When visiting the United Kingdom, rather than staying in a faceless multinational hotel chain, why not consider booking a unique bed and breakfast establishment? These quirky properties will introduce you to the real heart of the country, with personal service and home-cooked food. Whether you wish to stay in a major city, the rural countryside or experience the bracing air of the English seaside, there will be something to suit every taste and budget.
England is full of castles, but would you have ever thought it would be possible to stay in one, making you the envy of your friends back home? Hever Castle is located in the garden county of England, Kent, and dates back to the 13th century. What could be more fun than crossing a double moat to enter your luxury accommodation?
Even the most ordinary of buildings can be converted to a bed and breakfast, with a surprising history behind the unassuming front door. The Old Lock Up, deep in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, is a converted police station that used to house prisoners. Complimentary wi-fi access is included if you wish to bring your high speed refurbished macbook air to while away the evening.
Has a love for historic dramas left you with a desire to stay in a traditional country house, and enjoy the feeling of high-class living for yourself? The Old Hall Country House is a 16th-century Elizabethan property giving you the feel of living in Shakespeare’s hey-day but with all the comforts required, set within two acres of landscaped gardens.
A moored boat is a lovely choice for an enchanting stay. Who wouldn’t look forward to a nightcap out on the deck at the end of a day of exploration? The Boatel in Birmingham puts you in the centre of the city, moored in one of the iconic canal basins, surrounded by bars, restaurants and nightlife, yet surprisingly warm and quiet.
Full of history, reputedly haunted by ghosts and often the scene of shady dealings, a coaching inn combines the fascinating past with modern day living. The 19th century Loch Ness Inn has the Scottish Highlands on its doorstep and the local community will be happy to discuss sightings of the famous monster!
You are undoubtedly spoilt for choice when it comes to booking a unique English bed and breakfast, leaving you with fabulous memories and an experience to cherish for years to come. Other suggestions include staying in a restaurant with rooms, a thatched cottage or a station master’s house. Whatever you choose, you are assured of a warm welcome and a hearty English breakfast!