eviivo Awards 2019
Bed, Breakfast & Beyond Award
About the Property
Quilting retreats might seem random but there’s something about getting lost in making your own quilt that is sew reel-axing, and that’s why this cosy countryside bed and breakfast is such a hit with its guests. The quilting retreats include unlimited use of the purpose-built studio, as well as homemade food, drink and sewing supplies.
The Judges Said
“This property runs retreats of a particular kind for its guests, which have risen in popularity because they allow guests to unwind whilst being creative and social.
These retreats often provide some welcome respite to those who otherwise struggle to find time for themselves, through illness or being caregivers.
The judges especially liked the thoughtfulness of the hosts, the unique concept of the retreat and the homely interiors of the property itself.”
If you love animals, you’re in for a treat at the ‘Noah’s Ark’ of the independent accommodation world, where cats, ducks, bantams, hens and even donkeys roam the garden expecting attention. The rooms themselves are stylish and the B&B is lovely, but the animals are what make Avalon Lodge more than just a place to stay.
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Relaxed guests are happy guests, according to this B&B, who have an onsite massage therapist and beauty therapist ready and willing to pamper guests within an inch of their lives – perfect after a day of sight-seeing. It’s also adults only, so guests won’t be disturbed by screaming from little ones (just from those particularly intense massages…)
Ampleforth, North Yorkshire
Ever heard of Cuckavalda Gundogs? No, us neither but apparently they’re adorable and they make excellent canine companions to guests at this B&B. Whether they’re puppies to play with or older dogs who enjoy long walks, guests are encouraged to enjoy their company without worrying about muddy paws on the sofa. Woof!
Guests who like to travel in style need not worry when it comes to this B&B, as it not only offers stabling for horses, but also boasts an airstrip for guests wanting to fly themselves to this elegant country retreat. After your journey, however you make it, you can bed down in one of the tasteful rooms and settle in for a weekend of relaxation.
From vine to wine, guests at this glorious vineyard have the chance to see all that goes into wine making from start to finish – it’s all done on the premises. Guests stay in charming lodges set among 10,000 vines, and can enjoy the home-grown wine at the onsite restaurant before staggering back to their beds (no need for a taxi home).
Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway
Green tourism is at the heart of this country estate, as the owners aim to promote sustainability, conservation and wellbeing, whilst sharing this historic property with guests. They champion local independent initiatives, source all produce locally, and provide a wonderful stay in amongst secluded tranquillity for their guests.
In the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral, this grand Grade II* listed Georgian guest house is situated within stunning grounds, where chickens roam free (and provide the eggs for breakfast) and the garden wall is part of the Norman city wall of Lincoln. At this property, the beautiful garden and surrounding views get a resounding “wow” from guests.
Ahead of the curve, the owners of this Northern Irish B&B have introduced up to the minute technology to their property including a pioneering launch of Apple TV, whilst sympathetically restoring the historic Victorian building. Keeping in step with current trends in tech hospitality for guests, this B&B is taking Derry into the future – and beyond.
Great Waldigfield, Suffolk
Boredom is impossible at this activity-filled country home in Suffolk. With croquet, tennis and a swimming pool to entertain themselves, guests will feel like the lord and lady of this manor – especially because there is a butler on hand to deal with requests, such as booking taxis, recommending restaurants or even polishing shoes.
Great hosting, an attractive property and an excellent breakfast are vital to a B&B’s success – and so is a Goldeneye for detail. But nice furniture and food won’t cut it for everyone – some guests are looking for an experience beyond the ordinary guest house stay. The Bed, Breakfast & Beyond Award honours the property offering the best extra or add-on for their guests to a night’s stay and a tasty breakfast. This could be anything from an exceptional restaurant, a wonderful garden, onsite activities, or leisure facilities such as a pool, hot-tub or gym – the things that make staying at a property so much more than just the bed and the breakfast.
Bed, Breakfast & Beyond Award judging criteria
- Judges will look at the type, extent and impact of the extra/s, and their effect of enhancing guests’ stays.
- The extra/s will make the property stand out from the rest.
- We would like to know the inspiration behind the additional extra/s.
- The additional extra/s may be a main reason why guests choose to stay at the property.
Meet the expert helping judge this category
Senor Travel Reporter at the Daily Express
Beth is an experienced freelance Lifestyle journalist, who began her 11-year career in local newspapers in Cheshire and Manchester. Following this, she moved to London, where she worked on national titles, including The Sun Online, OK! Magazine Online, Express Online and Mirror Online.