18 of the Best B&Bs Across the North East and Yorkshire to Book
In need of a little breakaway? Find inspiration with our pick of the best B&Bs
MARKET CROSS GUEST HOUSE
In brief: An award-winning B&B in the heart of Northumberland.
Our highlight: The biscuits in the rooms, the cake and flapjacks on arrival and even the baked beans at breakfast are homemade.
Insider guide: A gold award winning, five-star B&B with four colour-themed rooms. Each has a large screen LED Smart TV, White Company toiletries and a Nespresso machine. A perfect place to rest your weary head whether you have been walking St Cuthbert’s or St Aidan’s Way or maybe cycling The Coast and Castles or Sandstone Way. For those looking for a more relaxed break both Alnwick and Bamburgh castles are close by. For those wishing to venture further afield there is plenty of fabulous countryside and coastline to explore - or maybe just wrap up and chill out in the garden with a hot chocolate and a good book.
Belford, Northumberland NE70 7LS
In brief: A former gentleman’s residence now an award-winning B&B just a short walk from Beverley’s town centre.
Our highlight: This delightful Georgian mansion, built in 1746, is situated on a quiet one-way street.
Insider guide: Worth visiting for the large walled gardens alone, this guesthouse has three luxurious bedrooms each with a king-sized bed (the largest room can accommodate up to three single beds, for those travelling with children). It’s set just minutes from the popular Beverley Market and some great restaurants and pubs and only a short distance from Beverley Racecourse, and all the amenities of this pretty market town. For those wishing to celebrate, the drawing room, with a marble fireplace at each end, can be hired for special occasions, and the award-winning breakfast is served in the magnificent dining room.
Beverley HU17 8EG
In brief: Three shipping containers converted into quirky, boutique, glamping-style accommodation on a working farm.
Our highlight: Floor-to-ceiling windows in both the master bedroom and the living area showcase spectacular views.
Insider guide: These ingenious boxes are perfect for solo travellers, couples or small families. They have been designed to ensure comfort all year round and include a master bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living space. Choose from the Pig, Rabbit or Duck box and enjoy all that the North York Moors has to offer. Whether that is cycling or walking along the many trails, stargazing at night or watching the sun coming up from the comfort of your bed. Foodies can travel the six miles into Malton: the food capital of Yorkshire.
Malton YO17 6UH
In brief: A family-run B&B in a grand Georgian country house a mile from Bamburgh.
Our highlight: Stunning sea views, extensive grounds, a quick walk to the sands of Budle Bay and even a secret garden await you here.
Insider guide: There is something for every kind of traveller, whether you prefer to relax in a super king-sized bed in one of the four luxury bedrooms, or bring the whole family and stay in the three bedroom cottage in the grounds. Or maybe, just maybe, you might fancy wild camping in the field behind the Hall, or a stay in a converted combine harvester!
Bamburgh, Northumberland NE69 7AU
RIVIERA GUEST HOUSE
In brief: A family run guesthouse with a beachfront location in the popular seaside town of Whitby.
Our highlight: Breathtaking panoramic sea views from the majority of the 15 ensuite bedrooms.
Insider guide: There are a range of individually-designed rooms for you to choose from, some even including a four poster bed! Hosts Emma and Zed have thoughtfully included wine glasses in each room for those wishing to look out over the North Sea with a relaxing glass of something chilled.The Riviera is ideally situated for those wanting to discover more of Whitby. It is a short walk from the train station and obviously the beach and less than a mile away is Whitby Abbey which features in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The Riviera is also the perfect base for those wanting to travel that little further to check out Staithes or Robin Hood’s Bay.
Whitby YO21 3EL
In brief: A 13-bedroom hotel in the heart of Harrogate.
Our highlight: The Grafton is big enough to have all the benefits of a hotel but small enough to feel homely.
Insider guide: Hosts Monica and Mark make sure there is attention to detail in every room with not only tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits provided but toffee too. The Grafton is close enough to the town centre and the train station to be convenient but far enough away to ensure a quiet and peaceful night’s sleep. Follow your restful night with a breakfast of locally-sourced produce before venturing out into the town.
Harrogate HG1 5EJ
CHATTON PARK HOUSE
In brief: An award-winning luxury estate offering adult-only B&B accommodation.
Our highlight: The private, detached lodge with a private garden and parking.
Insider guide: Relax in the tranquility of a private four-acre estate with spacious ensuite guest rooms, all with stunning garden views and super king-size beds to relax in after a visit to Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle, or Holy Island, all of which are close by.
Chatton, Alnwick NE66 5RA
In brief: A friendly B&B on the edge of North York Moors National Park.
Our highlight: A private, peaceful garden brimming with plants and produce, with cattle occasionally popping their heads over the fence.
Insider guide: This peaceful country home is nestled in the Esk Valley only a quarter of a mile from Egton Bridge. It is home to hosts Brianne and Luke, their daughter, and two cockapoos, although they don’t share any communal spaces with guests. Whether you choose to stay in one of the four bedrooms or three suites, you are guaranteed a peaceful night’s sleep and will wake refreshed to enjoy a spectacular breakfast before visiting the many attractions in the surrounding area.
Egton Bridge, Whitby YO21 1XD
In brief: A secluded country house in the heart of the Scottish Borders.
Our highlight: Enjoy views that have inspired writers, musicians and artists.
