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Starting a Bed and Breakfast

B&B Basics

Do you live in a well-kept house in an accessible location? Do you like to meet new people and playing host?


If the answer is yes, yes and yes, then setting up your home as a B&B or a more informal 'homestay' or 'hometel' could be for you. 

Ideally you have 2 large bedrooms to spare with en-suites (or with scope to be upgrades with en-suites). However, if your spare rooms don’t have en-suites and you have an accessible bathroom close by, you could simply charge a slightly lower rate to compensate. 


Do I need any consents or permits?

Before you can get set up, there are several legal requirements you will need to look into and follow, such as health & safety legislation and food hygiene regulations.


Also, you may need to obtain planning permission and Building Regulations approval.


But don’t let the regulations deter you! Setting up a B&B can prove rewarding both personally and financially.

How do homestays or hometels work?

The more informal 'homestay' or 'homtel' options are becoming increasingly popular.  They operate as a B&B 'lite'.  

Whilst your accommodation will need to be spotless in the same way that a guest would expect in a B&B, with these more informal approaches to allowing guests to stay in your home, there is typically no expectation for you to provide a cooked breakfast.  


In many Local Authorities in the UK, the Planning Department will allow you to operate a 'homestay' or 'homtel' without the need for planning permission.

Taking if Further

You can obtain some excellent free guidance on the following link- www.startabedandbreakfast.co.uk/.  You can advertise your accommodation for free at websites such www.homestay.com.


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