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About Us

Quintessential: the nature of a quintessence; the purest or most refined of its kind. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

Nicola Crewe-Read founded Quintessential Bed and Breakfast in 2010. Having travelled extensively, and subsequently offered luxury bed and breakfast in her own home, Nicola believes there is a great opportunity to distil the multitude of web-based luxury bed and breakfast offerings into one powerful, information-driven portal.

With over thirty years' experience in investment banking and public relations, Nicola has all of the requisite skills to ensure that Quintessential Bed and Breakfast remains at the forefront of developments in the mysterious 'science' of digital marketing. 

Our Goals

We want to find only the right places to stay, places that offer not only great comfort in beautiful surroundings but also personality and a genuinely warm welcome. The internet provides a wealth of choice but there is often a lack of consistency of quality and ‘character’ does not always denote comfort.

Working with the wonderful team at Alacrify, the strategic, digital marketing agency, the Quintessential Bed and Breakfast team has embraced one of the 21st Century's greatest challenges - search engine optimisation. Quintessential Bed and Breakfast is now the most highly ranked website in the luxury bed and breakfast sector; that means it is more often than not in position number 1 or 2 on the first page of Google, the most expensive advertising space in the world. And this is where it intends to stay, ensuring that the wonderful luxury bed and breakfast homes we find are easily accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world, who is looking.

The Website

Launched in November 2010, our website aims to provide a very 21st Century experience whilst acknowledging that, in addition to its compelling design, its greatest strength lies in the depth and quality of its content. We want to offer our discerning guests the opportunity to discover some very special and luxurious places to stay. We also want to inform our guests about what they can do in each of the beautiful parts of the United Kingdom where we have been fortunate enough to discover a Quintessential Bed and Breakfast - be it a night at the opera, a great evening at the local gastro pub or a trail of incomparably beautiful gardens and historic houses.  

Inclusion of properties on our site is not automatic. We select only the best to be part of the Quintessential Bed and Breakfast collection. While we have some clear criteria for quality and service, the personality and spirit of the homes we feature and, of course, the welcome given to guests are even more important to us. We have personally inspected every property featured on our website.

Our decisions do not refer simply to a checklist; they are very much driven by what we regard as the quintessence of luxury bed and breakfast.

New Properties:

Old Whyly

East Hoathly, East SussexOld Whyly A Grade II listed Georgian manor house, dating back to the 12th Century, Old Whyly is a luxury boutique bed and breakfast in an elegant English country house, set within a breathtaking garden and extensive grounds.Old Whyly offers luxurious accommod...
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Hexham, NorthumberlandHesleyside Located in the heart of the Northumberland National Park and with grounds designed by Capability Brown, Hesleyside is a magnificent and historic house which is now home to William and Anna Charlton and their family. The ancestral home of t...
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