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Friday 18 January 2013

British B&Bs "Reign Supreme" - according to travellers

"Britain's B&Bs reign supreme" according to TripAdvisor's users: Britain lays claim to four of the world's top 10 B&Bs, seven of the top 10 B&Bs in Europe - and even takes second and third place in the best B&Bs in the world category. 

TripAdvisor spokesperson Emma Shaw commented: "Yet again, Britain's B&Bs continue to be celebrated as some of the very best in the world" 

Despite narrowly missing out on the honour of world's best B&B to a property in Italy, Athole Guest House in Bath takes second place in the World, while No1 in St Ives, Cornwall comes in third. All Seasons Guest House in Filey and St Michael's Guest House in Scarborough rank in sixth and seventh places respectively.

TripAdvisor is the "world's largest travel website", and its Travellers' Choice winners are based on millions of reviews and opinions covering more than 650,000 establishments collected in a single year from travellers around the world.

TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2013 
The World's Top 10 B&Bs:
1. Casa Portagioia, Bed and Breakfast, Castiglion Fiorentino - Italy
2. Athole Guest House, Bath - England
3. No1, St Ives, Cornwall - England
4. Chambres d'hotes Saint Emilion Bordeaux: Beau Sejour - France
5. Point Clear Cottages, Fairhope - United States
6. All Seasons Guest House, Filey, North Yorkshire - England
7. St Michael's Guest House, Scarborough, North Yorkshire - England
8. Baan Malinee Bed and Breakfast, Phuket - Thailand
9. The Welsh Hills Inn, Granville - United States
10. Loire Valley Retreat, Chinon - France


  1. On a recent January visit to Portsmouth for my fathers 80th birthday, we persuaded him to stay in a B&B (Fortitude Cottage) rather than the usual Holiday Inn, and I can honestly say that the difference was 300% +. Everything from the size and quality of the rooms, the quality of food, the location, the views, and of course the excellent and personal friendly service we received just wiped the floor with any hotel.

    When a B&B get's it right there is little that can rival them, and I honestly think the B&B's time is yet to come as more and more people start to realise that chosen wisely, a B&B can be a much better option that they might have thought.

    I think some people still have a bit of a stigma about B&Bs - that they should be cheap, around £25 a night, yet the same people will probably think it's OK to pay a hotel £70 - £100 a night for a very average and dated room overlooking the car-park! We paid slightly less than we would have in a hotel, but got 10x the value - there was just no competition and we all had a fantastic time.

    The B&B strikes back with a vengeance!

    1. Well, that is lovely to hear - many thanks! I will quote your kind comment to our members.