Author Archives: Gail

Pink Grapefruit Marmalade

No matter how much marmalade I make in January with Seville oranges it always seems to run out towards the end of the year.  In order to keep being able to offer home made perserves at breakfast I end up … Continue reading

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Autumn Fruits for Breakfast

Personally I love fruit for breakfast and in the summer its easy, a bowl of cherries looks lovely, everyone enjoys strawberries and melon is always refreshing.  However a little more effort goes into the fruit on the breakfast table in … Continue reading

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Plum Jam

A friend has a plum tree in her garden and came round to see me with a carrier bag full of delicious purple fruit.  We were about to go a way for three nights so that evening I made a … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for starting a B&B

Ten Tips for B&B owners Ask yourself if you really have the skills required for the job.  Are you approachable, reliable, helpful and friendly.  Organised, tidy, have a good attention to detail, a good cook and cleaner and have some … Continue reading

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Jams and Preserves

The summer is always so busy for us here at Castleton House.  Mainly because we have so many visitors coming to stay while the days are long and the unpredictable English weather is most likely to be better behaved; and … Continue reading

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Things to consider when buying a B&B

I’m writing now with a few thoughts to consider if you’re searching for a property specifically to start up a B&B business. Buying an existing B&B should make it easier to find finance for the venture and identify your customer … Continue reading

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Accommodation near Stourhead

  Here we are offering <accommodation near Stourhead>, one of the National Trust’s most visited places and despite often visiting ourselves I’ve never thought about looking into the history and importance of these gardens in any depth.   But as I … Continue reading

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Starting a B&B? Your Website, Your Most Important Marketing Tool

I’m focusing on the ‘shop window’ for all Bed and Breakfast businesses – their website.  I appreciate that many of you will be up to the mark on all the complexities of setting up a website; however I still meet … Continue reading

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Spring Newsletter 2013

Easter is finally upon us and I would like to think that we’ve come out of hibernation however the winter seems to be dragging on, even late in to April if the forecasters are to be believed. As our location … Continue reading

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Autumn Newsletter 2012

Autumn 2012 Newsletter If you like a good read now the nights are drawing in then our local Literary Festivals might be of interest I’ve rather been neglecting my blog this summer despite all my resolutions in January not to … Continue reading

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