The gourmet getaway, Herefordshire
A short schlep from Shropshire’s gourmet hotspot Ludlow, Abbots Lodge is a cute, one-bedroom B&B apartment between the church and medieval castle in the village of Wigmore. The open-plan suite with painted wooden floors, contemporary sofa and wood-burner opens on to a leafy terrace. Breakfast and a seasonal menu of gourmet evening meals are served in your room by owner Janet (a chef who once worked at the Ludlow Food Centre), focusing on local produce.
One bedroom £100 a night B&B, abbotslodgebandb.co.uk
The romantic hideaway, Herefordshire
The Cob is a romantic hideaway in the Wye Valley, just a few book-lovers’ miles from Hay-on-Wye. Built from straw and lime render, with exposed timbers and a living roof, it is situated in the grounds of the owners’ 200-year-old stone cottage. Inside the tiny, two-room cob house, there is a quirky, contemporary feel, a wood-burning stove, metal bed and wool mattress. Surrounded by four acres of gardens and orchards (apple, plum, damson pear and cherry), relax with breakfast on the veranda, gazing out over meadows to the woodland beyond.
One bedroom from £120 a night B&B, stayatthecob.co.uk
The Cotswolds schoolhouse, Gloucestershire
As well as running the Old School B&B, Wendy Veale is a food writer. Her hens lay the eggs for breakfast, the jam is made by the local WI, there is home-made cake for tea and once or twice a week she enjoys cooking dinner for guests – the house party package includes a three-course dinner one night. The 19th-century school hall is the guest wing, with a dining room downstairs and a sitting room beneath the soaring rafters.
Four bedrooms from £1,680 B&B with one three-course dinner for a two-night stay, theoldschoolbedandbreakfast.com
The creative corner, Somerset
Lifestyle store-cum-event space-cum-photographic studio-cum-B&B, Caro in Somerset’s coolest corner, Bruton, fits right in. The micro-B&B room, all Zen-like simplicity, is not attached to the design store but a short walk away in a secluded garden house, close to the Hauser & Wirth art gallery. Breakfast is served at modern British restaurant and bakery At the Chapel. For lunch or dinner, wander to Hauser & Wirth’s Roth Bar & Grill at Durslade Farm on the edge of the village.
One bedroom from £130 a night B&B, thespaceatcaro.com
The artists’ enclave, Cornwall