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There is no Next Episode of Four in a Bed planned.
It's the start of a new series as four proud B&B owners do battle to be named best value for money. The competition kicks off at Penwinnick House in St Austell, Cornwall, which has been run for the last 15 years by lawyer Tim Styles. On arrival, Alison Smallman and Colin Dickenson from Hawthorn House in Witney are not blown away by Tim's design choices. However, it is a lumpy mattress that upsets Tudor Hopkins, from The White Hart Hotel in Wells, who is being joined in the competition by his colleague Felicity Andrews. Husband and wife team Julian and Paula Francis from Barton Gate Farm in Devon, also have a restless night. At breakfast, Tim fails to hit the mark with all his guests questioning the quality of produce and the portion sizes. But when it comes to reading his reviews, Tim's left devastated by his scores and deflated that two of his guests won't be returning.
The second visit is to Barton Gate Farm in Holsworthy, owned by husband and wife team Julian and Paula Francis. Having swapped Luton for Devon three years ago, they've spent 18 months converting the old stables into brightly coloured accommodation and opened for business just four weeks ago. On arrival, Tim is disappointed with the finish, while Alison and Colin think the bling dÚcor leaves a lot to be desired. But Tudor and Felicity give the bedding the thumbs up. At dinner the tension mounts as some of the guests share their views on the decoration and come breakfast even Paula's 'gut buster' fails to lift the mood. But it's at feedback when the hosts suspect foul play when Tim's feedback is far from positive.
For the third visit the B&Bers head to Hawthorn House in Witney, where 'make do and mend' host Alison Smallman, helped by friend and neighbour Colin Dickenson, hopes her family home B&B wows the crowd. As Julian and Paula arrive they are still fuming over their feedback from Tim, and Tudor and Felicity find the bathroom a tight squeeze. Tensions simmer during an afternoon of up-cycling old china, which is not helped by competitive Tim winning the challenge. Over dinner Tudor tries to lighten the mood by sharing celebrity stories from his time running five-star hotels, but instead succeeds in making the others more wary. At breakfast Alison is tripped up by not offering fried bread - and her portion sizes come under fire. But it's the feedback that leaves the hosts wanting answers.
Finishing off the competition is The White Hart Hotel in Wells, owned by Tudor Hopkins, who is joined by his deputy manager, Felicity Andrews. Throughout the week, Tudor has revealed just how much experience he has working in high-end hotels dealing with demanding celebs, so all the guests have high expectations. Now he has to deliver. Alison, Colin, Paula and Julian are initially impressed by their rooms, but Tim is not won over by Tudor's charm offensive and finds plenty to criticise. Breakfast is cooked by Tudor's Michelin-starred chef, but even so errors are made and some of the guests are unforgiving. Come feedback Tim's comments has Tudor suspecting that game play is afoot.
It's the final day in the competition and the B&B owners are meeting for the last time to find out what they've been paid and to settle some scores. Penwinnick House is first and Tim Styles wants to give Julian and Paula a dusting down and challenges Tudor on his sleepless night. Next, Julian and Paula Francis from Barton Gate Farm take on Tim who they suspect of game playing. Third hosts, Alison Smallman and Colin Dickenson, want Julian and Paula to explain the 'dangers' they found at Hawthorn House. Finally it's the turn of the White Hart Hotel where experienced hotelier Tudor Hopkins, along with his assistant manager Felicity Andrews, can't fathom why Tim had such a tepid bathroom experience. There are tensions bubbling and recriminations flying before the payments are revealed and the winner announced.
The week begins at The Five Bells near Dover, where manager Shelley Parnell and her competitive mum Linda Yates, hope their bargain priced B&B will win the day. Paddle boarding in the English Channel reveals a competitive side, and the whole group realise everyone is out to win. The noisy road leads to a disturbed night's sleep for some, and pricing confusion reigns supreme at breakfast. But it is Steve and Lesley's feedback that has Linda and Shelley riled up and vowing for revenge.
The second visit is to The Thomas Paine Hotel in Thetford, where hotelier of 30 years Gez Chetal aims high with his elegant brand of service. During room tours, Sarah and Chris find a saucy book in the bedside draw that is deemed totally inappropriate, and competitive spirits are unleashed during a Home Guard training exercise. At dinner, divisions continue, but it is his feedback that leaves Gez thinking not all the competitors are playing fair.
For the third visit, the competition moves to Tenbury Wells and the Rose and Crown, where hosts Chris and Sarah Whitehead hope their industrial factory neighbour won't detract from the charms of their historic pub. But Gez takes exception to the setting and Shelley and Linda find multiple cleaning issues. After another disturbed night's sleep, Steve and Lesley are left less than impressed, and Sarah's award-winning breakfast is tough to swallow for Shelley and Linda. Come feedback the falling scores and negative comments leave Chris and Sarah floored.
The last B&B in the week's competition is Woodlands Guest House in Exmoor, owned by fitness fanatic Lesley Hawker and her husband Steve. But revenge is in the air for Shelley and Linda who are still stewing over their feedback, and during an afternoon of Nordic walking the group divisions deepen. Come breakfast, the healthy offering receives mixed reviews with complaints of too much grease, but it's at feedback when Steve and Lesley realise that some of the group have played nasty.
It's the final day in the competition and the B&B owners are meeting for the last time to find out what they've been paid and to settle some scores. Shelley and Linda from The Five Bells want to question why their feedback for breakfast doesn't add up. Next, it's the Thomas Paine Hotel, and Gez wants to find out why Shelley and Linda scored him so low. Chris and Sarah from The Rose and Crown want to question Gez, and Steve and Lesley from Woodlands Guest House try to get to the naked truth. The group is close to breaking point as they battle through their issues before the winner is finally announced.
The competition begins in Filey, North Yorkshire, at The White Lodge Hotel, where hosts James and Kim Hodgson hope their love of high standards will win over their guests
Amanda Lucia-Charley and her friend Alan Talbot invite the other hoteliers to sample the delights of Crystals on The Prom in Blackpool, where Alan introduces his alter-ego, Ada.
The third visit is to the Old Red Lion in Upper Poppleton, North Yorkshire, where pair Mark and Jean Lee hope their plain and simple pub B&B will impress their guests.
The first visit of the week is to the Miners Arms in Nenthead, Cumbria, where sisters Alison Baker and Lynda Clark hope to impress their guests with their eco credentials. On arrival, fellow publicans and brothers Andrew and James Widdas, who run The Rose and Crown near Bolton, have to face their fear of shared bathrooms. The group get crafty by upcycling old rubbish, allowing Nigel and Pok U Regan from The Bingham Townhouse in Nottinghamshire to show off some hidden talents. At dinner, Kev Argent and Tor Johnson, who run Float by Boat relaxation breaks from a narrowboat near Rugby, realise there's stiff competition with their fellow greenies. But Alison and Lynda face some tough feedback over facilities.