TripAdvisor has announced its 19th annual Travellers’ Choice® Best of the Best Awards, and a whopping twelve awards granted to B&Bs on the English Riviera. The Torcroft B&B scooped the top spot, winning the third best B&B in the world and second in the UK.

The Torcroft is owned by Gary Blackmore and Philip Waller who took on the B&B in September 2019. The couple say they will celebrate the enormous victory, by "drinking champagne in the bar with our dog".

"As new owners and with the team, we have worked hard to transform the house to showcase some of her original features and splendour in a modern contemporary style. We love what we do and are dedicated to ensuring that guests feel welcome, special and their stay is memorable.”

In the B&B category, The 25 Boutique and The Elmdene claim seventh and eighth the UK respectively and 13th and 14th in Europe. The SomervilleSampford House and Kings Lodge ranks ninth, tenth and 25th in the UK. 

In the Romance category, Haytor Hotel in Torquay celebrates second in the UK, third in Europe and seventh in the world. Crowndale Hotel in Torquay takes fourth in the UK. While The Marstan, and The Trelawney ranked in eighth and 19th place respectively.

In the Small hotels’ category, Haytor Hotel in Torquay is the UK’s best-rated Small hotel, second in Europe and fourth in the world and The Marstan in Torquay take sixth in the UK.

“We are delighted that so many English Riviera B&Bs have been recognised nationally and internationally. With so many winning properties coming from the English Riviera this year, it is testament to the high standards of hospitality we provide, which alongside our stunning natural scenery makes it the perfect place for a UK staycation.” Carolyn Custerson, CEO of the English Riviera BID Company.

Every year, TripAdvisor trawls through millions of reviews from its global community of travellers to uncover the hotels and B&Bs that people raved about most – those that go the extra mile, the most wanderlust worthy, the places that make a holiday.

“Now that staycations are back on in the UK, many people will want to start getting plans in motion for what could be the most longed for holiday of their life. This celebration of the best of the best hotels around the world should serve as the perfect guide for discovering places to stay that are fit for the trip of a lifetime,” said Tripadvisor spokesperson, Hayley Coleman.

The English Riviera is a Naturally Inspiring location, offering 22 miles of coastline, a mild and sunny climate and a recognised UNESCO Global Geopark. Order your free 2021 Guide to start planning your perfect holiday.


The Torcroft, Torquay
Bed & Breakfast

Update May 2021 The Torcroft, named second best-rated B&B in the UK and Europe and third in the world. The Torcroft is an award-winning Bed & Breakfast in a remarkable setting in Torquay, which is currently rated 4th out of 148 B & B's on TripAdvisor and 9.6 on For every traveller it is always a delight to find a hotel which not only meets your expectations, but exceeds them. Discover the charm and warmth of this lovely haven on the English Riviera. Located 5 minutes walk from the The Bay and 10 minutes from the harbour, Princess Theatre and Torquay seaside town. Rooms at The Torcroft are decorated in a contemporary style to a high standard, with an emphasis on quality, luxury and comfort. Guests tell us that that they enjoye

The 25 Boutique B&B
Bed & Breakfast
The 25 Boutique B&B

Best B&B in the world! (Twice! - TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2020). If you think of Fawlty Towers when you think of Torquay then think again! Funky design meets cutting-edge technology in this recently refurbished boutique B&B which is multi-award winning. The 25 offers six individually styled luxurious bedrooms to relax in, each with a fabulous en-suite.

The Elmdene
Guest House
Exterior, The Elmdene, Torquay, Devon

The award-winning Elmdene offers top quality five-star accommodation in Torquay. The Elmdene is Visit England 5 star gold rated accommodation and has received a bed and breakfast award here at our beautiful guesthouse. We take pride in offering all our guests a high standard of pristine accommodation and have been awarded certificates of excellence for 2018, 2019 and 2020 from Trip Advisor and we were awarded 2020 Travellers award. The Elmdene is perfectly situated to explore the English Riviera and its surroundings. We have a bus stop 50 metres from the front of the building and are on a level, just 300 metres from Torquays beach and railway station and 250 metres from the Riviera International Conference Centre

The Somerville Torquay
Guest House
Exterior, The Somerville, Torquay, Devon

The Somerville is centrally located near to the harbour and seafront. Graded as Five Star Gold award Guest Accommodation, the Somerville offers boutique hotel style accommodation. The Somerville has undergone a massive programme of refurbishment in recent years to create a modern, stylish establishment with a classic twist. Beautiful antiques, original artwork and quality soft furnishings combine to offer a real feel of real luxury. Rooms available range from spacious suites and junior suites to deluxe rooms and a standard room.  For guests on weekend breaks we have extended breakfast times to allow for a more leisurely start to the day whilst for our weekday visitors we offer a full hour for breakfast.

Haytor Hotel
Exterior, Haytor Hotel, Torquay, Devon

Update May 2021 - Romance category on TripAdvisor - Haytor Hotel in Torquay celebrates second in the UK, third in Europe and seventh in the world. In the Small hotels category - Haytor Hotel in Torquay is the UK’s best-rated Small hotel, second in Europe and fourth in the world. The Haytor Hotel Torquay is an elegant detached Victorian Villa built in the 1830's and set in beautiful gardens, the Haytor Hotel offers an excellent bed & breakfast in Torquay. The Haytor Hotel has consistently received a range of awards the most recent include Trip Advisor's prestigious "Travellers' Choice 2017" award for "Best Service", the Herald Express English Riviera & South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2016 where we received Excellence in Custome

Marstan Guest House
Guest House
Marstan Guest House and pool in Torquay, Devon

The Marstan is an elegant mid-Victorian Villa peacefully located along Meadfoot Sea Road in a conservation area within Torquay. The harbour and town are 10 minutes’ walk with the blue flag awarded Meadfoot Beach and its views less than 5 minutes on foot. An extensive refurbishment has helped us achieve a five-star guesthouse rating, AA gold award, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Award and a Michelin listing. The Marstan benefits from an outdoor pool, hot tub and a licensed bar. In keeping with the period of the building and with many of the original features intact, the hotel is traditionally furnished with antiques complemented with modern amenities such as contemporary bathrooms and flat-screen TVs.

Crowndale Hotel
Bed & Breakfast
Bedroom at Crowndale Hotel Torquay, Devon

A warm welcome awaits you at The Crowndale Hotel, we are set in a peaceful tree lined road just a short walk away from the Seafront, Torre Abbey Sands, Torre Abbey Museum & Gardens, Riviera International Conference Centre and the Princess Theatre. We offer quality accommodation in a relaxed, informal and friendly atmosphere. We are well placed for exploring the Torbay area with Torquay town centre and the harbour only 10-15 minutes walk away where you'll find many lively bars, cafes and restaurants.

Sampford House
Guest House
Exterior, Sampford House, Brixham, Devon

Overlooking Brixham harbour lies Sampford House, an 18thC fisherman's cottage. Conveniently located to explore Torbay and South Devon beyond.

Kings Lodge Torquay
Bed & Breakfast
Exterior, Kings Lodge, Torquay, Devon

Amanda & Bryan assure you a warm welcome when you stay at Kings Lodge Guesthouse, in the heart of the English Riviera. Our 4 star accommodation offers bed & breakfast in Torquay. We welcome Families, Walkers / Hikers, Bikers and we are dog friendly.

The Trelawney
Guest House
Outside - The Trelawney. Torquay, Devon

Friendly, family-run, licensed hotel. Close to main shops, beaches, theatres, conference/leisure centre. A warm welcome always guaranteed. Highly recommended.



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