Britain’s Best B&Bs Announced at the AA B&B Awards


AA Hotel & Hospitality Services has announced the winners of this year’s prestigious AA B&B Awards at an event held at St. Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster.

The annual event, now in its 24th year, recognises the diversity and originality behind the nation’s most remarkable B&Bs and celebrates the people who dedicate their lives to running them.

Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Hotel & Hospitality Services said: “We are absolutely delighted to recognise all of our winners, and the passion and dedication they have for their businesses and their guests. The standards of hospitality and accommodation are truly excellent and we are particularly pleased to recognise the outstanding breakfasts through our new national awards.”



The winners of the 2019 AA B&B Awards are:


Woodlands Farm – Thimbleby, North Yorkshire

Owners of Woodlands Farm, Paul and Amy Callin commented: “We are absolutely chuffed to bits to win this award, it means an awful lot to us.”

AA B&B STORY OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Eviivo

Wold View House B&B – Market Rasen, Lincolnshire

Owners of Wold View House B&B, Irene and Glyn Ward-Kendall commented: “I am delighted to have won the B&B 2019 Story Award. My journey has been long and hard (19 years in all), starting at the age of 52, with limited funds and many setbacks along the way, wish so much support from family and friends, without whom I would have lost everything in 2001 when foot and mouth restrictions hit me good and hard. I am just a small, cosy, friendly country B&B on top of the Lincolnshire Wolds with amazing views, providing all home-cooked and locally-sourced produce. I take dogs in and taxi people when needed, to parties, weddings, Rasen races, concerts at the racecourse and local pubs in Tealby. My most memorable experience was as a participant in Channel 4’s “Four in a Bed”. A great experience. Such fun which advertised my property all over the world. The AA Inpsector saved my life by encouraging me to pursue online booking and use of Eviivo. My occupancy soon rose to capacity. A big thank you to the AA.”


Brightham House – Salcombe, Devon

Owners of Brightham House, Scott Browning and Alistair Veness commented: “We are blown away to win, we can’t believe it. We are so overwhelmed, and very happy.”  


The Swan – Bampton, Devon

Partners and Chefs at The Swan, Paul and Donna Berry commented: “I am shocked to win, this is quite major. This is something you look at as a dream, rather than win!”



Craigmhor Lodge & Courtyard – Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross

Owner of Craigmhor Lodge & Courtyard, Calum and Jane MacLellan commented: “We are thrilled to win. It’s our first time attending the AA B&B Awards and we are delighted to win Breakfast of the Year Scotland. It’s in no small part thanks to the whole team and the support from our seven members of staff.”


The Old House at Gotten Manor – Chale, Isle of Wight

Owner of The Old House at Gotten Manor, Caroline Gurney-Champion commented: “I’m delighted to have won Breakfast of the Year England. The ethos of a good breakfast is getting everything locally, sourced within 5 miles of our B&B.”


Ramsey House – Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire


The Lodge on Loch Goil – Lochgoilhead, Argyll and Bute

Owner of The Lodge on Loch Goil, Iain Hopkins commented: “I am ecstatic; this really makes it worth the hard work. Without my wonderful staff and wife, we wouldn’t have won this award, so I want to thank the whole team.”

AA GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Gilchrist & Soames


Tigh Na Leigh Guest House – Alyth, Perthshire

Owner of Tigh Na Leigh Guest House, Graham Smith commented: “We just opened eight months ago, so we are immensely proud to win this award – shocked, I must say, but immensely proud. It’s hard work, good fun, and we love it.”


Lindeth Fell Country House – Winderemere, Lancashire

Owner of Lindeth Fell Country House, Diana Kennedy commented: “We are over the moon about winning – all credit to our lovely staff who made this possible.”


Ael y Bryn – Crymych, Pembrokeshire

Owner of Ael y Bryn, Robert Smith commented: “We are delighted to win this award.”


With seven categories, ranging from the friendliest to the most unique, the winning establishments have been chosen due to their exemplary service and excellent hospitality. This year also marked the introduction of the Breakfast of the Year Awards, showcasing the best breakfasts in England, Scotland and Wales.

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