Two years, maybe a little more we decided to take a challenge and offer our extra space to the Bed and Breakfast community. No mean feat for two old codgers well into their 70's. We have 4 units on my sons property next door and one on our property. Here is the newest addition just finished yesterday. We have a guest arriving this Friday.
This is the old look of our exterior guest room.
The window was in an alcove.
Setting the door in line with the windows.
Stripping away the old built-in cupboards
The old bathroom
Now for the new reveal....
And smokers Corner right outside the door ...
There are still a few changes to be made. I am awaiting bespoke bedside tables and two lovely chairs for the little dining table.
No need to worry chaps. The base of the bed is in two parts so that we can change the room into two single beds.... I am hoping never to have to do that as the room is small compared to our other units. This new baby is not open to the internet bookings. Only past guests we know need a one night stay (all our units are two night minimums), and only require a microwave to heat up a meal. It's really a stopover for a Rep. My first guest is a young lady who is coming to a wedding across the road on the farm. Her friends are staying in our unit called The Toolshed. It has cooking facilities besides everything else, but only has two beds.
Looking very nice, tod! Some cultures want the room to be big. Are they holding a ball there? I just like my accommodations to be well appointed for what I need because when I travel I spend very little time in the room.
Thanks all. Yes Mich you are so right about a basic corner to make a cup of coffee and store some cold cuts and cheese for a picnic. A budget hotel that has this offer is very rare. I think that's why we like the apartment road. I supply a 2litre milk and fruit juice, instant and filter coffee, tea normal and herbal, some rusks, biscuits, potato crisps and peanuts/popcorn and chocolates for those midnight munchies. Don't worry if you have packed in a hurry and forgotten your toothbrush. I supply that too with toothpaste and shower caps. Of course soap, shampoo and shower gel. In my bigger BnB's you will find cooking condiments.
Casimira - That is on loan from my shop. They have lovely ones in the style of Picasso but were too long and too narrow.
The more we have travelled, the older we have gotten, the more my hotel choices have changed. We stayed at a lovely B&B near Mont St. Michel on our last holiday, we enjoyed it. If we are in a region where breakfast is not included, I search for hotels with a fridge. We enjoy buying cold cuts and cheese and Mr. M. always likes a walk in the morning where he finds fresh bread. He also likes a fridge because he will buy a 6 pak of beer.
When in Costa Rica we stayed in a villa for 5 days. It was a great experience. The kitchen was fully equipped and even had olive oil and some basic spices. When doing accommodation searches lately, (for the hope of a holiday April/May 2022!) I have been checking apartment rentals as our planned stays hopefully will be longer.
I think you are offering a generous assortment for your guests, very nice Tod.
It's absolutely lovely, Tod! I've done airbnb a bunch, so I can see that you have covered all the bases and more. That touch of generosity with all the snacks you have included will make your guests fall in love with you. We all like to think that we'll always be out of the room sightseeing or whatever, but the truth is that people can be very tired from the trip or stuck inside because of rain, not feeling well, etc. Your extra touches will make the guest feel pampered & welcome, especially in such comfortable surroundings.
My first guest is a young lady who is coming to a wedding across the road on the farm. Her friends are staying in our unit called The Toolshed. It has cooking facilities besides everything else, but only has two beds.
Another reason to love the airbnb experience -- people can be together without being all crowded into one space -- practical and comfortable.
Thank you Bixa for those encouraging words - glad you approve! I am certain the reason we are always nearly fully booked is because the guests love the wide open expanse of the garden and lawns. The units are all separated except two - The Studio and Farm View are back-to-back but their entrances face in different directions. The largest unit is a small bungalow and therefore called The Bungalow, and has a separate bedroom, a private garden and can sleep 4 people. All photos can be viewed as is the custom with Airbnb. I have just come in from an exhaustive morning checking all is perfect since the cleaner was there. I don't have to tell you it wasn't!!! I know I'm fussy but I also do not expect to find dust or anything tacky when I move into an apartment in Paris. To say we have been let down several times only proves everyone's standards are different. Well, OK - but the standard I go by is easy....CLEANLINESS.
What a lovely transformation - perfect in my eyes , just what I look for in many ways but in particular love the personal outside space which is so important to me. that is why I loathe hotels in the main.