Author(s): SAWDAY ALASTAIR
In the 14th edition of our much-loved guide there are many places new to us, some of them set in gorgeous countryside, but also more townhouses and more B&Bs built by younger folk experimenting with a change in lifestyle. You get more independence, for that is what the owners like themselves, and they are often greener too. If you're after outstanding architecture, inspiring views, beautiful interiors or memorable friendliness you will be spoilt for choice. This guide contains something for everyone - from families with children to young lovers, peace-seekers, beach bums and gardeners. We include only places that we truly like and have built up a large and loyal band of owners and readers who trust our judgement.
A pioneer in the environmental world, Alastair Sawday has had a remarkably miscellaneous and varied career, which has taken him to the most far-flung corners of the globe: he headed up a VSO programme in Papua New Guinea, ran a disaster relief team for Oxfam in Turkey, and has run a small travel company, conducting walking tours throughout Europe.It was this that inspired him to publish his first travel guide, French Bed & Breakfast, after discovering various 'special' B&Bs and the extraordinary people that run them