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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
Pinkney Court | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsPinkney Court | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
B&B Old England | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Lazio | RomeB&B Old England | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Lazio | Rome
North Wing at Combermere Abbey | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | West MidlandsNorth Wing at Combermere Abbey | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | West Midlands
Elinor Fettiplace at Pauntley Court | Exclusive Homestay | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsElinor 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'AzurVilla L'Aimée | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | France | The South of France | Provence & the Côte d'Azur
Palazzo Tommasi | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | TuscanyPalazzo Tommasi | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Tuscany
Boreham House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The South East | Downs & Channel CoastBoreham House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The South East | Downs & Channel Coast
Blaisdon House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsBlaisdon House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
Bay House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The West Country | Devon & CornwallBay House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The West Country | Devon & Cornwall
Easby Hall | Exclusive Wedding Venue | UK | Yorkshire & the Humber | Yorkshire DalesEasby Hall | Exclusive Wedding Venue | UK | Yorkshire & the Humber | Yorkshire Dales

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

  • 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
  • Bay House, Devon & Cornwall
  • Easby Hall, Yorkshire Dales

Latest News

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]


Just Five Luxurious Rooms still available for Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup

Five Luxurious Rooms still Available for Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup 2016 [9th Feb 2016 10:45:00]


Romance and History - Our Destination Bed and Breakfasts for Valentine's Day

Discover some of England's most romantic and beautiful homes [26th Jan 2016 12:10:00]


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
  • Tuscany Italy
  • Veneto & Friuli Italy
  • Rome Italy