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How I got started in the B&B business!

02 September, 2015

We wanted to find out how some of our 5000+ customers got started in the B&B industry and what inspires them to dedicate their homes to their business. So we went to find out how out how our customers B&B adventure got started!

Here are 10 of the top answers we received:



I was looking for an opportunity to work with my wife in our own people-focused business – James McBeth, owner of Manor Farm B&B in Wiltshire.


We wanted to move to Cornwall and be our own boss- Roz Vickers, owner of Trevarrian Lodge in Mawgan Porth.


To top up our pension – Hugh Roberts, owner of Knights Rest


We live on a dairy farm, my husband is the farmer and we needed a home, so we built our own! With my cooking abilities and previous work with hospitality I thought I could run a B&B – so here we are 5 years on and loving it! –Joss Thomas, owner of The Paddock, Haverfordwest.


Our children had left home and we thought it would be a good idea to turn their bedrooms into bathrooms so they couldn’t come back!! But it also was a way to continue to enjoy our lovely family home and utilise the space we had –Christine Goodall owner of Holly Croft in Scarborough.


I am a people person who enjoys making people happy. I treat our guests as part of my family. – Laura Swain, owner of The West Country Inn.


I said I would when I was 12 – Frank Joyce, owner of The George Hotel & Courtyard Restaurant.


We saw a gap in the market and wanted to fill it by offering 5 Star luxury accommodation to guests wishing to stay in a beautiful rural setting on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.  My family had a B&B which won many awards including Best in Britain with the RAC over a decade ago and I would like to try to replicate that success. – Paul Callin, owner of Woodlands Farm.


I met my husband to be in 2005 and the first thing we discussed was our dreams for the future and luckily we both had the same dream, to own a B&B. We got engaged after 5 weeks and bought a B&B after 5 months. How lucky was I? – Elaine Gissing, owner of The Bay Horse Bed & Breakfast.


A dream! Retired from the corporate world and fulfilled a dream to run a bed and breakfast – Paula Dobson, owner of The Glastonbury Town House.

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