Little Compton B&B named best in Europe

B&B owner Wendy Veale

A characterful Cotswold bed & breakfast has been named at the best in Europe and the fourth best in the world by TripAdvisor.

The Old School Bed & Breakfast in Little Compton, was recognised at the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels, which honour the world’s most outstanding properties.

Wendy Veale, owner of The Old School Bed & Breakfast, said: “I am so thrilled to be recognised in this year’s awards, our third time and more than I could imagine for 2018! What a wonderful start to the New Year for my amazing team and me.

“I would like to thank all of our guests for reviewing us so kindly. As other B&B owners will know, it’s a jolly hard job, requiring stamina and a big smile and I do it with great pride, welcoming guests from all corners of the world ‘back to school’, in our lovely home in the Cotswolds. This accolade makes every little detail I am renowned for (I can hear the team exasperating!) and all those hours so worthwhile. Absolutely delighted, thank you.

“The news just seems to have gone viral in the last week.

“back in 2007 I was looking for an unusual building to convert into a B&B and I found this place. It’s such a quirky place, a Victorian hall with lots of original features intact, there aren’t many B&Bs with a bell and safety glass in the doors. Having the former playground also helps because of the parking it provides, especially for coaches.

“I would say around 30-40 per cent of our guests are returning guests and around 30-40per cent are from overseas. I think people like coming here because I try to treat everyone how I would like to be treated. It’s quite a large building and me and my partner are a bit tucked away so guests don’t feel intimidated that we are around all the time.

“I try to do all the little extras for guests too, like booking restaurants and hire cars, things like that. A lot of our business comes via word of mouth, it’s great to hear when people say they have been recommended to come by a friend.

“It was a surprise for me to be named number one in Europe, but my friends in the business all say they weren’t. I’m just so pleased, absolutely delighted.”

To qualify for this award, a property must have at least four stars and four bubbles on TripAdvisor, and offer annual nightly average rates that are at least 20 percent below the city average and cost less than £215 per night based on hotel prices available on TripAdvisor.

The winners were determined based on reviews submitted to TripAdvisor over a one year period.

UK B&Bs did particularly well at the awards with Europe’s second and third best being located in Tavistick and Llandudno, while five of the top ten worldwide hail from Britain.

The number one B&B in the world was named as Pousada Casa Campestre, located in Brazil.