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A selection of  independent small hotels with character in the UK 

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Wales and the Westcountry are among the popular tourist areas of Britain, and offer a good range of small independent hotels, including many traditional inns. These regions have plenty of attractive coastline, with popular seaside resorts, plus a very attractive rural hinterland: the Westcountry is characterised by its old towns, small villages and rolling hill country, Wales by its higher hills and mountains, which are very popular with hikers.
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For the purposes of this directory, the Westcountry includes the counties of Avon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devonshire and Cornwall.

Character, quality, value. The iHi directory is a selection of hotels chosen with care. The directory includes mostly quiet hotels with character offering good value for money. With its family-run inns, classic city hotels, pubs, and traditional rural accommodation the iHi Great Britain pages bring you great places to stay throughout Britain.
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Small hotels in Wales & the Westcountry

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 several traditional inns, thatched inns, pubs with accommodation, classic hotels, country houses, 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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Hotels in the Westcountry - the south west of England

  • Wiltshire, Salisbury 
     The Cricket Field house hotel is a **** B&B hotel, offering a very friendly welcome and very good value for money. It stands a mile from the town centre, in spacious gardens. There is no bar or restaurant, but the Halfway House pub, selling real ales and good value pub food, is just a short walk.
  • Wiltshire,  Cholderton, near Stonehenge
     €   The Cholderton Youth Hostel **** is about 10 miles from Stonehenge. A top-of-the-range youth hostel, unbeatable prices. Rooms for couples, family rooms, group rooms. Bar, breakfast. Next door to a farm for the preservation of rare breeds.
  • Somerset - South of Bristol and Bath
    €€€ The Old Court. Quality ** guest house. Bed and breakfast. A remarkably unusual guest house, located in a former Victorian gothic magistrates courthourse. Three of the rooms are in old cells, complete with bars. Enthusiastic reviews from visitors, citing the comfort and the friendly welcome. Pub nearby serves evening meals.
  • Avon - Bath 
    €€€  Bailbrook House.  is a Georgian Grade II listed country house, just a short drive from the historic city center. Set in its own gardens, the hotel offers a calm relaxing environment . A small hotel with just 15 bedrooms, Bailbrook Lodge also offers free parking.
  • Dorset - Blandford Forum, 
      True Lovers Knot Inn   In the heart of Hardy country, in a quiet location. Old inn with garden.
  • Dorset, Ansty near Dorchester
      The Fox Inn  . Rural inn with restaurant, popular with local customers. Good value for money; peaceful location in the heart of rural Dorset away from main roads, nice spacious rooms, restaurant.

Small hotels in Cornwall

  • Cornwall - north coast, Delabole
        The Poldark Inn - Wayside inn in a very rural location a mile from the sea and from the North Cornwall coastal footpath. This very friendly family-run inn has 10 rooms. Warm welcome, good food and selection of real ales in the bar. Rooms with views over the countryside or to the coast. Very good customer reviews, and great value for money.
  • Cornwall - Bodmin moor
       The Jamaica Inn - Imposible not to include this historic inn, made famous in the novel by Daphné du Maurier and the Hitchcock film. Supposedly haunted, the inn also includes a museum of smuggling. A required stop-off for travellers looking for out-of-the-ordinary places to stay. Deluxe rooms have four-poster beds. Plenty of atmosphere in the old bar with its beamed ceiling and large open fireplace. 
  • Cornwall, Washaway, near Bodmin
     Trehellas house hotel *** is a family run hotel in an 18th century Grade II listed building just north of Bodmin. the hotel has a restaurant, heated outdoor swimming pool and gardens, and get excellent reviews for its quality and for the food. The north Cornish coast and south coast are easily accessible from this central location.
  • Cornwall, Padstow
    €€€ Molesworth manor Hotel. ****  Lovely small hotel with 9 bedrooms / suites; classic English décor. The hotel is in a small 17th century manor house, and has a drawing room, a library, and "honesty" bar and gardens. Breakfast with local produce. Situated 2 miles from the little fishing harbour of Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall. Hiking trails close by. Ideal base for discovering Cornwall.

Hotels in Wales

  • South Wales, Pembrokeshire, near Fishguard,
     Gellifawr Country House Hotel. Superior ** hotel. This country house hotel is in a wonderful setting in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, 4 miles from Fishguard (ferry to Ireland). A haven of peace for walkers, hikers, bird-watchers and nature lovers. 21 rooms, bar, gardens, restaurant. Friendly staff.
  • Central Wales, Aberystwyth
     Conrah Hotel. ***  A small country house hotel with 17 rooms, set in 10 hectares of grounds, three miles south of Aberystwyth. This hotel is well recommended for its warm welcome and friendly staff, bar and restaurant.
  • Central Wales Llanwrtyd Wells
       the ** Bellevue hotel, in the middle of the small town of Llanwrtyd Wells, offers excellent value for money and a warm friendly and authentic environment. The hotel dates back to 1843, and is also the village pub. The hotel is in walking distance of a train station, and a good location for exploring the Brecon beacons and fabulous local environment.
  • North Wales, Gwynedd, Caernarfon, 
     Black Boy Inn -  this 16th century inn is located within the old walled town of Caernarfon, close to the historic castle. Built in 1522, it is one of the oldest inns in Wales; while offering all modern amenities, this inn retains all its historic character. It is extremely well reviewed for quality, price and cleanliness, as well as its old world charm and cosy bar.
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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 for two usually over £100 / 130 € a night (including breakfast).
Hotels with no price information are generally in between.
  Pub / inn accommodation, the traditional British inn.
  Hotel in a rural location. 
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