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Janet Must
Church Farm
Bedford MK44 3EB
Tel/fax. 01234 870234

Year 2003 Review
Why Stay Here: The rooms are very clean and well equipped with tv, beverage tray and other amenities. The bathrooms have a supply of toiletries, and the showers have plenty of power. Beds are very comfortable and have nice linens. The house is an interesting old farmhouse with much charm. Mrs Must is a lovely hostess in all respects. Lots of off road parking. Quiet.

Why Not: There is no place to eat an evening meal in the village and a drive to find somewhere.
Review by Barbara Ballard


Veronica Worth
Sandhole Farm
Hulme Walfield
Congleton Cheshire CW12 2HJ
Tel. (0) 1260-224 419

1998 Review: This guesthouse is in converted stables on a farm. It is run as a business so doesn't have the friendly B&B atmosphere. That said, the people are nice, the view over the fields having breakfast is great (lots of jumping bunnies to watch). The rooms are spotlessly clean, nicely decorated, have lovely bathrooms (ensuite), and some of the best mattresses in the UK. Handy for several historic houses and the Potteries. Recommended by Barbara Ballard

Joyce Read
Hinton Guest House
Town Lane Mobberley
Knutsford Cheshire WA16 7HH
Tel. (0) 1565 873 484

1998 review: GuestHouse with ensuite bathrooms. Spotlessly clean, lots of amenities, excellent mattresses. This location is very handy for Manchester Airport (but quiet), a nice place to spend the night after a late arrival to recover from jet lag and handy before an early morning departure. The owners provide, for a fee, rides to the airport to pick you up or take you to your plane. Very friendly hosts. Recommended by Barbara Ballard


Enid Bowles
11 Castle St.
Cornwall PL15 8BA
Tel. 01566 773873
ETC four diamond

Why Stay Here: The b and b is a beautiful Georgian style house with large well-decorated clean bedrooms, beautiful views over the hills or town, and a charming hostess. It's a short walk to the castle and the town center. A good location for heading in a number of directions.

Why Not: Street parking; all rooms do not have private baths.
Review by
Barbara Ballard, Year 2003

Brian and Fiona Perris
West Barton Bed and Breakfast/Self Catering
West Barton, North Petherwin
Cornwall PL15 8LR
Tel. 01566 785710

Why Stay Here: The house is in a small village and is part of a farmhouse dating from medieval times, modernized for today's living. It's grade II listed and made from Cornish stone. There's a pleasant garden and plenty of easy parking. The rooms are immaculately clean and well supplied with amenities. The bathrooms are large, stocked with toiletries, and there is good shower power. The hosts are super friendly and helpful in all respects.

Why Not: Minimum 1.5 mile drive for evening meal. Only two rooms available so book ahead if possible.
Review by
Barbara Ballard, Year 2003

Anne and Brian Flanery
Auraville B & B
The Drive
Trevath, Mevagissey
Cornwall PL26 6RX
Tel. 01726
Mobile. 07815 973099

Why Stay Here: The hosts are friendly, obliging and easy to get on with. The rooms have tv and tea tray and are very clean. The showers are good, and the bathrooms are well equipped though very tiny. Breakfast is in a glassed in room with views over the town. Note: Ask for specific directions as to which street to take--it's a bit confusing with three converging on the main road.

Why Not: Parking is tight. The town is dirty and univiting. One way leading out of the town is via a steep, narrow road, not recommended. The mattresses on the beds are a bit uncomfortable.
Review by
Barbara Ballard, Year 2003

County Durham

Barnard Castle
Joan and Bob Young
Demesnes Mill
Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8PE

1998 review: This 19th century cornmill is on the River Tees in the town of Barnard Castle. It has been renovated and converted into a B&B with two ensuite rooms and a third small bedroom which can be used in conjunction with one of the others. The barn is a suite in its own building. This B&B is probably the best I have ever stayed at in the UK. The breakfasts are unbelievable as are afternoon teas watching the river rush by. The rooms are completely equipped even with their own stereos. The beds and bathrooms are luxurious. The hosts are very friendly. Book far ahead to get a room. Recommended by Barbara Ballard


Philip and Judith Parker
No. 31 Howard Place
Carlisle Cumbria CA1 1HR
Tel. (0) 1228 597 080

1998 review: Beautifully decorated Victorian period home with all amenities. The only downer here is the poor quality of the mattresses. Everything else is lovely and the rooms contain antique furniture. Pleasant and helpful hosts. Really good location for walking to downtown Carlisle's sites and getting in and out of the city easily by car when exploring the countryside. 3 rooms ensuite. Evening meal served (expensive but excellent). Recommended by Barbara Ballard

2001 Review: What a great find, the hosts have a great knowledge of the area and the beds are so comfortable, we nearly overslept. Good location for touring Hadrians wall and the Northern Lakes as well as seeing the City, Castle, Museum and Cathedral. The fish was succulent for dinner and wines , so inexpensive. Will be back. This place is full of charm, restfulness and culture. Recommended by Alistair Thompson.

