Having been brought up on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly and dedicated to the business of upmarket hospitality, brothers Adam and Michael Dorrien Smith are well placed to run a luxury guesthouse and at Number 38 they do so with aplomb. The double-fronted Georgian town house stands on the edge of chic Clifton village with fabulous views over the Downs and the city. You enter straight into the elegant sitting room, where superb breakfasts and cream teas are served at tables in the huge bay windows, and sofas and armchairs are grouped around an open fire (there’s also a suntrap terrace). There’s interesting, eye-catching art on the walls and the 12 gorgeous bedrooms range through four floors, each with attractively panelled walls painted in soothing shades, and all with panoramic park and city views. Now there are two more fabulous suites (called Park and City respectively), plus a meeting room, thanks to the recent purchase of the house next door.
Doubles from £130
+44 (0)1179 466905; number38clifton.com
Stokes Croft has become an outdoor gallery, the walls a medium of expression where dialogue continues to take place. Stokes Croft is one of the best street-art heartlands of Bristol (and the others aren’t far away) where you can still see a Banksy mural above the Canteen cafe. With live music every night there are plenty of cafes to hang out at and be sure to stop at the PRSC (People’s Republic of Stokes Croft Gallery) where they can tell you about all the street art happenings in the area.
Wilks- a Michelin- starred restaurant in Redland championing all that is local- farmers, grower, suppliers- even local artists who show their work in the restaurant. Great sharing plate menu of Modern European dishes made with seasonal ingredients and wild foods.
Bristol Blue Glass- Studio shop selling renowned blue and ruby-red artisan glassware that’s handmade.
CLAIM TO FAME
Bristol and West Country artists are well represented in the B&B’s public areas. See if you can spot the original David Hockney.
Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.
Back to all Great British Hotels