THE 5 BEST B&Bs
As with pubs, this is inevitably a subjective choice. Everyone’s criteria of a good B&B are different but, for us, the most important things are the warmth of the welcome, quality and size of the room and the breakfast. On that basis these were our “famous five”, again ranked in no particular order.
50 Church Street, Padstow
We have happy memories of a spacious house, dating back to 1735 and a really friendly welcome: a large, well-appointed, room and an excellent breakfast completed the picture.
North Inn, Pendeen
This was the cheapest accommodation on the whole trip and one of the best. A very large room in a separate, modern, chalet block, with a very welcome bath and a balcony with (distant) sea views. The only establishment to feature in both my “best pub” and “best B&B” lists. I swear they have not paid me commission, although I remain open to offers.
Hartland Quay Hotel
This old smugglers haunt stands alone at the foot of the cliffs, surrounded by spectacular rock scenery and crashing waves. To sit with a pint on a sunny evening after a great day’s walking and another one in prospect is to enjoy real contentment. I wasn’t surprised to learn that the pub was the setting for the classic 1950’s film of Treasure Island, featuring Robert Newton as Long John Silver.
Warren House, Chideock
Situated on the A35, next to the church and opposite a nice pub, this old thatched Dorset longhouse boasts friendly hosts, atmospheric, well-furnished period rooms and a good breakfast. Reasonably priced too, considering its location and quality.
Karenza, Gillan Creek
We were greeted with a pot of tea and slices of homemade cake in a sunny garden. Because it is far from the nearest habitation, our host prepared our meal. This comprised three courses, complete with wine, which was a pleasant change from the pub fare we had endured for most of the trip.
I’ve been asked about my least favourite B&Bs. I’ve written about some of the “horror stories” but, as explained earlier, I decided that it would not be right to “name and shame”. I would not want my, possibly eccentric, opinions to adversely affect these businesses, even though some of them really do have it coming!