Number 43, Cumbria
A restored Victorian villa with an enviable elevated position on the banks of a scenic estuary, Number 43 is much more than a run-of-the-mill B&B. With its pale interiors, luxurious rooms and contemporary bathrooms, you can see why this cool little bolthole has won a string of awards. But the real USP is the view: the house has a fine aspect over the Kent estuary as it flows into Morecambe Bay and when the tide is out, the treacherous sands sparkle and shimmer.
The Woodlands, North Yorkshire
One of the most exciting recent arrivals to the North Yorkshire coast, The Woodlands has just five, gently themed contemporary rooms, but brings gastronomic va va voom to the seaside (and lets face it, it hasnt always been in ready supply). Spend the day 'en plein air' (or shopping in Whitby if a storm rolls in), then indulge with chef patron Alex Perkins seasonal, fine dining menus.
Black Rock House, Hastings
Housed in a grand Edwardian house high up above the hip seaside town of Hastings, Black Rock House offers all the style and élan of a Brighton boutique hotel, but further along the East Sussex coast and at B&B prices. Low-key, minimal interiors with exemplary attention to detail in five rooms provide a backdrop to seamless service, which starts with afternoon tea on arrival and ends with one of the best B&B breakfasts youre ever likely to get.
Westcroft Guesthouse, Cornwall
A secret getaway in a little-known corner of Cornwall. With just three individually designed rooms, in Westcroft Guesthouse Dylan McLees Taylor and his wife Sarah have a created a little piece of heaven. The four-poster room, with its pretty red toile de Jouy walls, comes complete with a private sitting room, but bag the Clock Tower suite right at the very top if you want a romantic eyrie.
Belvidere Place, Kent
The dark exterior paintwork says it all this is not your average seaside B&B. You can, of course, come to Broadstairs to eat ice-cream and get sand between your toes, but so stylish are the decadently low-lit, charcoal-painted rooms at Belvidere Place that some guests simply retreat back to bed after breakfast, not to re-surface until evening.
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