Short stay: The 25 Boutique B&B, Torquay, Devon, UK
When a B&B wins Best B&B in the World (Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards) not just once, but two years running, it’s difficult not to take notice. Couple this with a Gold award for B&B of the Year in the national Visit England Awards for Excellence, Unique B&B of the Year for Great Britain at The AA B&B Awards, and a slew of other accolades, and the record gets all the more impressive.
Such are the achievements of The 25 Boutique B&B which is owned and run by Andy and Julian Banner-Price who are no strangers to the tourism industry having previously turned around the fortunes of Plas Dinas country house hotel in North Wales. Their latest venture, an Edwardian villa in Torquay, is a much smaller affair but one that is incredibly successful. We visited to see why.
Having parked in The 25’s free car park and walked up the handful of steps to the entrance, we were warmly greeted by both Andy and Julian and given the key to our room, the Torre Suite, one floor up.
The Torre Suite covers 30 square metres and was newly re-furbished in 2022 in a funky Art Deco style. An entrance lobby leads into a large bedroom with an exceptionally comfortable super king sized bed, with all bedding sourced from the UK Fine Bedding Company. Despite the renovation, the room is still famously home to Frank the Zebra whose yellow sunglasses have been replaced with golden wings and a halo. Decadent midnight green feature walls contrast with a burnt orange bedspread and headboard (which can be backlit with mood lighting).
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