Guest houses are a great alternative to hotels, especially if you are looking for a homely warm atmosphere. In the UK, this type of accommodation has become more and more popular among tourists as it offers all the comfort and the facilities of a hotel, but in a setting that has a lot more character, a private ambience and personalised services at lower costs. There are a lot of wonderful guest houses worth mentioning in this article, but we’ll try to make a list of the very best.
Castle of Park, Banff, Aberdeenshire – A 16th-century castle is definitely not the image that comes to your mind when you think about guest houses. But that’s what this guest house really is, an enchanting castle, decorated with eclectic art and antiques and surrounded by 40 acres of grounds and gardens. Every room has a distinctive character and they give you the feeling that you’re taking a trip back in time. The grounds are ideal for playing croquet or badminton and in the evenings you can cosy up in front of a warming open fire.
St. Curig’s Church, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy – This converted 19th-century church serves as a peaceful and relaxing family home. Don’t let the impressive exterior with tall stained glass windows and thick stone walls fool you. The interior has a light and cosy atmosphere, perfect for a quiet getaway. The bedrooms couldn’t be more comfortable, and the communal areas are spacious and elegant. As a bonus, you can spend the evenings star-gazing in the outdoor hot tub.
Gothic House, Norwich, Norfolk – Situated in the oldest part of central Norwich, nestled in a tranquil courtyard, Gothic House has an interesting history and a wonderful old world feel. Although it was refurbished and redecorated, the character of the house has been carefully preserved. Guests can enjoy the beautiful spacious rooms with large charming windows and the many period decorations scattered around the house.
Primrose Hill Farm, Oxon – Set on the borders of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, Primrose Hill Farm is surrounded by 80 acres of idyllic farmland populated with sheep and horses. The lovely Georgian building welcomes guests into its warm and elegant bedrooms. You can choose a vaulted elm timber room or the charming attic suite; they all have comfortable beds and a relaxing atmosphere. Start your day with a delicious farmhouse breakfast, served in a stylish dining room and then head towards one of the many attractions in the area such as Stratford-upon-Avon or Warwick Castle.
Westbourne House, Cowes, Isle of Wight – The stunning waterfront views make this guest house a unique location. The elegant Westbourne House offers two luxury double bedrooms and a delightful drawing room from where you can admire the most beautiful sea views in the area. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the morning while watching the yachts go by and then get ready to explore. Whether you choose to visit the local area or catch a ferry to Southampton, you’re going to have an amazing experience.