Ramsden Farm, Kent
Set in the Garden of England, this B&B (pictured) is the place for sleepy heads, there are no breakfast times and no rules; guests are encouraged to make themselves at home. Inside the renovated farm buildings, a cosy fire welcomes on cooler evenings and sunny bedrooms offer comfy mattresses, crisp white linens and bathrooms with travertine marble and underfloor heating. South-facing views across the Kentish Weald add to the ambience. Guests eat around the kitchen table with its yellow Aga and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, while owner Sally Harrington cooks up a feast.
Bulls Hall, Suffolk
Brimful of character, this 16th-century thatched house is set in beautiful gardens with a meadow, ponds and wildlife. Its charming features include sloping floors, low doorways, a large inglenook, beams and high ceilings. Guests can wander among five acres of gardens or look out for wildlife in this beautiful country setting. On rainy days, there are plentiful books and indoor games to enjoy. Owner Angela Hall runs a family-friendly B&B with a double room or a suite for four. Breakfast beckons with fresh fruit juice, homemade jams, free-range eggs, freshly picked field mushrooms and Suffolk bacon cured by Angela’s son with molasses, brown sugar and local Porter beer.
This rural idyll caters for vegetarians with its award-winning breakfasts. There is one stylish suite with a generous-sized bedroom and sitting room with doors to a vine-hung loggia and parterre. Owner Stephen Morgan has created a relaxed look with stylish furniture, rugs and fabrics. Grey panelling, original art and a wet room with drenching shower add to the luxurious feel. There’s no need to leave your room – hand-pressed apple juice from the orchard, coffee, tea, and delicious vegetarian dishes are delivered to your door.
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