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These select B&Bs have all been personally recommended by Britain Express users. If you'd like to suggest a favourite place to stay in Britain, please use our Add-a-B&B form.

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Margaret and Gordon Allen
Orchard Cottage, Orchard Lane
Saxilby, Lincolnshire
Tel. (0) 1522 703 192 1999

1999 Review: excellent directions to location; very thoughtful and friendly hosts. 3 tastefully decorated full sized rooms at a low price. Extraordinarily quiet. Lots of towels and a heated towel rack; tea (with pot!), coffee, biscuits, good quality chocolate drink, and chocolates all left on a night stand; careful instructions for emergencies and operation of shower; umbrella by the door. detailed welcome book with tourist info. excellent breakfast. receipt prepared in advance for quick departure. Recommended by Patricia Kidd.

Mrs. Ann Firth
Pinfold Lane
Sleaford Lincolnshire
Tel. (0) 1529 240 193

1998 review: In a small but unattractive village. Period house with antiques. Lovely large sitting room and beautiful dining room in lovely grounds. Very friendly hosts. Book only the twin room ensuite. Wonderful mattresses, large bathroom with tiled shower. Great location for exploring southern Lincolnshire. Recommended by Barbara Ballard


Ann Youngman
Shrublands Farm
Northrepps, Cromer
Norfolk. NR27 0AA
Tel. 01263 579297
ETC 4 diamond, silver award, AA 4 diamond
Reviewed in 2003

Why Stay Here: Shrublands Farm is an 18th century farmhouse (updated in the 1950's) on a 300 acre family farm in the village of Northrepps, 2½ miles south-east of Cromer and 20 miles north of Norwich. Beautiful setting with lush grounds and gardens. Lots of easy parking. Rooms are very clean, and the beds are very comfortable with nice linen. The bathrooms are well equipped with toiletries. The hosts are great people--very friendly and helpful. Two self catering cottages are also available.
Why Not: There are no amenities in the village so it's a 2.5 mile drive for dinner, the paper, etc. Not all rooms are ensuite.
Recommended by Barbara Ballard

Long Stratton
Julie Franklin
Le Grys Barn
Wacton Common near Long Stratton
Norfolk NR15 2UR
Tel. 01508 531576
Fax. 01508 532124
Mobile: 0777 079 4043
Featured in The Best Bed & Breakfast Guide, Alistair Sawday's Special Places to Stay, AA Guide (for 2004) 4 Diamonds

Why Stay Here: This B and B is decorated with panache and flair, seamlessly melding interesting Asian pieces with the converted 17th century threshing barn's beamed and raftered rooms. The two b and b rooms have private entrances, ensuite bathrooms and all amenities such as tv, tea tray, CD players, stacks of magazines, and much more.

The barn is located just outside a rural village in the middle of a large green common with views stretching in all directions. It's 12 miles south of Norwich, and its central location in Norfolk makes it a convenient base for visiting in all directions. But the best reason to stay here is owner Julie Franklin. From the moment we met until the end of my stay a week later, she went out of her way to be helpful, friendly and charming as if we were long time friends. I don't think I have ever met a more welcoming, cheerful, and obliging hostess.
Why Not: No showers in the two rooms.
Recommended by Barbara Ballard Reviewed in 2003


Margaret and Alan Scholan
Manor Lodge
Oxfordshire, UK OX184AS
Phone: (0)1993 841444
Fax: (0)1993 841446
Web site:
English Tourist Board rating: 4 diamonds

2000 Review: This lovely modern home is in the tiny village of Shilton, a few minutes from the historic town of Burford in the Cotswolds. It is well located for exploring the eastern and southern Cotswolds. The village itself is quite charming and beautifully treed with a ford, a church with a 12th century Norman tower and an ancient and tiny pub. The property that the home sits on is large with a sweeping expanse of lawn, a beautiful patio and lawn chairs for sunny days. The rooms (1 twin, 2 double) are large and well appointed with all modern conveniences-TV, beverage making facilities, bottled water, etc.-and excellent showers. The twin bedded room I stayed in had a very comfortable loveseat and large countertop space for writing or just putting your things somewhere convenient. The heating is excellent, and the beds have outstandingly comfortable mattresses. Breakfast is served in a separate dining room. This is a non-smoking home. There is ample off-road parking. The house is well stocked with guidebooks, maps and leaflets. You can check your email here, a great service. The Scholans will make you feel like a treasured family member. They went out of their way to be helpful to me. It's a great place to stay, one of the best. Recommended by Barbara Ballard


Charles and Jane Bebbington
Dearnford Hall
Whitchurch Shropshire SY13 3JJ
Tel. (0) 1948 662 319
Web site

1998 review: Two rooms ensuite. Period farm house. Huge rooms with huge baths decorated with antique furniture and all the amenities you could wish for. Excellent mattresses, very clean. Stairs to climb. Very friendly hosts. Lovely breakfasts. Huge lawn. Trout fishing. Handy for Shropshire's gardens. Recommended by Barbara Ballard


Backways Farmhouse
Somerset TA21 9RN
Tel. 01823 660712

2003 Review
Why Stay Here:
Backways is a character farmhouse down a quiet lane. The rooms are large, completely up to date in their electric and plumbing fittings and are fitted with tv, alarm clocks, tea tray, etc. The bathrooms are large and well fitted out with roomy and powerful showers. The owners care shows in the lovely décor of the rooms. Beds are comfortable with good linens. In the winter there's a wood burning stove in the combination dining-sitting room. The owners are friendly, caring, and great to stay with.

