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B&B owners throw open their doors and take turns to stay with one another - and pay what they consider fair for their stay

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B&B owners throw open their doors and take turns to stay with one another - and pay what they consider fair for their stay

Series 3 Summary

A new series of the show in which B&B owners take turns to stay with one another as they compete to see who provides the best value for money.

  • Four in a Bed

    Episode 1 - De-Lovely

    The new series starts at the De-Lovely in Blackpool, where couple Stevie and Leigh offer the perfect marriage of 'burlesque and bacon'.

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    Episode 2 - The Sandhurst Hotel

    Second to host is Rowena Moore from The Sandhurst Hotel in Cheshire, where guests step back in time to the Edwardian era. But John and Debbie think the avocado bathroom dates from the 70s.

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    Episode 3 - Red Box Guest House

    Latest to host is Julie-Anne Barrow, who runs the no-frills Red Box Guest House from her family home in Chippenham. As Julie-Anne predicts, the shared bathroom causes a stink.

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    Episode 4 - Friary Wood

    The last to host are John and Debbie Fox from Friary Wood near Bath, who are hoping to impress with their luxurious home, spacious en-suite rooms, and an afternoon course in making cocktails.

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    Episode 5 - Payment Day

    The B&B owners meet for one last time to air their grievances, answer their critics and finally discover what they've been paid. There will be tears, recriminations and a dramatic walkout.

  • Episode 6 - Les Chimeres

    This week the competition moves to France where four sets of Brits compete for best value B&B.

    First to host is Lisanne Ashton, who runs the rustic rural Les Chimeres. Lisanne is l'amour with all things French, and as soon as the guests check in they're taken on a traditional truffle hunt.

  • Episode 7 - Le Manoir

    The second host in France is eccentric royalist Tony Horton and his Armenian wife Shou Shou, who provide an unusual mix of vinegar tasting and royal regalia at Le Manoir in the Dordogne.

  • Episode 8 - Le Clos Rabelais

    Wine-loving Shaun Baggs and partner Patrick Weaver, who run Le Clos Rabelais in central France, take their guests to a traditional French dance class.

    There are high kicks and low blows as George and wife Linda become increasingly frustrated with Francophile Lisanne.

  • Episode 9 - Moulin de la Civiere

    It's the turn of proud Brit George McGill and his wife Linda to offer the guests 'a little slice of England' at the Moulin de la Civiere in Brittany.

    All the rooms are furnished with mod cons along with George's prize Victorian potties, which one guest cheekily uses during the night.

  • Episode 10 - Payment Day

    It's judgement day in France, and the group meet for the final time to settle some scores and find out what they've been paid.

    There's more locking of horns, resentment and recriminations, but a cash-filled envelope will reveal who is awarded the best value B&B of the week.

  • Episode 11 - Fountain's Court Holistic Health Hotel

    The latest battle of the B&Bs starts at Fountain's Court Holistic Health Hotel in Scarborough, where Helen Marriott offers guests a chance to 'step off the planet'.

    Her guests are treated to essential breathing lessons, a chance to really get to know each other in the hot tub, and a foot massage that gets in touch with their souls.

  • Episode 12 - The Whittington and Cat

    The battle of the B&Bs continues as Sue Perkins opens her doors to her B&B that's also a pub.

    The guests enjoy an afternoon of ice hockey. But over dinner there's much debate as to what Sue's `can't-be-arsed breakfast' might amount to.

  • Episode 13 - The Saba Hotel

    The third to host is Khurram Saba, owner of the Saba hotel in London, where his guests are expecting big city chic, exotic food, and definitely not fish and chips for dinner.

    Sue and Gill sneak out for a night on the tiles.

    Next morning Candida's on the warpath about her sleepless night, and there's confusion about the breakfast.

  • Episode 14 - The Bower Inn

    It's the final visit of the contest, hosted by Candida Leaver and Peter Starling of The Bower Inn, Bridgwater - where the group activity is willow weaving.

    At dinner time the guests reveal what they think of their no-nonsense host, while breakfast brings spooky tales from holistic Helen.

  • Episode 15 - Payment Day

    It's payment day, where the B&B owners get together for the last time to air their grievances, challenge their critics and discover what they've been paid. Tears, recriminations and raised voices feature in a turbulent end to an unpredictable week.

  • Episode 16 - Vista Del Torcal

    This time the competition is in Spain, as four sets of British ex-pats battle for the title of best value B&B.

    At Vista Del Torcal in the Andalucian Mountains, twentysomethings Ben Eyre and Anna Chalu welcome their guests, who are impressed by their rooms.

