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Top 20 UK B&Bs

Britain invented the B&B, so why not join the rest of the country in celebrating 'National B&B Week' from March 18? Better still, book a stay at one of the following fabulous B&Bs guesthouses and small independent hotels – a handpicked selection from all over the country.

Abbots Lodge

Situated on the edge of the pretty village of Wigmore overlooking a lush valley on the Herefordshire/Shropshire border, this is the ultimate private rural B&B – just one fabulous room – which is more like a small apartment if we're honest – that is your own home-from-home.


Owners of 94DR Paul and John are the ideal hosts – friendly and incredibly knowledgeable, with a clear love for their city. They've created a stylish haven set in a detached villa on one of the main roads into town, a place to relax after a day sightseeing in Edinburgh.

Swallow Barn

A luxury, contemporary B&B in an impressive Somerset location where nothing is too much trouble, this two-room boutique B&B is the perfect place to stay to sample both the delights of Frome and the countryside beyond.

Randy Pike

There are boutique B&Bs – and then there’s the glorious, one-of-a-kind Randy Pike, the designer bolt-hole in Cumbria with three suites that have been carved out of their Victorian gentleman’s residence – simply stunning ensembles featuring  designer fabrics and absolutely massive bathrooms.

Driftwood Beach House

We're big fans of Whitstable, which is in many ways the perfect year-round beach destination: Driftwood Beach House, run by affable hosts Jez and Michelle Hills is a great beachfront B&B with shabby chic decor from which to enjoy the best of this funky resort and get away from it all at the same time.

Brownber Hall

Hidden away in a remote corner of the Howgill Fells, in the lesser-known, Cumbrian slice of the Yorkshire Dales, Brownber Hall is the sort of country B&B that most people dream about, the ultimate home-from-home with original features galore and William Morris wallpaper.

Dannah Farm

This rather lovely boutique B&B is situated on the edge of the Peak District in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, an elegant late-18th-century farmhouse sitting at the centre of a 154-acre working farm. Why not take advantage of their ‘’March Munchies’’ – receive 15% off the price off a luxury room and a enjoy a gourmet basket of treats too.

Five Acre Barn

Housed in an award- winning barn conversion, set slightly back from the coast midway between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness, Five Acre Barn makes a lovely base for seeing the best of the Suffolk Coast – a boutique B&B par excellence, with jagged roofs, cedar-cladding and soaring ceilings.

Low Mill

A truly special place to stay in a beautifully restored mill building in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales,"small but special" is what one award citation said about Low Mill, and it's bang on. Just three rooms keep your stay on the intimate side, but what wonderful rooms they are, fashioned from an eighteenth-century watermill.

Number One Port Hill

Forming part of an elegant Georgian terrace, a short walk from the centre of the pleasant market town of Hertford, Number One Port Hill is an eclectically furnished and very comfortable three-bedroom guesthouse. Its very homely style, packed full of antique furniture, make it a unique place to stay – and there's always a lovely warm welcome to go with it.

Stow House

A boutique bed and breakfast in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Stow House occupies an artfully renovated Victorian vicarage with magnificent views from every room. The excellent breakfast is freshly cooked to order, with sausages and bacon supplied by the local butcher, and they can also make packed lunches or an evening meal for larger groups.

Pebble House

Five-star B&B luxury and great service await at this incredible seaside location in Cornwall: all four luxe guest rooms have sea views and uniquely decorated bathrooms, and breakfast is an award-winning affair, enhanced by homemade granola and soda bread.

The 25

Proud winners of 'Best B&B in the World 2019' on TripAdvisor, The 25 is like no B&B you have ever stayed in: an adults-only, boutique-style luxury guesthouse that is helping to drag Torquay into the 21st century by pure style. Breakfast is fabulous – a real award-winning highlight – with scrambled eggs courtesy of a closely guarded family recipe.

The Slate Shed

The folks behind the glamping and camping and cottages at Graig Wen also run a lovely boutique B&B, housed in what was once a Victorian slate-cutting mill. There are five (dog-friendly) rooms, decorated in a bright, contemporary style and equipped with flatscreen TVs, free wifi, posh toiletries, lovely Welsh wool blankets and bath robes.


Not all B&Bs are created equal, a fact you are quickly reminded of when you arrive at this beautifully situated grand old house on a hill above the bay in Oban. The warmth of the welcome and spaciousness of the rooms are only exceeded by the breathtaking nature of the views – right across to Mull and the smaller isle of Kerrera.

The White House

This wonderful Norfolk B&B ticks a lot of boxes. It's in a superb location, midway between Brancaster Beach and Burnham Market, a lovely flint-and-white Georgian mansion whose owners seem to have thought of every detail to make your stay more comfortable. The rooms are luxurious and well-equipped, with indulgent bathrooms and contemporary yet cosy furnishings.

Alkham Court

One of our favourite B&Bs in this part of the world, the owners of this Kentish farmhouse offer a personal welcome on arrival, together with a slice of homemade cake, which you can enjoy in the garden or next to the wood-burner indoors depending on the season. There are four rooms, each individually designed and well-equipped.

Manor Town House

If you're looking for a B&B room with a view over the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, then look no further. The lovely Manor Town House, overlooking the sea in Fishguard, provides a warm welcome and fabulous views in what is one of the best places to stay in the area.

Millgate House

It's a pretty safe bet that you won't have stayed in a B&B quite like this one before. Located just off the bottom of Market Place in North Yorkshire, Richmond's Millgate House is quite simply extraordinary – a Georgian townhouse of lavish, theatrical elegance sitting above a magical, sheltered walled garden with views down to the River Swale and its waterfalls.

House of Agnes

This is one of our favourite Canterbury boltholes, an exceptionally well-run, centrally-located, funky and friendly boutique B&B. It’s situated in a Grade-II listed historic house said to be mentioned in ‘David Copperfield’, with a well-manicured (and surprisingly large) walled garden out the back, nine quirky rooms inside and eight in the converted stables overlooking the grounds.