Margaret & Jack Sisson
Bessiestown Farm Country Guesthouse
Catlowdy, Longtown
Cumbria CA6 5QP
Tel. 01228 577219/577019
Fax. 01228 577219
ETC 5 diamonds, silver award, AA 5 diamonds
Recommended by Which? Good B& B Guide
Year 2003 review

Why Stay Here: The farmhouse has both self-catering and b and b rooms, which are very clean and well appointed. Bathroom/shower rooms are well equipped with nice towels and toiletries and are spotlessly clean. Lots of parking space. Quiet and peaceful with countryside views. A guest lounge is available and, next to it, a beautiful conservatory. An indoor swimming pool is open part of the year. Cheerful and helpful hosts. You can mail your postcards in the one room post office that operates from the house.

Why Not: Catlowdy consists of a few houses scattered along the roadside in an isolated location with a long distance to drive to shops or to get a meal. Twee décor.
Recommended by Barbara Ballard

John Payne
Woodlands Country House
Ireby Cumbria CA5 1EX
Tel. (0) 1697 371 791

1998 Review: Located in a tiny northern Cumbria village with beautiful scenery, this period house has a lovely parlour and dining room. The rooms are rather dreary with poor beds, but well appointed and very clean. The fabulous hosts make it worth it. 5 rooms ensuite. Recommended by Barbara Ballard

Hilary Claxton
Beech House Hotel
40 Greenside, Kendal
Cumbria, LA9 4LD
Tel. 01539 720385
Fax. 01539 724082
ETC five diamond

2003 Review: Why Stay Here: Beech House Hotel is a stunningly decorated stone townhouse. Each room is individually designed with quality fabrics. Rooms have up-to-date lighting and plumbing (wonderful showers or tubs). The spotlessly clean rooms are fully equipped with tv, tea tray, etc. The gracious lounge and lovely dining room are added attractions. Hilary is a helpful and charming hostess. The location makes it easy to get to and from the Lake District.

Why Not: limited parking.
Recommended by Barbara Ballard


Mrs. Ann Rowland
Chy-an-Dour Vicarage Lane
Ashford in the Water Nr. Bakewell Derbyshire
DE45 1QN Tel. (0) 1629 813 162

1998 review: 3 rooms ensuite: the beds have the usual poor English mattresses, but the rooms are very clean and well equipped. The owner is extremely helpful and friendly. The small village is a real beauty and the views are fantastic.
Recommended by
Barbara Ballard


Jackie Payne
Huxtable Farm Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
Near Barnstaple, West Buckland
North Devon EX32 0SR
Tel/Fax. 01598 760254
ETC four diamond

2003 Review Why Stay Here: 16th century medieval farmhouse with many original features. Set in its own 80 acres with panoramic views over the countryside from the patio. The rooms are clean. Delicious evening candlelight meals are served in the atmospheric dining room. Children are welcome. There's a large lounge with lots of books.

Why Not: Because of the nearby comprehensive school, there are times in the morning and evening when it is impossible to use the single lane roads in both directions due to many school buses coming and going. Check the setup of the room before you book: all rooms are not the same; some are in the house, some in an annex, some are for families--the one I stayed in did not have a separate bath/shower room, it was incorporated into the room itself, a rather awkward setup.
Recommended by
Barbara Ballard

Cindy and Peter Farrington
Lydgate House
Devon PL20 6TJ
Tel. 01822 880209
Fax. 01822 880202
AA 5 diamond, RAC Little Gem, Which? Hotel guide Hotel of the Year
Review 2003

Why Stay Here: Lydgate House is right in the centre of Dartmoor National park so handy no matter what direction you are touring. The owners of the small hotel (7 rooms) live on site and personally run the hotel. The views over their property are quiet and relaxing. Everything is very clean and beautifully decorated. The public lounge is full of comfortable furniture, a window seat, the morning papers and interesting magazines and books. Breakfast and dinner are served in a large glass conservatory overlooking the countryside. Dinners use fresh produce. There's also a large wooden deck with tables for morning coffee or lunch, weather permitting. This is really a place to come and enjoy even if you never stir during the day.

