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What is a bed and breakfast in Scotland?
What rules apply?
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A Bed and Breakfast experience can offer the finest features of a quality hotel, with the
added pleasure of
making instant friends in a new place.A B&B differs from a hotel in
that the host usually owns the property
and resides there. Usually fewer than
4 guest rooms and they can provide very personal attention.
There is no hard rule for this.
Some 10-room guest-houses offer breakfast and advertise themselves as a B&B even if
the owner is nowhere
in evidence. There are a number of officially approved rating systems,
e.g Visit Scotland, The AA and RAC .
All successful B&Bs have one thing in common:
the owners like
people and enjoy having people in their home!
Most B&Bs serve only breakfast.
Some serve a "Continental" breakfast, which consists of coffee, juice
and a choice of breads and pastries.
Most serve a "Full" breakfast, including fruits, cereals, eggs,
meat, breads, juice and coffee.
You should also see pictures and talk to the innkeepers before making reservations.
You will be living in their home; you should feel comfortable from your very first telephone
Hosts themselves usually have a few rules out of respect for other Guests and for
the home itself.
Guests must register at the B&B, unregistered guests are not allowed.
Guests cannot cook for themselves at the B&B.
Some owners may have a
to consume on the premises.
Smoking, pets and children are always something that must be confirmed in advance.
most owners don't have extra staff, it is important to be aware of the check in and
Operators need time to clean rooms, go grocery shopping, do their bookkeeping,
and minor repairs.
Avoid surprises for yourself and your hosts by keeping these considerations
In a city property,
parking is often not available on site, but public transport makes
easy to get around.
Most B&Bs supply Guests with a house key so they can come and go
at any hour.
Check-in time must be confirmed in advance, so the innkeeper can be there
to meet you.
Not all B&Bs accept all or any credit cards.
Deposit and cancellation policies
are generally less forgiving than hotels
(as a late cancellation may mean a significant loss to the
While not always the case, B&Bs may cost less than a hotel.
All 'phone calls are charged, even local ones. Breakfast is included in the price.
The love and attention the host lavishes on the property and on their Guests is an added
received in a large hotel setting.
Deposit and Cancellation policies?
Please be sure of your dates and travel plans before you book your stay at a Bed and Breakfast.
Unlike many hotels your Bed and Breakfast hosts will not double book their rooms.
Once they have committed to you to hold a room for you, they will turn subsequent
Just as you would expect your room and host to be ready for your arrival,
your host is counting on you to arrive on the specified day and time.
For this reason, many Bed and Breakfast hosts will secure a deposit for your room.
Typically, 50 percent of the reservation amount would be requested at the time of
booking to be held as a deposit to hold a room. In the event of cancellation,
there would be an administration charge of around £15.00 to £25.00 pounds sterling.
Cancellations of less than 30 days typically result in a loss of the deposit amount.
Please note that the required deposit and refundable portion of the deposit should a cancellation
be required will vary with local B&B policies. Some areas have a higher number of last
minute requests, while other locations may have guests who typically book accommodations
weeks or months in advance. Each Bed and Breakfast will have their own deposit and
cancellation policies which should be clearly identified on their individual web sites.
It is the responsibility of the guest at the time of booking to consider these policies.
Many travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover their losses in the event of
unforeseen changes in their plans.
Your host will be glad to verify to your insurance agent any losses incurred in such an event.
What about children?
Many B&Bs are child-free zones. Many bed and breakfast Guests prefer an adult
environment. Indeed, it is for the assurance of this environment that most B&B
have selected a B&B, rather than a hotel. Families with children should check first, as
many B&Bs are not generally set up to accommodate children safely, and many are
furnished (and catered) with adult tastes in mind.
Why a minimum stay of two or more days?
There are reasons why some B&Bs often do not accept one-night visitors. First, the innkeepers
enjoy sharing their home and getting to know people from all over the world. This is not often
possible when a Guest checks in, sleeps, has breakfast and checks out.
This limits "satisfaction" for the host. The second reason is economics:
With few rooms to let, it maximizes occupancy if the visits are longer.
Accepting a one-night Saturday visit, for example, might prevent another Guest from
staying from Thursday to Monday.
What about tipping?
That's another advantage to B&Bs over hotels. Hosts will always go out of their way to
ensure you have every comfort and service within their power, and not expect gratuities.
Bathrooms: Different terminology may be used by operators.
Generally, the following applies. Make sure you clarify when reserving.
In Scotland, the term "en suite" refers to a bathroom that is private,
inside and attached to the sleeping unit.
Private: A bathroom that is for the sole use of a sleeping unit but may be outside of the room
Private Adjacent: A bathroom that is for the sole use of a sleeping unit but is immediately
outside of the room.
Shared / Semi Private: Bathrooms that are used in common by more than one room.
Should not be more than two guest rooms sharing. Each room should be supplied with
its own towels.
The perfect choice for your vacation may be in a spot where there is a shared bathroom.
It does mean, however that you may be sharing the bathroom with people that you don't know.
Your host will do their best to maintain this at a high level of sanitation, but there are a couple
of things to keep in mind.
When using a shared bathroom, try to be as quick as possible, take all your personal items
back to your room every time, and if you find that the bathroom needs attention, do mention
it to the host.
Packing: A visit to a B&B is not an ocean voyage. Leave your steamer trunks at home, please.
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