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We absolutely agree. We are so blessed to live in an Eco Estate, and we call our room that we listed on booking.com "the garden room". Yes, with small letters, because it is down to earth and supposed to remind us that earth and nature is so much bigger than us.
Anyway, we also found that having a big garden right outside the door is something our guests love. We would usually put some flowers from the garden (roses, lilies, hydrangeas) in the room when we have a female guest. For the gentlemen, we just stick to something more rustic/manly ;-) But we certainly agree - it just adds that something special.
We started hosting 'by accident'. LOL Yes, I was looking at opportunities to generate an income and we have a self-contained room that is ideally suited for hosting. So - we came up with a name, designed a simple logo, set up the room and took pictures. I then listed the property... and forgot about it! As we were excitedly preparing to go away for our annual week-long break-away, we received our first booking! Shock & panic!
Now things run fairly smooth and we have met some wonderful guests over the last 2 years. We keep it simple, neat and friendly - treating every guest as a valued individual, without making assumptions in the beginning. So, I keep a few notes about our returning guests - it helps a lot for those small but important little extras that they prefer.
Cleanliness is key. And I would always switch on the TV on either a nature channel (which fits in with the theme of our listing), and soothing & relaxing music. And we always switch on ambience lighting when a guest would arrive after dark.
Thank you for the recognition. We always strive to improve - even on the smallest things that you as a host might not consider significant. Its the small things that often makes a big difference for our guests.
Cheers to all the achievers!
Andre & Riana