Verdene Hotel B&B – Manchester, England

With views over the quite beautiful Whitworth Park the Verdene is not any sort of over the top experience, it is a simple place with simple goals and it achieves them wonderfully.

It’s the highest rated proper B&B in Manchester. It has 155 reviews on TripAdvisor 59 of which are excellent, 61 of which are very good, 26 of which are average, 7 of which are poor and 2 are terrible. People are saying “Lovely place to stay” and “Very cheap and very nice b&b” and “Clean and cosy” and “great and comfortable hotel”“very warm welcoming” and “Perfect” and “Excellent” and “Little Gem! Above expectations!” and “cosy, quiet and friendly” and “perfect stay to visit Manchester!” and “unpretentious, wonderful little place” and “Fantastic stay” and “Lovely family run B & B – would highly recommend” and “Great value and a warm welcome” and “Would return any time” and “All round very nice experience” and “Very friendly warm welcome and not too far from centre!” and “Really friendly and cosy B&B” and “Lovely stay at a lovely B & B.” and “Friendly staff and clean hotel!”. So pretty good!

Also however… “Unfriendly Greeting. Shabby Tired Hotel.” and “Awful breakfast” and “No meat?!” and “Did not enjoy stay, was glad to leave.” and “Spirit level and ruler needed” and “Sadece idare eder”. Erm, yes.

Also.. “Rained on.” and “An overall disappointment”.

Top Tip: If heading out to the airport, as most probably are, check out this handy Manchester Airport Car Parking or Liverpool Airport Car Parking helper to avoid the notoriously heavy parking fees out there.…

Bed and Breakfast by the Beach — Bournemouth, England

Just 200 meters away from Bournemouth’s beautiful (and apparently award winning) 7 miles of beech lies one of the UK’s most highly thought of Bed & Breakfast establishments: The Bed and Breakfast by the Beach in Bournemouth, England.


This place has 336 reviews on trip advisor. 334 of those rate it excellent (the highest rating, equivalent to 5 starts). People say things like: “Absolutely perfect. Room spotless, beautiful, attention to the minimal details ( still water, sparkling water, home made muffins, tv, dvds, books). Breakfast astonishing, wide choice. We had delicious blueberry pankcakes and eggs with salmon. The B&B By the beach is a good excuse to visit again the area” and “BEST EVER Bed & Breakfast” and “What a find!” and “The perfect b&b” and “PERFECT!” and “Perfection” or how about “No Other Place compares”“Perfect in every way “Wonderful – You really cannot ask for more” and “No other place compares”. So… pretty good.

Or, according to the average review: “We expected a bit more. We (my wife and I) stayed here for some nights in August this year. On arrival Chris and John welcomed us and Chris showed us our room. We found it/this all a bit ‘chaotic’ from their side. Our room was large enough but the bathroom was a bit dated. Als the cleaning of the room and especialy of the bathroom could (and should to our standards) have been a bit better, because there was a lot of dust! Breakfast was ok with lots of fresh fruits and the new conservatory was very nice. We expected a bit more… (but maybe we were spoiled by our other b&b’s we visited).”

But hey, can’t please them all…

But also, according to Bethiejude: “’……….Probably the best B & B in the world……’!” WOW!

Top Local Tip: Get some surf lessons over at Bournemouth Surf School.…


Welcome. Welcome those who love staying in Bed & Breakfasts. Welcome those who refuse the Air BnB. Welcome those who refuse the 5 Star hotels. Welcome those who turn there noses up at Couch Surfing. Welcome to those who know a simple fact: there is no more relaxing place to stay than a good Bed & Breakfast. Ernest Hemingway once said that he only ever wanted to write one true sentence. Well Ernest, I think I just managed it…


An AirBnB is no home from home. It is an empty home from home that is neither home nor holiday. It is an empty place you have to learn and then leave. A hotel is not a truly welcoming place, everything has a price tag on it, you’re ushered in and ushered out like every other lonely soul. You are up against the hotel. It is your advisory and you are inside it. It wants to take as much from you as it can and you want to give it as little as possible. You are inside Moby Dick, and you are being asked to enjoy it.


A Bed & Breakfast is a place where you are welcomed and wanted, people who run Bed & Breakfasts want to work in the Bed & Breakfast. It was their dream to run that B&B. You are, when staying in a B&B, sharing in someone’s dream. Isn’t that wonderful? Some people may dream of being a hotelier, but they don’t dream of looking after people, they dream of running the big thing and making all the money and being a big dog, that is not the dream of the Bed & Breakfast proprietor. Ohhhhhhhhhhh no.


There dream is to create a place where you want to be and they want to be. That is why Bed & Breakfast’s are beautiful, and that is why you should stay in them.…