There are over 20,000 B&Bs in the UK and every year, National B&B Week takes the time to really celebrate this fantastic institution and to highlight the hard work that the independent hosts and hoteliers do every year.
This year’s week will run from 16th-22nd March and will once again focus on raising awareness for B&Bs and the money that they generate annually for the tourism sector. This year, one of the main aims is to get as many guests as possible booking and staying in B&Bs during the week, so to help you prepare, we thought we’d talk a little about some of the amazing B&Bs you can find in Dorset.
If you’re planning a foodie get away (and honestly, if you’re coming to Dorset, you must be!) staying at a B&B or guesthouse is one of the best things you can do. Not only do you get to sample some incredible local produce with their breakfasts every morning, but you also have the freedom to spend your day finding the best places to eat with no food commitments with your accommodation.
B&Bs are well known for combining comfortable and cosy environments with a real home from home feeling. The hosts are often local people, many of whom live in the property, so they’re never too far away should you need anything and of course, having that wealth of local knowledge at your fingertips is amazing when you want to go out exploring.
There are loads of B&Bs that can be found all over Dorset, but here are a few suggestions for you.
Firstly, in Dorchester, is the Aquila Heights Guest House which offers B&B accommodation in a former Edwardian house. Breakfast here gives you a huge choice of options made from the very best local Dorset ingredients with over fifteen cereals, eighteen teas, coffees and hot chocolates as well as 21 jams and a range of vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free options.
After you’ve filled up over breakfast, there are loads of places to explore, including Hardy’s Monument, a wide variety of shops and of course plenty of eateries. Find out what you can expect here.
In between Dorchester and Sherborne is Brace of Pheasants, a 16th century former Blacksmithery which runs as a pub with 4* B&B accommodation. The team pride themselves on serving local produce, aiming to source all the food and drink as closely as possible. A stay here gives you chance to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside and with the abundance of eateries you can find in both Dorchester and Sherborne.
Situated in Cranborne, near Wimborne is La Fosse, a B&B and restaurant that is close to the county’s border with Hampshire giving you plenty of chance to explore a whole host of beautiful areas across three counties including the New Forest. The B&B and restaurant here have won numerous awards including Best Restaurant, Chef of the Year, and Best Dorset Recipe, so you know the food here is pretty amazing. Feeling inspired for a trip to Dorset to stay in a B&B? Find out more about National B&B Week here.