Cider House at Buckland Abbey in Devon

When you are planning a weekend away in the countryside, you sometimes want that extra bit of luxury to make your stay a little bit more indulgent at Cider House at Buckland Abbey in the country of Devon ticks all the boxes.

It has the distinction of being the only bed and breakfast accommodation in the United Kingdom to sit within a National Trust park property and the owners pride themselves on offering a five-star experience to their guests.

The old property’s gardens face out onto gardens that are adjoined with the 13th Century built Buckland Abbey, the former home of British naval hero Sir Francis Drake. The bedrooms are individually styled and in keep in line with the typical British countryside luxury with superior bedding, television sets, free wi-fi and a communal lounge area.

Breakfast is a Devon affair with everything placed on the plate being produced within the farm grounds of the property. A historic barn is home to the chickens which lay fresh free range eggs, while the dairy and famous Devon cream are also produced by local grass fed cows.

Cider House has extensive grounds that you can wander around and the surrounding area is a haven for wildlife, so you can enjoy spotting deer, badgers, otters and all sorts of other animals while on your walks.

Cider House is close to many forest trails, but it is also close to the busy market town of Tavistock, where you can browse through the quaint and boutique shops or enjoy team and scones with cream in the many tea rooms that dot the village. If you want something a bit more upbeat, the city of Plymouth is only 10 miles away and can be reached easily by car or on public transport. This truly is one of the best bed and breakfasts in the whole of the UK.