    But some are less enthusiastic about an afternoon of rock climbing - with beach lover Julia Grant, from Benidorm, pulling out before she's even made it to base camp.

  • Episode 17 - Hotel La Tartana

    Jed and Mandy Filmer are the second to host at their hotel on the Costa Tropicale.

    Mandy organises a cookery class for the group, only for guest Martyn Watson to reveal that he is a qualified chef.

    Dinner is an extravagant affair with champagne and a six-course menu, but the night's real showstopper is a revelation from guest Julia Grant.

  • Episode 18 - The Queens Hotel

    Julia Grant's level of cleanliness as host at The Queens Hotel in Benidorm doesn't impress the guests, but their stay ends on a high note after everyone participates in the nightly drag revue.

    However despite a successful ending, some of the guest feedback leaves Julia fuming.

  • Episode 19 - Almond Tree Villa

    The final hosts of the week are Alastair Smith and Martyn Watson, owners of gay-friendly and clothing optional Almond Tree Villa near Lorca.

    Luckily for some, it's olive picking, not skinny dipping, on the agenda for the day's activity, but while the setting is picturesque, tensions over low scoring threaten to boil over.

  • Episode 20 - Payment Day

    With quite a lot of resentment, the B&B owners have their final chance to question their critics, find out what they've been paid and who has won.

  • Episode 21 - The Kings Head and Queens Jules

    This latest competition opens in Suffolk, where hosts Tim and Jules Anderson offer guests a 21st century party in a 17th century building.

    Following a lesson in fish filleting, where vegetarian Gordon proves to be the handiest with a fish knife, Tim and Jules lay on a knees-up and karaoke, although guests Gordon and Blossom prefer an early night.

  • Episode 22 - Hotel Continental

    Poetry and erotic art are all part of the fun during this stay in Harwich at Gordon and Blossom Hoyles' B&B.

  • Episode 23 - Llanerch Vineyard

    On the third night of the competition, young Welshman Ryan Davies has to cope with an unwelcome crisis at his five-star B&B in south Wales.

    He still manages to impress, particularly with his spread of land and own selection of wines - but with Gordon and Blossom on a fault-finding mission, Ryan isn't pleased with his feedback.

  • Episode 24 - Whitehall Hotel

    After touring a paint factory and clashing over previous feedback, guests at Neil and Tracy's Whitehall Hotel in Lancashire end their stay in stony silence over breakfast.

  • Episode 25 - Payment Day

    Conflict continues as the competitors meet for the last time to confront their critics and find out what they've been paid. Who will walk away with the prize?

  • Episode 26 - Oakfield Lodge Guest House

    Mother and son Lorraine and Spencer Birtwistle are first to host this time at their guest house near the Peak District. And things get off to a racing start with some Scalextrix. Spencer's enthusiasm is initially viewed as that of 'a big kid', until he overindulges on the wine at dinner.

  • Episode 27 - Aphrodites Boutique Hotel

    With their set of themed rooms Will and Lynn Howarth are sure they have something for everyone at their pool and spa hotel in the Lake District. However, Spencer and Lorraine aren't happy that there are no twin rooms available. It looks like an afternoon of water aerobics manages to relieve the tension until the hosts receive their feedback and suspect 'a bit of game-playing'.

  • Episode 28 - Orme Court Hotel

    Paul and Jeanette Smith's traditional Orme Court Hotel in Llandudno causes a set of mixed reviews as a string of 'petty' criticisms upset the hosts.

  • Episode 29 - Fallowfield Hotel and Restaurant

    An afternoon of falconry and a seven-course taster menu impress the guests at Anthony and Peta Lloyd's accomodation in Oxfordshire. But final feedback is mixed.

  • Episode 30 - Payment Day

    An eventful week ends with tears and recriminations as the four sets of B&B owners find out what they've been paid and who won the week's competition.

  • Episode 31 - Sea Verge Hotel

    Husband and wife Tony and Chris Fulbrook offer their guests a home from home at the Sea Verge Hotel in Paignton on the English Riviera.

    However, the guests are far from happy; while Andy compares the guesthouse to his grandma's, Christine complains about the wind noise off the sea, and scolds Chris for serving up breakfast in her slippers.

  • Episode 32 - Portcullis Hotel

    Things get off to a rocky start for mother and daughter Christine and Jenna Hale, who run The Portcullis Hotel in Chipping Sodbury, when the guests are horrified to discover the pub restaurant does karaoke until 2am - which they are not only expected to participate in, but keeps them awake until the small hours.

