What I do when I'm not Steeming: I run a B&B in France!

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Some of you will know me from my daily posts in freewriting, actifit and dtube. Some of you may have seen the little creatures I create out of felt. But how do I make a living?

Not out of any of the above!

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Together with my wife, Andrea, I run a bed and breakfast in the middle of France. It is very small (it has three rooms and an apartment). We aren’t rich by any means, we don’t have any kids so the money we do make is just about enough (although we will probably never be able to retire!)!

We bought the house in 2005 and moved to France from London in 2007. We had done some work before we arrived (the apartment was done) but much of the work we did ourself when we moved (the electrics were done professionally and most of the plumbing too).

I replaced all the single glazed windows with double glazed ones (14 windows!) myself.

I didn’t find any real treasure when renovating the house, but behind a mirror I did find this collection of oddities:

The newpapers are dated 1868 and 1872.

Today I cleaned one of the rooms ready for the next guests. I took this video to show you what it is like:

Running a B&B is a strange thing to do. We don’t have a separate apartment for ourselves so we share the main house with our guests. It can be a bit stressful at times, and the first few times we had guests in it was really weird! Most of the times our guests are delightful but sometimes they can be a trial. We had one lot of guests who let themselves into our living room and helped themselves to our whisky and we have had a couple of things go missing. But in over 10 years nothing too serious.

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So glad to see this post. Once a week about the b&b would be most appropriate.

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I have a small farmhouse we are working on (or should be working on!). Not sure what we are going to do with it yet (rent, sell...?). Originally we bought it because we wanted to do something different but now we're not sure. Property here doesn't really increase in value (drops if anything) so you can't really make money on it like you can in the UK. You'd be lucky to get the same money back that you spent on it.

Great to see your place in France. Keep safe and clean, watch out for the coronavirus. It's spreading in North Italy now.

So we hear! We are pretty isolated here, but running a B&B we never know who might turn up and where they have been!

We have the Little Room in our home which we let occasionally. It can be enormously stressful especially, as you say, when guests (which is what they are, even though they're paying) don't respect the boundaries. We have had that experience. Happily they're far and few between. Actually, I've learned that you can spot the high maintenance ones quite quickly.

It can be fun, though!

Yes, I have an informal policy that if I don't like the "feel" of how someone behaves on the phone or by email then I won't rent them a room. It is very rare, but you have to trust your instinct.

Once upon a time....far in the future, when I've saved up enough money I am definitely going to come and visit you!

When you are a rich and famous author! Hopefully soon! :)

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