The AA have just revealed their top B&Bs in the UK for 2018.
The AA has rated thousands of B&Bs across the country over the last hundred years by their inspector, who travel to every end of the UK.
Here in Britain, a Bed and Breakfast is a private house run by the owner, with accommodation for no more than six paying guests.
B and Bs applying for AA recognition are visited by one of the AA’s inspectors as a mystery guest, who then check for everything from the accommodation and food to the levels of hospitality.
But the best of the bunch are awarded at the B&B Awards, with the winners featuring quirky extras like zebra wallpaper, free cakes in the bedroom and and welcome drinks by the fire.
AA Friendliest B&B Of The Year
The Temple Bar Inn – Hereford, Herefordshire
The Temple Bar Inn is nestled in the heart of the Herefordshire village of Ewyas Harold, a stone’s throw from the Welsh Borders and the Black Mountains.
Licensed since the 1850’s, this watering hole has been sympathetically refurbished, reopening as a Free House and Restaurant.
They have three ensuite double bedrooms for guests, who rave about the friendly greeting, the well stocked log fire and delicious breakfast with locally sourced ingredients.
B&B Story Of The Year
Fosse Farmhouse – Castle Combe, Wiltshire
Sat beside the Roman Fosseway in the Wiltshire Cotswolds, Fosse Farmhouse sits in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The owner of the 18th century property bought it 28 years ago and has been filling it with quirky antiques ever since.
The Cotswold stone farmhouse is furnished throughout with French brocante, English chintz and antique textiles.
Guests rave about the cream teas and breakfasts and the great choice of decor with an English theme.
AA Unique B&B Of The Year
The 25 Boutique B&B – Torquay, Devon
Added etrxas include mood lighting, separate lounge areas, digital showers, slipper baths and dressing rooms.
Guests praise the thoughtful touches in the room like homemade biscuits, fresh flowers, jars of sweets and lollies and the high tech amenities.
AA Restaurant With Rooms Of The Year
Long Melford Swan – Long Melford, Suffolk
The Swan in the Suffolk village of Long Melford is a family restaurant and B&B which comes with its own deli and chef's tasting room.
Recently decorated rooms feature slipper baths and fruit and homemade brownies.
Guests rave about the friendly welcome and the complimentary drink on check in.
Best B&B in Scotland
Cruikshanks Boutique B&B – Isle of Arran
This boutique bed and breakfast in Whiting Bay, Arran, was bought by the owners in 2015 and has since been converted into the accommodation it is today.
All bedrooms feature Hypnos mattresses, Egyptian cotton bedlinen and toiletries from Arran Aromatics.
Activities on the island include golf, walking, cycling, sailing and kayaking.
Fill up first on a cooked Scottish breakfast or local smoked haddock, then end the afternoon with afternoon tea in the Ceilidh Room.
Guests rave about the attention to detail, the tasty breakfasts and the gorgeous ocean views.
Best B&B in England
Old Town Hall – Leyburn, North Yorkshire
The Old Town Hall is positioned between Leyburn and Aysgarth Falls, providing a good base for touring the Yorhsire Dales.
On arrival, guests can enjoy with homemade cake and biscuits in the guest lounge in front of the open fire, then in the morning, uses local produce and fresh home-baked bread.
The bedrooms, including one with a double spa bath & body jet shower, all have seating areas, timber panelled sloping ceilings and old beams.
Guests rave about the comfy beds, the freshly baked cakes and biscuits and the attentive owners.
Best B&B in Wales
Rhedyn Guest House – Builth Wells, Powys
Rhedyn Guesthouse is a 1840's forester’s cottage in Cilmery, in between the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons and the southern edge of the wild Cambrian Mountains.
There are three individually decorated bedrooms – two of which are small dog friendly.
The owners serve breakfast and dinner using vegetables grown in the garden and each room comes with a carafe of sherry.
Guests rave about the perfect hosts, the five star food and the quiet and peaceful location.
Best B&B in Northern Ireland
Causeway Lodge – Bushmills, County Antrim
Situated in rolling countryside, three miles from the Giant's Causeway, this purpose-built guest house has two-room suite, and five en suite rooms.
There is also a"Wellness Centre," with a five-person hot tub, sauna and a private gym.
Guests rave about the large rooms, the stunning location and the chocolate chip cookies left in the room.
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