The term bed and breakfast or B&B as it is more familiarly known, has been around since the old coaching inns of the 17th and 18th centuries. Where a roadside inn or coaching stop would offer weary travelers a room for the night and breakfast in the morning before they resumed their journey the next day.

Britain especially took to these forms of accommodation, where homeowners would open up their properties to paying guests. Today the standards of B&B’s in the UK have never been higher, and they compete not only with guest houses but also hotels.

Most bed and breakfasts offer a great quality of service with very reasonable rates, that hotels cannot possibly compete with. And in this blog, we look at some of the very best bed and breakfast accommodation that exists in the UK.

Studio Farrows – Somerset

Whatever you preconceived ideas of what a bed and breakfast should look like, it is a fair bet they are nothing like Studio Farrows in Langport in Somerset. As you enter the bright communal lounge the first thing of notice is the pale blue Ford Anglia parked in the corner. Eclectic art adorns the walls and you feel like you are on the set of a Harry Potter movie and Professor Slughorn is about to jump out of an armchair.

Studio Farrows is not your run of the mill establishment, but the hosts are as friendly as can be arranging all manner of activities such as baking and glass blowing. Even a chance to cool off by a swim at a friend’s nearby swimming pool.

Pottery Cottage – Powys

The accommodation is an old potter’s shed that still retains the original oak beams that are exposed on the high ceilings. The bedroom is just right, with king size bed and a more than comfortable goose down duvet. The pretty cottage is the perfect base for discovering the local area of Hay-on-Wye and the surrounding Black Mountains. The south facing garden is a fabulous place just to relax or devour a breakfast basket that is laden with organic local specialties.

Hill House – Essex

Hill House B&B is an old Coaching House which is also listed. The living area is open plan which combines an onsite bedroom. The emphasis is based on family-friendly and the interior includes luxurious cream carpets with matching sofas that double as extra beds.

The interior is also bright and airy with a modern feel to it, gingham tablecloths and curtains blend with the many scatter cushions dotted around. The large outdoor balcony is the perfect place to look at the Colne Valley below, and provides a vista to enjoy over a glass or two of wine.

These fantastic bed and breakfasts highlight the stunning quality that is available throughout the United Kingdom for guests who are looking for far more than a standard hotel room. These new establishments have raised the bar for paying accommodation and can command high room rates as they offer so much. In part two of our exploration of the best bed and breakfasts in the UK, we travel to Wiltshire, Scotland, and Worcestershire to uncover even more gems.