B&B experiences

Looking ahead : Bankhead House B&B in 2017

We’re well into January 2017, with lovely bright and sunny days, and only the occasional gloomy day ( and not very much rain………..shhh, it might hear me!!). The B&B has been closed for a couple of months while we’ve been busy with other projects. Christmas and New Year was a busy time with family and friends arriving to spend time with us, and now it’s quieter, thoughts turn to the new B&B season. This week I decided to re-open the B&B on 2nd April, and welcome guests until the end of October, though we’ll be closed for a couple of…
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VisitScotland award says we serve a really good breakfast !

A few days ago we had our incognito assessment visit by VisitScotland and in addition to retaining our 4* rating , we have achieved a Taste our Best award which reflects our commitment to sourcing Scottish produce for our guests to enjoy.   The importance of offering good quality food which comes predominately from the local area, has been a feature of our bed and breakfast experience for several years now, and feedback from our guests shows that it is appreciated. Since we opened our home to B&B guests five years ago, we have served home made jams, jellies and…
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How to get there

A couple of days ago, it was a beautiful sunny day, with one of those perfect blue skies which I so enjoy after days of cloud. It was an excellent reason to get outside and to do those little garden jobs that had been waiting for just the right day to do them. Kate was here as well. Kate is a beautiful soul who has been coming one morning a week for several years to help us keep the garden weed free and to do those garden jobs that we find it hard to get round to when we’re busy…
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Just Be at Bankhead House B&B

  Meet Nina and Andreas, our guests from Germany who spent the last night of their holiday in Scotland with us as we are within easy reach of Edinburgh Airport. The original plan after breakfast was to go into Edinburgh for some sightseeing before heading to the airport for their flight home. However, Bankhead had started to work its magic, so after their breakfast experience and having said their farewells to us , they decided to take a look in the garden. ”Take as long as you like” we say. We were busy with room changeovers, when we decided to…
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The wet and windy Open Championship

The week of the Open Golf Championship in St Andrews proved  interesting on many fronts. During the practice days at the beginning of the week, our guests enjoyed their days there, just taking in the sights and the atmosphere, and spotting the professional golfers. For one of our guests, it was a long held dream come true, simply to be there and to walk on the Old Course at St Andrews. The excitement of the long awaited tournament at St Andrews was palpable as Thursday arrived and the championship began at last. All avid golfers, some guests decided to play…
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Visit Scotland

The Scottish Tourist board is known as Visit Scotland, and we joined last June. One of their requirements is to have a visit by an incognito assessor for quality assurance purposes. They provide a book of guidelines showing you how their rating standards are achieved, so it’s actually quite easy to know what you’re aiming for. I aspired to four stars -the rating of Excellent. My criteria was very simple. Would I be happy to stay here and enjoy my visit, and even more important, would I want to return? My stays in some B&B’s in California recently, heightened my…
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A Stay in Fife

We went along to the bi-annual meeting for members of A Stay in Fife last week. We joined the network of family owned Bed and Breakfasts in Fife last year. Membership is limited and members are selected to offer a high standard of service and the attention to detail expected in a quality B&B. It’s helpful to hear about experiences and opinions from other accommodation providers, and we value the support of the members. There’s the opportunity to look around the B&B before the meeting starts, and you pick up ideas too. I’ve implemented one this week following the visit…
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