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jaybeegee - in the UK Bdc's standard commission is 15% with Genius/Preferred Partnership costing more.
Expedia are the same - they started trying 18% but found no one would join them so dropped to match Bdc - I have heard that this can vary in different countries, so I guess it may depend on where you are located.
Since you all appear to be enjoying them - a close encounter that I don't think my gardener will ever forget... enjoy!
I can understand the reason for your "No noise" rule pibomarco; unfortunately the definition of "noise" is the problem... illustrated for me last week - two elderly ladies in a twin room were talking into the early hours of the morning - just talking; but two other guests complained to me about the "noise which kept us awake..."
As usual with guests - what is reasonable to one guest, is unreasonable to another.
Jut in case anyone thought I may be exaggerating... firstly "Redford" named by my wife after the most handsome man she knows.... then this years' offspring...
We leave the room as we would like to find rooms left for us... we don't strip beds etc but rather than leave a tip to be taken by the duty housekeeping staff we tend to leave a large box of chocolates for them to share and a note saying thank you - provided the housekeeping was up to our own standard that is!
Choosing the room is more important - we always phone and check on rooms dimensions/location direct with the hotel - for our four/five days off each year this is important.
Invariably we meet the owner/manager whilst staying and let him take to any room he feels would suit us better - for future reference. Just as we do with our own guests - a good way of getting them to trade-up on their next visit!
"Come fox watching" - we have entire fox families in our garden, guests come down for breakfasts which go cold as they spend time watching/photographing the foxes...
Lisa4training and others - the problem with coloured bedding is the same as with coloured towels - one lady with dyed hair which has not been fully dried after she has had her shower before heading to bed and the pillow cases/duvet cover etc will get bleach marks.
We used to have coloured towels to fit with the colours in the rooms - on one occasion I had two full hand-prints on the coloured towel where the customer had used it to dry her bleached dyed hair. So now white only towels and we just take that risk with the bedding...
Well Larry I am pleased that you are happy, because I cannot see you generating much of a profit from this set up - laundry costs alone will make a hefty hole in your income and by the time you have laundered/dried towels etc, I could envisage your pension supporting the B&B....