Staying at a B&B is an excellent way of spending your holidays, but it is a good idea to remember that they are not like hotels. Instead, a B&B is someone’s home where they rent out rooms for people who want to visit the area for a few days, and as such, there are some rules – albeit unofficial – that it is a good idea to follow.
The proprietor of the B&B will have a schedule in place for things like breakfast, and guests should do what they can to adhere to them. There will be a period of 2-3 hours each morning where breakfasts are served. Anyone who decides to get out of bed after that time is unlikely to get any breakfast as the owner will be busy clearing up and getting rooms cleaned and ready for the next guests. It is also good to find out if the B&B is locked at a particular time, so you don’t wake up the house coming in late. They might expect guests with babies and want the house quiet at specific times. Remember, these are things that will be in place out of respect for all guests and the owner.
Respect for the owner’s belongings
B&Bs are very different to hotels. They will only have a small number of rooms and a relatively small number of items such as towels and bed linen. Some people might choose to take a towel or robe home with them when they stay in a hotel; doing this in a B&B is unacceptable. It would help if you also took care not to damage anything. For example, if you spill something, make sure you let the proprietor know as soon as possible. Most owners understand that spills happen, and the sooner they can be cleaned up, the better.
Get to know the owner
If you are in an area that you haven’t visited previously, then taking time to chat with the owner will help you. They will have a wealth of knowledge about their town and local area and will be only too happy to give you a few tips. People stay in B&Bs because they are smaller than hotels and much friendlier, and some prefer them as they have the chance to get to know other guests. So why not take advantage of this? You may even make new friends.
Advise in advance
If you have any special requests for your time at the B&B, making sure the owner is aware of this in advance would be considerate. Special requests might include dietary requirements, such as avoiding food causing allergies that may affect what you can eat. Factors such as nutritional requirements may be easy for them to cater for. For example, if you cannot have products with gluten but don’t say anything about it, you may find that your choices at breakfast are limited. Most B&B owners are happy to cater to food allergies and plan for them when stocking their fridges, but they can only do this if they know.