If you despair of the formulaic and yearn to stay in the most beautiful, even magnificent, and certainly historic private homes in some of the most breathtaking parts of the British Isles, our exclusive collection may exceed your wildest expectations. Our Quintessential Bed and Breakfast homes 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 historic homes.
Need inspiration? Here is just a small selection of our achingly romantic, destination bed and breakfasts. Where else will you find such unadulterated luxury country house accommodation, each with a colourful and wildly romantic history.
Cider House at Buckland Abbey, Devon
With breathtaking views across Devon's Tamar Valley and set on a 700 acre National Trust estate, sits a beautiful house, lavishingly restored with contemporary style and comfort. Cider House at Buckland Abbey is a perfect confection of history, beauty, style, luxury and comfort. You can feel the enormous amount of love and care that has been lavished on this historic home as you step through the door. The beautiful gardens, mouthwatering kitchen garden and recently authenticated Rembrandt are just a few other reasons to go.
Historical Note: Sir Francis Drake's former cider barn. Buckland Abbey is now home to a recently authenticated Rembrandt self-portrait.
Hesleyside, Hexham, Northumberland
Set in the heart of the Northumberland National Park and with grounds designed by Capability Brown, Hesleyside is a magnificent and historic house. The ancestral home of the Border Reiver Charlton family since 1343, the land at Hesleyside (from the original pele tower to today's magnificent 18th Century home) has been continuously inhabited by the same family, in an unbroken line, since the reign of Richard the Lionheart.
Historical Note: Same family for nearly 700 years. The Reivers were feuding Border families at a time when cattle raiding was common. The legend of the Hesleyside Spur – which is still in existence – tells of a powerful Charlton matriarch who used to serve the spur on a dish at table to prompt her menfolk to go raiding when the cupboards were bare.
Pauntley Court, Gloucestershire
"A place of great beauty and strangeness" - John Masefield, Poet Laureate. Set in a secluded valley in Gloucestershire and with breathtaking views, Pauntley Court is magical, quite the most romantic and luxurious bed and breakfast home. Steeped in history, boasting its own dovecote, mill house, Norman church and trout pond, and set in a valley of unimaginable beauty with views towards the distant Cotswold hills, Pauntley Court offers guests an opportunity to stay in a place of rare beauty, high romance and utter tranquillity.
Historical Note: Believed to be the birthplace of Dick Whittington.
Dauntsey Park House, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Perched on the banks of a river in breathtaking parkland, Dauntsey Park House is a stunningly beautiful country house with something of the 'wow' factor. Originally conceived in the 14th Century as a medieval manor, Dauntsey Manor was extensively remodelled in the 18th Century into today's beautifully proportioned house, with elegant Georgian elevations. An intriguing mix of English country and Italian style with wondrous Murano glass chandeliers.
Historical Note: The Church of St James contains a rare 14th Century doom painting showing the elect ascending to heaven while the doomed are consigned to hell. With seven centuries of colourful history, Dauntsey Park House has many a tale to tell too.
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