'Bed and Breakfast' accommodation is a very British thing and are often thought of as budget accommodation but there is a variety of Bed and Breakfast's in the UK (B & B), from townhouses, farmhouses and cottages and many deserve to be explored.
Recently when we visited the Forest Of Dean we were offered the chance to stay at Deanfield, a Visit England 4 star B & B in Lydney, a small town in the English county of Gloucestershire.
We were greeted at the door by the owner Chris. Immediately she was easy to warm to, and apologised for her broken arm which she had managed to do cycling! She welcomed us in and invited us into the lounge while she chatted to us about the accommodation and our plans.
The accommodation is in a lovely house, previously home to the local quarry master. The B and B has 4 rooms, all ensuite and decor is a mix of traditional and modern in style.
Our room was decorated in creams with gold accents and a lovely feature was the padded headboard, made from a photograph taken of the local woods.
The room had everything you could need, a small flatscreen TV, coffee and tea-making facilities, including lovely biscuits, free Highland Spring mineral water and a cafeteria and with UHT milk but also fresh milk available from the kitchen if needed. The bed was a king size, which I was pleased about as Mr W. always wakes me if the night if we sleep in a double bed as he likes to spread out. Lighting was very good, with lights above the headboard, suitable for reading as well as table lamps and main room lighting.
It was nice to have complimentary biscuits and sweets and a tea and coffee tray with free mineral water too.
The bathroom was beautifully decorated, with a bath and power shower, complimentary toiletries including shower caps and a vanity kit and the towels were lovely and fluffy. Everything was exceptionally clean and to a high standard.
That night we had a good night sleep, the mattress was very comfortable and the room cosy and warm which we were glad of as it was cold outside. We decided on what we wanted for breakfast the night before and filled in a food request sheet with the time we wanted to eat, so we eagerly traipsed downstairs ready for our breakfast at 9am.
Chris welcomed us and offered us a choice of toast and tea and coffee and we were told to help ourselves to yoghurts, cereals, fresh fruit and juice. The juice tasted like freshly squeezed juice and was lovely and the granola was tasty. If you have young children there was a selection of child-friendly cereals too. Before long we were brought our breakfast that we had requested.
Full cooked English breakfast
The mushroom omelette was well made and seasoned and tasted scrumptious. Mr W. also enjoyed his breakfast -it was well cooked, the sausages browned just enough for him and the scrambled egg well seasoned. Chris chatted with us about our plans and was warm and friendly.
The lounge where we had free tea and coffee
But the real star in this accommodation is Chris the owner. In my opinion, she is an asset to this establishment, nothing seemed too much trouble for her and when we offered to pay for the tea and coffee she wouldn't take any money for it. She advised us on where to go, gave us a free map and was extremely friendly.
That night when we returned after a day out exploring Puzzlewood, Tintern Abbey and Monmouth we were pleasantly surprised to find the room made up and mineral water, tea and biscuits replenished. It's these little things that make you feel you are in a quality establishment.
To be honest we don't often stay in this type of accommodation but Chris did a great job of offering advice without being intrusive, being friendly and also professional. You can see why they have a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence.
* We were given complimentary accommodation but all words and opinions are our own