David Weston of the Bed & Breakfast Association 'fights the corner' for this £2 billion 'cottage industry'

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Bed linen scorched by laptops

We have had an email from a member who says:

"I wondered if you had had any other questions about computers on beds.  I have had an incident where a duvet protector had a large hole in it, I didn't think anything of it and duly placed it on Monday.  However, I now have a hole in the new protector and a scorch stain on the duvet cover.  On closer inspection it would appear that the guest is using her computer on the bed, and it looks like it has been left on all night and scorched both the duvet cover and protector together.  I am now very concerned that this could quite possibly have started a fire.  I wondered if you had received any other correspondence on this issue and if your members had any suggestions to counteract this problem.  I do have desks and bedside tables in the rooms which guests can use, but it seems to be becoming commonplace to sit on the bed with the computer.
"I have decided to put warnings in all of my bedrooms but I would be interested to hear if this is a general problem, or whether it is just this one guest.  I have already had a word with her as I do like to sleep soundly in my own bed, as well as the other guests."



The picture shows the "throw" used to cover the bed, scorched by the guest's laptop.

We'd be interested to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience - do contact us at comment@bandbassociation.org 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Become an astronaut? Most of us would rather run a B&B

According to a survey reported in a number of today's papers (I quote the Daily Express):
"It may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but the majority of us would prefer running a humble bed and breakfast to being a doctor, scientist, lawyer or even an astronaut".

"Two out of three Britons said they would choose the quieter life to a high-powered career that brings longer hours and more stress.

"Earning a steady income from the comfort of your own home and working with loved ones is considered more important than reaping a £100,000 salary, driving flash cars or taking exotic holidays.

"And being a £30-a-night B&B or guesthouse owner beat a range of more esteemed professions – from police commissioner to fighter pilot, and fire chief to astronaut – as most people’s dream job."

I'm not sure about "£30 a night" - they are a bit out of date there! - but it is nice to know that we are envied!

You can read the Daily Express report here

Friday, 18 January 2013

British B&Bs "Reign Supreme" - according to travellers

"Britain's B&Bs reign supreme" according to TripAdvisor's users: Britain lays claim to four of the world's top 10 B&Bs, seven of the top 10 B&Bs in Europe - and even takes second and third place in the best B&Bs in the world category. 

TripAdvisor spokesperson Emma Shaw commented: "Yet again, Britain's B&Bs continue to be celebrated as some of the very best in the world" 

Despite narrowly missing out on the honour of world's best B&B to a property in Italy, Athole Guest House in Bath takes second place in the World, while No1 in St Ives, Cornwall comes in third. All Seasons Guest House in Filey and St Michael's Guest House in Scarborough rank in sixth and seventh places respectively.

TripAdvisor is the "world's largest travel website", and its Travellers' Choice winners are based on millions of reviews and opinions covering more than 650,000 establishments collected in a single year from travellers around the world.

TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2013 
The World's Top 10 B&Bs:
1. Casa Portagioia, Bed and Breakfast, Castiglion Fiorentino - Italy
2. Athole Guest House, Bath - England
3. No1, St Ives, Cornwall - England
4. Chambres d'hotes Saint Emilion Bordeaux: Beau Sejour - France
5. Point Clear Cottages, Fairhope - United States
6. All Seasons Guest House, Filey, North Yorkshire - England
7. St Michael's Guest House, Scarborough, North Yorkshire - England
8. Baan Malinee Bed and Breakfast, Phuket - Thailand
9. The Welsh Hills Inn, Granville - United States
10. Loire Valley Retreat, Chinon - France