Tomorrow marks the beginning of the first National B&B Week, so this week we’ll be sharing a series of blogs explaining the positives of both looking after and staying in a B&B, and about how we ended up running a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in South-west Scotland and the journey that lead us here. We love running a B&B so this is our time to tell you why your next holiday should be in a British B&B!
So, why stay in B&B? Bedandbreakfast.com cites the core factors as being: Value, Unique rooms, Rich history, Personal attention and Little extras: https://www.bedandbreakfast.com/info/travelers/travel-inspiration-guides/why-choose-bed-and-breakfasts. We can be proud to say that Rigg House B&B certainly offers all the above. We pride ourselves in the personal attention and little extras (such as our jars of complimentary handmade flapjack), and we have certainly put a lot of thought into creating unique and special guest suites and we know we offer great value for money. But we can take no credit for the rich history of our B&B and the incredible area it sits in. We just got lucky with that.
Staying in a Bed & Breakfast offers the guest the opportunity to learn lots of useful and interesting information about the area – a good host should definitely be knowledgable about local ammenties and history. It has become our mission to learn as much as we can about both our B&B property itself, but also about the surrounding area, in order to be able to assist and inform our guests as best we can (as previous blog posts show, exploring the area is definitely one of my best aspects of running a B&B!).
I could of course write for pages about why B&Bs are awesome, but it is frustrating to find that when you google ‘Why stay in a B&B’, the third article on the list isn’t actually a positive one: https://www.countryliving.com/life/travel/g4619/why-you-should-never-stay-at-bed-and-breakfast/.
Oh Julekha, Julekha. I’m afraid the closest Starbucks from Rigg House is a fair bit more than 12 miles away, but is that really a valid reason for never staying in a B&B? And as for rooms from another decade, well yes, when the rooms are in an 18th century house then they are indeed from another decade. There’s not a lot I can do about that, nor do I want to. I don’t believe your issues with B&Bs actually reflect current Bed & Breakfast businesses at all – in fact I offer an invitation to you, Julekha Dash, writer for countryliving.com in America who won’t even see this, please come and spend a couple of nights here at Rigg House B&B and we’d be happy to show you how we do things here! There will be no awkward conversation at breakfast, I promise.
I don’t want to sound rude, but Julekha is simply wrong. She has taken one bad experience in a B&B and now she has a platform where she is able to taint all B&B businesses worldwide. I believe that above all else, the most special thing about B&Bs is the thing which Julekha failed to mention and that is that they are all unique – you’ll not find two Bed & Breakfast businesses which look and operate the same anywhere in the world. They are unique because of their location, the decor and the hosts. Every experience in a B&B, wherever you stay, offers you something different. But most of all, B&Bs are wonderful places to go to relax, to forget about the stresses of life for a couple of days and to know that during your stay, it is your home from home.
We are really proud to be apporaching our 20-month anniversary of running our B&B and we are really excited to be a part of the first B&B Week. Please keep an eye across our Facebook and Instagram for news and stories all this coming week. And don’t forget – for all this month we are offering 3 nights for the price of 2. Book directly with us today and come and celebrate all things Bed & Breakfast!