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The best boutique B&Bs in the UK under £100 a night

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 21/08/2017 19:46:25 KATE LOUGH

As August gets set to turn into September, our thoughts migrate from salty, sun-drenched holidays to cosy autumn staycations. Of escaping the chaos of the city for one of two nights or rural bliss, where four poster beds, freestanding baths and pub grub awaits.

So you scroll through Instagram and find a few that you like and the excitement builds until you check the price and it's nearly £400 a night. More if you want the treehouse/hot tub room.

But there is a way to enjoy the luxury staycation lifestyle without having to re-mortgage your house: step forward the boutique B&B. Pick one of the following hotels, edited by Mr & Mrs Smith, where luxury, style and romance marry for less than £100.

The Crown, Amersham

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Head north on the Metropolitan line, passing grand Victorian monuments at King's Cross and Baker Street, through Betjeman's beloved Metroland to its terminus at Amersham, whose old town resembles a bijou village in the Sussex Downs. All around are bounding hills and verdant valleys to be explored on foot, and at its heart is the Crown, a country pub with an irresistible menu, a top-drawer spa and eye-catching Ilse Crawford-designed rooms.

Currently from £61 a night ; book here

The Beckford Arms, Wiltshire

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With its open fires, local ales, cosy sofas, sociable film nights and gastropubby restaurant, the Beckford Arms trades in happy days, not happy hours. There are just eight rooms, kitted out with traditional materials such as stone, wood and sisal, with hand-picked wild flowers and woven wool blankets to add splashes of colour. Hungry? Fans of all-day brunching can pounce on eggs Benedict, waffles and Bloody Marys, and those feeling like a family-style Sunday roast can order a chicken to carve at the table.

Currently from £95 a night; book here.

The Talbot Inn, Somerset

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A cosy 15th-century coaching inn set among the limestone-and-thatch cottages of Mells with similar top-of-its-game gastropub credentials as its sister stay the Beckford Arms. Settle into the Sitting Room - a 500-year-old beamed tythe barn that has been restored, kitted out with sofas and stocked with games - and you'll soak up some of its history; one wall is decorated with a mural depicting the town's history from Roman times to present day.

Currently from £100 a night. Book here.

No 38 The Park, Cheltenham

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This ravishing regency townhouse in the heart of Cheltenham has been given a sophisticated spruce-up, enlivened by richly-coloured wallpaper, artfully placed antiques and a uniquely British art collection. Its nearby sibling, No 131, might edge it in terms of party pizazz, but No 38 has truly mastered that home-from-home hangout feel - sip well selected brews from the honesty bar, tuck into heaving breakfast buffets in the sunlit back room, and sleep soundly in the well-appointed, generously-bedded rooms.

Currently from £100 a night. Book here.

Brighton Harbour Hotel, Brighton

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Fresh, bold and right on the beach, the Brighton Harbour Hotel - a now bright-and-breezy 1850s building - is the place to soak up prized pier views, sample sumptuous afternoon teas, and indulge in free gin and sherry served in rooms. The newly opened subterranean spa is a draw too, so be sure to book treatments in advance if you're planning to really unwind during your seaside stay.

Currently from £81 a night. Book here.

Aviator, Hampshire

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You might not immediately think of Farnborough, the industrial centre of British aviation, for a weekend escape, but there's something decidedly jetset about the Aviator: the adjacent private runway, the grand Guggenheim-ish staircase, the low-lit lobby lined with aeronautical tidbits, the well-groomed staff on hand to whisk your luggage away. There's some sublime seasonal British fare at the brasserie, too, paired with an extensive wine list - and the New Forest and the South Downs are in day-trip distance to walk it all off.

Currently from £81 a night. Book here.

The White Hart, Somerset

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A charming and convivial local in a handsome hamlet, the White Hart is packed with personality. From the French antique furnishings, Phileas Fogg-esque moustache motifs and array of whimsical knick-knacks, there is a distinct sense of self inside these five-century-old walls and crooked corridors. You'll be warmly welcomed by helpful staff (your dog, too, if you want to bring it) who will recommend some local walks and nearby sights - the forward-thinking, farmyard-set Hauser & Wirth gallery in neighbouring Bruton is a favourite of ours.

Currently from £75 a night. Book here.

Join the Mr & Mrs Smith travel club to enjoy our best-price guarantee, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call 0330 100 3180 or go to mrandmrssmith.com.

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