I have just realized that I have not posted a blog since the beginning of April – so have set myself some time aside this morning to write about what has been going on these past several weeks.
I have been working on a project with my son in helping relaunch a new website for an established B&B company. This has taken up a lot of my time but it has been an interesting and enjoyable experience especially seeing as I get to talk to other professional B&Bs all over the country.
It can be quite a lonely job at times so to get this opportunity of engaging and networking with another host is a great way of learning and sharing information, which is very rewarding and motivating!
I must say these past several weeks we have had such an interesting selection of guests from near and far. I always enjoy the business travelers and our repeat guests, many who have become friends.
We had our first group booking of 2017 who were here to celebrate the 50th birthday – so there was much celebration around the kitchen table one morning at breakfast.
Most recently we had wedding planners that travel the world taking photos of the ‘day’. They showed me their website and portfolio of work, which was an absolute treat! The quality of their images was truly something else. They certainly fall into the more memorable collection of guests, over the years.
Last week we had some lovely guests from the northern most part of England come and stay as they were visiting the Chelsea Flower show and we had a six degrees of separation moment as they were good friends of the parents of the lovely Flora, a long term tenant that lived with us for many years – it’s a small world.
We have had such wonderful weather on and off these past couple of weeks and it really does make a difference to how someone enjoys their stay – especially when the sun’s rays come streaming in through the blinds it’s a call to wake up and start the day even though it may be only 7 am.
Last week especially, many wanted an early start and were out the door by just after 8 am to make the most of the day. The summer time is when I must be more flexible as a host as guests are more prone to sudden changes in plans, as all become weather dependent, more so than any other time of year.
One lovely lady who came to stay, reminisced about her student days when she worked in a hotel in her seaside hometown. She referred to it as a ‘happy job’ due to the different people you meet on a daily basis, but also because it is all about fun and relaxation you tend to see people at their best. I think I have to agree with her.
June & July are two of my favourite months, so without further ado here are my most popular recommendations as rated by my guests!
- Chelsea Physics Garden – just off Chelsea Embankment
- St Katherine’s Dock – great place to relax and have a bite to eat and with Tower Bridge as a backdrop
- Catch the River Bus and travel down the Thames to Greenwich – great vistas
- Browns Hotel for Afternoon Tea – a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon