UK accommodation: England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland
This Directory of accommodation includes bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), small hotels, guest houses, inns, farmhouses, self-catering accommodation, serviced apartments and houses provided by the independent sector of the travel industry in the 3 UK countries: England, Scotland, Wales and the province of Northern Ireland. Such listings are characterised by the distinctive blue brass bed-end logo. Some accommodation-providers are additionally affiliated to the Business Club and their adverts additionally carry a grey badge.
Use the search facility at the top of the page. Enter your destination using town name, post code or name of accommodation. Enter arrival date and number of nights then click the search button. On the landing page you can refine your search by distance, category (Hotel, Guest House, Bed & Breakfast, Self Catering, Serviced Apartments, Farmhouse, Country House Hotel, Inn, Restaurant with Rooms), price, star rating and facilities (Disabled facilities, Off-street parking, Wi-Fi in bedrooms, Dogs welcome). Click the info button of any BedPosts member's entry to find more details, special offers, reviews, availability and booking contacts. On the left of the page you'll find a large map showing the exact location of each advertiser with a numbered map marker, thumbnail photo, name of accommodation provider and business type. Having established your preferred location after zooming in on the map you can click on a number which then brings into view, in the right panel, full details of the related entry.
At the foot of the home page of www.bedposts.uk you'll find links to all towns and larger villages classified by county in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Some popular destinations are also depicted in the photo carousel and clicking the attached link will take you to the relevant page.
On the town pages you'll also find accommodation offered by Laterooms.com, characterised by the Late Rooms "window" logo. When clicking on one of these you'll be redirected through to the Late Rooms website where you can make a booking.
What's in the name BedPosts? It's a pun (a play on words). The thousands of independent accommodation-providers who use the website offer beds and they post messages on the forums in the closed members' area. Our accommodation-providers work with one another to exchange ideas for mutual benefit and improvement. They also share availability with colleagues on the same town page when they are unable to accommodate enquiring guests using the THOR availability checking and sharing tool on their advertisements.
The website hosts BedPosts Business Club whose members take advantage of various advanced privileges displayed on the brochure page connected to their advertisements vis the info link including:
BeDS scheme: Book Direct and Save scheme provides incentives for guests to contact the accommodation-providers directly (without going through commission-hungry booking agents)
Reviews scheme: Provides guests the opportunity to describe publicly on this website the quality (or lack of) the accommodation, service and value for money experienced.
Places pictured in the photo carousel where we have a concentration of accommodation-providers:
Broadway: A large village in the county of Worcestershire. It's at the "gateway" to the Cotswolds which is a popular tourist destination. Many of its buildings date from the 16th century. Shop for arts and antiques; stay and explore the Cotswolds; visit the Gordon Russell Museum, the Ashmolean Museum Broadway, the 65-foot high Broadway Tower (depicted) and the Broadway Country Park.
Chipping Campden: A small market town in the county of Gloucestershire. Its terraced High Street (pictured) dates from the 14th century with buildings made from limestone of a honey colour (Cotswold stone). Visit the medieval church of St James, the Almshouses and Woolstaplers Hall, the Court Barn museum of arts and crafts, Hidcote Manor Garden (National Trust property) and Kiftsgate.
Great Yarmouth: A coastal town and seaside holiday resort in the county of Norfolk. Visit The Tollhouse, with dungeons, built in 13th century; "The Golden Mile" seafront (pictured) and its outdoor and indoor attractions, amusement arcades, sandy beaches and two piers.
Scarborough: A seaside town in the county of North Yorkshire. Enjoy Sealife & Marine Sanctuary; Military Adventure Park; Peasholm Park Naval Warfare; Go Ape!;North Bay Railway & Waterchute; Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo; North Yorkshire Moors Railway; Hispaniola; Scarborough Fair at Flower of May Holiday Park; Mini Monsterz Indoor Play; Seal Trips on MV Queensferry; Castle; Open Air Theatre; Pleasure Steamers; Olympia Leisure with amusements, 10 pin bowling, 18 hole golf course and Italian Restaurant; Luna Park with Ferris Wheel, rides and Dodgems; Peashom Park Naval Warfare & Boating Lake; Terror Tower haunted house attraction; Donkey Rides; Speed Boats
Stansted Airport: Fly to any one of 37 countries from this airport (pictured) in Essex; Stay overnight in nearby Bishop's Stortford historic market town.
