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This month we’ve been busy preparing our 2nd Quarterly B&B report. We analysed booking data from a large number of our 6,600+ customers for this report looking at both performance this summer and forward trends for the autumn.   We were excited to find that it looks like we have an emerging ‘fifth season.’ The new season seems to be making an appearance between summer and autumn – causing an impressive surge in late bookings for

It’s time to relax, switch off the phone and grab an evening beer for 60 seconds with Barry from The Knoll Guesthouse. What advice would you give someone before they took a leap into the accommodation business? It would be to get some experience, read the rules and be prepared to deal with ignorant people. What do you think is the most important thing about being running your own B&B, guest house or small hotel?

Today it has never been more important for B&B’s to not only have a website but to have one that is able to take bookings and payments instantly. For example: We know that over 50% of people are making all, or most, of their accommodation bookings online. And even if your property is listed on travel websites such as Expedia, LateRooms and, you still need a good website because over 35% of people who see you

We conducted a study to find out just how much independent hosts and hoteliers (like B&B’s, independent hotels and self-catering properties) are using social media to advertise their business. And we found out that nearly 6 out of 10 people said they use Facebook to encourage bookings. We also discovered that a quarter of those surveyed believe that social media is very important to their business with 36% revealing that they spent over five hours

Top Toppings for Toast!

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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 cheese, tomatoes and capers.   2. A colourful start to the day with crushed avocado and a boiled egg, seasoned with cracked pepper.   3.