Our second edition of the best B&B’s in the UK follows our journey to find some of the most outstanding accommodation that exists in some of the most beautiful places in the United Kingdom. In part one we visited Essex, Powys and Somerset and in this blog, we look at great properties in Scotland, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.
South House Alpacas – Worcestershire
You could be fooled thinking you are in South America in this corner of Worcestershire, as roaming among the carefully maintained orchard and vineyard is a herd of woolly alpacas. South House Alpacas is a beautifully restored Georgian house surrounded by the most exquisite walled garden complete with its own mulberry tree. The interior has original timber beams that are exposed stretching across the high ceilings, but this house combines the old with the new and embraces modern fixtures and fittings. There are stylishly designed bathrooms and the master bedroom has a super-king-sized bed that is adorned with a beautiful alpaca duvet with matching alpaca pillows.
Three Glens – Dumfries & Galloway
One of the most spectacular settings for a bed and breakfast has to be Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway. The Three Glens B&B takes its name from the Three Glens of Castlefairn, Dlawhat and Craigdarroch and provide a glorious backdrop to this amazing property.
The expanse of glass in the building means that the countryside forms part of the structure, and the ecofriendly environment continues with the grass covered roof and the wool insulated walls. The wool is provided by the local Blackface sheep, and the leather on the furniture is from the cows that reside on the farm. Staying at this residence is more of a lifestyle than simply a hotel break, and guests can expect a full Scottish breakfast in the morning.
Carriers Farm – Wiltshire
Carriers Farm could not be in a more quaint and picturesque setting as it is surrounded by acres of pastures dotted with converted dairies and the enchanting village of Sherston. The rooms are very much in the retro farmhouse design with names such as Pheasant, Hare and Fox. Complete with iron post beds and crisp white linen duvets and sheets you cannot fail to have a good night’s sleep in the tranquil atmosphere.
In the morning you wake up to a veritable feast for breakfast including a choice of local sausages and ham, eggs from the farm as well as homemade breads and jams.
St Curigs Church – Conway
Not many people get to stay in an old converted church, but St Curigs B&B gives you the opportunity for exactly that. Originally built in the nineteenth century its marble pillars and stained glass still remain but the interior is not what you might expect.
Stepping into St Curigs is like entering any modern family home as it has underfloor heating, a four-poster bed, and even an outside hot tub. Guests all breakfast together at the communal dining table and can exchange tales of their exploration of their activities in Snowdonia. These great bed and breakfasts are all as individual as their owners, guests are encouraged to take part in the day to day activities that surround them and be part of the local community.