The Great British B&B

To be honest it took me years to actually stay in a B&B because I always had the impression that you were just staying in a stranger’s spare room. It was only a couple of years ago that I actually made use of a B&B in Inverness during a cycling trip.

Nothing lets you appreciate home comforts quite like 8 hours of cycling after sleeping in a tent then getting caught in a torrential downpour.

Since then I have held a lot of respect for B&B’s and the people that run them. They are an excellent option and a great alternative to hotels. The fact that you can speak one to one with the owner means there is also the more personal approach too.

Things to look out for in a UK bed and breakfast:

The high cost of hotel accommodation in UK hotels has invariably led to the growth of bed and breakfast (B&B) services. A host of B&B providers are now available in most England counties, providing affordable short-term accommodation that is at times more convenient and comfortable than conventional hotel rooms. Nevertheless, selecting an appropriate B&B service may seem tricky, considering the number of homes offering hospitality services to visitors. Below are some essential features to look out for when choosing B&B services in the UK:

Visit their Website

Today, any serious business person, including a B&B provider, must have a website for marketing purposes. This online platform may contain the inn’s breakfast menu, rules and regulations, rates per night, and other services available at the establishment. A map showing directions from nearby bus stops or train stations is also quite handy for travellers. Generally, a pitiable looking website may be a sign of the type of services to expect from the B&B provider.

Read their Breakfast Menu

The type of breakfast on offer from the B&B is very important, especially for Britons who are quite fastidious on their early morning meals. The best establishments usually provide cooked breakfast from ingredients sourced locally. Light breakfast kept hot under a grill is the main reason guests avoid hotels in the first place. Ideally, the B&B should provide a complete breakfast that will sustain guests up to late afternoon.

View their rooms

The room should preferably have quality well-ironed linen, throws and cushions. Towels should be clean and fluffy, with all toiletries available for use. Some mineral water for drinking, clean curtains, bubble bath and shampoo enhance comfort, and offer value for money.

Recently, a high number of B&B establishments are cropping up in the UK. This is in line with growing demand for affordable accommodation for weekend travellers and local tourists. High competition and expectations from guests mean that any B&B provider worth its salt should strive to provide a home away from home. The above three points offer a glimpse of things to look out for in an appropriate B&B establishment.

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