Our second journey up and down the length of Great Britain to discover some unique bed and breakfast accommodation takes us over the water to the Isle of Wight, lets us visit gorgeous Devon and travel to Wales to see what sort of welcome greets us there.
The Linhay – Crediton
Devon has always been immensely popular with tourists for its beautiful beaches and quaint little towns and villages. But the other side of Devon is the remote moorland around Exmoor and Dartmoor. Linhay is located near Crediton in rather a remote location in an open valley with its own fastly running stream. The accommodation is in an old converted barn with views of an orchard and the surrounding moorland.
The Linhay is quite quirky and has been deliberately designed to be so by the owners who live in the farmhouse. The is a little wood-burner to provide heat and brightly painted fun rocking chairs to relax in. There is not really an actual bedroom, rather the bed is tucked under the eaves of the barn. The breakfast is hearty, with sausages made from the farm’s own pigs and even homemade jams. You can even take a course on how to start your own smallholding!
Wickton Court – Leominster
To find Wickton Court which is a fine old rambling courthouse you have to first find a rather quiet no-through lane that is rather tucked away. As visitors do arrive, the old place opens up to show a pond, complete with ducks, sheep in a nearby field and the Court’s pet dogs.
Wickton Court is steeped in local history with period decor to match, the comfy sitting room is wood panelled with an immense stone fireplace at its center, it all feels very authentic and quite regal. The area is a delight with plenty of things to do and see, including nearby Hampton Court Castle, the lovely market town of Leominster and plenty of country walks and golf courses.
Westbourne House – Cowes
To get to Westbourne House, you first have to get to the Isle of Wight, which means catching a boat from Southampton. It all adds to the fun as you can see the yachts go by as you arrive in Cowes. This B&B could not be in a better location as it is situated right on the waterfront. The property oozes Georgian class and the townhouse is rather magnificent. The lavish drawing room is well appointed with oil paintings, antiques and a rather splendid guitar collection.
One of the bedrooms is downstairs and has quality bedding, linen and decor. When it comes to breakfast, the owners enjoy the fun side of life and Bucks Fizz is on the menu to start your day with a sparkle. If you are pushed for time to catch the Southampton ferry, then there is a continental breakfast laid out that you simply help yourself to.
The accommodation of the bed and breakfast establishments we have seen on our extensive tour around Britain has been simply stunning. The level of attention to detail all the owners have achieved to please their guests has been first rate. The B&B’s themselves could not have been any more varied and are a credit to their industry.