Monday, August 04, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast: Yes or No?

every morning -- plus yogurt, fruit, and toast.
Do you like B+Bs

In Banbury, we stayed at an immaculate B+B in a bland housing development a 30 minute walk from town. The proprietor was a brisk, friendly woman named Jan and the rooms were right there in the middle of her spotless home. I liked cheery Jan, but could imagine her making note if you'd put your glass down on the nightstand without a coaster. I felt like a house guest. I was a house guest, a paying house guest. When I was at the Banbury market it briefly crossed my mind that I needed to buy Jan a jar of gooseberry jam as a thank-you gift. I squelched the impulse. A wave of relief washed over me when we finally backed out of her driveway.

Our second B+B is in the Roman town of Cirencester (love!) and it’s not someone’s home. The lovely, easygoing manager lives in an adjacent cottage. 
cute! 
It’s not exceedingly clean and has some quirks, but I can deal with hitting my head on the ceiling beams much better than feeling like a house guest. 
People must have been shorter in the 17th century.
So, in answer to my own question: I like some B+Bs.

We’re having a great time. 

18 comments:

  1. It is hard being in someone else's home isn't it! No matter how nice it is, you don't feel the same do you! xx

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    1. You feel like you're imposing, even when you're paying.

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  2. I can go either way on the B&B. Sometimes it is just the thing I want and other times I prefer the relative anonymity/privacy of a motel or hotel. I don't always want to socialize with folks over breakfast. We toured the Bourbon Trail a year ago and had a marvelous time at a B&B in Kentucky, even being ushered to the old, dank cellar with the proprietor and her two dogs, when a tornado warning was issued.

    I wonder if you have read Bill Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island"? He has a number of interesting B&B experiences while visiting some of Britain's smaller towns -- mostly hilarious, of course!

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    1. Ok, I should read Bill Bryson. Actually, I should have read him on this vacation.

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  3. My family lives in Italy right now (military), and renting self-sufficient apartments with airbnb has blown every other travel lodging option out of the water for us.

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    1. Really? We did something like that in Barcelona years ago and it worked great. I need to remember.

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  4. OH, a fry up! So you are eating a fry up every morning? I want a report on that. I am not a B&B fan. I don't like the feeling of being a house guest of strangers. If I am going to pay, I want to feel like I own my space for the time I am there. Quirky, I know.

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    1. "I don't like the feeling of being a house guest of strangers." EXACTLY.
      I did a breakfast like that every morning and felt ok about it because I generally didn't eat the toast. You know, the low-carb diet that lasts until the fish n' chips at lunch or the scone at tea. At our Welsh b+b they offered kippers and I regret that I never tried them.

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