How To Find The Perfect Property For Your B&B

For many people owning their own bed and breakfast is a lifelong obsession, but few people consider how tricky it can be picking the right type of property for the job. The very best property for your B&B needs is likely to be one that is in the right location, at the right price and also one that meets all of your desired business criteria and needs. Here are our top tips when it comes to finding the perfect property to fulfil your dreams and open up your very own B&B:

Chat With An Estate Agent

In order for you to make the very best informed decision that you can about your future B&B property, it is important to find out all the information you can about the area you hope to set it up in and the way that the market operates. Many estate agents offer specialist help in finding B&B properties for their clients, for example Fenn Wright estate agents in Sudbury. Be sure to ask all the relevant questions so that you know exactly what you are heading into.

Consider The Property Size

It can be all too easy to get caught up in the moment and forget that the property you are looking at is actually going to act as both a home and a business, so it is very important that you find a property that is comfortable for both yourself and your family as well as offering adequate room for guests. Ask yourself how many bedrooms and bathrooms you will need and where you will eat meals etc.

‘Zoning’

Something to enquire about when looking for a property that you hope to use as a future business is whether the property is laid out in a way that it can be used for the purpose it is intended for. Zoning is something that varies depending on your location, it covers anything that relates to the way that land is used. Here are some examples zoning types to be aware of; commercial, residential, home based and seasonal usage. Zoning is also important as it can impact on the tax rate of your property too.

Legalities

Depending on where you hope to set up your business, it is important to check if there are any legal matters to take into consideration. This can include permits, registrations, training and certification and inspections. Speaking to local bed and breakfast owners will really help to make sense of the local legalities and will help to find out what it is like working in the area.

Scout Out The Area

The UK has one of the largest tourist industries in the world and employs over 1.4 million people in 180,000 businesses. It is safe to say that there is plenty of opportunity to become successful in this field, but this also comes with added competition. The very best B&B’s offer everything that a tourist may need which is why it is important to check out the area you hope to build your business in first and establish who your competition is. Similarly, setting up a B&B in a remote area can offer both fantastic benefits for those looking to explore further afield but can also limit your chances of attracting people to stay. Consider each of these situations in order to make the most of the opportunity.


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Best Whisky Tours To Enjoy In Inverness

Inverness has long been a fantastic place to visit and enjoy the very best of the Scottish Highlands. As the northernmost point of the UK, Inverness has always made for a fascinating journey for those wanting to catch a glimpse of such an extremity. This part of Scotland is also reported to have the highest quality of life, which makes it popular with students and visitors alike. Once you have taken the time to check out the beautiful Inverness Castle grounds and have exhausted all sight-seeing and shopping opportunities then it may well be time to go on a whisky tour!

Why is Scotland so famous for their whisky?

For so many people whisky is the symbol of Scotland and this is partially as a result of whisky being at the heart of Scotland rebelling against the English taxman. For two hundred years there were outlaw distillers working in the north of the border preparing the alcoholic beverage. From the 18th century where Scotland has 8 legal distillers and 400 illegal ones to now being an industry that is respected and worth billions of pounds, whisky’s significance in Scotland is unlikely to change any time soon.

Today there are 98 active whisky distillers in Scotland with each of them having their own twist and variety of ingredients that make their whisky special. As whisky makes up a whopping 85% of all Scottish food and drink exports, it is clear that the Scots know what they’re doing when it comes to the famous beverage.

The Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord

When it comes to being a key player in the development of distillery, The Mackenzies of Ord are a very prominent group of people. In 1820 Thomas MacKenzie leased land for the distillery that still stands today to be built and helps to bring some life into the area in now stands in. The distillery worked in providing employment for the area and was powered by two water wheels – water flowing from nearby lochs would power them. The distinctive characteristics of the whisky that has made this distillery so popular stems from water being taken from the cuckoo well in the area. The Glen Ord Distillery has varied opening hours depending on the season, so be sure to check before you pay a visit.