    And things go from bad to worse when some art and craft caricatures prove first impressions are not always positive.

  • Episode 33 - Orchid Hotel

    It's all Balinese, boasting and boxing in this episode as the guests arrive at the Orchid Hotel in Bournemouth, run by entrepreneur Andy Scott.

    Tensions run high when Christine and Jenna find foreign objects in their beds, and Richard ends up in a fist-fight with Andy in the boxing gym.

    A spot of flirting doesn't last long when Andy receives some negative feedback.

  • Episode 34 - Orles Barn

    Husband and wife Richard and Kelly Bailey are the proud owners of the five-star Orles Barn in Ross-on-Wye.

    On arrival, even picky Christine can't find fault with the beauty and quality of the rooms, and the high spirits continue into the afternoon when the guests visit an organic local supplier to pick their own dinner - asparagus.

    Will a night of fine dining, restful slumber and posh breakfast win Richard and Kelly the prize?

  • Episode 35 - Payment Day

    It's decision day - and four proud B&B owners have some scores to settle before one is crowned this week's winner.

    While Chris and Tony Fullbrook from Sea Verge Hotel are scorned by Tony for wearing slippers at breakfast, Jenna and Christine from the Portcullis Hotel are left reeling after Jenna's hosting skills are called into question.

    After receiving high scores all round, have Kelly and Richard from Orles Barn pulled it off - or will their pricey rooms cost them the win?

  • Episode 36 - Harmony

    First to open up this time is the musically-themed Harmony B&B in Torquay, where Dutch couple Hans MacDaniel and Monica Van Der Meij hope to wow their guests on the 'English Riviera'.

    What will guests Jenny and Richard Harmer, Bev and Caroline, and Emily and Leslie Gray make of a group session of wheelchair badminton, saxophones at breakfast and a controversial sausage?

  • Episode 37 - Chimneys

    Flying the flag on day two are Norfolk couple Jenny and Richard Harmer, from Chimneys B&B in North Walsham.

    Every room at Chimneys is named after a royal palace and has patriotic decor. But not everyone's impressed, as Dutch couple Hans and Monika find the use of a flag as a tablecloth disrespectful.

    Tensions are put aside for an afternoon of canoeing, but the subject of the flag returns over dinner, leading to further conflict during breakfast in the morning.

  • Episode 38 - The Wordsworth

    Essex girls Bev and Caroline entertain guests at their suitably blingy Wordsworth B&B in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

    There's a spa visit on the itinerary and 'up for anything' Dutchman Hans MacDaniel is quick to volunteer for a spray tan. But builder Richard Harmer is less comfortable with his surroundings as he finds himself on the massage table.

    The hosts have arranged a refined dinner at a nearby bistro, but Jenny gets hot under the collar during a debate about room temperature, much to the bemusement of Geordies Emily and Leslie.

  • Episode 39 - Park Farm Guest House

    It's the last B&B visit of the week, and Geordie mother and daughter Leslie and Emily Gray play hosts at the Park Farm Guest House.

    Their rooms are contemporary, and despite some eagle-eyed scrutiny, everyone is impressed. The afternoon treat features a ride on a Segway.

    At dinner, tensions simmer between Jenny and Essex sisters Bev and Caroline, and as the conversation blunders into the dangerous territory of the North/ South divide, the sparks really fly.

  • Episode 40 - Payment Day

    The B&Bers come together for one last time to find out what they've been paid and confront their critics head on.

    While Hans is keen to dispel the suggestion that his premium sausages are not up to scratch, Jenny accuses him of trying to assassinate her business by calling it 'dirty'.

    Tension runs high, but who will be crowned best value B&B of the week?

  • Episode 41 - Foxholm

    The competition starts in North Yorkshire where bosom buddies Julie Janes and Yvonne Quinsey hope to win over their guests with their African-themed B&B.

    But whilst things start sweetly with an African flavoured cupcake class, disastrous dinner discussions and a botch-job breakfast leave the guests with a sour taste.

  • Episode 42 - The Pack Horse

    Wendy Johnson and John Shields are the proud owners of the American diner-themed Pack Horse B&B in Lincolnshire.

    The guests enjoy an afternoon of horse riding, followed by a not-so-enjoyable 'man verses food' challenge over dinner, which leads to rising tensions between certain members of the group.

  • Episode 43 - The Glenwalden Hotel

    At the traditional Glenwalden B&B in Blackpool, hosts Steve Reed and German wife Sigrid surprise their guests with some pink flock wallpaper, knitted toilet rolls and a spot of ballroom dancing.

