The street-art tours, top-notch vintage shopping, historic harbourside and sustainable restaurants in Bristol are undeniably cool – but that doesn’t mean slick hipster hotels are the only option when staying overnight. Cosy B&Bs and good-looking guest houses are a great-value option, where your hosts will likely serve up insider tips along with their homemade breakfasts. From grand Georgian townhouses to hilltop homes with sweeping valley views, here are some of the best B&Bs in and around Bristol – all bookable with Culture Trip.
For those who don’t mind travelling slightly outside of the city limits, Backwell House offers perhaps the most regal experience of any hotel anywhere in the Bristol vicinity. A former Georgian estate with sprawling grounds, Backwell House is located a few miles east of Bristol centre, meaning it is also within easy reach of the seaside town of Clevedon. There are plenty of country and woodland walks to enjoy, many without ever leaving the grounds. The hotel itself features a restaurant and cinema room, and you can even get an Indian head massage ordered straight to your room. Talk about luxury.
Another great option for anyone with an eye for nature, Orchard Cottage backs onto the Pucklechurch conservation area, which offers both great birdwatching and plenty of 13th-century history. The B&B itself blends old-fashioned trappings with designer furniture, big LCD TVs, bistro coffee and charging stations for phones. In-room fridges and microwaves mean you can settle into your environment without needing to venture into the city to find dinner.
There’s something uniquely comforting about staying in a family-run guest house. Norfolk Guest House is one of these: owned and operated by the Thomson family, who have been renting out guest houses in Bristol for 30 years. Norfolk Guest House is situated at the top of Gloucester Road, just a few minutes from Horfield Common. Regular rooms and serviced apartments are both offered here, while the continental breakfast includes cereals, fruits, jams, breads and more. There is also a lounge, a garden and a kitchen area with a washer and dryer if needed.
Emma Sparks contributed additional reporting to this article.