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Best B&B Awards

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

We love a cosy Bed and Breakfast at this time of year. So the annual eviivo awards celebrating the UK’s finest B&Bs and independent small hotels have come just in the nick of time. Here are five winners we can't wait to visit.Winner of the Star Among Stars award was Abbots Grange, top, in the Cotswolds. Built around 1320, Abbots Grange was once the summer residence of the Abbot of Pershore who had a taste for the finer things in life. The B&B continues that tradition with luxuriously appointed rooms, each with solid oak four-posters, the finest Egyptian cotton bedlinen and well-stocked bathrooms. The room to go for is the Elizabethan Suite, above, comprised of three interconnecting rooms in the oldest part of the building, with an open log fire and views out over the gardens. From around £150 per night.Manor Farm, MarlboroughWinner of the Outstanding Host award was Manor Farm in Marlborough, a working farmhouse and family home for six generations. The judges highlighted this B&B’s ‘traditional’ and ‘honest’ values, citing that over and above the fine setting, comfortable rooms and excellent breakfasts, the owners’ genuine, friendly and sincere welcome and the way they look after their guests, from check-in to departure, exemplify the very highest levels of service. From £80 per night (double occupancy) for stays of one or two nights. The Old Hall, ElyWinner of the Most Beautifully Presented B&B was The Old Hall in Ely which the judges described as ‘eye-catching’ and ‘magical’. The recently renovated Jacobean manor house has a homely yet indulgent feel, with luxury fabrics and furnishings. There are 14 bedrooms and there’s tea and cake in front of the log fire in the Great Hall ever afternoon. From £145 per nightDining room, Bovey Cottage, BetchworthOur favourite award for Tastiest Breakfast went to Bovey Cottage in Betchworth. Judge Michel Roux Jr commended this four-room B&B for a breakfast that was ‘a million miles away from the traditional full English’. Breakfast at Bovey includes homemade bread, baked daily to a Scandinavian recipe, fresh poached pears with Greek yoghurt, compotes with seasonal fruits from the garden, homemade pancakes with bacon, blueberry compote and maple syrup and Caribbean bread pudding. From around £125 per night.Bedroom, Castle Levan, nr GlasgowWinner of the Quirkiest Place to Stay award was Castle Levan, a castle B&B near Glasgow, which comes complete with a ghost, arrow slit windows, parapet walkways and turrets. The three guest rooms are equally evocative, decorated with gargoyles, dragons and suits of armour. Described the judges as ‘beautiful, themed and historic’, the castle was built in 1457 and is a listed building with Historic Scotland. From around £155 per night. 

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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