Why Not: Bathrooms/shower rooms are closet size (at least mine was), and bedrooms are small (again mine was, was not able to view others). The long drive in from the highway is one lane and not paved.
Review by
Barbara Ballard

Mr. Brian Reader
Lodge Hill Guest House

2000 review: Excellent service, meals delicious and both Mr. Reader and his wife were very helpful. Mr. Reader even drove us to Exeter to catch our train the Sunday we were leaving. We were doing research in Tiverton and his B&B is within walking distance and also on the bus line to everywhere.
Recommended by
Patricia Latchford

East Sussex

Pat and John Culpepper
Love Lane
Rye, East Sussex
Tel: 01797 224411.
TN31 7NE
Web site:

Review: The owners of this lovely home make you feel like a member of the family.They go out of their way to insure your stay is wonderful. The house is located a short and easy walk to historic Rye town centre. I stayed in the twin bedroom which looked out on the beautiful garden. The room and ensuite bathroom was fully equipped with all the amenities I could need. There are two single rooms with basins that share a bathroom.Price per night is from 23-25 British pounds per person. A full English or vegetarian breakfast is included.
Recommended by
Barbara Ballard


Jenny and David Stanfield
Holly House
Station Road
Gloucestershire, UK GL54 2ER
Phone: (0)1451 821302
English Tourist Board rating: 4 diamonds

2000 Review: English Tourist Board rating: 4 diamonds Bourton-on-the-Water is a charming Cotswold village and ideally located to explore the length and breadth of the area. Holly House is a detached modern home a few minutes walk from the village centre. All the rooms (single, double, twin) are ensuite (one has a very large bathroom, the others have shower rooms). TV, beverage making facilities and off-street parking are provided. The rooms are attractively decorated and comfortable. The house is non-smoking. Breakfast is served in a lovely conservatory overlooking a small back garden. This house is one of the best-heated homes I have ever stayed in. The owners are very friendly and helpful. I felt like I was visiting friends rather than staying in a B&B. It was a wonderful treat to stay with them. Recommended by Barbara Ballard


Tichborne Grange Farmhouse B & B
Grange Farm, Tichborne
Alresford, Hampshire
Augusta Raimes
Tel. 01962 732120
Fax. 01962 732365
ETC four diamond
Reviewed in 2003

Why Stay Here: Tichborne Grange is a characterful 17th century farmhouse set in a small rural village. The rooms are large. A lounge with reading material is provided. The rooms are clean.

Why Not: It's not well-signed. Ask for specific directions. Bathroom plumbing needs modernizing, tubs only, no showers. Mattresses are not comfortable.
Recommended by Barbara Ballard


Richard and Helen Combe
The Old Cowshed
Avenbury Court Farm near Bromyard
Herefordshire, UK HR7 4LA
Phone: (0)1885 482384
Fax: (0)1885 482367
English Tourist Board rating: 4 diamonds, silver award

2000 Review: The Old Cowshed is down a country lane near Bromyard. Even with directions, I found it difficult to locate. But it was definitely worth it. I would be hard put to find two more charming, friendly and accommodating hosts. I felt like a prized family member as they went out of their way to be helpful. The name, the Old Cowshed, reflects what this building once was, and it still retains the charm of weathered wood beams. The owners have a fascinating photo book detailing its conversion. The Calf-Cote is an adjoining, very large (sleeps 6-two ensuite king and twin rooms and a small children's bedroom with half-bath) and well equipped (I could live here) self catering cottage. It provides a fridge, microwave, Aga, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV and necessary housekeeping utensils. The property is part of what once was an entire farm and the buildings across the farm lane have been converted to private homes. You are surrounded by fields, hop yards and woods with lovely views. Two of the B&B rooms (king and twin beds) are on the ground floor. The one bathroom can be shared by a family booking both rooms, or if you wish a private bath, the other room will remain vacant. There is an upstairs room with private bath. The bedrooms are comfortable, nicely decorated and have all amenities. A lounge with TV and fireplace is for the use of guests. Non-smoking; off-road parking. Breakfast is in the lovely beamed farmhouse kitchen, using fresh local produce. If guests wish to prepare their own evening meal, they may do so at no extra cost. A separate fridge is provided for your food. Both the B&B rooms and the cottage share a large walled and lawned garden with a patio and a barbecue. Stay here and you won't regret it. Recommended by Barbara Ballard

Carolin Lowry
The Manor House
Herefordshire, UK HR6 9BN
Phone: (0)1544 388138
Web site:
English Tourist Board rating: 4 diamonds

