The best of BritainPosted on: 07 February 2017 by Eloise Craven-Todd
Stay closer to home this spring and enjoy the best of Britain with these beautiful B&Bs across the country.
Dimpsey – Somerset
This 5-star luxury glamping retreat is run by Somerset couple Emma and Andrew Warren, and it’s an all-in experience helping busy people to get some quality time together in the great outdoors. Dimpsey is located on a small farm in the Blackdown Hills, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty - so you can wake up every morning to beautiful views. Whether you choose to walk, run or cycle there is plenty to explore including rummaging for fossils along the Jurassic coastline.
Combermere Abbey – Cheshire
Combermere Abbey is a place where beauty and luxury combine to create a truly unforgettable getaway. Steeped in history, the North wing is the result of a major 18-month restoration project. The interiors of the B&B are personally styled by world-class interior designer, Nina Campbell in association with Restoration Project Director and owner of the Abbey, Sarah Callander Beckett. A traditional English cooked breakfast, with farm-fresh local produce, is prepared each morning and guests are welcome to stroll the estate which includes a two-mile woodland walk and beautiful gardens.
Dowgill – West Yorkshire
Dowgill is a Georgian Grade ll Listed Building in Otley, a market town between Leeds and the Yorkshire Dales, famed for pork pies, having more pubs to population than anywhere else, the epicentre of British cycling and also being a location for Hotten in Emmerdale. Offering an atmosphere of traditional Merrie England, Dowgill House welcomes all, retaining many of the original features and charm of its long history, each room is filled with British character – a traditional breakfast is available every morning.
Red Lion Pub and Kitchen – Blewbury
The Red Lion Pub & Kitchen is located in the picturesque village of Blewbury in Oxfordshire at the base of the Berkshire Downs. The Red Lion is within walking distance of famous long-distance Downland walks; the Ridgeway and the Icknield Way. The Thames Path is also close by.
Following its major refurbishment, the award winning Pub and Kitchen serves locally sourced produce in dishes ranging from roasted garlic frogs legs to traditional beer battered fish and chips and Chef Phil’s signature dish, roasted scallops with a cauliflower, herb and crab risotto is made fresh to order. Decorated using vintage, country antique and quirky finds, there’s a traditional, oak-beamed Bar with working fireplace and three beautiful rooms are available for guests on a B&B basis.
Treehouse, Ackergill – Scotland
The largest treehouse in Europe, the hideaway is perched in a 150-year-old sycamore tree. With its natural surroundings and beautiful décor, the Treehouse provides peace and tranquillity for anyone in search of some time out. Well furnished you will not be cold, the treehouse features a large circular bath and sumptuous 7ft round bed and 180-degree views of the surrounding woodland and a twilight ceiling – at certain times of the year you may even drift off to sleep as the remarkable northern lights dance in the night sky above you.
The New Inn – Isles of Scilly
Offering award-winning accommodation and food at the heart of the island, The New Inn is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a taste of island life. After waking to the sound of the ocean, guests can enjoy a hearty Scillonian breakfast before setting out to explore the Island either wandering barefoot along sandy beaches or exploring the subtropical Tresco Abbey Garden. All with beautiful sea views, the bedrooms are kitted with everything you need to have a relaxing and enjoyable stay on the island.
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