Some of our guests have been a little
confused over the difference between a B&B and an Hotel.
This is taken from Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay British
Bed and Breakfast, 4th Edition.
How to Use B&B's
After carefully reading the write up, we hope that you will find
yourself in a B&B that you like. The host are all different, but if
you treat them with the kindness and humanity that you reserve for
your own friends you cannot go far wrong. Some will give you space
and privacy, others may include you in family life, some have a
fireside just for you, others a kitchen table bustling with activity
that you can't resist.
Remember where you are. You are visiting someone's home, not a
hotel. Most of your requests will be met, but do not treat the
owners like staff. Your bed may be made for you and your bathroom
cleaned daily, but do not expect it. If you are staying more than
one night and you would prefer your room left undisturbed while you
are out, just say so. Ask your hosts if you would like fresh towels
or your bin emptied.
Arriving and leaving. We cringe when we hear of owners wanting
guests to arrive late and leave early. We do not condone this, but
understand their irritation, too, if guests push the boundaries of
the bed and breakfast `contract`. If you plan to relax in the garden
with a book or would like to play tennis or swim in the day, just
ask when booking if it will be a problem. If it is, you can look for
somewhere more accommodating of your needs. Someone did once say:
“Some people can stay longer in a day than others do in a week”. We
are sure that applies to none of our readers.
Many thanks to Sawday’s for the use of this text.