Originally Posted by Wwanderer
And how do you go about finding accommodation like this in a place like the UK? How is it different from a B&B?
Search for guest homes / hospitality homes / clubs / vacation lodging in private homes.
If you are over age 50 there are several. Under age forty There are fewer, But there is also CouchSurfing
These are NON-commercial, thus you stay with families and get to know locals. B&B's got real rich blooded, and are ran FOR PROFIT. These guest homes may have a few guests / month, or just a few / yr.
(I'm in 3 clubs and get about 3 stays/yr each)