Landlady all smiles after top award victory

Rains Farm Bed and Breakfast, in Allerston, North Yorkshire, run by landlady Lorraine Allanson, pictured, has been named the Friendliest B&B in the UK for 2012 at the annual AA Bed and Breakfast Awards.

Rains Farm Bed and Breakfast, in Allerston, North Yorkshire, run by landlady Lorraine Allanson, pictured, has been named the Friendliest B&B in the UK for 2012 at the annual AA Bed and Breakfast Awards.

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A bed and breakfast near Scarborough has been named the friendliest in the UK at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Rains Farm Bed and Breakfast in Allerston, near Thornton-le-Dale, was selected from 25 finalists who had all been nominated by the AA’s team of hotel inspectors, who inspect and rate over 3,000 B&Bs.

Landlady Lorraine Allanson received her award during a ceremony at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London.

Lorraine has lived at Rains Farm all her life and now welcomes guests, with help from her mother, to both B&B rooms and self-catering cottages.

A spokesman from the AA said: “Over the years Lorraine has frequently gone the extra mile – quite literally in some occasions such as driving Australian visitors round the sights of Heartbeat, their favourite TV programme.

“Lorraine believes that the warm Yorkshire welcome, her locally-sourced breakfast produce and wonderful home-cooked bread keeps guests coming back again and again.”

Speaking of her win, Lorraine said: “I always believe that the best memories for guests are the ones imprinted by their host, and then the accommodation.

“Many guests give me a friendly cuddle as they leave and that is when I know I have succeeded in my quest and they have truly enjoyed their stay with us. ”