As the summer season winds down in Europe, exhausted B&B owners are no doubt promising themselves a well-deserved break – hopefully one spent tallying up increased profits thanks to the excellent weather that the UK, in particular, has enjoyed.
Of course even a good summer brings with it all the usual stresses, problems and experiences with the occasional rather, uh… “special” guest. So if you’re anywhere close to being able to put your feet up, why not take a look at the website of travel guru and all-round good guy Rick Steves. As before, we’ve cherry picked some of the greatest comments from his “graffiti wall” section, where travellers rave about just how great European B&B owners (that means you!) really are. It’s inspiring stuff and just the thing to pep you up if you feel like the recent high-season months have left you wilting somewhat…
“We stayed for a week at L’Ancienne Boulangerie, a charming old-world B&B in the beautiful village of Caunes-Minervois in SW France. It is under new management and the new owners, Sara and Mark, have transformed it from the way it was when we stayed before. The rooms are comfortable and spotless, with crisp white linen. The breakfast is sensational, especially when compared to what most French B&Bs offer. All in all, it is by far the best B&B we have ever stayed at – and we have stayed at many!”
Eric Taylor on L’Ancienne Boulangerie, Caunes-Minervois
“Marian and Mac are very nice hosts. The rooms are very nice and comfortable. The breakfast is very, very good. Could not be better. The location near the North Sea promenade is beautiful and very well suited for walking. The city center is easily reached by bus. For us, the Straven Guest House is the best B & B in Edinburgh.”
Peter Arm on the Straven Guesthouse, Edinburgh
“Probably the nicest B&B we’ve ever stayed in. The attention to detail was impeccable, right down to the French soaps in the bathroom. The hosts, Caitlin and Albert, provided us with great suggestions for places to go and things to see, making our five day stay pass far too quickly. The B&B is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of large Sarlat, to be a serene getaway, yet close enough to be a central hub. We loved our time there.”
Pat Cole on Le Tour de Cause B&B, Dordogne
For more great comments (including the interesting tip that B&B owners in Germany usually expect a small gift from their guests!) you can visit Rick Steves’ site here.