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If you have ever thought about running a B&B or small guest house, or are seriously considering making this on !

Are you fed up with your job? Looking for a career change? Or perhaps nearing retirement or redundancy ? Always wanted to work for yourself but never had the chance ?

Elaine and Richard at the highly rated Red Townhouse have designed a comprehensive 2 day course on the day to day running of a B&B or small guest house. We provide accommodation, all course materials and an information pack full of hints & tips to take away with you. We can help you achieve your dream !

Whilst there are a number of online guides and books available, we are offering practical advice and training whilst you stay with us in our B&B in Cumbria on the edge of the fantastic Lake District and North Pennines. You will leave with a better understanding of what's involved, what makes a successful B&B, common pitfalls to avoid and better able to make an informed decision on whether this is the life for you.

What makes our course different is it’s personal approach as we tailor each course to our clients requirements. You will be the only clients on your course and therefore able to ask any questions, or raise any concerns, relevant to your potential business.

Although it may not seem like it, the B&B landscape is always changing and moving forward. We have recently comprehensively updated our course to ensure we cover the latest legislative changes such as the introduction of the GDPR data protection rules in 2018, as well as covering all aspects of setting up your business and the day to day running and marketing.

The course is led by Elaine (who is a qualified and experienced adult trainer) and is residential, requiring a minimum of 2 nights accommodation, although if you have a long way to travel then 3 nights will be more comfortable for you. Richard & Elaine have experience of both taking over an existing guest house business and setting up a B&B from scratch in our home.

Total course price                    £300 per couple
Accommodation (2 nights)       £150 per couple

If you are thinking of going into this business on your own, that’s no problem ! The accommodation part of the prices above will be discounted to £110 for 2 nights.

We recommend that both/all parties involved in the purchase and running of a B&B attend our course.

If you are interested in finding out more, or attending a course, please call us on 01768 866914. We are more than happy to discuss the course content, dates, etc., or discuss any particular requirements you may have.

Courses are available throughout the year, subject to accommodation availability, as staying with us is part of the ‘learning experience’.

What recent attendees have said:

" Just got back from a lovely weekend at The Red Townhouse B&B , myself my Sister & Brother-in-law were on one of Richard and Elaine's "How to run a B&B course"........... There were 2 days of extensive learning and laughing (guest anecdotes) everything you need to no about setting up and running a B&B. Thank you Elaine and Richard for super weekend at The Red Townhouse. I would recommend it to anyone thinking of doing the same. " Helen, 2017

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