The best mi­cro b&bs

For ul­ti­mate re­lax­ation, check in to one of these three one-bed­room b&bs, each with a fo­cus on food

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The Nether­lands

In 2005, Jeroen and Mandy Ver­ho­even bought an 18th-cen­tury farm near the vil­lage of Heeswijk-Dinther in the Bra­bant re­gion of The Nether­lands. Af­ter lov­ingly restor­ing the main farm­house they turned their at­ten­tion to one of the out­build­ings – an old oak barn. Us­ing the same sus­tain­able tech­niques, they con­verted the barn into a sin­gle lux­ury suite, Life is Good. In­side it’s sleek and chic with oak beams, a free-stand­ing bath un­der painted rafters, a roar­ing log fire for chilly days and a pri­vate roof ter­race for sunny evenings. There’s also a sauna and gym – just for you. Break­fast is sup­plied via farm­ers in the lo­cal vil­lage, from bread to but­ter, milk to honey, meats and cheeses to ce­real. The eggs come from the cou­ple’s hens, and the Ver­ho­evens also make their own jam. From 145 per night for two, b&b (bblifeis­good.nl)

Som­er­set

In the lit­tle town of Bru­ton, Caro is a cool cook­ware and in­te­ri­ors shop-cum-café-cum-b&b, stocked with owner Natalie Jones’ favourite things, in­clud­ing an ever-chang­ing ar­ray of eye-pop­ping baked cre­ations from The Bake­mon­ger. This care­fully cu­rated bou­tique and guest house is a pas­sion project. Jones bought the 18th-cen­tury prop­erty in 2014 and cre­ated a life­style shop. One in­dul­gent guest room was later added up­stairs, but closes at the end of Au­gust to make room for Natalie’s first baby. In­stead, a new guest room will launch this Oc­to­ber in the ad­ja­cent dove­cot. Break­fast is served just down the road at buzzy restau­rant At the Chapel. With a fo­cus on West Coun­try pro­duce, you can tuck into banana buckwheat pan­cakes and Brown Cow vanilla yo­gurt or Som­er­set baked ham, green eggs and toast. From £120 per night for two, b&b (caro­som­er­set.com)

Den­mark

If ever proof was needed that good things come in small pack­ages, Ho­tel Cen­tral is it. Ex-set de­signer Leif Thingtved’s bi­jou bolt­hole, in Copen­hagen’s lively and eclec­tic Vester­bro district, is a one-room gem above his pint-sized café. All warm var­nished wood and retro wall­pa­per, it has an old-fash­ioned feel, with sleek Trom­borg toi­letries, a care­fully cu­rated minibar and gor­geous Geis­mars bed li­nen, wo­ven in a lo­cal mill. Off-beat touches in­clude a fold­away ta­ble and chairs, and there are two bi­cy­cles to bor­row. You can have break­fast de­liv­ered to your room from the café – or opt to wan­der down the road to Thingtved’s larger café, the ap­pro­pri­ately named Gra­nola, and tuck into French toast with or­ange and berries, or oat­meal with ap­ple, banana, cin­na­mon sugar, hazel­nuts and co­conut. From £245 per night for two, b&b (cen­tral­hotel­og­cafe.dk)

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