What do you need in a B&B?
Grading and Inspection to ensure it is up to standard. Ask your tourist board – They will tell you what you need for your level of Grading/Stars.
Pointless Dressers, mirrors, chairs, hairdryers and Suitcase holder will all be on their list. However daft and irrelevant you think they might be other people (Americans especially) expect and do use them and you do actually want to make a profit!
A graded establishment can charge more and get a better quality of customer.
How are you going to Guide as well?, Clearing breakfast, changing beds and cleaning takes until about 11am. Then the day is yours until 5pm when the next lot arrive.
Gawd I’ve turned into My Mother aaaaaaaaaaaaaaghghgh!Posted 9 years agosamuriMember
If I were mountain biking….
Clothes washing facilities and drying room.
Bedroom would need….
Wifi (preferably included in the price)
TV would be nice, especially if it had proper channels. Nowt worse than being sat in a B&B room with nothing to do all night.
Coffee and Tea making facilities with a proper amount of Teabags/Coffee.
Snack availability would be nice but I usually make sure I bring my own food.
That’d do me.Posted 9 years agopiedi di formaggioSubscriber
Agree with pretty much everything said above (for an example of a very clued up bike friendly B&B, have a look at the Bikers Retreat in Dolgellau).
I would add to the list a decent light in the bath/shower room. Too many times there are what appear to be 2watt cheap energy savers installed that take 20 minutes to warm up and still leave you fumbling around in the semi gloomPosted 9 years ago
That is a lot of good advice you have all given me!
I got the feeling people have the same priorities as myself, good food, good, practical and clean facilities. I’m not particularly interested in attracting “normal” people (or good quality customers)since we only have two bedrooms available to let (one double, one kingsize)and I don’t want to fill every weekday/weekend up anyway. I know I won’t make loads of money from it and that isn’t the point of doing it anyway.
So this is where it’s up to now:
Good comfy mattresses (tick)
One en-suite bedroom, one with private bathroom (tick) Neither with cream carpets or carpets in the bathrooms!
Lots of hot water (tick)
AGA for drying all sorts of stuff (tick)
Laundry service (tick)
Route cards (tick)
Secure bike storage (tick)
Bike washing facilities (tick)
Work shop with all the tools and stand (tick)
Good selection of high quality breakfasts (tick)
Communal honesty bar/snack area with tea/coffee making facitities (tick)
TV/DVD/Nintendo Wii/books/Magazine in the guest lounge. (tick)
Real Italian coffee from home ground beans with real milk (tick)
Super trails and fantastic views (tick)
Pint glasses in the rooms (tick)
Pub 10 minutes walk away (tick)
Friendly dog (tick)
Guiding if desired (however don’t expect your beds to be made that day!!)
Wifi is a tricky one. The wireless networks aren’t working very well in our house due to the increadibly thick stone walls (don’t think they had wireless networking in mind in the 17th century!) but there are networking points in a lot of rooms so I might look into that side of things as it seems quite important to a lot of people.
Just need to get a few reading lights and a few other bits and bobs and do some more route cards and then I’ll open for business from mid June onwards!
I’m doing a website that should be ready in about three weeks time. If anyone would like the link to it when it’s ready email me. Don’t want to look for business on the forum so won’t post again about it, but very happy with all the good advice from people here!Posted 9 years agosamuriMember
I personally would prefer a TV in the bedroom but that’s because I’m an antisocial git and probably not the sort of guest you’re looking for. No matter, if there’s a network connection in the room then TV can easily be achieved through the use of iplayer and the like.
edit: Looks like they’re parsing the input properly Graham. 😉Posted 9 years ago
You say a kingsized room and a double. I presume that in one of those rooms will be either a set of bunk beds, or a pair of singles?
An obervation is that , big hairy rufty tufty mtbers ( and that’s just the girls) don’t like sleeping together in a double bed.
If you ever need a back person when guiding give me a shoutPosted 9 years ago
Yes, Bunnyhop you are right about the beds. I don’t mind putting up just one person/room to start off with until I know if I like the B&B thing or perhaps will have lots of couples (lots of walkers around here). Another idea would be to do tailor-made packages for people wanting to introduce their other half to mountain biking. You could hardly pick a more romantic place really than this hillside! I could offer a bit of skill training as well and if it’s a lady lend her a high-spec bike for the duration of the stay.
Thanks for the offer of helping guiding, bunnyhop.Posted 9 years ago
I have this very afternoon been to visit this B&B which is now up and running.
Who ever stays there is in for a treat. It’s on the side of a bridleway, the accommodation is so nice that you’ll want to go back and take your partners. The views are breathtaking.
The riding in the area is top class. The secure bike storage is indeed secure.
So go on, visit the hidden places on the edge of the Peaks. You know you want to.
Posted 9 years agoRichPennyMember
Have to echo the comments about having twin beds/bunks in at least one room. Not many people would travel to go biking on their own or with just a mate, and as stated, mtb is a male domitated sport. For a weekend away, there’s always 3 – 6 of us.
Personally wouldn’t want somewhere too pristine, as I come back from riding covered in mud, and sometimes blood 🙂 White duvet cover looks like a liability…
The idea of route cards is a good one, maybe put a few examples up on the site? Back them up with GPS files, as lots of peeps have those now? Get some pictures of the food up to tempt people in? Have to admit that the thought of paying £60 for a weekend of guided riding struck me as a bit expensive, but I can be a tight git.
Good luck, you have a lovely place. Might even come and stay, never ridden in the Peaks before.Posted 9 years agowoodsmanMember
Keep everything simple but don’t skimp on anything! No frilly things or horsebrasses. Good, clean simple bedding, a good sized bath and a wholesome breakfast – not just the stock greasy fry up. Tasty eggs, not pre-sliced bread, thick you’ve cut it yourself toast etc, and plenty of it.
Open fire, secure bike storage and a hose.
The Old Parsonage at Over Stowey has to be one of the nicest B&B’s I’ve stayed in, in fact the only one that I consider good enough to return.Posted 9 years agobent_udderMember
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