Bed and breakfasts can be found all over the country including Winchester and can be a cheap way to stay in your chosen area. During World War Two there were lots of foreigners who needed a place to stay, and from this the bed and breakfast industry was born. Local people offered spare rooms to these poeple and offering them a morning meal.
Usually the owner will live in the same property or close by. The breakfasts are usually of good quality, being one of the two major things offered. The majority of Winchester bed and breakfasts will have private or on-suite bathroom facilities, although where you are in a private house it can sometimes be a shared bathroom.
Generally the owners are amiable and it can be a good way of talking to a 'local' and to get some good pointers over breakfast on the best places to visit in Winchester and places to avoid.
Generally the standards of hygiene and general comfort are above those found in other Winchester accomodation, especially for the price point which is usually way below those of hotels or other lodging types where there are many more overheads to cater for, and this generally gets passed down to you.
Above all though is the feeling that you are truly living in the area with the local people rather than a visitor. It is this 'home like' atmosphere along with the cost which generally drives people to stay in bed and breakfasts in the UK. With a local person who you can chat to you can be more confident that the places you will visit in Winchester will be worth the time. Quite often the bed and breakfast proprietor will have special discounts or deals organised for their guests in and around the local area. These will generally be cheaper than the equivalent hotel advice because the B&B will be more concerned with the enjoyment of your stay and a potential repeat customer. Hotels on the other hand usually have deals based on who will give them the best commission. Generally bed and breakfasts will be more personal in this respect because the owners will be proud of their 'business' rather than employees who don't really care to the same level.
You will also find the that bed and breakfast accomodation is much more flexible. For example you won't need to be back home before the grounds or gates close because they will generally give you a key, plus if you need anything like a high chair or any other child friendly facilities they will generally offer those at no extra charge.
One thing which is definitely true about bed and breakfast accomodation is that the range of accomodation is viurtually endless.
You will find that some are tiny town houses, and others are large country houses catering for large groups. Some may be historic listed buildings or cottages. Some may be above a pub, which can be a plus or minus depending on your point of view.
It's also worth looking up independent reviews of bed and breaksfasts in Winchester because as we just described, the range of facilities, quality and friendliness can range enourmously.
So if you are looking for a bed and breakfast in Winchester we have listed here a few questions which you may want to refer to when finding your ideal getaway B&B location. It's best to be informed as much as possible before your trip so you're not disappointed in the long run.
Will we have our own bathroom?
How many beds are in the room?
What size will the beds be?
Is there a telephone in our room?
Will we have access to a Jacuzzi or sauna?
Can we connect to the Internet?
Can we get a suite instead of just a room?
Is there a desk or a table?
Will our room have air conditioning?
Will the owner help us with choosing places to go?
When is breakfast served from and to?
Can we have breakfast early if we have to leave earlier?
What type of breakfast is served? Is there a menu?
Do you cater for special diets such as vegetarian?
Can we have breakfast in our room?
Do you allow babies, children or Pets?
Do you have pets living at the B&B?
What if we arrive at an unsocial time?
What are the cancellation terms?
Can I pay with credit card?
Is there any minimum number of nights you have to book?
Do you offer any discounts for OAPs or members of the AARP or AAA?
Are you rated by any organisations?
How much privacy will we have?
How noisy is the room / location?
Are there free parking facilities?
Do you cater for people with disabilities?
Is smoking allowed?
Where do the owners sleep?
Are there any restrictions on noise we will make?
Can we invite people over to our room?
This list is by no means comprehensive but should give you a starting point on what sort of questions you would want to ask a B&B owners in Winchester before committing to staying.
We hope you find a great place to stay in Winchester and our advice has been helpful in your search. The B&Bs advertised at the top of this page will be in the local area so why not check them out.