The Best Bed and Breakfasts to Book in Bristol

Settle down in a cosy B&B after a day exploring Clifton and its famous suspension bridge
Settle down in a cosy B&B after a day exploring Clifton and its famous suspension bridge | © iStock / Getty Images Plus
Callum Davies

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.

1. Brooks

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Guesthouse

Brooks caravans on astroturf with plants in large pots and church spire rising behind
Courtesy of Brooks Guesthouse Bristol / Expedia
Who says a guesthouse has to be traditional? In the middle of an ever-growing city, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of space. Brooks is a prime example of this. As well as offering a collection of spacious rooms at reasonable rates, the roof of this city-centre building is home to three airstream caravans, just as shiny and silver as the ones you’ve seen on American TV. You’re given the choice between classic and self-catered but in either case, you’re still offered a locally sourced breakfast in the open kitchen and can easily access central attractions such as St Nicholas Market.

2. Backwell House

Hotel, Luxury

Backwell House room with large double bed, double sinks, free-standing bathtub, patterned carpets, unique chandelier and chair.
Courtesy of Backwell House / Expedia

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.

3. No. 38 Clifton

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Brushed metal bathtub at Number Thirty Eight with blue wood panel walls bearing classic artwork
Courtesy of Number Thirty Eight / Expedia
Bristol is anything but flat, which means you’re likely to burn some calories while you explore it. It also means that, if you plan it right, you can take in some sublime views when you bed down for the night. No. 38 Clifton is an ideal option for this, overlooking Avon Gorge in one direction and the university grounds in the other. The Georgian feel of the building has been carefully retained, and the rooms contain lots of clever little nods to Bristol’s rich maritime history. You’ll need to venture out into town if you want lunch or dinner, but a fresh, locally sourced breakfast is readily available and can even be served to you in bed, if you’re so inclined.

4. Orchard Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

Orchard Cottage Bed and Breakfast with driveway, garage and seating area on a bright day
Courtesy of Orchard Cottage Bed and Breakfast

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.

5. Norfolk Guest House

Bed and Breakfast

Norfolk Guest House dining area with wooden furniture, a small tv screen and artwork on the walls
Courtesy of Norfolk Guest House / Expedia

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.

6. Toghill House Farm B&B

Bed and Breakfast, Farm

Toghill House Farm B&B exterior in brick with plant pots outside on a terrace featuring seating area with trees behind
Courtesy of Toghill House Farm B&B /Expedia

This family- and dog-friendly B&B in the southern Cotswolds – a half-hour drive from Bristol – is a working farm that boasts sweeping views stretching as far as the Welsh mountains. Nine comfortable rooms – some with rustic exposed stonework – sit within the ivy-clad farmhouse while a cluster of converted barns overlook a pretty courtyard. Keep your eyes peeled for roaming dogs, farm cats, sheep, horses and the resident Shetland pony.

Emma Sparks contributed additional reporting to this article.

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