July 1, 2014

It is quite possible that the following is of little interest to others than myself.  That’s fine by me.  On the other hand, I am realizing more and more that most of my peers are tending to think the same way and we have many lively and controversial conversations con...

June 26, 2014

The years seem to  pass ever quicker and we are again approaching the Season of the Summer Stress (I blogged about this last  year!). 

 

You feel it ‘in the air’ – the increasing traffic, the pressure to get a table at a restaurant, the crescendo of noise in ge...

June 20, 2014

Nowhere could be better for this ‘occupation’ than Tarifa with its mix of locals, ages, expats and immigrants.  It is a colourful scenario, to say the least, with equal doses of elegance, attempted elegance, over-dressed and under-dressed !

 

The fashion parade ( a summe...

April 16, 2014

Again, as so often in life, it is a question of ‘Looking for the Opportunities in the Problems and not the Problems in the Opportunities …’. This time, that is not so difficult. Some might almost think I missed the flight back from Marrakech to Sevilla (and so ‘home’ t...

September 12, 2013

Only some 20 years ago, Tarifa was an unspoilt fishing village. Now renowned as a High Wind area and a kite/wind surfer’s paradise, Tarifa has come into its own as a summer vacation resort for the more’ sports-minded’ . It has long, golden beaches, no high-rise, a wall...

September 11, 2013

Pro : It can be a lot of fun. You meet a lot of very interesting people who are in a good mood because they are on holiday. Remember, you are selling them their holiday dream.

 

Con : You can’t like all your guests equally, and some can be really grumpy if something tota...

September 4, 2013

Think long and think hard. It is hard work, and it is not a ‘get rich quick’ business. Running a small Bed and Breakfast with a few rooms in and around your own house, doing the work yourselves if you are devils for punishment , with no staff contracts, no social secur...

August 27, 2013

All guest house owners have funny stories to tell about mishaps, double bookings, lovely and not so lovely guests. We give a dinner once a year for other guesthouse owners in the vicinity with whom we have become friends. Over dinner each can tell two stories - one abo...

August 20, 2013

When you open it seems like a good idea to invite friends and contacts to stay as NPG’s in the various apartments to try them out. When they want to come again and the NPG formula (non paying guests) is no longer in force, you risk losing friends. You are faced with ma...

August 13, 2013

Anyone who has bought property in Spain and has tried to convert or add on (be it only one wall) and to do so legally will doubtless have had the same experience. If I add to this the fact that my house, and later the next door guesthouse, is built partly into the 12th...

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