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Introduce Yourself: January edition

Welcome to the Partner Forum!

Posting in a new community can be pretty daunting, so to kick things off for the newcomers, we’d love to know:

  1. Where you’re from?
  2. What’s your property like?
  3. How long have you been in the business?

Bonus round! If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Even if you just say hi, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to include links to your property listing or photos - though keep in mind photos can only be uploaded through the desktop version of this site.

See anything that you like to discuss? Start a new post

If you are new to the forum, check out this article about how things work over here, including our Community Guidelines and how to update your profile name and photo.

Happy posting :)

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M Adamopoulou

Thanks Laura for the topic.You will not believe it. Its what my husband asked me this morning. If I went back in time would I do things the same way. Of course!! all the way!! My life has been like a fairytale.

Have two lovely children, one beautiful grandaugther and thank God although we had hard times in the past we are all healthy. With my husband we have traveled and discovered our country, first of all, and then around the world in so many places over and over again. Now that my grandaughter is ten years old I dont tell her fairytales but my life adventures and discoveries. Now she takes part in hosting and is thrilled. The fairytale never ends....

Happy posting to everyone!!!

6 months ago
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Le Balcon des Jasses

Im Lucy, I start Bed and Breakfast in My home 2002, and been with Booking.com in 8 years. The name of my Property is Le Balcon des Jasses, Located in South West France. I own 3 apartments, ass short time rent or with Breakfast and Dinner. I do full room service and clean the room, for my clients, every day.

I have a Jacuzzi, a big garden, I love flower, and decorations, a Tea House where i serve Chinese Green tea, its very popular and people sometimes just arrive for a cup of tea.

I run my apartments a "high" style, with everything people need when traveling.

Im not cheap, in the lower end for what i 4 star Hotel take.I have 9.5 with Booking.com, thanks

Im almost fully booked every year, except November where I have Holiday with my Husband.

I love this job, I am a educated Medical Doctor, but to much stress, and problems.

Now I deal with people on holiday, happy people, and many people and Family from different countries come back every year.

I will not turn my "clock" back, few years more, than a new family can take over, if.........

Thank you

Lucy

Le Balcon des Jasses, SW France..................

6 months ago
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Boholgardenhomes

It's amazing to be part of the community and build ties with all of you. Hopefully will get to support one another, make great friendships and enjoy life not just the business. Anything that we can help here at Bohol Garden Homes please do not hesitate to ask. :)

6 months ago
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Sharonhaseley


Hi we are Charles and Sharon Haseley we recently moved to France to realise our dream and are now running Tevejean a luxury Chambre d'hote de Charme based in Mur de Breatagne Brittany ,we have three dogs (weimaraners) and love the outdoor space and wildlife here.

We have already started welcoming our guests who have been very happy and our aim is to ensure our guests have the best stay they possibly could.

6 months ago
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Le Balcon des Jasses

Sharonhaseley

Welcome to France, hope you will be happy to do Chambre d' Hotes and Table d'Hotes in France. I been doing this for over 16 years, and I enjoy every day..

Le Balcon des Jasses, ESPERE

Hi From Lucy

6 months ago
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Sharonhaseley

Hi Lucy
Thankyou so much you obviously enjoy it very much x

6 months ago
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k2u

Sharonhaseley,

Welcome Charles and Sharon, Looks like a beautiful place. Enjoy your guests. Make some amazing memories ! Good luck

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Welcome all to this beautiful and helpful forum. Nice to have you here. Charles and Sharon your place looks spectacular. Being close to mother nature is very tranqualizing.

Happy posting!!!

6 months ago
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Deartraveller Id

Hi everyone, its my first post, and my first week is Booking.com also my first property, can wait to share any knowledge of you all,

My property named Dear Traveller Guest House and Glamping, its located ner Tumpaksewu Waterfall, Lumajang Indonesia. little niagara of Indonesia.

best regards

Poery

6 months ago
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Laura, Communi…

Welcome everyone to the Partner Forum! Sharonhaseley, I imagine that springtime is particularly beautiful at your property with its pastoral green setting.

Lucy, your Tea House experience sounds so inviting!

6 months ago
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Damayantha Desilva

Hi

My name is Dam from Sri Lanka, and would like to join this forum, My property is " White House Apartments" in the city of Galle, Sri Lanka.

6 months ago
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Alfredjames130

Good day to you all always looking for this great oppotunity to say Hi to you guys on partner forum

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Have a pleasan day and dont forget thumbs up!!!

6 months ago
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Sarah Heard

Hi everyone, my name´s Sarah and I have a holiday apartment in the lovely town of Pinoso in the inland Alicante region of Spain.

I have been on booking.com for a while but only recently came across the forum and started posting.