Why Not: The nearest place for meals is Taunton, a 15-minute drive. The lane to the house is very narrow. Location: no nearby attractions.
Reviewed by Barbara Ballard

Wheddon Cross
Peta Hodge and Paul Rainford
Exmoor House Country Hotel
Wheddon Cross
Exmoor National Park
Somerset TA24 7DU
Tel. 01643 841432
Fax. 01643 841811
ETC five star, silver award
Reviewed in 2003

Why Stay Here: This is an Edwardian building with six ensuite rooms on offer. The hotel is entirely non-smoking. Rooms are very attractively decorated and spotlessly clean. The bathrooms are up to date with good showers and toiletries. A large comfortable sitting room, with fireplace, is fully stocked with newspapers, magazines and books. Plenty of parking. Paul is a pleasant and helpful host. Peta is a superb cook. Meals are freshly prepared from top-notch ingredients, and a vegetarian choice is always available. Eating here is a highlight of a stay. The location in the middle of Exmoor is handy for sightseeing and walking in all directions, including the Brendon hills; the village sits near Dunkery Beacon. Go in the spring when the snowdrops are in bloom. I applaud this place for not charging a single supplement.

Why Not: It sits right on the road at the junction of two highways. No TV in rooms or lounge.
Reviewed by Barbara Ballard


Christine and Bill Stormont
The Plough
Belchamp St Paul
Suffolk C010 7BT
Tel. 01787 278882

2003 Review
Why Stay Here: The two rooms are spacious, well appointed, have great beds, tv, etc. The room in the house has a large bathroom, two sofas (one is in the hall that connects bath and bedroom). The bedroom over the detached garage has a shower stall, kitchenette and table. Both baths have a great supply of toiletries and other amenities. There is a peaceful, private, and quiet garden. If you stay in the room over the garage, you get to have breakfast in the glass conservatory and watch the many birds feeding. The hosts are kind and generous with their help and information. It's a restful and pleasant place to stay at the end of a busy day.

Why Not: It's a three-mile drive to a shop of any kind. The one and only village pub serves ordinary meals at double the going rate. The shower over tub in the house bedroom is sparse. The house bedroom users have to eat in the dining room instead of the conservatory.
Reviewed by Barbara Ballard


George Hardy
At the Sign of the Angel
Church Street
Lacock, nr Chippenham
Wiltshire SN15 2LB
Tel (0)1249 730230
Fax (0)1249 730527

1998 Review: This atmospheric black and white timbered inn was a 15th century wool merchant's home. It has old beams, low ceilings, crooked walls, creaking floors and ancient timbers. The bathrooms are modern. The dining room has antique tables, a large fire and dinner by candlelight--traditional English food. Marvelous atmosphere, lovely hosts. Located in an historic village owned by the National Trust. Recommended by: Barbara Ballard

Mary Webb
Webster’s Bed and Breakfast
11 Hartington Road
Wiltshire SP2 7LG
Tel. 01722 339779
Fax. 01722 421903
Year 2003 Review by Barbara Ballard

2003 Review: Why Stay Here: This is a lovely guest house, beautifully decorated. The rooms have many amenities, and the bathrooms are especially well-equipped with toiletries and excellent showers. Everything is spotlessly clean. The beds are very comfortable. Mary is a wonderful hostess, full of charm, gracious, and helpful. Even if you are not seeing Salisbury, it's easy to get from this b and b to Stonehenge and surrounding attractions. You can't go wrong staying here.

Why Not: very tight parking, dreary neighbourhood: a long walk or a bus ride to Salisbury attractions.


Richard & Susan Pinder
Windrush House
Station Rd. Broadway,
WR12 7DE

2001 Review: A great place to stay while visiting the Cotswolds. Friendly hosts, charming and comfortable B&B,located in a lovely town and good place to tour through the area. If asked, the host will recommend a great one day motoring tour that you'll enjoy taking! Recommended by: James E. Reabe


John and Julie Richardson
Burr Bank Guest House
Cropton, Pickering
Ryedale, N. Yorkshire YO18 8HL
Tel. (0) 1751 417 777

1998 review: This home is set within the Yorkshire Moors Park just past a tiny village on the edge of a high bank and has stunning views over the moors. Three rooms ensuite. One double is small, but has nice view; the twin room is the best, has a view and is very large with a huge soaker tub and separate shower. The dining room has a nice view over the property. Dinner is provided on request. This place can be booked up months ahead. Try early. It's worth it. Easy to get anywhere in the Moors from here. Recommended by Barbara Ballard

Fairlie and Gordon Turnbull
Whashton Springs Farm
Richmond N. Yorkshire DL11 7JS
Tel. (0) 1748 822 884
Web: listed in the accommodation section of the BTA website

1998 review: Rooms in the house and in the converted barn. Comfortable mattresses and well-equipped ensuite rooms. Lovely parlour for visiting with other guests and evening coffee. Friendly hosts. Beautiful countryside. Handy for driving and visiting sites in the area. Recommended by Barbara Ballard

David & Maria Strickland
Gordon Hotel
24 Ryndleside
Scarborough Yorkshire YO12 6AD

2000 review: Friendly family run hotel, warm, clean, good food and free parking on the North side of Scarborough overlooking Peasholm park. Recommended by: name witheld by request.

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ETC Gold and Silver Awards
Gold & Silver Awards for Guest Accommodation are a new designation, awarded by the English Tourism Council to properties which not only "achieve the overall quality required for their diamond rating, but also reach the highest levels of quality in those specific areas which guests keep telling us are really important to them. They will reflect the quality of comfort provided in the bedrooms and bathrooms and the quality of service given throughout a guests stay."


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