Everyone’s talking about ‘staycations’ and why we should holiday here in the UK. From the Cotswold countryside to the Scottish Highlands and the Cornish coast, we’ve picked out the best in the B&B business, offering fine food and lashings of lovely interiors.
THE LINEN SHED
Imagine rolling hop fields and colourful fruit orchards. The Linen Shed’s surroundings are a beautifully picturesque representation of the delightful Kent countryside. Tucked away along a winding footpath, it’s a luxury retreat where you’ll feel worlds away from the woes of a busy, working life. Vintage interiors and the smell of baking will strike you as you’re welcomed into this truly lovely home from home. An eco-friendly experience with French-style, modern decor makes you feel calm, collected and incredibly welcome as soon as you walk through the doors. Breakfast is served whenever and wherever suits you, be that in the dining room or outside on the verandah overlooking the rose filled garden. It’s perfectly picturesque and it’s a real, vintage home from home.
The Linen Shed, 104 The Street, Boughton-under-Blean, Faversham, Kent ME13 9AP; thelinenshed.com
ROSEBERRY COTTAGE B&B
Elegant rooms and enchanting surroundings. Roseberry Cottage B&B is a country-chic hideout surrounded by beautiful blooms, fabulous flowerbeds and opening onto a young orchard. Celebrating everything we know and love about Yorkshire – this one is an epitome of its stunning location in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The rooms ooze space and stylish sophistication, representing all things natural – with lovely, neutral colours, wool carpets and interior decor echoing the colours of local heather and moor land. The breakfasts are amazing – worth visiting for themselves. The bread, granola, preserves and muesli are all made in-house and the meats and fish are all sourced for local, artisan producers. Roseberry Cottage allows guests to experience Yorkshire at its very finest.
Roseberry Cottage B&B, Bishop Thornton, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3JP; roseberrycottage.co.uk
A perfect little hideaway with the kitchen at its heart. Padstow Townhouse is a sweet spot for a bit of pampered downtime with a loved-one. It’s a B&B with real charm, character and it’s a foodies paradise when it comes to The Kitchen Pantry. At the heart of the townhouse, it’s yours to enjoy throughout your stay. You’ll find a fine selection of sweet treats, savoury snacks and light bites that will make your stay as delicious as it is delightful. Love a bit of cake to kickstart your weekend celebration? Head down to the kitchen for something seriously satisfying. The pantry is available on an honesty policy; simply make a note of what you’ve treated yourself to and the lovely people of Padstow Townhouse will take care of the rest. This place makes a conscious effort to ensure you’re as calm and relaxed as possible. Get your diaries at the ready and book in for a summer retreat.
Padstow Townhouse, 16/18 High Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BB; paul-ainsworth.co.uk/padstow-townhouse
NO.20 BOUTIQUE B&B
With a sprinkling of love and the beauty of the Highlands at every touch point, No.20 Boutique B&B in Helensburgh is a real home from home – run by a family who welcome you into what was once their home. The attention to detail is second to none throughout, combining a country-chic style with gorgeous rustic interiors and splashes of patriotic colour. The rooms and communal areas are tastefully decorated with tartan throws and cushions, subtly reminding guests of where they are. The walls are adorned with paintings and photographs, all telling a story. And the place just really oozes character and a unique charm that makes you feel like you’ve been welcomed into someone’s home. You won’t want to leave this place.
No.20 Boutique Bed and Breakfast, 20 Craigendoran Avenue, Helensburgh, G84 7AZ; no20craigendoran.co.uk
THE WILD RABBIT
Stripping things back, and styling them oh-so wonderfully. The Wild Rabbit is one for the Cotswolds bucket list! Its name comes from its original title: Conygree Farm – an Anglo Saxon word meaning rabbit enclosure. The Wild Rabbit is a place that really celebrates its surroundings, in everything from the food offering from a sister farm, the craftwork and the interiors. The building itself has been re-worked in a way that showcases the old, Cotswold stone and the bones of the building, but in a contemporary way, offering something new and unique. Somewhere people can retreat and feel worlds away – a country escape like no other. All rooms and cottages are stylish, simple and offer all the creature comforts you’d expect from an honest hideaway in the Cotswolds. Each room takes its name from the British countryside, illustrated with whimsical lino-cuts commissioned by Hugo Guinness. For the foodies out there – it just keeps getting better – not only is there a brilliant food and drinks offering, guests can stock up on organic goods at Daylesford farm shop, the site’s sister farm.
The Wild Rabbit, Church Street, Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YA; thewildrabbit.co.uk
The ultimate creative escape. There’s nowhere quite like Studio Farrows. It looks like a film set, something thrown together effortlessly by an artistic type. It’s more than a B&B, it’s a private space set in a beautiful orchard and offers everything we love about a self catering break – but with a brilliant breakfast prepared and presented the next morning! This fabulously innovative space is no accident – it’s a creative collaboration between artistic partners Tracey Baker and Paul Spencer – who together, created this amazing space filled with electric art and inspiring interior design. Guests can simply enjoy a private escape with friends and family in the comfort of this secluded studio, or for those with a creative-mind themselves, curated courses can be held to help spark your artistic spirit.
Studio Farrows, Aller, Nr Langport, Somerset TA10 0QW; studiofarrows.com