Historic B&B’s in South West England

Sun, sea, sand and an wealth of history… it’s no wonder the south west of England is the most popular region for holidays in the UK. To make you visit truly special though, why not shun the chain hotels and dreary Victorian properties and opt for a B&B? We’ve handpicked some of the quirkiest, unique and always the most historic bed and breakfasts throughout the South West, including the counties of Cornwall, Dorset, Devon and Somerset.

Featured Accommodation

Little Court

Little Court, Charminster, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9PZ.

This traditional Edwardian Country House is only 20 minutes from Dorset’s world famous Jurassic Coastline. The rooms themselves boast en-suite bathrooms and flatscreen TVs, as well as free Wi-Fi internet access. Outdoor pool and tennis court.

  • 19th Century

Other popular listings

The Old Bridge House

The Old Bridge House, West Looe, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 2BU.

Occupying an idyllic setting on the water’s edge in West Looe, the Old Bridge House guest house features nine comfortable en-suite rooms, many with lovely harbour views. The in-house bar offers an extensive drinks menu, simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

  • 18th Century

Woodhayes Country House

Whimple, Sidmouth, Devon, EX5 2TQ.

This 18th Century Georgian Villa offers luxury boutique B&B accommodation set within five acres of formal gardens and paddocks. Located on the outskirts of Whimple in East Devon within easy reach of Exeter and the coast.

  • 18th Century

The Southbourne Villa

The Southbourne Villa, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5BD.

Relax in our ‘Garden Hot Tub Spa’, screened by palm trees, at this charming detached Victorian villa near Torre Abbey. Situated in a quiet position yet within easy reach of the amenities of Torquay, this four star hotel is great for a seaside holiday.

  • 19th Century

The Acorn Inn

The Acorn Inn, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JW.

Built from honey coloured local stone this 400 year old coaching inn retains its original historical character and charm, with its wooden beams and roaring log fires. It offers ten luxurious en-suite hotel rooms equipped with the most modern comforts.

  • 16th Century

Sophia’s B&B

The Promenade, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4HH.

Luxuriously appointed en-suite rooms with stunning views greet you at this charming seaside B&B. Fantastic locally sourced Cornish fayre and light, airy rooms make Sophia’s a perfect base for exploring Penzance & St Ives.

  • 19th Century

Lower Barn Boutique B&B

St Ewe, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6ET.

A stunning boutique guest house in central Cornwall, Lowers Barns offers delightful rooms and great food, as well as holistic therapies. Found at the end of a winding country lane, yet within walking distance of the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

  • 18th Century

The Cimon

The Cimon, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5NP.

Set in the heart of Torquay, this detached Victorian villa features a large patio garden, outdoor swimming pool, spacious bar and a south-facing dining room overlooking the sun terrace. Some of the well equipped, en-suite rooms offer panoramic sea views.

  • 19th Century

Queen Anne House

Queen Anne House, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1LP.

Built around 1710 from Portland stone, the four beautiful and elegant rooms at Queen Anne House are all individually decorated. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower, and a freshly cooked English breakfast is served each morning.

  • 18th Century

Lord Bute

Lord Bute, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4JS.

Once home to the Prime Minister of Britain, The Lord Bute offers 13 stunningly appointed en-suite bedrooms and suites. Set between the New Forest and the spectacular Dorset coast, this stylish boutique guest house boasts an award-winning restaurant.

  • 18th Century

The Marstan Guesthouse

The Marstan Guesthouse, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2LQ.

This boutique, five star rated Victorian villa effortlessly blends historic charm with modern amenities such as iPod docks, flatscreen TVs and even an outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub! Only a short stroll to the local Blue Flag beach.

  • 19th Century