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The best boutique B&Bs in Britain

Our pick of Britain’s best bed and breakfast stays

Personality-packed stays

Boutique B&Bs usually mean two things: a smaller size, but with a big personality. These stylish stays come into their own when it comes to combining the more personal, homely feel of great guest accommodation with all the luxuries you’d expect from a high-end hotel.

Here are some of our five-star favourites – all rated by the AA and/or VisitEngland – that offer comfortable beds, delicious breakfasts, and much more besides.

B&B Rafters, Abingdon

This contemporary hotel-style B&B is set amid immaculate gardens and offers both spacious accommodation and a warm welcome. Each of the individually designed rooms perfectly combine luxury with comfort – expect fluffy robes, high-end toiletries, and a welcome tray with your favourite refreshments.

Number One St Lukes, Blackpool

Located behind the Pleasure Beach in peaceful South Shore, Number One St Lukes is a property that revels in period charm. The owners have expertly blended a welcoming, homely environment with a stylishness that rivals the best boutique hotels – enjoy state-of-the-art in-room facilities and a full Blackpool Breakfast.

The Grafton Boutique B&B, Harrogate

Just a short walk from central Harrogate, this chic townhouse has 13 luxuriously decorated ensuite rooms. Personality and attention to detail is evident throughout this characterful B&B, from the sumptuous furnishings to the cosy lounge bar with a home-from-home feel.

Highcliffe House, Lynton

This adults-only bed and breakfast prides itself on its reputation for offering superb luxury hospitality – in true Devon style, guests invited to enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival. Not only are rooms here luxuriously appointed; they also boast outstanding views of the Exmoor coastline.

Rectory Manor, Great Waldingfield

Nestled between the beautiful villages of Lavenham and Long Melford, this 600-year-old former rectory offers guests a first-rate B&B experience in the style of a boutique hotel. The facilities here are truly excellent, and include a fabulous 40-foot swimming pool, tennis court, and croquet lawn.

Broadway Barn, Ripley

This boutique B&B occupies a 230-year-old Grade II listed barn in the historic village of Ripley. The property’s charming character is seamlessly blended with modern comforts in the four ensuite bedrooms, all of which are within easy reach of the light and airy conservatory, where an award-winning breakfast is served.

Brightham House Boutique Bed & Breakfast, Salcombe

Guests arriving at this three-story Victorian B&B are greeted by funfair-esque lights stating, “There’s no place like Brightham House.” Sure enough, style and personality are in abundance at this Devonshire delight – the eight rooms are all vibrantly furnished, and the delicious breakfast is cooked up using locally sourced produce.

The Elm Tree, Spilsby

Located on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, The Elm Tree exudes a wholesome country feel. Enjoy luxurious cotton robes, Neals yard toiletries, and homemade cookies in your choice of the property’s four beautiful bedrooms. Pets are also welcome for those who like to travel with their four-legged friend.

The 25 Boutique B&B, Torquay

Cutting-edge design meets fabulous attention to detail at this award-winning B&B on the English Riviera. The five wonderfully different bedrooms – all named after local beaches –  are thoughtfully appointed to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The top-class breakfast also offers something to suit all tastes and appetites.

The Somerville Boutique B&B, Torquay

This Torquay B&B enjoys an enviable location just 400m from the marina. Start every day with a varied breakfast spread, before refuelling with a mid-afternoon slice of home-made cake. Whichever room you opt for, you’ll find a king-size bed, a selection of hot drinks, and a mini fridge replenished daily with fresh milk.

Cruickshanks Boutique B&B, Whiting Bay

Situated on the stunning island of Arran, this scenic stay offers a true slice of island paradise just 40 miles from Glasgow International Airport. A delightful sense of place permeates everything here, from the toiletries provided by Arran Aromatics to the Ceilidh Room and Scottish-inspired breakfast menu.

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