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.

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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

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The Old George

Broadwindsor, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3QD.

A Grade II listed building famous for its most royal visitor – Charles II hid from the roundheads here in 1651. Enjoy accommodation fit for a King with luxurious en-suite bedrooms, homemade locally sourced produce and a stunning West Dorset setting.

  • 17th Century

Bowlish House

Bowlish House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5JD.

This Grade II listed Georgian house features 6 en-suite bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, which serves a full English breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. A short walk from Shepton Mallet town centre and a 15 minute drive from Wookey Hole Caves.

  • 18th Century

Godolphin Arms

Godolphin Arms, Marazion, Cornwall, TR17 0EN.

Offering stunning views over historic St Michael’s Mount, the Godolphin Arms features ten high quality, en-suite bedrooms, a bar and restaurant. Located in the small market town of Marazion, the restaurant serves fine local seafood from Newlyn Harbour.

  • 19th Century

The Belfry at Yarcombe

The Belfry, Yarcombe, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9BD.

The Belfry Restaurant and Rooms is an award winning, four star hotel in the Devonshire village of Yarcombe. Run by a husband and wife team, the building itself was once an old school and still retains features such as stained-glass windows.

  • 19th Century

The Beach House

The Beach House, Milford on Sea, Hampshire, SO41 0PT.

Offering stunning views of the Isle of Wight, this listed Victorian mansion is set on the fringe of the New Forest, just metres from the beach. With its restored oak-panelled interior and stained glass windows, the Beach House features 15 en suite rooms.

  • 19th Century

The Oxenham Arms Hotel

The Oxenham Arms Hotel, South Zeal, Devon, EX20 2JT.

Dating from the 12th century, the Oxenham Arms is one of the oldest inns in Devon and boasts 7 traditionally furnished rooms with charming original features. Built around the famous Zeal Menhir Standing Stone, Charles Dickens once stayed for a month.

  • 12th Century

The Chetnole Inn

The Chetnole Inn, Chetnole, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6NU.

Set in the picturesque village of Chetnole, this traditional country inn offers three luxurious en-suite rooms with large, comfortable beds. Relax in the beer garden overlooking the rolling Dorset countryside before dining in the award-winning restaurant.

  • 18th Century

Penryn House

Penryn House, Polperro, Cornwall, PL13 2RQ.

Set in the beautiful fishing village of Polperro in Cornwall, Penryn House offers cosy en-suite accommodation, a tasty, plentiful breakfast and is only moments from the harbour and numerous cliff top walks.

  • 19th Century

The Northey Arms

The Northey Arms, Bath Road, nr. Bath, Wiltshire, SN13 8AE.

In the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, a short drive from Bath and Chippenham, this hotel combines traditional period features with an elegant, unfussy decor. Enjoy luxurious limestone wetrooms and complimentary tolietries, bathrobes and slippers.

  • 19th Century

Pentillie Castle and Estate

Pentillie Castle and Estate, nr Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6QD.

Located on the border between Devon and Cornwall, the family-run Pentillie Castle and Estate lies on the banks of the River Tamar. The nine en-suite boutique rooms offer flat-screen TVs, with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool available in the gardens.