Guesthouse East<br/> The six spacious suites at Guesthouse East are 'within a stone's throw of the beach' and are 'well equipped for those with tots in tow' says Sian Williams. 'All have room for a cot or toddler bed - both in some - and come equipped wi

Fresh flowers, Egyptian cotton and fine food are not just for boutique hotels. A new breed of luxurious guesthouses is rising to the challenge. Rhiannon Batten puts them to the test


This week's panel

Karen Thorne runs the Bed & Breakfast Academy (;

Richard Hammond is the founder of;

Jim Barker is editor of the ‘AA Bed & Breakfast guide 2011’ (£12.99;;

Alastair Sawday is the founder of ‘Sawday’s Special Places to Stay’ guidebooks, which include ‘British Bed & Breakfast’ (£14.99;;

Sian Williams is the founder of and

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