There's something for everyone here, from young families to young lovers, peace-seekers, walkers, cyclists, surfers and art and history buffs. Stay in a handsome townhouse or a quirky castle, a little terraced cottage or a university college, some are lavish, others simple. There are no set rules, no interminable checklists, no hard and fast criteria for inclusion: we look for character, authenticity and owners who love people and go the extra mile.
Each entry is special in its own way. One may have fabulous architecture and inspirational views, another amusing hosts and delightful interiors; some have it all. Breakfasts will always be delicious: maybe eggs and bacon from down the road, soft fruits from the garden, homemade breads and jams, compotes and sausages.
Honest write-ups take the slog out of finding the right place for you, be it somewhere perfect to take the dog, a child-friendly city bolthole or a gorgeous hideaway for two. * Find some great value places too: many have double rooms for GBP70 or less * Over 100 new places, many run by a new generation of owners bringing new ideas to the traditional B&B, many passionate about growing and rearing their own food. Some even offer creative courses in gardening and cookery * Clear symbols, excellent maps, over 750 colour photos, and honest and lively write-ups take the hard work out of finding the perfect place for your special stay