Four in a Bed!

Bed and Breakfast is a very British concept and has been a popular alternative to pricey hotel accommodation for many years, but do you have what it takes to run a successful B&B?

As viewers of the popular TV series ‘Four in a Bed’ will know, running a B&B is serious stuff.  It takes hard work, business acumen and an overriding willingness to share your home with strangers from far and wide.

Far from the popular belief that all you need to do is wash linen, make beds and rustle up a tasty fry-up, those at the helm of these establishments also need to understand the importance of marketing, branding, accountancy and property maintenance. 

If you are confident that you have what it takes, the first step is to understand your market.  Long gone are the days when B&Bs were just for middle aged hikers.  Today’s B&Bs attract people from all walks of life. Some boutique B&Bs are aimed at highflyers who expect nothing but the best, others offer specialist themed accommodation, some are pet friendly or offer spa facilities.  Whatever your market, your property must be adapted to appeal to this group. 

If you’ve got a desire to combine your home with your business, check out our favourite properties with B&B potential:


If you’d prefer to start from scratch and develop your own style B&B, this 9 bed property in Blackpool is ideal.  Formally run as a B&B the property is in need of modernisation  but with its residents’ dining room and residents’ lounge and attractive price tag of just £120,000, its a pefect blank canvas.


Do you like the idea of running adding a little history to your guest’s stay? This generous 16th Century farmhouse in Diss, Norfolk, has been substantially extended and upgraded and would be ideal to run a small bed and breakfast business. The property boasts a wealth of features including Inglenook fireplace and heavily beamed ceilings.

Occupying a prime residential location close to town centre facilities, this detached period property in Ipswich is packed with character and has previously been used as a bed and breakfast business.


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