What it is: A traditional 19th century house two minutes’ walk from Alnwick town centre.
Highlight: The airy garden room, where you can take breakfast overlooking the south-facing garden.
A small selection of bedrooms mean that the standards remain high at this luxurious but laid-back bed and breakfast, which is perfectly located for Alnwick Castle and Gardens and Barter Books. Craster kippers and a full Northumbrian breakfast are on offer at breakfast, while you can enjoy Lindisfarne mead in the guest lounge in
Greycroft, Croft Place, Alnwick NE66 1XU
01665 602127 www.greycroftalnwick.co.uk
What it is: A Victorian manor house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Highlight: The grand grounds in which the manor sits.
A favourite of those undertaking the coast to coast bike ride, Westgate Manor’s large, well-furnished rooms include four-poster beds, roll top baths and underfloor heating: all markers of a fantastic place to stay. The library, with floor-to-ceiling Victorian bookcases, is the perfect place to unwind on an evening.
Westgate, Bishop Auckland DL13 1JT
01388 517371 www.westgatemanor.co.uk
What it is: A contemporary guesthouse with culture and couture at its heart.
Highlight: The panoramic views from the bedrooms, taking in Arthur’s Seat and the Pentland hills.
Quirkiness, humour and a good eye for design combine in 94DR, a cosy boutique B&B that combines period features with modern Scottish artwork. The owners’ exuberance for life comes through in 94DR’s decor and style.
94 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AF
0131 662 9265 www.94dr.com
What it is: A grand three-floor house surrounded by greenery.
Highlight: Room seven, the second-floor Cowboy Balance, with underfloor heating.
The Yorkshire Dales provide an ideal backdrop for this seven-room boutique bed and breakfast, where each room is named after the art that hangs on the walls. A former home of the local reverend, this Wensleydale wonder has two acres of grounds to wander through.
Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3SR
01969 663635 www.stowhouse.co.uk
Swandale Guest House
What it is: A brilliant guest house five minutes from the seafront.
Highlight: The buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup and bacon will set you up for the day.
This eight-room guest house dates back a century, and sits on the north side of Bridlington. A short stroll to the seafront reveals a 900-yard promenade down which you can wander, while boat trips can be booked from the busy harbour. Twitchers will be enthralled by the nearby Bempton Cliffs RSPB nature reserve and the collection of wildlife there. Take breakfast outdoors on sunny days and enjoy the contemporary ensuite bedrooms.
11 Swanland Avenue, Bridlington
YO15 2HH 01262 424857
What it is: A five-star bed and breakfast surrounded by Yorkshire’s best rambling trails.
Highlight: The outstanding oak-smoked kippers for breakfast.
Cambridge House is a perfect retreat for those who want to enjoy the Dales’ rolling green hills. Only a five minute walk from the centre of Reeth, this cosy B&B is connected to a wide network of bridleways and cycle paths, allowing visitors to explore the natural glories of Swaledale.
Arkengarthdale Road, Reeth DL11 6QX
01748 884633 www.cambridgehousereeth.co.uk
What it is: A luxury bed and breakfast next to Robin Hood’s Bay.
Highlight: The original leather-embossed doors and other period features.
This Victorian villa, dating back to 1876, retains many of its original fixtures and fittings, but sensitive restoration and renovation has meant a stay here remains a luxury. Sea and moor view rooms are as standard, while the intricate gardens provide an engaging view to admire over breakfast.
Thorpe Lane, Fylingthorpe, Robin Hood’s Bay YO22 4TH
01947 880447 www.thegrangefylingthorpe.co.uk
What it is: A barnstorming B&B near the historic town of Alnwick.
Highlight: The location: three miles from Alnmouth station, and less than two miles from the centre of Alnwick.
This converted farm steading dates back to the 1850s, and has three ensuite rooms spread across two floors. The Rainbow room is found at the top of a spiral staircase, while the clean, cosy guest lounge has a warming fire and views of the surrounding countryside through its patio doors.
Greensfield Moor Farm, Alnwick NE66 2HH
01665 510700 www.redfootlea.co.uk
What it is: A former hunting lodge on the Wray Castle estate.
Highlight: The enormous four-poster bed in the Martindale suite.
This award-winning boutique bed and breakfast on the outskirts of Ambleside was once a hunting lodge, and has been returned to its former glory. Sumptuous suites are well-furnished, while there’s also a delight for Whovians in the garden: a full-sized Tardis. Take a look to see whether it’s bigger on the inside.
Randy Pike, Ambleside LA22 0JP
01539 436088 www.randypike.co.uk
St Aidans Hotel
What it is: A coastline B&B 300 yards from Seahouses harbour.
Highlight: The view of the Farne Islands from some of the bedrooms.
The nine bedrooms at St Aidans are enviable for their views, as well as their contents: unobstructed views out to the Farne Islands are what you’ll wake up to in the morning. It’s a great base for walkers, golfers looking for the finest links courses, and birdwatchers seeking out the famed local puffins.
Seafront, Seahouses NE68 7SR
01665 720355 www.staidanhotel.co.uk
What it is: A glorious bed and breakfast at the very mouth of the River Tweed.
Highlight: The views across the water as it burbles past your window.
Dating back to 1750, the delightful building in which The Walls B&B has been based since 2007 lends character to any stay in Berwick. The Georgian guest lounge, with a wood burning stove, is an ideal place to pass the time, while the Northumbrian cooked breakfast is without comparison.
8 Quay Walls, Berwick TD15 1HB
01289 330233 www.thewallsberwick.com