Planning an old-fashioned seaside holiday in Scarborough? This welcoming town in northern England is loved for its golden beaches, castle and family-friendly attractions. Many of the top B&Bs are family-run guest houses that are conveniently close to the beach. Enjoy en-suite rooms and full cooked breakfasts accompanied by plenty of Yorkshire Tea. Here are the best bed and breakfasts in Scarborough, bookable on Culture Trip.
Kenways boasts a star location in the centre of North Bay in Scarborough, just 5 minutes from the beach and famous attractions like Peasholm Park. This locally run B&B has seven en-suite rooms, including double, twin, family and single options, all with TVs and bright decor. Family rooms are of particularly good value, featuring a double and bunk beds, plus a shower over the bath. Kenways offers a typical Yorkshire breakfast that includes cereal, cooked options and owner Tim’s speciality hash browns.
How about staying in a Grade II-listed building – the last remaining windmill in Scarborough – just 5 minutes from the town centre? This atmospheric stone property is over 230 years old but has been lovingly refurbished into B&B rooms and self-catering apartments by couple Nicola and Andy. Apartments feature kitchens and living spaces – the most lavish is the top apartment, which has a sea-view balcony. The two cottages next to the windmill come with fully equipped kitchens and lounges.
This award-winning B&B, in a quiet area 5 minutes from town and near North and South Beaches, offers five-star luxury rooms and apartments with sea views. Breakfast includes a full English made with local ingredients, as well as vegetarian options. If you’re looking for a self-catering option, book a one- or two-bed Helaina apartment next door. The penthouse has sweeping sea views.
The Cordelia is a restored Victorian guest house, near South Cliff, with seven individually designed rooms. Features include 300-thread egyptian cotton bedding, flatscreen TVs and comfy seating areas. Chose between twin, double, king and super king rooms, which all come with complimentary breakfast. The owners pride themselves on providing responsibly sourced local produce for a menu that includes a full English, smoked salmon and smashed avocado toast. They also offer evening platters of Yorkshire cheese and meat.
At Powys Lodge, you’re within a stone’s throw of South Cliff, and you can take the nearby lift down to the beach. This Victorian guest house offers seven en-suite rooms and a small parking area, along with a welcoming guest lounge and dining space, where you can enjoy the home-cooked breakfast featuring produce sourced from local farms. Room options include single, twin, double and two spacious family rooms.
The family-run four-star B&B has won awards for its stellar breakfast menu that includes vegan and gluten-free options. Choose from cooked breakfasts and waffles to a veggie frittata or creamy porridge, served alongside home-baked bread. There’s free parking, which is rare for this South Cliff location, as well as a guest lounge with tea and cookies, a record player and games. The seven rooms boast handmade furniture and rainwater showers.
Set opposite the Italian and Rose Gardens in South Cliff, Mansion House showcases sweeping views of South Bay and Scarborough Harbour. Stay in one of 15 en-suite rooms or a luxury sea-view apartment, which sleeps up to six and comes with an open-plan living area and kitchen. Some rooms are also pet-friendly. Make the most of on-street parking and a belt-busting breakfast that includes porridge and pastries, plus continental and cooked vegetarian options.
Book a room at Orchard Lodge to relax in spacious gardens and a fruit orchard. The hotel lies close to Cayton Bay and Filey and is made for outdoor-lovers, with a drying room and a dog-friendly policy. Your furry friend even gets a welcome pack and a free breakfast sausage. Meanwhile, the AA Award-winning breakfast features fruit from the orchard, eggs from the chickens that live at the lodge and homemade jams. Owners Andrew and Lucinda Jenkins offer six en-suite rooms that offer views across Scarborough and the North Yorkshire moors and have a nature-themed decor.
The Leeway dates back to 1822 and is loved for its sweeping views across North Bay, Scarborough Castle and along the rugged Yorkshire coastline. There’s free parking at this intimate B&B, which provides comfy en-suite rooms complete with Freeview TV, robes and drink facilities. Room types include sea-view doubles and singles, as well as more budget rear-view rooms.
Check into the Riviera Guesthouse, near Scarborough Spa and town centre, to taste an award-winning breakfast. The 200-year-old Georgian townhouse has earned a VisitEngland Breakfast Award, with a menu bursting with free-range meat and eggs, pastries, cereals and lashings of Yorkshire Tea. The 20 en-suite rooms feature crisp white cotton bedding and large windows. Choose between twin, double and family rooms for one or two kids.
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