Living: Cozy Homes Away from Home

Bed-and-breakfast places begin to take hold in the U.S.

For years, thrifty and adventurous tourists have known how to find good accommodations in Britain without uniformed doormen, glittering ballrooms, 24-hour room service and computerized reservations. The secret: the British institution of bed-and-breakfast establishments. These are private homes, ranging from stately Victorian town houses to rustic country cottages, whose owners turn over their spare bedrooms to paying guests and include the next day's morning meal in the price. Mostly small and as individual as their owners, the B & Bs generally provide a cozy version of home away from home.

Now the B &...

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