A cute little B & B in the country somewhere, with facilities for perhaps 5 rooms (maximum). Possibly little detached cottages (like in SA), or converted house-stables, or…
Integrate with the local community! If there’s a sweet-shop, put a bag of their sweets in the “welcome basket”…
bike hire (with helmets)
“taxi” to local attractions, booking
champagne bucket on arrival (with strawberries)
“Free” with room booking:
advice about the local area (including maps)
Extra beds (trundle) and cots
Served in a breakfast room. (Breakfast only — no lunch or dinner.)
Ideas for breakfast:
Pancakes with fruit or bacon
Fried, poached or boiled eggs
Savoury grilled tomatoes
toast (of course!)
tea (in olde Englishe pots)
on the table:
buffet table with “continental breakfast”:
Rooms should be wooden floors, rugs, exposed brick- or timber-work; colonial/cottage-like, with period(-looking) furniture and a little gas fireplace. A romantic getaway for 30-something professionals.
Fresh-cut flowers in rooms.
“Arrival basket” with:
chocolates, cake, biscuits
grapes, fresh fruit
carafe of port
Also in the rooms:
bottle of wine with prices
In the bathrooms:
Old-style display of menu in rooms: colonial, aged look. Sepia-tone photos with “false colour” for the foods.
Books in rooms! “Guide book” about the B&B. Use an old photo-album.
Lunch hampers available — picnic you take away with you!
Daily room service checklist:
wipe down bathroom surfaces
We <italic>really</italic> have to do the garden well — pick a place that’s really quiet of an evening, then lay out the garden aesthetically. Need paths for people to wander along, seats to sit under the shade of a tree or in the “dying sun” (sunset).
lemon, lime and apple trees
herb-garden (for cooking)
chickens (for eggs)
trees which attract local birds
let us have lettuce
carrots, potatoes, pumpkin
industrial washing machine OR a good washing service?
crockery, cutlery: mismatched between different tables, antique(-looking)
First Steps From Here To There?
Five years time?
stay in different country locations
can go camping for family holidays
go to furniture auctions, to get comfortable with them
Internet research e.g. tourism statistics
where do people stay?
what facilities are available?
how much do people pay? competition?
what is in the locale? e.g. waterfalls
Can you do a good breakfast? For five families at once? Prove it! 🙂
advertising (e.g. website)
What types of hobby farms are there?
The short answer is; how many hobbies can you name? Perhaps you love wines and want to buy a small vineyard, or maybe you’re mechanically minded and want space for workshops and garages for your fleet of collectible cars?
Other common hobby farm possibilities and features to look for include:
- Pastures full of free-range poultry
- Expanses of bushland for rough riding horses
- Swathes of flat fertile land for growing fruit trees
- Rolling hills and plains for a menagerie of livestock and other animals
- Creeks for fishing and water sports