From peaceful farms to elegant townhouses – six of the best B&B gems (just) off the beaten track in the heart of England

I don’t know about you, but for me one of the best bits about going away for a few days is the anticipation and excitement of staying somewhere new. What will it be like? Will there be any nice surprises? You know – things I wasn’t expecting, but things that will make my stay more comfortable and memorable.

And that’s what puts me off those dreary, ubiquitous roadside hotel chains. Okay, you do know what you’re getting, but that means the same old drab rooms where the only surprises are usually rather unpleasant ones.

Well, for the same price as a bog-standard motel – or even less – you can stay on beautiful farmland or in a lovely, period townhouse. And if you’re planning a visit to the Grantham or Newark areas, you’re really spoilt for choice. Whether it’s a business trip or a visit to one of the area’s many events, such as Belvoir Horse Trials or the Newark and Nottinghamshire Show, here are six of the best B&B’s around:

Meet the neighbours at Thorns Farm B&B

Thorns Farm B&B, near Grantham

Thorns Farm is a stunning, ‘home-from-home’ B&B, with well-appointed, self-contained, en-suite guest rooms. This is an ideal holiday accommodation for families and a well-located base for business people working in the Grantham area. Thorns Farm Bed and Breakfast accommodation is situated just minutes from the A1 and Grantham, where you will experience a peaceful woodland backdrop with beautiful views across rolling countryside. Idyllic.

Find out more here.

Not a Little Chef in sight at Westborough Lodge farm B&B

Westborough Lodge Farm, near Newark

Refurbished to a very high standard last year, Ostler’s cottage at Westborough Lodge Farm is a great bed and breakfast choice all year round. In winter, there’s central heating and, after a hot, relaxing bath or shower, you can put your feet up in front of the wood-burning stove and enjoy a great movie, or lose yourself in your favourite book. Ostler’s Cottage also has its own private orchard, complete with patio, garden table, chairs and barbecue. Perfect to enjoy a chilled glass of wine on a summer’s evening.

Find out more here.

Stylish accommodation at Compton House B&B

Compton House, Newark

Compton House has been likened to a luxury boutique hotel, retaining many of its original period features, its accommodation decorated with a mixture of antiques and fresh flowers. Guests can use the stunning drawing room, where they can browse through a library of books and read the newspapers and magazines in total, hotel-like comfort. Unlike many B&B’s, the hospitality is exceptional and for many it’s just like being at home. Check out the decadent four-poster room!

Find out more here.

Relax at The Firs B&B

The Firs B&B, near Newark

For holidays, business trips or simple overnight accommodation in beautiful, high-quality surroundings, The Firs Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The Firs is a charming, stone building which dating back to the 15th Century, retaining many original features, yet recently decorated to bring out the unique character of every room. As a luxury Bed & Breakfast the emphasis is on quality and comfort, and each of our three stunning bedrooms enjoys luxury linen, towelling robes, large soft towels and Bronnley toiletries. The Firs offers log fires and a conservatory overlooking pretty gardens and is great for artists and anglers.

Find out more here.

A rural retreat at Greystones B&B

Greystones B&B, near Newark

If you’re looking for a special break, Greystones Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse is a charming rural retreat. Well located in the picturesque village of South Scarle, Greystones bed and breakfast offers complete peace and tranquillity – yet this stunning Grade II Listed B&B accommodation is within easy reach of the busy market town of Newark, the historic city of Lincoln and Newark County Showground. Greystones Guesthouse B&B offers four-star bed and breakfast accommodation in two splendid suites in a 400-year-old former farmhouse with courtyard buildings.

Find out more here.

Breakfast at Fir Tree Cottage B&B

Fir Tree Cottage

Situated on the edge of the pretty village of Collingham, just minutes from Newark, Fir Tree Cottage is just what you’d expect from an English country cottage.  The accommodation is in charming, beautifully appointed and furnished rooms, each with its own bathroom. The larger ‘Gainsborough’ room has a wonderful, king-size bed and large en-suite bathroom. Ideal for an indulgent break with someone special, or just for spoiling yourself! It has French doors which open onto a wide balcony with panoramic views of the stunning, extensive gardens and surrounding countryside.

Find out more here

So, if homogenous, drab rooms and the sound of passing trucks are your thing, then stay on the A1. But if, like me, you’re looking for something different and a bit special, then head just off the A1 and choose one of these wonderful, relaxing B&B’s. You’ll receive a warm welcome and the only surprises will be nice ones!

For more best businesses in Grantham and Newark, visit The Best of Grantham and The Best of Newark.


About Louise Hudson

Hello World - I am Louise Hudson, mum, wife and Social Media Manager. Following a media sales career in London I found myself settling on the borders of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire and doing all those grown-up things like starting a business and family. My passion is making a difference to businesses by engaging their customers
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