There's really nothing like the welcome on offer from a bed and breakfast. Known for their warm and personal service, these sorts of stays take the meaning of bespoke to whole new heights. They offer a cheery, special pad that's part of the fabric of the city, town or village you're visiting, allowing you to feel a part of the local community. And on top of it all, there are homemade morning meals, snug lounges and in-the-know tips for things to do and see – you can see why they're so popular with travellers who really love to be immersed in a destination.

Generally smaller than your classic hotel, bed and breakfasts typically come with just a handful of characterful rooms and suites. They're often decorated with interesting little touches – a vintage portrait of a family member here, a Victorian log fire there. The upshot is that the corporate feel of some large-scale hotels is miles away, conquered by the unique and nuanced style of a stay where no 2 rooms are the same – just as no 2 trips are the same when you use ebookers to pick your accommodation.

Just as the name says, a stay in a bed & breakfast always comes with that all-important morning meal. Get ready to sample local delicacies from local farmers' markets. And get ready to break crispy baguettes as you chatter with other guests in a vintage dining room. It's the perfect start to any day of city sightseeing or country adventure, don't you think?

If you're watching the pennies, a bed and breakfast promises to stretch that travel budget as far as it can go. Granted, these personalised stays aren't as shoestring as a campsite or motel, but it's what they offer for your money that really makes the difference. Most have features like WiFi, cable TV and on-site parking as standard, and on top of that comes the breakfast spread, the local tips and knowledge and what's usually a truly charming setting.

What really sets bed and breakfasts apart from other accommodation types, though, is the intriguing, interesting touches and bespoke service that run throughout. You might encounter a roaring log fire to warm your feet next to after a day of hiking. You might find a steaming hot tub under the twinkling stars. And you might request a bottle of bubbly to be waiting in the suite – honeymooners, that's you. You could also seek out a heritage-rich home that oozes centuries of history from its half-timbered walls or Gothic dining halls. And that's just a taster of the wide range of bed and breakfast stays on offer from ebookers...