Tomatin Distillery, Tomatin

The Tomatin Distillery has been producing whisky since 1897 and has become so famous due to its utilisation of the soft water that plays a key part in its production. The Tomatin Distillery is a more glamorous whisky tour option offers a wide range of tours and award winning malts to try. The tours here are very interactive and can involve filling your own bottle with whisky to watching a film, whisky tasting and much more!

Do I need my EHIC card to travel to Scotland?

While you will not likely need to bring your EHIC card with you when travelling to Europe from the UK, those who wish to travel to Scotland from other European countries should certainly consider applying for an EHIC renewal.

Whisky is such a prominent part of Scotland’s past, so why not invest in its future by checking out some of Inverness’s favourite whisky distilleries while you are here?

 


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Interior Designs To Make Your B&B Stand Out

Inverness has a huge choice of places to see, from ancient castles through to Loch Ness. It is the capital of the Highlands and one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. It is therefore an excellent location for a B&B, and you can easily make your property stand out to visitors by getting the interior design right. Follow these tips to spruce up the interior of your B&B.

Install An Electric Fireplace

Scotland gets cold for large parts of the year, and guests will thoroughly appreciate the intimacy of a fireplace. It’s not necessarily realistic to burn fuel in your B&B, but many electric fireplaces do an extremely good job of mimicking the real deal. Make guest rooms warm, comfortable and cosy with the addition of a fireplace – something that could be the focal point of the interior design of your rooms.

Boost Your Green Credentials

Guests are increasingly environmentally conscious, and especially so if they are travellers seeking out the natural beauty of Scotland. Asking guests to re-use towels is a good start, while opting for shower gels and shampoos with green credentials is also a good idea. Your interior design should use furniture and materials made from sustainable sources, while the exterior of your B&B should speak for sustainability by opting for low-maintenance gardens, for example.

Create Light And Airy Rooms

Older, classic building styles in Inverness can lead to rooms that seem closed and confined. Spruce up the interiors of your rooms by installing larger windows, if you can, while choosing full height window shutters to offers guests the choice of privacy. Skylights are also excellent for making a room feel lighter, though even just adding sufficient lights to a room can make all the difference.

Use Photographs And Artworks Cleverly

B&B patrons expect a more welcoming environment than the usual generic, corporate hotel room. A single shot of photography can introduce a warm, luxurious feel to a room, which otherwise won’t be there. Scenes from the surrounding nature is an especially good idea, while carefully chosen original art would quickly add an exclusive feel to the interior design of your property.

Accessorise With Restraint

Though a sparse and minimalist interior design is not ideal for a classic country lodge, you should pick your accessories with care. A cluttered look can quickly reduce a stylish room to kitsch, and though individual items can be cute, too many can be an eyesore. A design consultant can help you to find the right balance between dry and bland and overly cluttered and stifling. It is the B&Bs that get this interior design balance right that win awards – and customers.

Often, the most exceptional B&Bs are not the most luxurious ones, but the ones that get all the elements of a B&B right, and this also counts for interior design. A single out-of-place element in the interior design of your B&B can hold back even the most exclusive looks, so pay attention to detail and get feedback from your guests to point out anything you have missed.


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Wonders of Scotland

Wonders of Scotland

Scotland has been renowned worldwide for being a hub of natural beauty. The country is perfect for those scenic-loving tourists and from its rolling glens to its towering mountains, there’s something truly magnificent about the country and its beautiful landscape. Scotland has something that appeals to anyone once they take in the sights. The summer is the perfect season to explore and discover Scotland in all of its natural form. Before heading to this beautiful country, ensure that you have an EHIC card which can be applied for on this EHIC website.  With that covering any of your medical expenses, you are free to experience a new side of Scotland. The next time you pull on your walking boots and go for an amble through some of the most scenic landscapes in the country, here is what is on offer:

Corryvreckan Whirlpool

This mystical looking whirlpool is a product of the geological structure of the sea bed, which has an underground mountain! Yes, it sounds like something you will get out of Game Of Thrones, but the tides from the east and west of the north tip of Jura collide and an underwater basalt pillar, known as ‘The Old Hag’. This then forces the tidal water upwards, with the water pushed back together from the banks to create a swirling Whirlpool.

