Bristol has a reputation as being a modern, cultural hub, but that doesn’t mean you have to opt for open plan and exposed brick when looking for somewhere to stay. The city is one of the most ancient in the UK, and there are plenty of bed-and-breakfast establishments for those who want a good night’s sleep after exploring Bristol Harbour, SS Great Britain, or the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Here are our picks for the best B&Bs in Brizzle.
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 120 acres of grounds, Backwell House is located a few miles east of Bristol, and is also within easy reach of the seaside town of Clevedon, and plenty of country and woodland walks, 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 option that requires a bit of additional travel, SummerHouse is a 20-minute drive south of Bristol. When you see it you’ll understand why people travel the extra distance. The grounds look out into the Chew Valley, and the rooms have wall-length windows so you can breathe it all in. There’s a bar and spa on site, as well as birdwatching facilities. Guests are greeted with a bottle of prosecco and cake and/or Belgian chocolate. The restaurant boasts outside seating overlooking the hills, which makes this a perfect choice for the summer.
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 that you can settle into your environment without needing to venture into the city to find dinner.
West of the Bristol city centre, between the coastal towns of Clevedon and Portishead, Taggart House is the epitome of a country retreat without the drawback of venturing way out into the sticks. Set into the Gordano Valley nature reserve, the decor blends rural and modern styles across several luxury apartment-style rooms and the shepherd’s hut, all of which give you the chance to get immersed in nature while enjoying the comforts afforded by a bed and breakfast. Guests can watch wildlife from their window, enjoy a rich, locally sourced breakfast and then head out walking. If it’s winter, stay in and get acquainted with the underfloor heating.
Westfield House is located in the Stoke Bishop area of Bristol, close to the University Botanic Garden and within easy walking distance of Clifton. Offering single, double, family and superior rooms, it has plenty of variety on offer for guests of different group sizes, on different budgets. The decor follows the classic Georgian vibe of the house (and surroundings) with more modern furniture. All the rooms have a coffee machine and TV/DVD player combination included.
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, and the continental breakfasts provide local, healthy grain cereals, fruits, jams, breads and more. There is a lounge, a garden and a kitchen area with a washer and dryer if needed.
Removed from the noise of the city centre, you’ll find this cute little number along a row of Georgian houses, right on the edge of Clifton, home of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The owners have leaned heavily into the surrounding Georgian atmosphere, with oil paintings and watercolours lining the walls, fireplaces and vintage furniture and fixtures, so much so that it’s almost a surprise to find that the rooms contain a TV. Classic full English breakfasts served on bone china plates await you in the morning, and the views over the green hills will make you forget you’re still in a city.