Guest Blog

  • Why it’s better to have bookings from several different travel websites
    We sometimes hear people tell us “Well, I get all the bookings I need through website X so I don’t need to advertise anywhere else”. At first this seems to make sense, if you’re nearly full and have all the bookings you need why would you bother with the extra ... read more
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  • How you respond to a negative review can help you get more bookings
    As you probably know it’s important for your business to be on review sites such as TripAdvisor, it’s a brilliant way of taking advantage of their 280 million unique visitors a month- for free. A recent survey from TripAdvisor revealed that 89% of people are influenced by reviews. This means if ... read more
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  • A Twist on the Traditional Pancake
    We love pancakes, so we put together a list of top 10 twists on the traditional pancake:  1. Go green with these pancakes made with spinach Try them for yourself here.  2. Try something different with these rolled-up pancakes made with cottage cheese Check out the recipe here.  3. Why ... read more
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  • Eggs, how do you eat yours?
    We’re talking about eggs! We love all eggs, whether they are scrambled, poached or fried. So we’ve put together 10 slightly quirkier things that you can do with the eggy breakfasts you make your guests. 1. How about sweet potato with scrambled egg, avocado and tomato garnish with parsley for something ... read more
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  • Top toppings for toast!
    We love toast with lashings of butter or dripping in honey, or even smothered in Marmite or peanut butter, but sometimes it’s nice to have something a bit fancier on our toasted bread. So we’ve found 10 slightly quirkier toppings for toast.  1. A lovely slice of bruschetta topped with ... read more
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  • Make your property Pet Friendly
    Not all guest houses and B&Bs allow pets, but if you decide upon allowing them in your establishment, you’ll have the advantage of reaching a larger market of customers. Allowing pets increases revenue and customer satisfaction Preparation is half the victory Allowing pets in your property will undoubtedly attract more ... read more
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  • Showcase your property with quality photos
    “You only get one chance to make a first impression” The photos that you use on your own site, in promotions and in listings are the first impression guests will have. You want them to look amazing and appealing, whilst giving a realistic impression of your property. After all, ... read more
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  • Cocktails and drinks: Get your guests talking
    Many of the guests that you will welcome at your B&B will be on holiday, so it’s likely that they will expect to be able to wind down with an alcoholic drink. If you’re going to be serving evening meals, offering alcoholic drinks is particularly important – although you’ll ... read more
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  • Adding character to your offering: creating signature dishes
    The food you serve up can often be the number one reason why your guests are eager to book another stay – a good breakfast can go a long way! However, every hotel and B&B serves up a full English breakfast as standard, so what can you do to separate ... read more
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  • Starting your day right: Serving up the best breakfast
    If there’s one thing and one thing alone which will have your guests singing your praises and rushing back to book another stay, then it’s the breakfast you serve to them. Whether your guests are going walking or just planning on some serious relaxation, then they’ll need to start ... read more
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  • How to create a mouth-watering menu
    As a small guest house or hotel owner, nothing can beat the feeling you get when your guests sing your praises – it’s the ultimate payoff for all your hard work. Food is arguably the easiest way to bowl people over and have them shouting your name from the ... read more
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  • Hiring a chef to match your menu
    Food can play a hugely important part in the guesthouse experience and getting it right can be one of the biggest keys to your success. If you, as the owner, aren’t going to be suffering the heat of the hob yourself, then you’ll need to find a chef to ... read more
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  • How to manage your guest database
    Having a database where you can keep and manage all your guests’ details is very important. Knowing your guests preferences, if they are a repeat visitor or have a special requirement for their stay, helps you make their stay memorable. For example, when the time comes to send an ... read more
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  • Is the customer always right? How to deal with difficult guests
    As a guest house owner, you’ll naturally have learned all there is to know about customer service and building relationships over the years. You’ll have had many customers who have slept & ate very well while staying with you, but how do you deal with the small percentage whose ... read more
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  • Organise memorable events
    If you really want to set your guest house apart from every other in the area, then a great way to do so is to start organising some epic events to really wow your potential guests.  These are likely to be an ‘opt-in’ type deal, whereby guests still very ... read more
    Source: Eviivo