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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
Castel Porziano Rome | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Lazio | RomeCastel Porziano Rome | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Lazio | Rome
Easby Hall | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | Yorkshire & the Humber | Yorkshire DalesEasby Hall | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | Yorkshire & the Humber | Yorkshire Dales
Home Farm | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsHome Farm | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
Dauntsey Park House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsDauntsey Park House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
The Old Manor House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsThe Old Manor House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
Maison Lambot | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | France | The South of France | Provence & the Côte d'AzurMaison Lambot | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | France | The South of France | Provence & the Côte d'Azur
Il Battistero Siena | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | TuscanyIl Battistero Siena | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Tuscany
Trinity House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsTrinity House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | 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
Catsheys | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The West Country | Devon & CornwallCatsheys | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The West Country | Devon & Cornwall
Lemon House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | SicilyLemon House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Sicily
Field End House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsField End House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
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
Casa Colleverde | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | LiguriaCasa Colleverde | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Liguria
Blaisdon House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsBlaisdon House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
The Coach House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | East MidlandsThe Coach House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | East Midlands
Elinor Fettiplace at Pauntley Court | Exclusive Homestay | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsElinor Fettiplace at Pauntley Court | Exclusive Homestay | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
Pauntley Court | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsPauntley Court | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
Number 5ifty 8ight Tavistock | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The West Country | Devon & CornwallNumber 5ifty 8ight Tavistock | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The West Country | Devon & Cornwall
The Old Post Office | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | CotswoldsThe Old Post Office | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The Midlands | Cotswolds
Castello di Potentino | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | TuscanyCastello di Potentino | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Tuscany
Dolffanog Fawr | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | Wales | North WalesDolffanog Fawr | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | Wales | North Wales
Nonsuch House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The West Country | Devon & CornwallNonsuch House | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | UK | The West Country | Devon & Cornwall
Fattoria San Martino | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | TuscanyFattoria San Martino | Luxury Bed and Breakfast | Italy | Tuscany

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

  • Fattoria San Martino, Tuscany
  • Il Battistero Siena, Tuscany
  • Castello di Potentino, Tuscany
  • Casa Colleverde, Liguria
  • Maison Lambot, Provence & the Côte d'Azur
  • Number 5ifty 8ight Tavistock, Devon & Cornwall
  • Lemon House, Sicily
  • Field End House, Cotswolds
  • Castel Porziano Rome, Rome
  • North Wing at Combermere Abbey, West Midlands

Latest News

Dreamy New Destinations in Two of Tuscany's Most Beautiful Medieval Towns

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]


Focus on Italy Spring 2017

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]


An Irresistible Winter Offer at the Much Acclaimed North Wing at Combermere Abbey

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]


Fabulous Review of the North Wing at Combermere Abbey

The Independent Online has published a fabulous review of the North Wing at Combermere Abbey. Way to go! ... [10th Dec 2016 11:13:00]


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]


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
  • 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
  • Liguria Italy
  • Sicily Italy
  • Tuscany Italy
  • Veneto & Friuli Italy
  • Rome Italy