I get a whole range of people attending the course from those undecided on whether a B&B is for them to others who have already welcomed their first guest. Some are buying existing B&Bs and others are creating a B&B from scratch.
The courses have also become quite international with participants from Germany, Switzerland, Bahamas, Australia, Singapore, Austria, Norway, Denmark. France, Portugal, Nigeria - to name but a few!
Here are just a few of the comments I've received after the course by email.
for your notes. We thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it very
I hope you are well. The information you included in your course and literature is
proving to be invaluable.
thanks for the follow up and additional information below. I just wanted
to thank you again for a really useful and interesting weekend — it has left me
motivated and inspired to keep planning!
was very nice to meet all the other participants as well — please do stay in
touch and keep me posted on your B&B plans, so we can broaden our list of
places to stay around the UK and Ireland!
Thanks again for being so open and sharing.
Thanks again for a very informative weekend – lots to think about!
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for providing such an excellent course, which has given me much to think about – particularly with respect to how I would market our B&B. The lunch was great too! :-)
Thank you for an engaging and informative weekend, Julie and I enjoyed learning more about B&B as a business...now to put it all into action.
just a quick email to say thank you for the course which I found very useful and informative
for all this information Karen and thanks for a really informative and
interesting two days, I've already got the blog started and ready to go, a very
exciting time for us, fuelled further by our two days with you!!!
Thank you for your email. I
thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it informative, which will contribute,
for sure, in making my decision going forward. The group interaction and
rapport between us all was great! Lunch was fab and the view was amazing!!
found the course really stimulating and very thorough. You are amazing in
your planning, organisation and attention to detail. I loved all the
psychology involved in the marketing and PR.
S and I just wanted to thank you for the excellent
A real insight to the reality of the business and presented with
patience and detail.
lovely to meet you all on weekend and thank you Karen for a very informative
and inspiring weekend...just now down to location location location!
Firstly thanks Karen for a great course, J and I
thoroughly enjoyed it. It really bought it to life for us and made everything
suddenly seem like a real possibility. We’ve just spent two weeks in Devon and
Cornwall, looking at potential areas and thinking seriously about our future.
It was great to see what you do Karen and that a life change does work and how
successful it can be. You’ve done so well Karen, a real inspiration.
Secondly, great to meet everyone, a really friendly group of people.
Also really nice to be surrounded by people with like-minded plans and dreams.
Would be great to keep in touch and hear how everyone is doing.
Hi all, I had such a lovely weekend with you lot, what a bunch of crazy
Thanks for hosting and teaching, Karen, I have definitely come away with
everything I could have needed.
Good luck everyone and keep in touch! Maybe we will all be competing on four
in a bed soon ??
Thanks for sharing the documents. I thoroughly enjoyed
the course and have been singing your praises all week (may even have got a
booking in the pipeline for you!).
Meeting everyone else was definitely an added bonus for me -
what a lovely bunch of people! I would love to keep in touch and find out how
you are all doing
you for a wonderful class, Karen - I learned so much more than I expected. And
SO much food for thought! You are clearly as talented a teacher as you are a
you for this and I really enjoyed the course, it was really informative.
be in touch after my move to Scotland.
Thank you for a super week-end
Your house and garden (scenery) are very beautiful and you
were the perfect host.
The course surpassed all expectations and I feel that I now
have all the basic knowledge around setting up a B&B required.
The week-end made my friend and I very positive about the
possibility of us following this dream!
(and Thank you for the receipt too).
Best Wishes to you
you for the receipt and downloads and also for an amazingly informative course
in beautiful surroundings. Thanks to Debbie for the lunches too!
thanks indeed for a most informative, instructive and insightful academy course
your skills as a trainer and presenter well in evidence, and your welcoming
personality it was a pleasure to spend the weekend in Shropshire at such a
lovely setting learning so much about how to Set Up, Market & Run a
Successful B & B. It has certainly given me the inspiration to act now and
set the wheels in motion for the next ‘career’.
G and I just wanted to say thank you so much for the
course at the weekend. We both really enjoyed it and have learnt so many
We got lost twice on familiar roads on the way home
because we were talking about it all and not concentrating on the route!
We can't wait to put it all into practice now.
We feel the course was so worth while and can't imagine
being able to start a B and B without having done it.
