What makes a good B&B?

Having worked for British Airways for 16 years we’ve been very lucky to enjoy some wonderful holidays in some beautiful places.

Unfortunately there have been some that we would have loved to go back to but then we’ve remembered a serious flaw that has stopped us returning.

So when I set up the B&B my aim was to create a place where I would want to go on holiday with all the good bits from our previous holiday and all the bad bits corrected!

Probably my favourite holiday ever was a cottage that we rented on a private pebble beach in Maine. It was beautiful and secluded with views over the bay – the bad bit was the bath – you couldn’t lie back in it! You’ll find a bath for 2 in the Paddock and Barn Rooms.

Next favourite was a farmhouse in Lot and Garonne – a beautiful rural area ( very similar to south Shropshire in fact! ) with a balcony from the main bedroom ( we’ve just added one in the Paddock Room ) but the bed was so uncomfortable that Rob and I met in the middle each night ( we’ve had so many holidays spoiled by bad beds that good mattresses are a priority here).

Many a break has been marred by a bad breakfast – what is it with British Hotels? We’ve stayed at michelin starred restaurants with rooms and enjoyed sublime dinners – only to be disappointed at breakfast – ok they probably didn’t have Ludlow sausage and locally cured bacon.

One place we do return to again and again is Kandersteg in Switzerland. I noticed on our last visit that there was no  tea tray in the room. Hopton House guests comment that our welcome tray is the best stocked ever. And the swiss walls were bare – luckily I have a talented artist as a father!

So do we have any drawbacks – well yes – we’re not perfect. We’re a rural B&B that aims for comfort and a bit of luxury. We’re not at all formal but we’re a bit more than a traditional farmhouse B&B. The floors do squeak and there are a couple of holes in the ceilings where the smoke alarms went in. The flower borders aren’t perfect – that would be the chickens and we have no swags or curtain tie backs.

The one thing that is stopping Hopton House from being perfection ( for me at least ) is that the sea is a just over an hour away – but at least it is a very pretty drive.

What do you like to see in a B&B?? Please let me know by leaving a comment.

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