But it turns out, some of the country's best accommodation can be rented for under £100 a night.
The 2019 version of The Good Hotel Guide has just been released, and they've revealed exclusively to Sun Online Travel the best properties in their value section.
From a double room in a Georgian country mansion in Herefordshire for £59 to a one-night stay at an ancestral home in Cornwall for £80, there is something for everyone.
Co-edited by Adam Raphael and Ian Belcher, the 2019 edition features 860 properties in total, with 424 main entries chosen for their exceptional hospitality, read on to find out more about their best cheap picks…
Brooks Country House in Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire
Doubles at £59, a four-poster room from £99, a three-course dinner for £29… gracious country house living doesn't get more affordable and fun than at Carla and Andrew Brooks’s Georgian mansion.
The manor house, once at the centre of a 1000 acre estate, sits on 13 acres in the Wye Valley – an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and overlooks an expanse of former parkland, now owned by the National Trust.
All this and wines from the vineyard – book here.
The Ceilidh Place in Ullapool, Scottish Highlands
A night in the bunkhouse, fish and chips in the café and a glass of Chilean Sauvignon will set you back £42.15 at Jean Urquhart’s fun music venue and bookshop-with-rooms.
A good bedroom won’t break the bank either.
The property is based in Ullapool in the beautiful surroundings of Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands – book here.
Black Swan in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria
Double rooms start from £95 at Louise Dinnes’s Victorian pub-with-rooms in an Eden Valley conservation village.
Below the Howgill Fells, they are in an ideal position for exploring the Cumbrian Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Co. Durham.
It’s ideal for walkers and ramblers, with a comfy lounge and superior pub food; fish and chips for £12 – book here.
Thistleyhaugh Farm in Longhorsley, Northumberland
An ideal base for exploring the Northumberland coast, the Nelless family’s Georgian farmhouse B&B sits amid their organic livestock farm.
The Nelless family has farmed here for three generations, and now Enid and daughter-in-law Zoë are welcoming hostesses, ‘creating a home-from-home’.
Doubles cost £100, singles from £70, including a hearty breakfast (Craster kippers, local sausages, free-range eggs) – book here.
Aynsome Manor in Cartmel, Cumbria
Once home to the decendants of William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, founder of the historic 12th Century Cartmel Priory, Aynsome is located in the still Vale of Cartmel, with views southwards to the Norman Priory, meadowlands and woods.
Hosts Chris and Andrea Varley’s take great care of guests at their Lake District manor house.
Comfortable rooms start at under £100, and at night the daily changing menu of locally sourced fare costs from £23.95 – book here.
No. 33 in Hunstanton, Norfolk
A beautiful, five bedroom boutique guest house in the Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton on the north Norfolk coast.
Guests arriving at Jeanne Whittome’s stylish B&B are offered afternoon tea and a discount voucher for sister business Thornham Deli, which supplies breakfast bagels, smoked salmon and cream cheese.
Doubles priced from £95, £85 for single occupancy – book here.
The Old Rectory, in Stewton, Lincolnshire
The Old Rectory was built in 1846, an early Victorian house in the Georgian style, and is set in three acres of lawns and mature trees.
Rooms start at £50 for single occupancy, doubles from £75.
Linda and Alan Palmer are perfect hosts and a generous breakfast is served ‘within reason, as late as you like’ – book here.
Dolffanog Fawr, in Tywyn on the Cardigan Bay coast
Dolffanog Fawr is an 18th Century farmhouse that has recently been renovated and converted intoa luxury bed and breakfast guest houses in Snowdonia
There are views of lake and mountain from Alex Yorke and Lorraine Hinkins’s B&B.
Rooms (from £90 single, £110 double) are supplied with smart toiletries, while breakfast, and a four-course dinner four nights a week, win plaudits – book here.
Trereife in Penzance, Cornwall
Trereife, a beautiful centuries-old family owned estate has being lovingly restored by the 7th generation family.
The Le Grice family’s ancestral home in parkland is filled with antiques and portraits but the atmosphere is welcoming.
Each bedroom is named after a romantic poet; a double can be had for a mere £80 – book here.
The Good Hotel Guide 2019: Great Britain & Ireland, published on 8 October 2018, is priced at £16 (including p&p within the UK).
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