Now that our four children are grown up and have more or less left home, our house is feeling very quiet and empty.
I have been thinking of turning two of our bedrooms into a B & B and this has now been achieved and we are open for business!
Our son Jack has painted both rooms and they have also had a makeover with beautiful new Egyptian cotton bed linen, goose and duck down pillows, new single beds that can be made into a super king, bedside tables and lamps, suitcase racks, tea and coffee trays, hairdryers, waffle dressing gowns and the list goes on.
In the past we have had 'paid' guests which have included clients of Sophie Gent of SyncThermology who have attended training sessions in our Dining room which can also be used as a meeting room. We really enjoyed having them to stay and met so many like minded people.
The idea really developed from all of them and now that Sophie has moved to Rutland and runs her courses from Moulton College we have taken the plunge!
The aim is to personally look after our guests and treat them exactly the same as if they were our own friends who were staying in our home. We invite all guests to join us for kitchen supper for an additional charge and this is proving popular.
We are now signed up with www.booking.com and www.airbnb.co.uk and our listing with www.tripadvisor.co.uk should go live next week. Sawdays have been to inspects us and we have been invited to join them as well. They have been very helpful and gave me lots of tips and advice and it is not surprising that they have such a loyal following.
We have bought two, point of lay French Maran hens to add to our two English Maran's as we need more eggs! Barbara and Derek who farm next door will top up our egg supply from their flock. Everything has been sourced locally, bacon and sausages from Wigland Farm, Higher Wych - just up the road, honey from the Cholmondeley Castle bees. Peckforton water, John Huxley for his home baked white or his special brown multi seed bread. Farmhouse butter, our own home made apple and orange juice and fruit smoothies............
We had 4 x cyclists to stay last week end - they were competing in an 85 mile ride from Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse. Their fitness regime was daunting and we were so impressed.
Please visit www.thehough.co.uk and spread the word!