As for the questions

  1. Where you’re from? I am from Yorkshire in the UK originally but have lived in Spain full time for over 10 years.
  2. What’s your property like? My property is a 1 bedroom apartment with 2 wonderful outside terraces where guests can enjoy the year round sunshine. It´s in a small town surrounded by countryside where farming grapes, almonds and olives is the most common activity. The town has many wonderful fiestas throughout the year, we have just enjoyed the Spanish 3 King´s celebrations and parades.
  3. How long have you been in the business? This apartment is our first and we´ve been running it for a couple of years now. Although, as I love travel you could say I´ve been in the business for over 30 years - but most of that as a guest ;-)

Bonus round! If you could go back in time, where would you go? oooo this is a really difficult question .... I would probably go back to the Yukon in Canada where I went in 1988 - this time taking my lovely husband back in time with me :-)

6 months ago
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Rambujehotel

My name is alta. My hotel was constructed in 2005 and only in 2018 we were able successfully open it. The name of my property is Rambuje Hotel . Located near a beautiful river called Drini, not far away from a wonderful beach called Vain. As you can imagine all this paradise is part of a small city Lezha in Albania. We operate with 18 rooms. We tried to fulfill every guest need and desires.
This year I reach 8.8 from booking. Thank you very much. We are full during summer and very kin to know how it will go during winter days.

6 months ago
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Breiner House …

Hey everyone, my name is Christina and I am new to booking.com. I own a property in Porto, Portugal. A cute little studio apartment with kitchenette and a balcony on a quiet street near the city center.

Although I have had some views of the property, I don’t seem to be getting any inquiries. Since I have no reviews on the property as of yet, I’m not sure how to promote the listing.

I would appreciate any advice from the forum on what I can do to get bookings...

Thanks so much,
Christina

6 months ago
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Guesthouse Shafran

Привет, меня зовут Ирина, мой guest house Shafran расположен в Украине в Одесской области на берегу Черного моря.

С booking.com я два года, столько же и существует наш гостевой дом. Это наш с мужем маленький проект, в котором мы хотим дарить любовь нашим гостям, что бы они возвращались к нам снова и снова. Поэтому стараемся постоянно что то совершенствовать.

В этом году получили награду Guest Review Award 2018.

Спасибо, что разрешили присоединиться к единомышленникам) .

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi! Sarah-Heard, love your profile picture, you are beautiful and very happy...

so nice to have you here. I love Spain. Have visited your country, with my husband many times and had great time. Hope we can do it again sometime. Yukon, Canada, another beautiful place to be. I have lived in Toronto, Canada for many years when attending school and afterwards visit it a couple of times with my husband and children. Many adorable relatives and friends still live there and come to visit us in Greece every year. So our summers are even more beautiful with reunions.

I was borned in Athens, lived for 5 years in Canada and now with my husband have settled down and enjoy our summer house in Oropos, 5 klm from the beach and 55 klm away from Athens.

Our summer house is a two storeys house. In the upper floor is our Studio which is available to guests only in the summetime from April till October, since in the wintertime it is occupied by us.

The Studio is 85 sq. m., with fully equipped kitchen, dining area, living room, big veranda, fireplace, flat-screen TV, private bathroom whith shower and free luxury toiletries, excellent quality towels and bed linen, private garden with barbecue facilities. The amazing panoramic view of sea and mountains is the reason everybody loves the Studio.

We love being outdoors. We live to travel. We believe riches come from experiences, not things. It is important to us to live everyday to the maximm, because knows what’s around the corner. We love adventure, travel, great food and good friends, preferably all at once.

Have a nice day....

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi! -Rambujehotel very nice to hear you are full. I have visited your beautiful country but where exactly is Lezha.

I have been to ksamil. The place is wonderful and the beaches incredible.

Christina dont worry. You will have your bookings in no time. In the meantime share your property in facebook, instagram etc. Visit your Opportunities and Promotion tab in you Extranet inbox. Making some deals helps a lot since many guests are searching for bargains.

Cheers!!!

6 months ago
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Centerfrance

Hi, everyone, my name is Angie and I should have introduced myself before but never realised there was this opening forum.

I am English from the S.West of UK, my husband and myself are helping our son to develop his house,situated in the Center of France in the middle of one of the largest oak forests in Europe. The finest oak is used for wine barrels and the making of Cognac.There is much history in the area.

One apartment is being let for holiday rentals and the house is beside a beautiful fishing lake,the apartment has beautiful views of the lake and surrounding forest.

People come for the fishing, walking,with their pets,to just be able to appreciate the silence in the forest and close to nature.

I would not change being able to come to this area and feel very privileged, in this age of `hustle and bustle`. however technology makes it simple to communicate ,worldwide.

To Christina, we have been with booking .com for a year and it was ,`slow`,to start but you will find that any business takes time to nurture and grow, don`t become` fainthearted`,you will soon find your `niche`.

