In the 14th edition of our much-loved guide there are many places new to us, some of them set in gorgeous countryside, but also more townhouses and more B&Bs built by younger folk experimenting with a change in lifestyle. You get more independence, for that is what the owners like themselves, and they are often greener too. If you're after outstanding architecture, inspiring views, beautiful interiors or memorable friendliness you will be spoilt for choice. This guide contains something for everyone - from families with children to young lovers, peace-seekers, beach bums and gardeners. We include only places that we truly like and have built up a large and loyal band of owners and readers who trust our judgement.