Everyone needs to get away every once in a while. Though the summer holidays are now behind us, that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak away for a relaxing break. Hotels are nice, but we say you can’t beat the personal touch of a Bed and Breakfast. Local businesses with passionate owners and certainly know two things: getting the most out of the local area and how to make your stay as relaxing as possible.
We’ll be recommending our top Bed and Breakfasts across the country, with us starting in the Yorkshire region. Remember, some may have discounts for last minute availability so when you’re choosing where to stay, your trip doesn’t have to be too far away.
Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire
Originally a country retreat from the Georgian era, the beautiful Wold Cottage enjoys views of 300 acre farmland and fruit and vegetables are grown straight for the table. Naturally on the border of the Yorkshire Wolds, you’ll always somewhere new to explore, whether you want to walk, cycle or even park your caravan in the touring park nearby. There’s even a marked spot where a 56 pound meteorite struck just two fields away in 1795!
Regular finalists for the White Rose Awards and winner of Welcome to Yorkshire’s Best Bed and Breakfast 2012, hosts Katrina and Derek offer a warm welcome to luxury suits and even more luscious countryside.
Rates: Rooms range from £55 to £75 pppn or £135 to £160 for family rooms
Malham, North Yorkshire
River House has enjoyed a life of variety in its history, which goes as far back as 1664. Formally known as Airedale House and also Sparth House, the building has been used as a private dwelling, a café, a blacksmith workplace and an Air Raid Precautions phone centre! The house has evolved, been refurbished, converted and changed owners many times until becoming River House Hotel, which was then bought by its current owners, Alex and Ann Roe.
If you want to relax but still get out and about, be sure to try a spot of fly-fishing up in the Yorkshire Dales while you stay. The house is also great for large groups to stay together, whether it is for a family get-together or a group of ramblers ready to enjoy the scenery. After all, it used to cater to Morris Dancers to celebrate Whit Saturday for forty years!
Rates: Double or Twin bed £35 to £44.50, Single bed £55 to £80 pppn
Holgate Road, York
Another White Rose nominee for our list, this time for those looking to stay in the York area, we recommend Bishops. With each room having a flat screen TV, luxury toiletries, WiFi and a well-stocked hospitality trey, Marco and Deborah lead a passionate team who are always on the lookout for ways to make your stay better.
If you’re completely new to the York area, or if you just want a helping hand, mini guide books are available so you can check out all of the major attractions nearby and they’re more than welcome to help make any dining arrangements that may need to avoid disappointment.
Rates: Double or Twin room £35 to £70 pppn, from £40 for Single room
Carr House Farm
Ryedale, North Yorkshire
Carr House Farm certainly has the breakfast side of your stay covered, winning Kellogg’s Enjoy England – Breakfast Award as well as being a finalist for Deliciously Yorkshire Awards with their fine use of local produce. Throughout the year, Carr House also hosts a variety of workshops, so be sure to check out what is be held when looking for a place to stay. Past workshops have included everything from photography to chocolate to creating felt animals!
To hear more about Carr House Farm, we spoke to the owner, Anna Lupton: “We’re very lucky to have both been born and bred in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our home is unique as it is set twixt the Abbeys of Ampleforth, Bylland and Stanbrook, on the southern edge of the North Yorks Moors National Park. We love sharing our knowledge of the area with everyone who stays with us.”
Rates: Prices start from £45 pppn
PIckering, North Yorkshire
17 Burgate has been a five star B&B since 2007 and has gone from strength to strength, the owners expanding over to number 19 Burgate too and another apartment set to open in the future. It’s easy to see why they’ve enjoyed such success too and this is reflected in their local awards. It’s not just for quiet nights away either, as it’s also the perfect place if you’re planning a house party or retreat with your friends. All you need to do is spend two nights at any point and the 17 team can organise everything you need.
You can also surprise that special someone (or go ahead and treat yourself!) by arranging special extras, including Belgian chocolates, flowers or a bottle of champagne. Whatever you need, 17 Burgate will take of it and make your personal stay unique.
Rates: Room start from £80, with variable prices depending on length of stay and time of week