Isles of Scilly: This archipelago off the tip of the Cornish is a significant tourist destination designated "National Character Area". Enjoy Flora the renowned Tresco Abbey Garden with over 20,000 exotic species of flora and fauna; on Tresco King Charles’ Castle at New Grimsby; on St. Mary's, The Garrison, the heavily fortified headland surrounding Star Castle; also on St. Mary’s Harry’s Walls an unfinished 16th century fort; Peninnis Head's rock formations including 'Pulpit Rock' and 'The Stack'; St Agnes' lighthouse; on Gugh, the Old Man, a 9-foot tall stone associated with Bronze Age rituals; on St. Martin’s the historic red and white daymark; Bishop Lighthouse; Iron and Bronze Age burial chambers
Marlow-on-Thames: This historic riverside town in Buckinghamshire attracts many visitors due to its location on the River Thames and the many restaurants, pubs and boutique shops. Admire the 1832 suspension bridge (pictured). The town sports the first gastropub to hold two Michelin stars, The Hand & Flowers.
Weymouth: A seaside town and tourist resort in Dorset taking its name from its position at the mouth of the River Wey. One of its attractions is the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site of geological importance. Enjoy pleasure boats and sailing events here.
Definition of accommodation terms:
The UK has a rich history and long tradition of taking in and looking after thirsty wayfarers. A few buildings which offered accommodation still stand and are still in service today after a thousand years. Needless to say the types of accommodation are therefore varied and need some explanation.
Inns, typically found in rural districts or along main roads, have been around since Roman times two thousand years ago. In olden times inns provided stabling and fodder for horses in addition to food and lodging for their owners. Some establishments still keep the designation "coaching inns" even though they no longer cater for horse-drawn coaches and their occupants. Today pubs (taverns) often use the name "inn" if only to imply age or for brand purposes. At an inn you can expect a focus around the sale of alcohol so it could be a little noisy before "chucking out" time.
Bed and breakfasts (B&Bs)
Bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) are small businesses offering overnight accommodation with breakfast usually but not always included in the quoted price. Normally midday and evening meals are not offered and travellers are directed elsewhere. B&Bs are usually family homes with 4 bedrooms or less. B&Bs normally do not have a licence to sell alcohol but guests may be permitted to open and consume the contents of their own bottles. Guests may have to share a private bathrooms with the occupants of an adjoining bedroom but en suite bathrooms are increasingly becoming the norm. Usually it is the owners themselves who make breakfast and clean bedrooms.
Guest houses (guesthouses)
Guest houses (guesthouses) are similar to bed and breakfasts but probably larger and the proprietor may not live on the premises. Most usually this type of business will employ paid staff to clean bedrooms, cook breakfast, man the reception and take bookings. There will not be 24/7 staff cover and normally new arrivals cannot be admitted before late afternoon and after late evening withour prior arrangement. Services will be similar to a B&B. Some may offer an evening meal or the licensed sale of alcohol.
Farmhouses are similar to B&Bs but situated on a working farm or surrounded by land that used to be farmed. By definition these are to be found in quiet rural, often scenic, locations. Outbuildings once used for farm animals may be converted for human use and let for self-catering or with more limited catering service.
Restaurants with rooms
Restaurants with rooms are places which have the service of food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks as the principal business focus but also make use of extra rooms for letting as bedrooms.
Small hotels generally have between 10 and 20 bedrooms and provide a more extensive range of facilities and services than guest houses including evening meals, room service and a licensed bar. In terms of size such establishments are the lergest eligible for admittance to membership of BedPosts provided they are independent and not part of a chain.
Hotels have 20 or more bedrooms and have a full range of facilities including a licensed bar open to the general public for the sale of alcohol, a lounge for guests, staff on-duty 24/7, serve dinner, have porters, offer room service and have mechanical lifts to take guests up and down floors. Such hotels are not eligible for BedPosts membership but nevertheless their advertisements are displayed on the hundreds of town pages of www.bedposts.uk with bookings taken by Laterooms.com.