Wells hotels and hostels
This grand gabled mansion offers a delicious taste of English eccentricity. Every inch of the house is crammed with antique atmosphere, and the rooms boast grandfather clocks, chaises longues and four-posters galore. It's about a mile from Wells.
You'll feel the bump as you slide down the price ladder, but if you're keeping the financial reins tight try this pleasant, spacious B&B, one of several on busy Portway road. It's flouncy and pretty unremarkable, but the buffet brekkie's good.
Ancient B&B harking back decades décor-wise, but central and cheap; the Walnut Suite has some antique class.
Farmhouse-style digs in an ivy-covered cottage surrounded by Somerset countryside. Original fireplaces, beamed ceilings and authentic character galore, but a notable shortage of space - there's a self-catering annexe for extra elbow room.
Ancient Gate House Hotel
This old hostelry is as central as you can get – it's partly built right into the cathedral's west gate.
This one's a jaw-dropper - a slice of Jacobean magnificence, dripping with ornamental vases, wood-panelled walls and inglenook fireplaces.
Arts and Crafts house offering two pleasant bedrooms. Number 1 is the nicest, with free-standing bath and a small balcony with cathedral views. You'll be treated to tea and cake on arrival.
Just outside the city outskirts, this refined B&B offers four fancy rooms equipped with plush throws and silky cushions. One-night stays incur a £10 to £20 surcharge.
Yes, it's owned by Best Western, but this 15th-century coaching inn is far from an anonymous corpo-hotel.