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Quintessential: the nature of a quintessence; the purest or most refined of its kind.
Bed and Breakfasts, Dine and Sleep, Homestays and Wedding Venues
Lemon House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Sicily Lemon House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Sicily
Field End House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds Field End House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
Pinkney Court | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds Pinkney Court | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
B&B Old England | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Lazio | Rome B&B Old England | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Lazio | Rome
North Wing at Combermere Abbey | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | West Midlands North Wing at Combermere Abbey | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | West Midlands
Elinor Fettiplace at Pauntley Court | Exclusive Homestay | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds Elinor Fettiplace at Pauntley Court | Exclusive Homestay | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
Villa L'Aimée | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | France | The South of France | Provence & the Côte d'Azur Villa L'Aimée | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | France | The South of France | Provence & the Côte d'Azur
Palazzo Tommasi | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Tuscany Palazzo Tommasi | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Tuscany
Boreham House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The South East | Downs & Channel Coast Boreham House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The South East | Downs & Channel Coast
Blaisdon House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds Blaisdon House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds

About Us

Quintessential: the nature of a quintessence; the purest or most refined of its kind. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

Nicola Crewe-Read founded Quintessential Bed and Breakfast in 2010. Having travelled extensively, and subsequently offered luxury bed and breakfast in her own home, Nicola believes there is a great opportunity to distil the multitude of web-based luxury bed and breakfast offerings into one powerful, information-driven portal. Our newly launched website, Quintessential Europe, has been designed to extend the original Quintessential Bed and Breakfast offering and expand not only across Europe but into other types of fabulous, luxury places to stay which will include boutique homestays, glamorous pubs and restaurants with rooms and some of Europe's most exclusive and evocative wedding venues. Irrespective of type, each and every property on the website has been handpicked by us and fulfils our own idea of what truly constitues a fabulous place to stay. Luxury is taken as read but location and character truly denote a 'fabulous place to stay'.  

With over thirty years' experience in investment banking and public relations, Nicola has all of the requisite skills to ensure that Quintessential Europe remains at the forefront of developments in the mysterious 'science' of digital marketing. 

Our Goals

We want to find only the right places to stay, places that offer not only great comfort in beautiful surroundings but also personality and a genuinely warm welcome. The internet provides a wealth of choice but there is often a lack of consistency of quality and ‘character’ does not always denote comfort.

Working with the wonderful team at Alacrify, the strategic, digital marketing agency, the Quintessential Europe team has embraced one of the 21st Century's greatest challenges - search engine optimisation. Quintessential Bed and Breakfast was one of the most highly ranked websites in the luxury bed and breakfast sector; that means it is more often than not in position number 1 or 2 on the first page of Google, the most expensive advertising space in the world. And this is where it intends to stay, ensuring that the wonderful luxury bed and breakfast homes, unique, boutique homestays or self-catering properties and exclusive and evocative wedding venues we find are easily accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world, who is looking. Quintessential Europe aims simply to embrace the myriad opportunities to expand our exclusive collection of luxury bed and breakfast homes and exclusive homestays in the UK to the wider European continent. There is no other website like it and we hope you enjoy discovering our exclusive collection of fabulous, luxury places to stay.

The Website

Launched in April 2015, our website aims to provide a very 21st Century experience whilst acknowledging that, in addition to its compelling design, its greatest strength lies in the depth and quality of its content. We want to offer our discerning guests the opportunity to discover some very special and luxurious places to stay. We also want to inform our guests about what they can do in each of the beautiful parts of Europe where we have been fortunate enough to discover a Quintessential Europe member - be it a night at the opera, a great evening at the local gastro pub or a trail of incomparably beautiful gardens and historic houses.  

Inclusion of properties on our site is not automatic. We select only the best to be part of the Quintessential Europe collection. While we have some clear criteria for quality and service, the personality and spirit of the homes we feature and, of course, the welcome given to guests are even more important to us. We have personally inspected every property featured on our website.

Our decisions do not refer simply to a checklist; they are very much driven by what we regard as the quintessence of luxury bed and breakfast and truly fabulous places to stay.

New To Quintessential Europe

  • Lemon House, Sicily
  • Field End House, Cotswolds
  • Pinkney Court, Cotswolds
  • B&B Old England, Rome
  • North Wing at Combermere Abbey, West Midlands
  • Elinor Fettiplace at Pauntley Court, Cotswolds
  • Villa L'Aimée, Provence & the Côte d'Azur
  • Palazzo Tommasi, Tuscany
  • Boreham House, Downs & Channel Coast
  • Blaisdon House, Cotswolds

Latest News

Fabulous Winter Offer at Glamorous and Deeply Cosy Easby Hall

With its elegant, nay, glamorous bedrooms, each with woodburning stove and lavish bathrooms, Easby Hall is one of our truly fabulous places to stay. Close to the bustling and historic town of Richmond, it gives  you access to North Yorkshire ... [1st Dec 2016 12:00:00]


Special Winter Getaway Offer at the Divine Combermere Abbey

Recently awarded Best Historic Restoration with not one but two awards, we are celebrating  with a fabulous Winter Getaway offer of a two night stay in the most romantic and luxurious bed and breakfast in the Northwest between November 2016 ... [23rd Nov 2016 17:31:00]


Bored of Boris and Brexit? Take a look at some of our Fabulous New Members

It may be mid-summer madness but we have added some truly fabulous places to stay - from Shropshire to Rome [3rd Jul 2016 11:30:00]


Discover Some of Our Fabulous, New Places to Stay - From Cornwall to Cortona

Time to show you some truly fabulous, new places to stay From Cornwall to Cortona, we showcase some of our latest discoveries If you despair of the formulaic and yearn to stay in the mos ... [15th Apr 2016 15:15:00]


The Glorious Gardens of Cornwall

With its temperate climate, Cornwall boasts some of England's finest and most unusual gardens [22nd Mar 2016 16:30:00]


Featured Regions

  • Central France & the Alps France
  • North East France France
  • The South of France France
  • The South West France
  • Western France France
  • Provence & the Côte d'Azur France
  • Dordogne France
  • England UK
  • Scotland UK
  • Wales UK
  • East Anglia UK
  • Northumbria UK
  • The Midlands UK
  • The South East UK
  • The West Country UK
  • Yorkshire & the Humber UK
  • North Wales UK
  • Cotswolds UK
  • East Midlands UK
  • West Midlands UK
  • Downs & Channel Coast UK
  • Devon & Cornwall UK
  • Yorkshire Dales UK
  • Bruges and Western Flanders Belgium
  • Lazio Italy
  • Sicily Italy
  • Tuscany Italy
  • Veneto & Friuli Italy
  • Rome Italy