Guest House

  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

A guest house provides overnight or short-stay accommodation, typically in a large residential property that has been converted specifically for the purpose. Guest houses are usually family run and defined as providing accommodation for six or more guests at one time, either on a bed and breakfast or half-board basis. There are usually communal areas in a guest house for guests to use, such as a dining room, lounge or TV room, but typically there is no access for non-residents.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a guest house. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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