Welcome to our September podcast. With less than a month until the eviivo awards at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, we wanted to speak to a few of our shortlisted properties, so we can get to know their stories a little better. Firstly, we get the low-down on what one of our judges, David Weston, CEO of the B&B association, will be looking for in the winning properties. Next up we talk to Alison Shortreed from The Village

As an accommodation provider, you’re probably no stranger to a peculiar guest request now and again. So, we asked you, what stands out as the oddest thing you’ve ever been asked for. The responses came in their masses and range from the slightly odd to the down right bizarre. After our first post on the subject was featured in both the Daily Mail and the New Zealand Herald, we thought it might be good to go for

This Sunday saw the annual Worshipful Company of Woolmen Sheep Drive, when Freemen of the City of London honour the tradition and exercise their right to drive sheep across London Bridge, which was the only route in to the city for trading in medieval times. The tradition dates back the 12th century, when traders were allowed to enter the city without having to pay a toll – hence the term ‘Freemen’, with everyone else under

Janine and Alf took some time away from arranging Christmas plans for their restaurant and hotel (where has this year gone?!), to talk to me about their recent nomination for the Most Beautifully Presented award at this year’s eviivo awards. Located in the picturesque village of Chilworth, I wanted to find out more about this country pub with rooms that serves modern British cuisine, with a their strong South African twist.  Congratulations, what does being

I recently traveled up to Cambridge, to spend some time exploring the city’s rich history and take in the beautiful scenery. Whilst there, I crossed the river Camb to meet with Christine who runs the beautiful 5 Chapel Street to talk about what makes a stay there so special. And what a welcome, after a scenic 20-minute walk from the town centre, I arrived to a warm welcome, a delightful pot of tea and some delicious homemade gluten-free biscuits. And