This sure has been a summer of bizarre weather so far, with some regions getting seemingly endless rain while others are experiencing record high temperatures. Either way, it's always nice to get away for a relaxing break - the grass is always greener on the other side, after all.
Here at Bedandbreakfastworld.com we thought we'd share some of our favourite cities for a summer B&B escape, whether you're looking for the city, the country or just something a little different.
Kilkenny is a charming town in the south-east of Ireland, founded sometime in the 6th century. There are a number of interesting sights to explore in the area, like Kilkenny Castle and St Canice's Cathedral. Historically the town has always been a centre of brewing and dairy farming and as such there are a lot of beautiful, large, traditional Irish farm houses, many now containing B&Bs.
These spacious B&Bs usually offer a complimentary full Irish breakfast and a lovely blend of vintage style and modern furnishings. Many of them also have gardens, perfect for having your morning yawn before heading out for the day.
Butler House is set right in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle. This 18th-century building has a rather luxurious atmosphere befitting its location, as well as more modern features like free Wi-Fi, HD TVs in every room and a free full Irish breakfast served every day.
With stunning architecture everywhere you turn and a legendary collection of speeding Vespas, Rome is a must-see city. Whether you're looking to fill up on the local food, gawk at passing fashionistas or just relax in beautiful surroundings, we have a B&B to suit you.
Most B&Bs are centred around Termini-Rome's main train station-or across the Tiber River next to Vatican City. Many are set in historic residential houses with renovated interiors designed for comfort and modernity with that distinctly Italian touch.
Campanella3 is in an ideal location right in the centre of Rome, just 10 minutes' walk from Vatican City. Their rates include towels, breakfast, all-day free tea and coffee, maps of Rome and even the all-pervasive city tax.
Marrakech is a lively former imperial city with new sights and sensations at every turn. For centuries it has charmed legions of travellers with its busy markets, ancient culture and rich, fascinating history, and since the 1960s has attracted a growing market of tourists seeking adventure in the jewel of Morocco.
B&Bs in Marrakech are often set in riads, traditional Moroccan homes centred around a private central garden. These gardens remain cool during hot summer days and keep air circulating around the whole house; they also usually have a fountain and a few orange or lemon trees, creating a calm oasis amongst the busy hustle and bustle of the city.
Riad Sidi Omar is located near all the major souks and just a few minutes' walk to Jemaa el Fna. This friendly B&B has distinctly Morroccan architecture throughout, with comfortable, spacious rooms and plenty of space to stretch out and relax. They also have secure, on-street parking, Wi-Fi and afternoon refreshments, and even offer guests picnic lunches.
B&Bs in this beautiful city tend to be clean and spacious and set in distinctly Barcelonan buildings with vintage-style furniture, high ceilings and tall windows opening onto small balconies.
Casa Consell features charming, airy, modern design and is set just off the Passeig de Gracia, meaning guests can enjoy comfortable privacy just around the corner from some of the city's most popular sights. It's a great location for soaking up the city's atmosphere. Unusually, this B&B also has a fully equipped kitchen so guests can cook meals at home, plus Wi-Fi throughout and tea- and coffee-making facilities in each room.
The picturesque town of Killarney is in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. There is a lot to see and do in the town, including the 15th-century Ross Castle and the lush, expansive grounds of Muckross House. In the summer Killarney also sees hundreds of visitors for its popular Summerfest.
B&Bs in Killarney are usually clean, modern and typically Irish houses, often overlooking the fields surrounding the town, providing a relaxing opportunity to go for long walks in the countryside or explore the town's shopping and thriving nightlife.
Sunnybank Bed and Breakfast is set right in Killarney town near the bus station, so it's easy to get to for travellers arriving by coach. This B&B includes breakfast, Wi-Fi, bicycle parking and luggage storage, while each room includes hairdryers and TV.
Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or you just want to soak up the unique culture of the French capital, Paris has an almost infinite variety of things to do. From exploring the museums to sipping a leisurely coffee by the Seine, visitors are sure to feel immersed in Parisian atmosphere here. It's a great place to go for a summer getaway.
B&Bs in Paris range from two-star hotels to cosy boutique houses, many with a garden terrace or balconies overlooking the boulevard. Many also include a kitchenette in the room or buffet breakfast.
La Maison Bacana B&B offers a variety of colourful, bright and airy rooms in a charming neighbourhood just 10 minutes by metro from Notre Dame Cathedral and the rest of central Paris. The owners of this B&B provide a warm, friendly atmosphere as well as breakfast, free Wi-Fi and more in their ensuite rooms. They welcome families and groups and have a lovely back garden.