What's It Like Inside The World's Best B&B? See Inside The 25 Boutique B&B
Following their remarkable achievement of being awarded the world’s best B&B - with Trip Advisor’s 2019 Travellers Choice - we visited This Torquay B&B and spoke to co-owner, Andy Banner-Price.
If you think of Fawlty Towers when you think of Torquay then think again! You might be surprised to hear that the world’s best B&B is in Torquay on Avenue Road, but when you step inside The 25 Boutique B&B, you soon understand how co-owners Andy and Julian Banner-Price have beaten nearly a million other B&Bs to achieve this outstanding award.
Welcoming you at the door is Patsy, the miniature Schnauzer, and a rainbow mannequin lamp: your eyes immediately wander to the other quirky pieces that adorn the walls and spaces of this colourful B&B. As Andy started to show us around, we began to appreciate his talents for bold interior design that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Features like Frank the Zebra have become cult figures to guests and combined with cutting-edge technology, have helped The 25 stand out from other B&Bs.
“When I’m trying to decide on pieces for the B&B, I’m trying to think of will it actually have an impact and will it actually make people happy… make them smile, add a bit of humour to their day or just be something different enough, so they have maybe a little escapism?” Andy Banner-Price, Co-owner of The 25 Boutique B&B.
Andy and Julian once owned an award-winning country house in North Wales, but wanted to head to the Devon coast and saw a gap in the market for an extra special boutique B&B right here in Torquay. Having never visited the area before viewing the property, they quickly fell in love with this coastal town steeped in heritage and outdoor beauty.
“When we chose to come here we'd never actually visited Torquay at all, and when we came down to have a look and to look at properties we just fell in love with the area, and as soon as I walked into this property it just felt right, so within nine weeks we were here.” - Andy Banner-Price, Co-owner of The 25 Boutique B&B.
After taking over the ten bedroom guest house back in 2015, Andy and Julian completely reinvented what was a traditional B&B into a six bedroom boutique wonder, caring for their guests every need. Having made Trip Advisor’s 2017 list for the Top 10 B&Bs, they were shocked yet delighted to be informed in January 2019 that their hard work had paid off and they have sky-rocketed to be the Best B&B in The World on this major travel review website; so what’s their secret?
“Tripadvisor have a secret algorithm which is how they work out who is the best in each area across the world, and we were fairly shocked to find that we were number one in the world out of almost a million. I think part of that is because all of our reviews so far have been excellent.” - Andy Banner-Price, Co-owner of The 25 Boutique B&B.
Excellent is considered 5 out of 5 stars, so to receive perfect scores from every guest is a huge achievement, but it’s not just down to their beautiful and quirky building, they go above and beyond for every guest that stays. Their reviews on TripAdvisor speak volumes:
“I think people appreciate the attention to detail that we have and the high level of service that we offer to each and every guest. When they first arrive we give them a complimentary drink along with my famous chocolate brownies and in the room they'll find a welcome letter which is personal to them, and each day when they come back they'll have either a homemade cake or biscuit or fudge that I've made. We try and make sure that they have the very best possible time that they can.” - Andy Banner-Price, Co-owner of The 25 Boutique B&B.