9 Bed and Breakfast Ideas for Short Breaks

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9 Bed and Breakfast Ideas for Short Breaks

Historic homes, small inns, villas, and family homes all over the U.K. offer bed and breakfast rooms to travellers who prefer the cosy, friendly atmosphere of this kind of overnight stay. These accommodations can be the perfect location for travellers taking a short break. They allow for comfortable, family-style housing and in many cases include a full English breakfast. Throughout the U.K., almost any accommodation is near golf, outdoor active recreation, castles, and stately homes. Many parts offer delightful walking along country ways or beaches. Some additional attractions specific to certain regions are noted in the area tips below.

The charts indicate some of the many cities and towns where bed and breakfast homes may be found. Many operators of bed and breakfast establishments list them on eBay, where a traveller may successfully search for a B&B in the part of the U.K. where a short break is desired.

Idea 1: Rural Refreshment in East Anglia

East Anglia is historically rural, although the southern area has suburbanised as London commuters have moved outward. The Broads with its windmills, the Sunrise Coast, and the Southend pleasure pier in Essex are among the attractions that make the area appealing for visitors.




Cambridge, Duxford


Great Chishill


Great Yarmouth, Hillington, Holt


Bury St. Edmunds

For those of a more historic or academic bent, the university in Cambridge and cathedral in Ely are not to be missed.

Idea 2: View Tulips, the Magna Carta, and Mr. Darcy

The castle in Lincoln has one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta to survive and its cathedral is considered by some to the the most beautiful cathedral in Europe. The old town has cobbled streets including the accurately named medieval lane, Steep Hill, with a handrail to assist in climbing to the castle.

East Midlands

The surrounding rural Lincolnshire includes many small towns worth visiting. Spalding's spring festival includes floats made of tulip blossoms. Leicestershire offers historic sites, including a tall ship in harbour and several museums.




Matlock Bath


Leicester City, Loughborough


Ludborough, Sleaford





Chatsworth House in Derbyshire was Mr. Darcy's house in the 2005 adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice'. The gardens are not only beautiful but open for children to run about.

Idea 3: Explore Hadrian's Wall in the Northeast

The Northeast includes the Roman Army Museum in Hexham, Northumberland; sections of Hadrian's Wall under current excavation; and the opportunity to walk part of this remarkable Roman fortification.




Bishop Auckland, Durham


Greenhead, Hexham, Redburn, Newcastle

The Northeast also includes its own unique present day offerings, such as the dolls' house collection at Wallington House, Castle Morpeth; the rhododendron labyrinth at Cragside House; the 21-foot High Force Waterfall in Teesdale, Durham; and two claimants to honours as among the largest of their kind: the 'world's largest' treehouse (Alnwick Garden, Alnwick, Northumberland) and 'Britain's largest' commercial art gallery, the Biscuit Factory at Newcastle on Tyne.

Idea 4: Go Fish or Go Festival in the North West

The North West provides a visitor a wide range of choices: from the hills of Lancashire and the peaceful Lake District to the busy cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Trips may be planned around such events such as the Manchester International Festival, the flower show or a special exhibition at Tate Liverpool.




Appleby, Bowness on Windermere, Hadrian's Wall, Keswick, Oughterside, Penrith

Greater Manchester



Blackpool, Bleasdale, Claughton-on-Brock, Ribble Valley



Cumbria's Lake District is known for its outdoor events, including the annual Keswick Mountain Festival, the Brathay Windermere Marathon, and the Great North Swim. But it is just as easy to plan a weekend to quietly fish or canoe.

Idea 5: Watch Horses or Dinosaurs in the South East

Two race tracks in the South East offer something for just about everyone. Epsom Downs, where the Investec Derby is run, is considered to be the world's greatest flat race. Sandowne Park in Surrey mixes flat and national hunt, sometimes on the same card, with opportunities to view from the pre-parade ring for those who prefer avoiding the crowds. Nearby shopping on Esher high street is a good distraction for those who become tired of the horses.






Ibstone, Milton Keynes

East Sussex

St. Leonards-on-Sea


New Forest

Isle of Wight

Rookley, Ventnor


Benenden, Canterbury, Deal, Folkestone, Thurnham


Banbury (Cotswolds), Chipping Norton, Oxford, Wallingford


Epsom, Woking

West Sussex

Arundel, Chichester, Worthing

The word 'dinosaur' is credited to palaeontologist Sir Richard Owen of the Isle of Wight, and Dinosaur Isle here is designed to help children and adults alike enjoy the history of archaeology here. The Isle of Wight has rich fossil deposits and Dinosaur Isle invites everyone to better understand them.

