Starting a Guest House

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: December 2014
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • 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 larger residential property that has been converted specifically for the purpose. Guest houses are typically family run and generally recognised as providing accommodation for six or more guests at one time, either on a bed and breakfast or half-board basis. Guests usually have access to communal areas, such as a dining room, lounge or TV room, but typically there is no access for non-residents.

Guest houses are subject to a considerable amount of legislation relating to food safety, alcohol licensing, data protection, discrimination, fire safety, planning consent, health and safety and waste disposal.

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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