Insider guide: This five-star B&B with stunning Arts and Crafts architecture is set in a 13-acre bluebell wood, and provides luxury boutique accommodation. Each room is unique in design with antiques, individual works of art, tartan blankets and even a bottle of sherry. The gardens include a large lawn, perfect for hosting intimate celebrations, with plenty of room for a marquee. Use of a private golf course nearby can also be arranged by hosts Sheila and Ian, who encourage guests to follow the house rule of ‘just ask’ to ensure a perfect getaway.
Gattonside, Melrose TD6 9LU
In brief: A stunning Georgian townhouse in historic Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Our highlight: This B&B is perfectly placed on the town walls, with amazing views of the Tweed Estuary, where you may even be lucky enough to spot a seal or two.
Insider guide: A relaxing lounge with an honesty bar awaits those who have played a round of golf at one of the two courses nearby and hosts Stephen and Louise will also ensure your laundry gets done, if needed. Guests can choose to stay in the Walls, Tweed or Swan room. Those travelling with children can book both the Swan and the smaller Cygnet room to create a large family suite. Spending time in Berwick has you in good company as L S Lowry, famous for his matchstick men, frequently holidayed here. Many of his famous paintings were set here and you can walk the circular Lowry trail in about three hours, or simply stroll along the town walls in half the time.
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1HB
In brief: A Grade II-listed farmhouse on a working farm.
Our highlight: Mallard Grange is within walking distance of Fountains Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Insider guide: There are four spacious bedrooms, each including a lounge area, two conveniently located on the ground floor. As you might imagine on a working farm, breakfast includes a range of locally sourced and homemade ingredients. With the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors on your doorstep, there are gardens to explore, castles to visit, golf courses to play, historic markets to see and even Llamas to walk!
Aldfield, Ripon HG4 3BE
CARR HOUSE FARM
In brief: A 16th century farmhouse surrounded by orchards and meadows.
Our highlight: Each room has its own front door and is separate from the main farm house.
Insider guide: You could be on a film set in this beautiful B&B, relaxing over breakfast in your own private dining room after a night spent in a four-poster bed. Looking out over a south-facing garden, surrounded by oak panelled walls and walking on flagstone floors you will feel like you have stepped back in time. There is plenty to visit in this special part of North Yorkshire, and for foodies the Michelin-starred Black Swan is not far away in Oldstead.
Ampleforth, York YO62 4ED
In brief: A country house bed and breakfast nestled in Northumberland National Park.
Our highlight: Yearle House dates back to 1760 and has been recently refurbished with a biomass boiler installed for fully sustainable warmth.
Insider guide: This charming country house is set in three acres which includes a walled garden. Stay in the main house, in one of the four ensuite bedrooms, or in one of the three dog-friendly cottages. Even better take over the whole house, and cottages, for a private house party or take advantage of the many sporting estates close by to host a shooting party.
Wooler, Northumberland NE71 6RB
In brief: A luxury bed and breakfast in the Yorkshire Dales.
Our highlight: There is just the one guestroom at Bridge house, in the annex, so guests can enjoy exclusive use of the breakfast room/lounge.
Insider guide: The guestroom can be set up as a double or twin, there is off road parking for guests and a mini fridge with fresh milk and filtered water. There are plenty of walks in the area and fans of the recently updated All Creatures Great and Small can visit nearby Grassington, which stands in for the fictional Darrowby in the series.
Threshfield, Grassington BD23 5HB
In brief: A sandstone farmhouse at the gateway to North Yorkshire Moors National Park.
Our highlight: Conveniently located on the coast road between Saltburn and Whitby.
Insider guide: The location of this bed and breakfast is key for those wishing to visit the coast. Whitby is close by, Staithes only a little further and the bus stop for Scarborough is just across the road. Choose from two double rooms and one twin, expect a hearty breakfast and make sure to preorder a packed lunch to take with you on your travels.
Easington, Staithes TS14 4NE
In brief: A boutique B&B in the Dales.
Our highlight: The Savoy-style cocktails served from 6–7pm in the sitting room or the library.
Insider guide: In the pretty village of Aysgarth, this super-smart B&B is a step up from your average. There are seven bedrooms, including Kes with its king size four-poster bed and views from the big bay window across Wensleydale, and Cowboy Balance, an enormous (dog-friendly) second floor room with a roll-top bath. Aysgarth has two good pubs which serve great food, all within walking distance of Stow House.
Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3SR
In brief: A charming, converted farmhouse in Northumberland National Park.
Our highlight: This is a rural B&B for those who enjoy the outdoors, but also a touch of luxury and plenty of home comforts.
Insider guide: Ideally situated on the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, with aptly named bedrooms (Brocolita, Vindolanda and Housesteads) which offer amazing views of open countryside. Weary travellers can enjoy a pre-booked Carraw supper, or visit The Barrasford Arms, eight miles down the road. For those setting off on foot the next day, a packed lunch can also be provided.
Humshaugh, Hexham NE46 4DB
THE BISHOP & THE BISON
In brief: A B&B with a difference on the outskirts of York.
Our highlight: Champagne breakfasts.
Insider guide: Of the eight guest rooms here, four are themed for the Bishop, and four for the American Bison, together with carefully-curated art pieces including a herd of multicoloured bison which adorn the walls of the dining room, where your homemade, locally-sourced and delicious breakfast is served. There’s a Presidents Lounge for guests’ use where you’ll find a vast number of artisan gins, all detailed in the Ginventory, and cosy chairs to sink into after a day’s sightseeing.
127 Clifton, York YO30 6BL