Idea 6: Farm, Coastal, and Film Holidays in the South West

Bring the wellies and expect to see the children clambering among the sheep, pigs, and cattle during a short break in Devon or Dorset. A farm stay in these rural counties could be just the ticket, although Devon's coastal resorts also beckon.




Helston, Looe, Lostwithiel, Newquay, St. Austell, St. Ives, Tintagel


Sherborne, Buckland Brewer, Budleigh Salterton, Dartmoor, Ilfracombe, Kingsbridge, Lynmouth, Paignton, Plymouth, Torquay, West Down, Woolacombe


Bournemouth, Swanage, Weymouth, Winterbourne, Zelston


Cheltenham, Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh


Bath, Dunster, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells


Marlboro, Melksharm, Salisbury, Swindon

Gloucestershire offers magnificent churches, abbeys, and the cathedral itself. Many beautiful churches are found in its market towns as well, and two royal residences are located in Gloucestershire. For many, Gloucestershire is most recognisable as the setting for the James Bond movie, 'Die Another Day', the Harry Potter movies, and the BBC-TV series 'Butterflies'. In 'Doctor Who', the fictional town of Leadworth is found in Gloucestershire as well.

Idea 7: West Midlands Centre of Invention

Birmingham has been transformed from the inventive centre of Britain's industry to a leading centre of culture, with a major ballet company, an avant garde opera company, traditional and experimental theatre companies, and a long history of influencing popular music worldwide.



West Midlands

Birmingham, Coventry


Clun, Ludlow




Norton Lindsey, Stratford-upon-Avon


Stourport-on-Severn, Upton-on-Severn

Other unusual opportunities in the West Midlands include the Royal Air Force Museum in Shropshire, and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Staffordshire.

Idea 8: Bronte Country, Moors, and Canals

Farmland, woodland, heathered moors and miles of inspiring coast offer a backdrop for natural refreshment during a Yorkshire short break. Visitors may enjoy castles, gardens, and stately homes, the Bronte Society Museum, a water operated tramway providing coastal views at Redcar & Cleveland, and boat trips through the Pennines and Yorkshire Dales.



North Yorkshire

Clapham, Cononley, Knaresborough, Oswaldkirk, York

South Yorkshire


West Yorkshire

Halifax, Huddersfield

For fans of more active recreation, 4x4 tours, caving, climbing, and abseiling are all offered in the Dales. A falconry centre provides demonstrations of these and other large birds of prey.

Idea 9: London

London neighbourhoods where bed and breakfast inns may be found include those following:

* Barnes

* Earls Court

* Gatwick

* Heathrow

* Kensington

* Southfields Village

The opportunities for entertainment, exploration, and enjoyment in London are numerous and well known, and it is not possible to see everything in a single short break. It is wise to choose events and destinations in advance, so that travellers can make the most of a short stay in the capital.

Booking a Bed and Breakfast Stay on eBay

Those planning a short break who would like to find bed and breakfast accommodations can often find exactly what they desire on eBay. When planning a short break, if no specific trip is in mind, simply typing " bed and breakfast&" into the Search window that appears on every page generates a list of available lodgings that may spark an idea. Perhaps a stay on a working farm strikes everyone's fancy. Maybe a house near the beach is more close to what inspires you. It is also possible to Search for accommodation in a particular county or town. If the trip has a particular budget, then the Sort By function allows you to organise the selections by price.

Confirming Travel Details

Each bed and breakfast operator shows details about their inn and services on the product detail page. Before making a purchase, it is important to review these to confirm that all is as expected: whether the price is per person or per room double occupancy; whether there are any dates such as bank holidays when an inn is unavailable; what facilities are available with the room; and so forth. If a large party is travelling, be sure the bed and breakfast homes is large enough to accommodate all members.


Bed and breakfast accommodations allow for easy travel during short breaks. No matter where a traveller wants to go, it is possible to locate nearby bed and breakfasts. Many are in houses or historic homes; some are in converted historic hotels and other large houses. Each has a unique character that makes a stay special.

Choosing a bed and breakfast that accommodates all members of the travel party is not difficult. On eBay, the operators indicate details about the inn and services available. It is possible to confirm pricing, dates, any facilities available with the room, and the kind of breakfast served, as well as such details as whether there is a car park. Some bed and breakfast homes offer on-site activities, especially those located on working farms. Others are located near activities of interest. Whatever kind of bed and breakfast home is selected, a travel party is sure to find a pleasant short break from the selection offered on eBay.

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