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How to Start and Operate Your Own Bed-and-Breakfast: Down-To-Earth Advice from an Award-Winning B&B Owner Paperback – May 15, 1994

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Martha Watson Murphy is the owner of Murphy's B&B in Narragansett, Rhode Island. She teaches a seminar based on the book at Brown University's Learning Community.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (May 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805029036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805029031
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By R. Bolton on June 17, 2000
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This book goes room by room into decorating, supplies needed, rules, safety, and the likes which really helps when you are running a B&B. IT failed to really go into depth about the business aspects which I thought was a shame. This book is great if you are already running a B&B or want to decorate your house like one, but I would suggest buying several other B&B books to help give the complete picture. It also include recipies which was an added bonus. A good book for the right need.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Russell on August 17, 2004
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This book is a good introduction to the Bed & Breakfast business; I'm glad I read it first. It contains useful information and the tone is pleasant and light. But it is just a little dated (almost 10 years old), and you need to read several more books to get all the information you need (such as The Complete Idiot's Guide. . .)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2004
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The tone of this book is as lovely as I'm sure the author/innkeeper is. She's experienced at her business and her craft of teaching the art of owning a Bed and Breakfast.

This is one of many books you should purchase/read if you are interested in this field. Look for others (So-You Want to Be an Innkeeper: The Definitive Guide to Operating a Successful Bed-And-Breakfast or Country Inn, for example) for more hard-core business advice, and I'm Living Your Dream Life: The Story of a Northwoods Resort Owner, for true a taste of owner experience in the business
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Kibblehouse on August 2, 2006
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If you've just been bitten with the idea of starting a B & B as I have, this is a good book to start with. Lot's of info, with just enough detail to keep it from being a text book. I'm looking ahead to about 10 years before I go this route in my retirement, and this is a book I will always keep handy. It answered questions I didn't even know I had at this stage and kept my feet on the ground without bursting my bubble as some other books did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hans Beerbaum on January 27, 2010
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While this title is a little out of date (published in 1994), its essence is still accurate. From the beginning of time, a successful innkeeper has to provide certain services in order to create a successful, growing business.

Martha Murphy tells the budding host the essentials of hospitality, starting with your attitude, the house you're using, the beds and their care, bathrooms, meals, how to handle guests, marketing and the importance of record keeping. There are also plenty of stories about good guests and how to keep the "bad" ones from coming back (tell 'em you're already fully booked the next time they call).

What is missing is modern information about marketing through the internet, which was in its infancy in 1994. Other than that, the information is priceless and timeless.

The book also makes it pretty clear that hosting a B&B is WORK. You're not going to get rich by simply changing the sheets and hanging out a sign.
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How Not To Run A B&B If you liked Martha's great how to, try Bobby's How Not To!

Martha Watson Murphy runs a tight ship. In this informative and very helpful guide, she gently takes the would be innkeeper through all the advantages and some of the pitfalls involved in operating a successful B&B. She covers do's and don'ts for decorating, wise suggestions about privacy for the owner, breakfast suggestions (I've used her recipe for Parmesan Potatoes more times than I can count,) as well as prudent advice about rates, reservations and payments. I highly recommend this guide for anyone who's ever fantasized about running a B&B, as well as those who just want to know the inside story on what it's really like to be a B&B owner. Kudos, Martha! And come stay at the Blue Collar if you're ever in Sparwood.
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