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.
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. With millions of listings on some of the leading OTAs, searching can often be time-consuming and laborious. We aim to take the hard work away and provide you with an exclusive, handpicked collection of fabulous places to stay.
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.
Launched in April 2015, the 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 property - 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 properties we feature and, of course, the welcome given to guests are even more important to us. We have handpicked every property featured on our website. For now, a large number - but not all - of the properties on Quintessential Europe can be booked directly from the site
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.
We continue to bring you fabulous places to stay in two of Italy's dreamiest medieval towns, Siena and Montepulciano. [2nd May 2017 14:02:00]
This Spring newsletter is focused on Italy where we are slowly unearthing some of the most glorious places to stay. There are more to come, not only in Italy but also some stunning properties in the South of France. Keep an eye out. We certainly are. Our Quintessential Europe properties exude style, elegance, comfort and history. Here you can have a holiday of a lifetime and live the dream. Our hosts spare none of the comforts of 21st Century hospitality in each of these fabulous homes. [26th Apr 2017 15:04:00]
Become the Lord and Lady of the Abbey! Surround yourself with history, drink in the amazing views and ancient landscape and let our wonderful team treat you like royalty. It will be a truly unforgettable experience, and one you can definite ... [19th Dec 2016 10:14:00]
The Independent Online has published a fabulous review of the North Wing at Combermere Abbey. Way to go! ... [10th Dec 2016 11:13:00]
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]