One of the things both Hubby and I particularly enjoy when having guests to stay at our B&B is sharing with them. It is a wonder how much common ground can be found in the process of getting to know each other. We, who have essentially been strangers heretofore, suddenly find that we have similar concerns, likes and dislikes. And thus, in human terms, the world shrinks even smaller.
This weekend, we have had some really lovely guests staying with us. We discussed issues from hip replacements to bad knees and how these can affect the quality of life, to painting and decorating a home. How diverse can topics of interest be!
Sharing our home has helped us to contemplate the larger issues of our world in a way that perhaps we might not have done so. I will be the first to admit that one can often become caught up in one’s own concerns and forget that these might pale against what other people might have gone or be going through. Sometimes what our guests share with us about their lives remind us about this very important fact.
Like many people who run their own business, we are constantly striving to improve our performance. Then, while speaking with one of our guests, we found out that a tumble from the top of a ladder had caused him to break his back, thereby rendering him unable to continue in his own business, leading to its foreclosure and the loss of his home as well. Yet, the couple were a joy to have. They were kind, gentle, and joyful – all of which attributes made us feel very humble indeed.
Over the years, we have met so many people, and most have kindly let us into a little of their lives. This is a privilege that we never abuse. Running a smallish guest house rather than a large hotel means that we have the opportunity to become personally acquainted with our guests – they are not simple numbers to us. As a result, we have met some really wonderful people; and when they make return visits, they are greeted with the anticipation and enthusiasm one reserves for friends.
We hope that Blenheim Lodge will always be a guest house known for its warmth and hospitality. Our guests are important to us, and we want them to have a relaxing stay in our home. Our aim is to ensure that our guests are comfortable at all times in our B&B, and that they should return home refreshed from their holiday with us.
‘Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’
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