I can’t thank you enough for a fantastic course – excellent
value for money. Sending these notes additionally is very generous of you.
My husband approves of your full English – especially the
Had a successful trial yesterday. Timings were perfect- many
was great to meet you all. B and I learnt so much, thanks Karen for your
openness and useful information.
I'd just like to echo the comments. It
was a very informative few days and the course was really well run.
for a very enjoyable and informative weekend. Both R and I learned quite
a bit and really appreciate that via the course we have a framework to model
and set up our B&B.
was a pleasure being in the company of people with similar plans.
you so much for an enjoyable time and course content. I really enjoyed the
weekend. Lots to do read and consider!! I'm off to the Tourist Board tomorrow.
was really nice to be in the company of likeminded people with similar aims.
Great to meet everyone and hope we keep in touch.
enjoyed the weekend and meeting you all, so interesting to hear everyone's
plans, good luck with them.
It was such a pleasure meeting you (and the dogs) and seeing your
lovely B&B. Thank you so much for a wonderful two days full of
helpful information. I also have to compliment you on the food; it was
great. It's obvious that you run a first class operation and really know
your business. There is a great deal to digest past two days -
and much more to learn! - but I feel much better prepared for what lies ahead.
I really look forward to the day I am finally able to get touch to
tell you that I am open for business! Thanks again
a quick note to say thanks again for the course! It was superb. Really
thorough, really honest about what is involved but also really inspiring! When
I start a blog and/or Twitter, I'll be saying that!
and I would like to join I and L in thanking you for a well organised and
informative course. It has definitely given us some new ideas and better
understanding of how to embark on our B&B journey.
was also great to have an opportunity to meet a group of such motivated people.
Good luck to all of you!
you an excellent and very informative course.
was particularly helpful to meet everybody else there and hopefully there will
be many more successes in the b&b world as a result.
luck to everybody, whatever you decide to do.
Just to say thanks very
much for a really interesting weekend with your advice and insights into
providing a bed and breakfast service. The thoughts and views of fellow course
members added to the weekend too.
The course really helped us to fine-tune
our thinking and preparation for our modest B & B idea
just wanted to say a big thank you to you for running the course last weekend.
It was a really good insight into running a proper establishment and has
inspired me to come home and get things sorted so I can get my own business off
the ground as quickly as possible.
what I saw, you provide an exceptionally high standard of hospitality and this
has served as a really good benchmark for what it is I wish to achieve myself.
done and I hope your success continues long into the future.
really enjoyed the course and still hope to open up a B and B some time next
year in Cumbria.
wish you all lots of luck in your own ventures and hope we all remain in
contact - through ‘thick and thin’.
sure once I’ve mastered ‘Twitter’ and ‘Facebook’ we will be able to
keep in contact in many ways.
once again to Karen who has helped put C and I on the right path in our
new future career.
for the documents.
course was really good. It's given us plenty to think about.
This is just a v quick
one to say thanks for a simply brilliant course over the last 2 days.
It was everything I'd
hoped to learn about setting up and running a successful B&B, and so much
more. Really insightful, engaging and practical. As you said at the start, I
didn't know what I didn't know (but now I do!).
Hope you manage to get
some good R&R in tonight - you certainly deserve it after two intensive
a short note to thank you for the weekend course.
found it very useful, both in the information delivered but more importantly,
it has made me reanalysed the type of b&b I would like and how it can work
for me. A little scary but very exciting! Now to do the research!!!!!
again and I will endeavour to utilise the tools learnt to find the perfect
place for me. I'll let you know if I succeed!!
you for the weekend course, I really enjoyed it. I would like to get up
and running for early July, but not sure if I will.
inspiring though and it would be good to put the course in to practice sooner
really enjoyed visiting Shropshire, first time for me. It was lovely to
do the course and enjoy the beautiful view.
to come back again to book your or another recommended B&B with friends,
parents and family.
you so much for the course and for the notes. We really enjoyed the weekend and
we have decided that we could definitely move forwards with running a B and B
in due course.
just wanted to say thank you very much for the superb course. I don't know what
I will plan to do and whether I go down the B&B route but, if I do, I know
I have the information I need. At the moment I am sorting things out
post-redundancy notification and getting CV sorted for a couple of leads on
jobs. I'm hoping when the dust settles a little, I can take the time to review
everything covered over the weekend!
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