2000 Review: This is a fascinating house set in an exquisite "Black and White" village. As its name states, it was once the manor house for the surrounding area and has had parts added on to it over the years. Set in an acre of ground, the back garden is lovely and looks over an old dovecote set beside a river. Carolin is a lovely hostess who is happy to accommodate guest's needs. There are 3 bedrooms-two double ensuite and one twin with private bath. The one I stayed in was very large and had a good-sized bathroom, well equipped with all amenities. TV and beverage making facilities are provided in each room. The Manor is non-smoking. Private off-road parking is available. There is a guest lounge full of books and maps and games. A fireplace can be utilized in chilly weather. Breakfast is in a separate dining room. The only drawback to staying here is, like with many older houses, it's chilly even with the heat on. Recommended by Barbara Ballard

Grafton near Hereford
Jennie Layton
Grafton Villa Farm
Grafton near Hereford
Herefordshire, UK HR2 8ED
Phone: (0)1432 268689
Web sites:
English Tourist Board rating: 4 diamonds, silver award
Flavours of Herefordshire award

2000 Review: This B&B is off the A49 Hereford/Ross-on-Wye road, two miles south of the city of Hereford. The sign is easy to miss, so phone first and ask for detailed information as to the turn-off from the busy highway. Grafton Villa is an 18th century farmhouse converted into a B&B with double ensuite bathroom, double private bathroom and twin ensuite shower room. The rooms are tastefully decorated with lovely wallpaper and curtains, and the comfortable beds have luxurious linens. All rooms are equipped with fully equipped and come with TV. The Villa is non-smoking. Off-road parking. There is a guest lounge with a log-fired hearth. Breakfast is served in a spacious dining room where fresh farm eggs, homemade jams and local bacon and sausages are served. Jennie is a thoughtful and pleasant hostess, willing to do that "little extra" for her guests. Grafton Villa also has a self-catering cottage, Anvil Cottage, once a wainhouse and stable. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms and a large combination living and kitchen room. Exposed beams and brickwork compliment the décor of pine furniture. The cottage is wheel chair compatible. The kitchen contains all modern appliances including a wash/dryer and dishwasher. Linen, towels and electric are included in the price. Accommodations are non-smoking. Recommended by Barbara Ballard

Don and Margaret Wood
Forest Edge B&B
4 Noden Drive
Herefordshire, UK HR9 7NB
Phone: (0)1989 750682
Mobile: (0)7974 770358
Web site:
English Tourist Board rating: 4 diamonds. English Tourism Council Gold Award winner.

2000 Review: Forest Edge is situated in the village of Lea, conveniently located 4 miles from Ross-on-Wye and on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean. It's a modern, comfortable home, well heated. Plenty of off-road parking and garage storage for bicycles (a great way to visit the Forest). This is a non-smoking home. One double room with shower and one very large twin bedded room with a huge bathroom and large soaker tub. The rooms are very attractively decorated with excellent mattresses on the beds and lovely linens. Margaret and Don are accomplished gardeners, and the conservatory-a great place for afternoon tea-overlooks an exceptionally beautiful yard and garden and distant green hills. They are also excellent hosts and make you feel right at home. My only regret was that I hadn't booked in longer with them. Recommended by Barbara Ballard.

Joyce and Melvin Powell
The Old Vicarage
Herefordshire, UK HR2 0QD
Phone/Fax: (0)1981 550357
Web site:
English Tourist Board rating: 4 diamonds

2000 Review: The Old Vicarage is not actually in the tiny village of Vowchurch, but is down the highway, set in its own 5 acres of countryside. There's a bit of history connected with the house-the brother of Lewis Carroll, author of "Alice in Wonderland" was one of the vicars who lived in the house. The Vicarage was built in 1879 and has a double ensuite, family/twin room with private bath and a single room ensuite. Beverage facilities, fresh fruit and fresh flowers enhance the rooms. They are attractively decorated, but have the one drawback of being overfilled with knick-knacks. This is a non-smoking house. The B&B has won a Taste of Herefordshire Food award, and their homemade jams can be purchased. Dinners provided by prior arrangement. Meals are in a separate dining room, and there is a visitor's lounge. The couple who run the B&B are friendly, and they provide many leaflets, maps and information brochures. Recommended by Barbara Ballard


St Albans
Dorothea Bristow
Fern Cottage
116 Old London Rd.
St Albans
Tel. 01727 834 200
ETC four diamond

Reviewed in 2003
Why stay here: Fern Cottage is a 19th century building with character. The rooms are attractively decorated and well supplied with all amenities. The beds are very comfortable. Dorothea is bubbling with energy and enthusiasm. St Albans is a city with lots of attractions, including a fascinating Roman museum and a cathedral.

Why not: It's quite a walk to the city centre, cathedral, and museum. The rooms are expensive, and the shower room is very tiny.
Recommended by Barbara Ballard


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