfasts by yomping straight across the South Downs. 

Vinegar Hill Pottery, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire

This unique and charming B&B located in a converted stables on the edge of the New Forest and the Hampshire coast has two rooms in the main building plus a gypsy caravan in the garden during the summer. They also run pottery workshops for those so inclined. 

Swan House, Beccles, Suffolk

This handsome small town on the Norfolk-Suffolk border is a perfect place for a spontaneous weekend away, and there's no better place to indulge yourself than this long-established restaurant with boutique rooms upstairs.

Five Bells, Brabourne, Kent

The kind of country pub that it's difficult to leave, not only for the atmosphere but for the excellent food too, so just as well that it has four beautiful and rather whimsical guest rooms upstairs.

Wimbles Farm B&B, Horam, East Sussex

A homely B&B on the edge of the South Downs, run by a family who between them make sure you want for nothing, whether it's simply one of their well-appointed rooms, organic veg from the garden or somewhere to meditate in the thatched lodge that overlooks the lake in the grounds. 

Rocksalt Rooms, Folkestone, Kent

These four boutique rooms, overlooking the harbour above Folkestone's destination restaurant, are cooly rustic, or maybe quirkily urban, with bare brick walls and wet rooms and breakfast delivered to your door in a hamper.

The Reading Rooms, Margate, Kent

Three huge rooms in one of Margate's handsome Georgian terraced houses – studiously shabby chic in style and with breakfast delivered to your room each morning. 

Belvidere Place, Broadstairs, Kent

Easily the most personable of Broadstairs' many B&Bs, with five quirkily decorated en-suite rooms, breakfast served around a huge communal table, fresh flowers and a secret walled garden. Big-hearted and friendly, it;s the perfect pace to stay in our fave Kent seaside resort.  

Hill House Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk

This creaky old 13th century building was, er, modernised in Tudor times and as such it's not only central Woodbridge's friendliest place to stay but its most historic too. Very comfy, with three rooms – two in the main building and a third in a converted barn in the garden.

The Bell Inn, Ticehurst, East Sussex

Quirkiness matched with comfort is what to expect in this cosy, quirky pub with rooms deep in the Sussex countryside.

The Corner House, Lewes, East Sussex

Lewes has got to be on the best places to escape to for the weekend from London , and the Corner House one of its best places to stay, with two rooms beautifully decked out in patchwork quilts, silk rugs and characterful antique furniture, each with a bookshelf crammed with interesting books, maps and guides. The friendly owner is a mine of information about Lewes and the surrounding area.

Tilton House, Firle, East Sussex

The handsome country retreat of John Maynard Keynes is yet another stop on the Sussex Bloomsbury tour, and hey, you can stay there as well.  Four elegant rooms with country views that will have you reaching for your walking boots.

Swan House, Hastings, East Sussex

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to boutique B&Bs in Hastings, but long-established Swan House is still one of the best, and best-located, tucked back from the busy seafront on a quiet, picturesque street in the Old Town. Four tasteful bedrooms decked out in tranquil, muted tones, and splendid breakfasts.

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