    But there are suspicions of tactical behaviour and accusations of back-stabbing...

  • Episode 44 - Winder Hall Country House

    B&B guru Nick Lawler and business partner Kate Wilson run the 5-star Winder Hall Country House B&B in the Lake District.

    Expectations are high, but when Nick offers his guests a crash course on how to run a B&B, his guests are far from impressed.

  • Episode 45 - Payment Day

    It's the moment of truth for the B&B owners as they squabble about stolen milk, dusty bathrooms and dirty toilet brushes - and find out who will win best value B&B.

  • Four in a Bed

    Episode 46 - Borrowby Mill

    The competition kicks off at Borrowby Mill, near Thirsk, where ex-military man Mike runs a regimented residence alongside wife Amanda Daly.

    Guests check out with positive feedback, but Mike and Amanda are left with a bee in their bonnet about one couple's comments on cleanliness, saying `we're out for you now'.

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    Episode 47 - The Richmond House Hotel

    Del Cain and Roy Williamson hope to impress with their budget city-centre businessThe Richmond House Hotel in Edinburgh, where stays include a luxury-chocolate making session and Thai dinner.

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    Episode 48 - The Meadowsweet Hotel

    Mary and Nelson Haerr welcome their guests to The Meadowsweet Hotel in Llanrwst, North Wales, where most of the guests are bowled over by their rooms and activities include sheep herding.

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    Episode 49 - Wold View House

    Irene Ward-Kendall's Wold View House in Lincolnshire provides a homely welcome for most, and she takes her guests on an old-fashioned steam train ride.

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    Episode 50 - Payment Day

    Heated exchanges all around as the B&B hosts find out what they've been paid and finally confront their critics before finding out who is this week's winner.

  • Episode 51 - Langland Road

    First hosts are David Lewis and Giles Beaton at Langland Road in the Mumbles, who take a hi-tech approach to running their B&B.

  • Episode 52 - Castle Lodge Hotel

    Margaret Dugdall runs Castle Lodge Hotel in Felixstowe to exacting standards, but when her daughter Ruth leaves clues in the bedrooms, not all the guests are pleased.

  • Episode 53 - Bryn Woodlands House

    Gordon and Sandra McCallum run Bryn Woodlands House in Colwyn Bay and take their guests harness racing. But how will one guest react to finding a snake in his bed?

  • Episode 54 - Tollemache Arms

    The final B&B of the week is the Tollemache Arms in Cheshire, where 24-year-old all-round performer Edward Prophet and his fiancee Rachel Pickup like to add some showbiz razzmatazz.

  • Episode 55 - Payment Day

    It's judgement day for the B&B owners as they discover who wins as the week's best-value establishment. As tensions run high, it falls to final hosts Ed and Rachel to reveal the winner.

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    Episode 56 - Ramsay's

    Hosts Sharon Brown and Norrie Ramsay offer guests a `home from home' at their Ramsay's B&B in Edinburgh, and after an afternoon of haggis stuffing, the group sit down to enjoy their creations.

    But it's not the food that causes discomfort, it's one of the guests. Shocking the group with his outburst, self-confessed 'ranter' Julian makes his apologies at breakfast. But the hosts aren't placated when they read their feedback, accusing their guest of `sticking the knife in wherever he can'.

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    Episode 57 - Fifteens of Swinley

    Second host is entrepreneur Tony Callaghan at Fifteens of Swinley in Wigan. All doesn't go to plan, though, and Tony identifies some 'snakes in the grass'.

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    Episode 58 - Lincoln Yurts

    Darren Bell and Katherine Taylor take their guests glamping at Lincoln Yurts. While some furry creatures may be returning guests, will anyone else choose to stay again?

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    Episode 59 - The Fieldhead Hotel

    The final visit in this competition is to The Fieldhead Hotel in Cornwall, where owners Julian and Gill Peck pride themselves on their attention to detail and 'five-star service'.

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    Episode 60 - Payment Day

    Sharon Brown and Norrie Ramsay of Ramsay's B&B kick-off the feedback session by challenging the sniffy response from the owners of The Fieldhead Hotel.

    Then, Fifteens of Swinley owner Tony Callaghan confronts Sharon and Norrie, who he accuses of being `venomous snakes in the grass'. Darren Bell goes for the jugular when Julian Peck challenges the heating of his yurts, and there are tears at the table when it all gets too personal.

    It's a stormy finish to a dramatic week.

Four in a Bed synopsis

B&B owners throw open their doors and take turns to stay with one another - and pay what they consider fair for their stay

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