6 months ago
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Breiner House …

Hi Angie,

In the middle of an Oak forest! Sounds incredible! There is something about being outdoors amidst nature that is so attractive, such beauty.

My family and I visited Cognac during a festival one year. It took place in the center of town. We first enjoyed a walking tour through some of the beautiful vineyards and later that evening, sipped some sinfully delicious cognac while listening to live jazz music at said festival. We had a memorable time and would definitely enjoy visiting again.

As for the process, i understand it is a slow one, but there is something about hosting, greeting your guests, sharing some hotspots or sights to see around town, just overall making there stay a pleasant experience, just as I have had in the places we have visited and with the hosts who received us.

I sincerely thank you for the encouragement and
yes, I certainly plan to hang in there while any tips or advice are definitely and greatly appreciated since this is my first time hosting.

Sincerely,
Christina

6 months ago
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Vincent

Hello good people!

I am happy to be in this forum. My name is Vincent Uwitonze from Kigali,Rwanda. Our property is called "The Nest" and we have been in the business for 2 years. Thank you

6 months ago
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Damayantha Desilva

Hi Vincent,

Nice to see you here, Rwanda which city are you from,

Dam

6 months ago
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Judy Gathiru

Hi My name is Judy Wamaitha, and my property name is Huku Qwetu- City Sea Breeze-C5 located in Kenya.

Happy New Year to all of you.

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Nice to have so many new partners in the forum.
A very welcome to you all.
Share your suggestions and new ideas with us.
Happy posting!!!

6 months ago
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Nicole Brioschi

Hi everyone! My name is Nicole and I am the owner of Villa Searose in Lipari, Sicily. I manage the property with my boyfriend and, after 4 years in the business, I can say this is the perfect job for us. We are very looking forward for this 2019 and hope to develop great ideas with all of you! Ciao :)

6 months ago
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Le Balcon des Jasses

Hi Nicole, nice you join us, My name is Lucy, I run Chambre d' Hotes, et Table d' Hotes, in South west France for 17 years, Correct, its I agree, the best part of my life. Hard work, but lovely people.

We always dream to own a small holiday home in Sicily, its a really nice place..Home you are doing well, best luck in 2019..;

Hep hep from Lucy

Le Balcon des Jasses, France

6 months ago
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Lodumo Guesthouse

Hie
I am Siphathisiwe Ncube you can call me Phathie in short.
My place is called Lodumo Guest House located in the quiet area of Hillside Central in Bulawayo ,Zimbabwe.I am a year old on Booking.com but very New in Partner forum.
I hope to learn more from all of you so that I can win an award again in 2019.

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Welcome to the forum Lodumo-Guesthouse. Of course you will gain many useful info in this forum.
I am sure you will win an award if you really want it so much.
Wish you all the best.

6 months ago
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P Jarrett

Hey, its Paul & Clare here! We have renovated an old cottage in the grounds of our property, and offer just two luxury rooms in Long Melford, Suffolk, England. We opened in May 2018, and have just won a guest review award on b.com with a score of 9.9!!

The cottage overlooks the stately mansion of Melford Hall, making The Mill the perfect place to stay in the centre of Long Melford!

Our two boutique rooms are beautifully furnished and have private off road parking and their own individual entrances, offering both privacy and flexibility so guests can come and go with ease.

The Melford Room is open plan and spacious. It features a sumptuous freestanding brass and nickel bath in the living area and beautiful hand polished cast iron radiators. The room offers a real sense of space and has a small outdoor seating area offering a lovely vista toward the soaring spires of Melford Hall.

The Garden Room is calm and relaxing, and has a charming garden for the exclusive use of its guests; a delight in the summer months! The garden is perfect for eating breakfast al fresco or cooking an evening barbecue. A wood burner is installed for the winter which makes for a very romantic stay.

Both rooms are very generous in size measuring apx 300ft2. and have large, wall mounted televisions, walk in showers and luxury baths. The rooms are single storey, making them very accessible and they form part of a Grade II listed cottage that used to serve the working mill in times gone by. Completely renovated in 2018 and brought back to their former glory, the Grade II listed cottage and Hall Mill house can be found on Historic England's Heritage list.

The Mill is steeped in history being mentioned in the Domesday Book. It sits next to the ford which crosses Chad Brook, giving Long Melford its name (“Mill Ford”). In addition, the famous war poet Edmund Blunden lived here until his passing in 1974; Edmund studied, wrote poetry and died at The Mill, there is a collection of some original books by Edmund Blunden for guests to enjoy at their leisure.

Our website is www.themill-longmelford.com

Come and stay with us but of course you must book via booking.com!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hello P Jarrett and welcome to the forum. I checked out your Mill. It’s fantastic, a wonderful place to visit and relax. The wood burner looks very romantic and cosy.
Congratulations for your award.
Have a prosperous New Year....

