January 4, 2020

I often get asked if you need to be a couple to run a B&B. Read my advice and other useful training blogs then attend my bed and breakfast training course.

December 20, 2019

Finance is a big subject and a difficult one to go into in too much detail in a blog.  I cover finance in more detail in my courses, including how to go about writing a business plan so that you have the most chance of success.

I thought instead, to get you thinking abo...

November 2, 2019

Bed and breakfasts are even more difficult to value than domestic houses and there are a complex number of considerations when you are looking to buy.

For simplicity, I'm going to discuss some of the main points around buying a currently running B&B - not a closed one w...

September 21, 2019

The online travel agents (OTAs) seem to have not changed any of their practices and I fear the latest  bad publicity is another nail in their coffin.



July 15, 2019

I’ve talked before about online travel agents (OTAs) and their cunning ways to try and get you to book via them rather than going direct to the accommodation provider. They are nothing but a booking platform – a means to search and book accommodation, therefore your bo...

May 4, 2019

Your bedrooms can be a big part of making or breaking the success of your hotel or B&B – after all, your guests will spend most of their time there.

I’ve created a handy guide to help you get started when you refurbish or re-design your bedrooms. I hope you find it usef...

March 3, 2019

Over winter, one job which keeps us busy is deep cleaning the bedrooms in preparation for re-opening. 

It involves literally starting at the top with the ceiling, coving and lights and working our way right down to skirting and carpets and everything in between.  T...

February 20, 2019

This month, the Competition and Markets Authority finally decided to act against so called third party websites also known as online travel agents (OTAs).

It’s a subject I’ve talked about before and whilst they’re asking for some movement on the practices they use, in m...

December 2, 2018

The 25 Boutique B&B is licensed to sell alcohol.  You’ll find a lot of smaller B&Bs, guest houses and hotels which are not.  However, some may be illegally selling or giving away alcohol.

There are costs involved in us being licensed, and these costs may be the...

September 2, 2018

I'm going to tell you a story based on real facts.

Let's call our couple Mr & Mrs Smith.  They both worked far too long hours for little or no thanks in the local city.  After barely seeing each other for a month, enough was enough and they decided to jack their careers...

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