Ben Nevis 

Known by the locals as ‘The Ben’, this mountain that stands at 4,411ft (1345m) is close to the small town of Fort William in Lochaber. It is the UK’S tallest mountain and it is pretty likely that you will come across some snow on your way up there, even in the hotter seasons.  It is thought that the best time of the year to visit this wonder is between June-October, but it’s still as beautiful no matter what time you go.

Coire Gabhail

Famous for its atmospheric peaks, bloody history and being featured in the iconic film franchise James Bond, this location is a gateway to a myriad of stunning walks. Coire Gabhail is known as the Lost Valley due to its two to three hour rough and ready hike through 2.5 miles of stunning mountain scenery. Other than being easy on the eye, it has a vibrant history and is known to be where the Macdonald clan used to hide the cattle that they had rustled from their neighbours.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Aside from Loch Ness, this is by far one of Scotland’s most scenic and famous lochs. If you want to know why the banks of Loch Lomdon are out of this world, simply take a trip there and go for a wander in the Troassachs and you’ll soon understand what pure beauty is.

West Highland Way

The seven mile 11.km stretch from Inversnaid to Ardlui and Inverarnan in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park takes roughly seven hours to complete and is considered a hard challenge to complete. After completing this walk, you’ll need a well-deserved rest because the West Highland Way spans 96 miles between Millngavie and Fort William.


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Night Life in Inverness

Inverness is a beautiful city by the River Ness that offers so much more than you might expect. There’s beautiful scenery, rich history, fascinating culture and the nightlife is incredible. You’ll find music festivals, clubs, bars and hidden gems dotted around the city just waiting to be discovered:

Eden Court

Eden Court is Inverness’s largest venue and you’ll find an incredible range of events to please the culture lovers. Eden Court has been attracting visitors from all over the region since the 1970s that all come to see the plays, ballets, live music performances, film screenings and so much more. Every year the performances get more impressive, so grab yourself some tickets and come see the art of Inverness.

The Ironworks

In the heart of Inverness you’ll find great live music at a venue called ‘The Ironworks’. You’d be amazed to know that this venue has been the host for some incredible acts, including Biffy Clyro, Van Morison, Babyshambles, The Wombats and Kasabian. They also play host for some amazing up and coming artists as well as some classics, and every now and then they also host comedy nights. If you manage to book a ticket, a night out here is a lot of fun.

One4 Fun Casino

For those that like games there’s the one4 Fun Casino in Inverness. This little game parlour in the city centre has a great range of games to help you and your friends wind down after a long day. If you’re looking to have a party away from the clubs you can also hire one4 Fun Casino to host your event and have a Las Vegas themed bash. For those that like a bit of laid back gaming there’s the slot machines and roulette wheel, but if you’re into high stakes and want to test out some of the latest blackjack betting strategies they have blackjack, too along with a few poker tables for the especially adventurous.

Barbazza

Barbazza is the best place to give you a great, well rounded evening. During the day they serve some delicious food, so grab a bit of dinner to get your energy up. After that you’ll find everything from karaoke to live rock music. You’ll find all kinds of live music and entertainment here from Thursday to Sunday. Every now and then you might be asked to contribute some spare change, but most of the nights are normally free and everyone is welcome to join in, pick up a few cocktails and sing their heart out.

Hootananny

This particular establishment is certainly unique. This Scottish café/bar has three venues in one building. On the first floor you have the café bar itself; on the second floor you have the Mad Hatters Bar, where you can sample real, local ales; and on the top floor is the Bothy Sofa Bar where you’ll find a more intimate atmosphere. Local singers, musicians and comedians find themselves at Hootananny every now and then and showcase their talents while on other days you’ll find the bars filled with more traditional music. This is a great place to meet anyone’s needs. Start with an evening coffee, move on to rich ale and then end the night with a nice nap on a sofa. Be warned, though, that the live music can get a bit loud and so can the bars.

 

 

 


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