6 months ago
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Mario I.

Hi there,

I'm Mario and I live in sunny Limassol, Cyprus. I manage 2 of my own apartments as well as 3 other properties for my clients. What I love about hosting is not just meeting new and exciting people but ensuring that they have the best time while they are in Cyprus.

One of my properties is a 2 bed apartment opposite the sea which we fully renovated when we purchased it a few years ago. I ensure that the property is maintained to a very high standard and that it has everything that a guest might need or require.

Our second property is a stylish modern studio which is also very close to the sea and all our guests love it as it feels home to them.

I began managing properties on a full-time basis around a year ago and absolutely love the buzz and challenge of the hospitality industry.

Here is a link to the 2-bed:

https://www.booking.com/hotel/cy/kermia-court-2.en-gb.html?label=gen173nr-1FCAsoOUIOa2VybWlhLWNvdXJ0LTJICVgEaDmIAQGYAQm4ARjIAQzYAQHoAQH4AQOIAgGoAgQ;sid=8ced227f095885a259852821f58b78a3;dist=0&keep_landing=1&sb_price_type=total&type=total&

Here is a link to the studio:

https://www.booking.com/hotel/cy/green-valley-modern-studio.en-gb.html?label=gen173nr-1DCAsoOUIaZ3JlZW4tdmFsbGV5LW1vZGVybi1zdHVkaW9ICVgEaDmIAQGYAQm4ARjIAQzYAQPoAQH4AQOIAgGoAgQ;sid=8ced227f095885a259852821f58b78a3;dist=0&keep_landing=1&sb_price_type=total&type=total&

Wishing all the partners a great 2019!!

Mario

6 months ago
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Laura, Communi…

Welcome Mario, Phathie, Paul & Clare, Nicole, Christina, Alta, Sarah and Judy - it's nice to meet you! Wishing you a wonderful start to your 2019 :)

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Mario very nice to have you here. I love Cyprus and have many friends from Limassol and Paphos. I checked out your properties, they are both beautiful. Very nice decorated with warm colours and very relaxing. Being near the sea is very tranquilizing.

Have a nice evening.

6 months ago
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Wendycroft02

My name is Wendy, my place is located in Samal Island, Davao Philippines.. I am hosting for a year now from another platform and just joined booking.com recently.. I must say, although in the beginning Im not really into hosting because of privacy reasons and stuff. Im just thinking of accumulating funds for the project i have in mind.. Once i managed to reach it i will stop hosting then.. But then.... The more guests staying at home, the more friends i've got.. , knowing different people with different cultures is sooo much fun!!!! . And now I kind of loving it!! , And i think its something i like doing!! .. Im so passionate about it now,, that in days I don't have booking It feels like something is missing . lol

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

-Hi! Wendycroft02 very nice to have you here. I understand exactly how you feel when you dont have bookings. For the wintertime my property is closed. Cant wait till guests start arriving. Hosting is fun and I love it.

Your pictures are beautiful and your swimming pool looks amazing.

Have a nice weekend.

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Lucy you look fabulous!!! Family Dinner Inspiration!!! Wish I was there!!!

Cheers!!!

6 months ago
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Le Balcon des Jasses

M. Adamopoulou, you are welcome; always.....and I have the best Malbec wine......

Lucy

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Lucy thank you very much, I highly appreciate it. I love French wines and especially Malbec. Maybe in the near future we can enjoy a glass of your superb wine. I have visited so many times your country. I love it. Hope I can come back someday. My husband loves driving so we have enjoyed your fantastic country both in winter and in summer. Starting from Nice we have visited the beautiful towns along the amazing French Riviera (Cote d'Azur) ending to stunning St. Tropez. A shore excursion with stunning views to the sea. Another time we visited Paris, the city of lights, (Aifel tower, Museums, galeries,churges, heritage towns,monuments).with its dazzling boulevards and bridges, Versailles, Dijon, Fontainebleau, Le Man. Once in wintertime our destination was the breathtaking Chamonix, and the beautiful petit villages in the valleys of Mont Blanc. Unbelievable, like a fairy tale scenery. Bordeaux, Royan, Toulouse, Albi, Montpellier, Rodez, Roquefort, Nimes have been some other unforgettable places we have visited and so many more that I cant remember.

At this point I must mention that my first guest was a couple from Eglise Villeneuve, Cot d' Azur. I was thrilled. I welcomed them with a glass of Greek red wine and they left me with an excellent review.


Sorry, if I got carried away. France is a legend for me...

Lucy, thanks for sharing with us a marvelous dinner....

Maria

6 months ago
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Rambujehotel

Le-Balcon-des-Jasses looks fabolous . Well done

5 months ago