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The medieval town of Stafford lies in the heart of Staffordshire, in the West Midlands, just a few miles north of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's an important place, and once stood as the capital and trading centre of Mercia, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom. It's known for the Ancient High House, the largest Elizabethan timber-framed home in the country, though there are plenty more architectural gems to discover, from medieval structures to handsome Georgian houses. If you nab one of the Stafford bed and breakfasts for a weekend break, you can amble around farmers' markets, bask in the sunny parks or catch one of the theatre productions, not to mention the long list of outdoor activities on offer just outside the town.
The bed and breakfasts in Stafford have long been the staple accommodation of choice for visitors. That's unsurprising, once you've experienced the friendly welcome of the hosts and the cosy atmosphere that makes it feel like a home away from home. Whether you're on a budget getaway or you're splurging on a weekend break, you'll always find a B&B that fits the bill. Some are traditional little family-run B&Bs in the centre, which have just a handful of homely guestrooms. Others are housed in red-brick detached houses, surrounded by well-manicured grounds, just outside the city. Others, still, are budget-friendly properties that offer much more than you would expect for the money. Whichever you decide on, you can always find your perfect match on Expedia, which lists every B&B, along with detailed descriptions and photos. All you need to do is search by budget, location and dates, scan through the listings and book your favourite in just a few clicks. Arranging your getaway just got a whole lot easier.
Guestrooms at Stafford bed and breakfasts come with all the amenities you might expect from a hotel room, like a flat-screen TV on the wall, a kettle for making hot drinks and comfortable twin or double beds wrapped in freshly pressed sheets. You can even find large family-sized or interconnecting rooms, if you plan to bring the kids with you. Depending on which B&B you pick, you might find they come with an ensuite bathroom or have an in-room desk – the perfect place to catch up on a few emails during your stay. You can even find B&Bs that have views over the town's historical sites, or the River Sow, which meanders through its centre. Whichever you pick, you're always assured of a comfortable stay when you book your guestroom through Expedia. Come daybreak, you can fuel up for the day on a hearty English breakfast, with lighter options available, too, of course. If Stafford doesn't sound right for your break, how about a few nights discovering Birmingham activities instead?
Your only difficulty is knowing what to do first, when you stay in a Stafford bed and breakfast. After you've admired the spectacular Ancient High House, you could visit the 200-year-old Broad Eye Windmill, or Stafford Castle and Visitor Centre, where you can explore the 26-acre site and see the ruins of Stafford Castle. Those with an interest in wildlife shouldn't miss swinging by the British Wildlife Rescue Centre, which looks after injured and orphaned critters. Bringing the whole family? You can watch the kids smile from ear to ear when they run wild at Come Into Play or clamber around the assault course at Lower Drayton Farm. Alternatively, get your walking gear on and drive down to the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to go hiking through the magnificent countryside.