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The historic market town of Bradford-on-Avon lies along the banks of the River Avon, on the southern tip of the mighty Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's a charming place, characterised by cobbled streets and honey-coloured Bath stone terraced houses, whose ground floor spaces are filled with boutique shops. It's got a long history that stretches back to Roman times. Over the centuries, the Normans, Georgians and Victorians all left their mark on the architecture and culture. It's not just about the town, though. If you score one of the Bradford-on-Avon bed and breakfasts, you can explore the dramatic Avon Valley and the hiking trails that wind through the Cotswolds.
While the town has its fair share of hotels, nothing beats the welcoming owners and homely atmosphere of the Bradford-on-Avon bed and breakfasts. The town lacks modern properties, leaving B&Bs that ooze old-world character and personality. If you're sold on a B&B, be sure to look through the properties on Expedia, which feature details on each, along with candid photos. To find your perfect match just head on over to the website, filter the results by date, price and location, and book your favourite in just a few clicks. Arranging your West Country adventure just got a whole lot easier. You're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to stay. Some are found in the Georgian terraced houses overlooking the river. Others are country homes and farmhouses in the surrounding Avon Valley. Don't worry if you're on a budget, you can always find something within your price range on Expedia.
You'll be pleasantly surprised by the comfortable guestrooms, many of which come equipped with all the amenities you might find in a hotel, like a kettle for making hot drinks, a flat-screen TV on the wall and complimentary WiFi, which you can use to plan your break. You'll find plenty of storage for your clothes, so you can settle right in, and most come with ensuite bathrooms stocked with toiletries, fresh towels and a hairdryer. What makes the difference in a B&B is the personal attention you receive from the owners, many of whom have been running their properties for years and know all the best things to do nearby. After a comfortable night's sleep, you can wake up to views across the river or the historic sites in Bradford-on-Avon, before fuelling up for the day on a traditional English breakfast. If Bradford-on-Avon doesn't sound like your cup of tea, maybe you'd prefer the activities in Bristol, instead.
If it's your first time in a Bradford-on-Avon bed and breakfast, a good way to introduce yourself to the town is simply by walking through it. Along the way, you'll find some fine examples of Saxon, Tudor and Georgian architecture, like the 11th-century Saxon church of St. Laurence. Bring your camera, because you're not going to want to miss catching snaps of the 13th-century stone bridge that spans the River Avon. If you're interested in the town's history, the volunteer-run Bradford on Avon Museum is packed with historic artefacts and fascinating exhibitions. Outdoorsy types can easily reach the beautiful nearby Cotswolds, where there are almost limitless opportunities for hiking and biking. Alternatively, you could swing by Quoins Organic Vineyard, one of only 18 organic wineries in the country.