Category Archives: My Experience with a Bed and Breakfast

How about a business meeting at the B&B

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How much better could it get. Going to a bed and breakfast, enjoying all the comfort and intimacy of a small inn and work with business friends while snacking on cookies and putting up your legs on an Italian leather lounger?

 That was something I always loved while I was still working for a  company. Now I loooove to offer all of these things and more to our guests and see how much they enjoy being spoiled.

After you finish the meeting and had dinner you can settle in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine and unwind before going up to your room to watch a movie on your own 40″ flat screen TV.
Does that sound like a fun work day?!

B&B meeting facility | Hawkesbury meeting room | Meeting room HawkesburyWe believe it would be just what you need for a great and successful meeting with colleagues. Don’t you think you want to convince your business friends  or your boss to move your next business meeting to a place like ours?

Well, why don’t you talk to them and propose to do just that?

Good luck and let us know how it went.  Ed & Shirley

Is there a way to get it all right? – How to run a successful B&B!

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Even though my husband and I have some 20+ years of experience combined in the accommodation industry, this is a completely different ball game.
As much as we were convinced that we would be well prepared to build up a B&B from scratch and run it successfully, we still had to learn a few things along the way.
One thing was that family homes in North America are not built with the intention of making bedrooms soundproofed. When we were almost done with renovations we decided last minute to rip perfectly fine walls apart to insulate in-between with soundproofing insulation, as well as to put up soundproof drywall.
With all of our rooms equipped with 40” flat screen TVs, finding a good sound insulation was an unavoidable necessity, especially since we cater to people who are looking for a romantic and private escape from home and kids. Quiet and peacefulness is very important!
We are determined to go the whole mile and, in addition to everything else already in place, will be getting soundproofed doors put in.
That, I would say, will be the icing on our soundproofing cake 🙂

While doing research about running a B&B, I read over and over that TVs should be just a thing for common rooms and that it wouldn’t make much sense to install them in each guest room.
After almost 5 months into the B&B business I have to say that we made the right decision by NOT following this suggestion. One of our biggest selling points is that we equipped every bedroom with a big TV, PLUS a DVD player, and offer a DVD library, which guests can access for free.
Guests really appreciate being able to relax in the comfort of their private room and watch TV or a movie.
Coming from a hotel business, we found that guests always asked about TVs and what kinds of channels we provided. So we just assumed that whatever hotel guests demand couldn’t be wrong for B&B guests, and we were right.
Also thinking about my own needs and likes – a big and good quality TV with lots of channels was always one of my preferred amenities that I expected to find in a hotel room.

One thing I did not think was such a big deal turned out to be one of the most important aspects. Guests just can’t live without – a good breakfast.
Growing up in Europe – Germany to be precise – breakfast is important but not as grand as the warm North American first meal of each day. Germans typically have some bread with jam, cheese or cold-cuts (something most of our Canadian guest think is totally gross). My husband and I had wanted to offer only an expanded continental breakfast but felt basically right from the start that it would not go over too well with our guests.
And I should add here: our daughter told us so! She, as well as our son-in-law, said that a great breakfast was something they would pay very much attention to when going to a B&B.

So let’s list things in a short form here in conclusion.

What we learned or did right:
1.Every guest room should have a great TV
2.Rooms have to be as soundproofed as possible
3.The breakfast should be special.

The next little write-up will be about our needs as innkeepers.

BED AND BREAKFAST TODAY

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Articlebliss | Bed and Breakfasts Today

Bed and Breakfasts Today

By: dylan miles

Travelers are seeking new experiences today. Bed and breakfast trends today are attracting people who want to completely get away from their rushed and busy daily lives. These people prefer to travel far from the city and out into the country. They prefer to stay where the hospitality is warm and personal. They prefer smaller hotels, not large impersonal hotels. They want quiet and peaceful surroundings. They want to reconnect to the land, to experience community life and enjoy simple stress-free chatter. In short, they want an experience that only a bed and breakfast can provide. The quaint and simple experience of a bed and breakfast has become a popular tourism trend today.

The real human contact of a bed and breakfast getaway

Bed and breakfasts offer personal customer service by real human beings. Travelers who are seeking the bed and breakfast experience have busy impersonal lives and want to literally stop and breathe in real air and real human contact. Simple and pleasant interactions with the local community is the highlight of any bed and breakfast stay.

Bed and breakfast holidays are romantic and historic

Newlyweds are also looking to spend their honeymoons at bed and breakfast hotels and inns. They want to be pampered and treated like real human beings. Bed and breakfast getaways are often romantic and luxurious experiences. They offer an otherworldly experience. By virtue of being so completely different from your daily life in the big city and often by having a rich history, bed and breakfast inns and hotels make you feel as if you’ve traveled far, far away into another world.

For all of these reasons, more and more people are turning to bed and breakfast hotels and inns for quality vacationing.

Author Resource:->  Dylan Miles, journalist, and website builder, lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of http://www.findbedbreakfast.info on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.

Article Source: http://www.articlebliss.com/Art/945/75/Bed-and-Breakfasts-Today.html

Stylish Retreat: Not Just for Love-Birds

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Why would I chose a B&B over the common hotel? I decided to start having regular creative retreats to distress and refuel the creative juices by taking solitary trips to rest, catch up on reading. One of my first choices brought me to a B&B which was ran by a nice couple somewhere in a small town close to Montreal. They had just opened this Bed and Breakfast and it had been the best choice I had made in terms of travel accommodations in a long time.

When I arrived at The B&B, I was welcomed with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, and a choice of baked goods and to top it off I was spoiled with a bottle of their self made wine. With my bottle of wine in hand, I step into my room.

I booked the white room, the smallest room available, and it suited my needs like a glove. The room had a queen-size bed riddled with pillows, an huge LCD television, and a view of the backyard garden with big trees from my window: all elements of an inviting and relaxing retreat. The convenience of a small but very modern en-suite bathroom was one of the reasons I really liked this room.

The pampering did not stop there. An abundance of DVDs and books, a hot chocolate or a cup of tea at night, and a wonderful breakfast complete what I now call the perfect boutique experience.

The B&B also offered bigger rooms one even with a private balcony. Rooms were both affordable and worth the while. I checked out after two days of enjoyment of absolute peace and quiet. I left rested, and happy that I was able to find THE perfect place for my idea of a relaxing escape from my hectic schedule.