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Small hotels you'll love staying in


Small independent hotels with character in the UK 


The Heart of England - the English Midlands and East Anglia.

The centre of England, between the Welsh marches and the Norfolk Broads, is the heart of the country . Apart from the West Midlands and the Nottingham - Derby - Leicester areas, it is largely rural, and an area with a fabulously rich heritage, including  some of England's finest country houses and mediaeval fortresses,  great old cathedral cities such as Worcester, Lincoln, Ely and Norwich - plus the tourist hotspots of Stratford on Avon and Cambridge. It is an area that gave us Robin Hood and the Industrial Revolution, both of which are remembered today by some of the region's many fascinating heritage tourist attractions.

Le nord de l'Angleterre

Région touristique intéressante, comprenant à la fois de  grandes agglomérations  avec leur grandes villes et patrimoine historique industrielle, et les grands espaces sauvages des moors (landes) et de la région des lacs, très appréciés des randonneurs et alpinistes.
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Selected small hotels you'll enjoy staying in
Character, quality, value – iHi is a directory of small traditional independent hotels with character, offering good value for money and a friendly welcome. The selection includes traditional inns, pubs with accommodation, classic hotels, country houses,some b&bs and even a four-star youth hostel. iHi does not offer a vast choice of hotels, nor a narrow choice of chic and expensive boutique hotels, nor just a list of budget hotels.... but a carefully selected choice of addresses for all tastes, from refined luxury to rustic simplicity.

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Choose by area Zone 4 - Cambridgeshire, East Anglia
Zones 5 et 6 - The Midlands The north of England

Area 4.  

Hotels in East Anglia and Cambridgeshire

  • Cambridge
     €    The ** Lord Byron Inn , a traditional English inn dating from the 17th century, 2 miles from Cambridge city centre. Free car parking, and bus stop for city buses close by. An address to remember, offering great value in a city where many of the hotels are overpriced. Clean hotel and a friendly welcome. Lounge, garden,  traditional bar with a fine range of beers.
  • Between Cambridge et Ely
     €    The Brambles B&B Friendly and very clean B&B located in a calm rural situation 15 minutes from Cambridge and 20 minutes from the cathedral city of Ely. Four en-suite guest rooms, large garden, parking and wifi. Very good value.
  • Suffolk, Ipswich -
    Belsted Brook Hotel -  Hotel in an old house with a large garden, on the outskirts of Ipswich. Sauna and pool. Well located for exploring rural Suffolk and the coast. 
  • Suffolk coast -  Aldeburgh,
    €€€ The 3 star Thorpeness Hotel is situated in a peaceful location next to the Meare and 10 minutes’ walk from the beach.  Facilities include thirty spacious non-smoking en-suite bedrooms, many of which have views of the Meare or the golf course.
Areas 5 - 6 

The Midlands  

  • Stratford upon Avon - Warwickshire
     €   The Applegarth Guest House. Just five minutes walk from the Shakespeare theater and two minutes from the river Avon. Friendly, clean and tidy hotel, ideally located and top value for money. Rates include full English breakfast. Free parking, free internet. Plenty of restaurants and inns nearby.
  • Risley, Derbyshire  - M1 junction 25.
     €   Risley Guest House is located in the village of Risley,  2 minutes from exit 25 of the M1 motorway. The guest house is commended as quiet, clean and comfortable, and providing an excellent breakfast. Very friendly welcome. Pub with restaurant just 200 yards away.
  • Ironbridge, Shropshire  - ideal for industrial museums
     €   Calcutts House provides four star B&B accommodation at two to three-star prices: garden, non-smoking. Pub restaurants close by. An 18th century house located in the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, withinb easy reach of Coalbrookdale museums, the Iron Bridge, and the Severn Valley heritage railway
  • Nottingham -
    Mama's Inn - Just two rooms at this bijou B&B in a quiet residential street close to the city centre. Free wifi and parking. Copious English breakfast. Very welcoming hosts. Rooms bright and clean, and equipped to high standard.
  • Ibstock, Leicestershire -
    The Post House
    - A delightful bed and breakfast in the heart of this small Leicestershire town. Nothing but good reviews for this B&B. Very comfortable, excellent English breakfast. No smoking. There are pubs and restaurants nearby.
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Price guide and key
All hotels listed on iHi offer good or reasonable value compared to other hotels of similar quality  in their area .
 €  - Not too expensive: very good value for money.
€€€ Rooms usually over £90 / 120 € a night.
Hotels with no price information are generally in between.
  Pub / inn accommodation, the traditional British inn.
  Hotel in a rural location. 
Regions of Britain

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