Traditional bed and breakfasts, cosy cottages and elegant guesthouses – we've got them all in Bristol, both in the city centre and just beyond on the greener fringes of town. From refurbished historic homes to cottages on a working farm, here are some top picks to consider for your next Bristol break.

Clifton House

If you want the friendly welcome of a B&B with the comfort and luxury of a boutique hotel, book a stay at Clifton House. The building is a beautifully refurbished Victorian Villa and is a great base for exploring the equally elegant Clifton. Attractions such as Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol Zoo Gardens and Clifton Suspension Bridge are nearby as well as the independent shops, restaurants and bars along Whiteladies Road. Rooms are sumptuously decorated and a wonderful breakfast is served in the dining room every morning.

Double bedroom at Clifton House B&B Bristol

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Brooks Guesthouse Bristol

Bristol’s most contemporary guesthouse accommodation is ironically found in the Old City, conveniently next door to central shopping and foodie hub St Nicholas Market. Just try walking past without at least one purchase from the food market – a true test of your willpower! 

As well as the unbeatable city centre location, the rooftop ‘Retro Rockets’ make a stay at Brooks Guesthouse extra special. These are refurbished airstream style caravans that act as double rooms for some city centre glamping, topped off with fabulous views.

Whether you bed down in one of the Retro Rockets or chic bedrooms inside the building, you also have access to the courtyard garden, honesty bar and guest lounge.

Rooftop glamping accommodation in Bristol at Brooks Guesthouse

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Greyfield Farm Cottages

Take in the countryside air and Mendips views at Greyfield Farm Cottages, just over a half hour drive from Bristol city centre and also in easy reach of Bath and Wells. Five stone self-catering cottages are found around an old farmyard, as well as facilities such as a hot tub, sauna, barbeque, and boules court. Each with one or two bedrooms, log burning stoves and garden or patio area, they make for a cosy and idyllic country retreat close to Bristol.

Exterior and front garden of Greyfield Farm Cottages near Bristol

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Park Farm Country Cottages

Another favourite for anyone after country cottage accommodation, but this time set on a working arable farm. Situated in Norton Hawkfield, a quiet hamlet just south of Bristol, you have a choice of two stunning barn conversions at Park Farm. Both The Barn and The Dairy are light and airy with spectacular countryside views and a patio and garden area. Finishing touches like underfloor heating and your own BBQ ensure a brilliant break.  

Twin bedroom at Park Farm Country Cottages near Bristol

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Southville Guest House

Southville Guest House is loved for its proper home-from-home feel, as friendly hosts welcome you into comfortable bedrooms ranging from singles to family en suites. As the name suggests, the guesthouse is situated in Southville, which is within walking distance (only ten minutes) of the city centre.

Make sure you head for a wander along nearby North Street too, where a feast of food and drink options and mix of independent shops await. Look out for murals painted during Upfest, Europe's largest live street art festival, and take a piece of art home with you from the Upfest shop, which sells prints and original artwork. Visit before October and you might be able to spot artists covering walls in brand new murals as part of the festival's Summer Editions

Family room at Southville Guesthouse in Bristol

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Racecourse Farm Cottages

Named after an ancient horse racing track that once lay nearby, Racecourse Farm Cottages is located on an old model farm that was part of the Smyth Estate and later a racing yard. Now the site is in the hands of Rod and Jane Billing, who provide outstanding hospitality to help guests settle in for the perfect stay in their selection of cottages.

Racecourse Farm is in the Gordano Valley, a designated National Nature Reserve located just off the M5. From here, it’s only a 15-minute drive into Bristol city centre, so you can easily enjoy the sights during your stay.

Racecourse Farm Cottages in Bristol

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The Coach House Backwell

If you love accommodation with history, check-in to this Grade II listed coach house, which dates back to the 19th Century. It retains a good deal of its original character, though renovation has brought it into tip-top condition for visitors today.

Perfect for families, the cottage is entirely kitted out with all the facilities you could need and the village amenities in Backwell are at your fingertips. Less than half an hour from Bristol, venture a little further afield and you can explore Bath, Wells and the Mendip and Quantock Hills too.

The Coach House in Backwell self-catering cottage near Bristol

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Wellington House & Stables

Next up, choose Wellington House & Stables for a flavour of Georgian Bristol. This grand six bedroom property decked in period features is a gorgeous group accommodation choice, with the bonus of being surrounded by a tranquil wildlife reserve and park. Plus, you’ve got additional private living quarters in the converted stables, on the grounds but with its own entrance.

Georgian style room at Wellington House & Stables

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Woodbarn Farm Cottages

Eight miles from Bristol near the picturesque town of Chew Magna is where you find Woodbarn Farm Cottages. A barn conversion with a holiday apartment – The Tallet – is the inviting accommodation on offer, run by Nick and Judi who live onsite. The location is the real showstopper though. Walk to scenic Chew Valley Lake in just five minutes – a wonderful place for a stroll, spot of birdwatching or some trout fishing. Jump in the car and in under 30 minutes you can be in Bristol, Bath, Wells or Cheddar.

Bedroom in The Tallet apartment at Woodbarn Farm Cottages near Bristol

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