7 of the best B&Bs
It's National B&B week (18-24 March) – yup, it's a thing! – so what better time to show your local ones some love? Here's our round-up of the most cool, quirky and cosy places to find a comfy bed and a full English.
Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway without having to clock up the miles, or you could do with a handy list of boltholes to book visiting friends and family into when the sofa bed won’t cut it, we’ve got you covered. So how do you like your eggs in the morning?
Lawn House, Hatfield
On the doorstep of Hatfield House (couldn’t be better located to take in its host of cool and cultural events), Lawn House is a little haven of tranquility. Decorated in muted tones of calming greys and duck egg blues, it’s got that rural luxe loveliness I wish I could achieve in my own home. There are 15 en suite bedrooms and breakfast (made from organic, locally sourced ingredients) is served in the rather gorgeous dining room. You can even get coffee shop favourites like smashed avo on toast with poached eggs. Yum! Rooms include luxury, (often used as a bridal suite), family and twin, spacious and cosy options – all of which do what they say on the tin, with complimentary toiletries and big squishy towels as standard.
Fleuchary House No. 29, St Albans
Named after owner Linda’s grandparents’ croft in Scotland, Fleuchary House brings a little piece of Highland hospitality to Herts. You’ll spot little touches such as thistle motifs dotted around, and all the rooms are quirkily named after Linda’s favourite Scottish gins (we like your style, Linda!), as a little nod to her heritage – but this award winning boutique B&B has lots more to shout about than that. They’ve thought of everything and really considered what customers want, so you will find Kingsize beds with Hypnos mattresses and high thread-count sheets, full-sized toiletries (not the usual piddly ones), a tea tray stocked with more than two measly teabags and there are none of those annoying little UHT milk pods in sight! As for the breakfast – from a Full English with ingredients sourced from local farms and butchers, to the lighter ‘5-a-day’ fruit salad, all appetites are catered for.
Lodge Farm House, Hitchin
If you’re after somewhere that feels like a home-from-home Lodge Farm House is it. Being within a stone’s throw of Luton airport (not that you’d know it as it’s surrounded by 20 acres of green space) makes it the perfect pit stop if you’ve got an early flight, and you can even park your car here while you’re away for £5 a day – beats the hefty airport costs! Rooms are light, spacious and reasonably priced, plus there’s a comfy lounge for guests to enjoy during the evening, which has its own honesty bar, so you can chill out with a good book and a G&T or two.
Harlington Manor, Bedfordshire
Wowsers, this is a B&B and a half. Housed in a historical manor overlooking the Chiltern Hills, it’s laden with sumptuous furnishings, four-poster beds and more antiques than you can shake a chandelier at – so many in fact that they’ve had to restrict bookings to adults only (well, over 11s) to keep breakages to a minimum! Even the breakfast is served in the 16th Century wood-panelled parlour. More tea m’lady?
South Farm, Royston
If you’re after somewhere to accommodate a large unwieldy brood, this picture perfect property on the Herts/Cambs border might just tick the boxes. The rooms are gorgeously decorated, bursting with character and country charm (think chunky beams and Sanderson-style prints). There’s a self-contained suite over two floors, an en suite bunk room for little ones, and another double on site, as well as additional accommodation just a mile up the road at Fen Bridge B&B (can we pack the kids off there…?). Plus for the novelty factor (we reckon the sleeping arrangements might be a little cosy), there are five beautifully restored Romany caravans and showman’s wagons, too. Something for everyone then!
Hyde Mill, Luton
If you stay at this lovingly restored 19th century water mill on the banks of the River Lea you might find yourself twitching (for birds, that is) on the Lea Valley Walk or even getting hooked (ahem, sorry…) on fishing, which can be arranged if that’s your bag. There’s a mix of self-contained, self-catering and en suite acccommodation on site, all with crisp, clean décor. Plus, Luton airport is just a hop, skip and a jump away, should you need to be in close proximity, for when you’re ready to pack those long-distance relatives off home again.
North Hill Farm, Chorleywood
A rural B&B with it’s own sauna? Now you’re talking! You’ll stay in the converted barn (there are three doubles and one family room), near the main house, and enjoy a traditional or continental breakfast overlooking the stables – ahh, rural bliss! The sauna – which is bookable at an extra cost – is the cherry on the cake at this lovely family run farm in the Chess Valley. For the more adventurous types, check out their seriously quirky glamping options, which include themed treehouses, and suspended tents. Ok, they don’t quite tick the B&B box, but they do look fun!