Staying at Sunflowers Bed and Breakfast in Gillingham, Dorset – some recent feedback!

We love to make people feel welcome and at home in our home – so far at this point in 2017,  we have hosted just over 50 guests this year,  who have travelled to Dorset from all over the UK, as well as from Holland, France, Italy, Portugal and China.

Our booking calendar is already looking forward to welcoming bed and breakfast travellers from Germany, Sweden, Belgium and New Zealand (who may find themselves receiving a special gift for being our most far flung guests!).

And we also love to get feedback – read some here on our main feedback page and here’s a few of the lovely comments we’ve received in recent weeks:

wp-1483517050541.jpgDear Cleo – thanks for the lovely stay. I’ll recommend you in Holland! Great breakfasts and I loved the wonderful dinner you made me. Dank je wel! Simen, The Netherlands

 

A real home from home, with a lovely comfy room, a great breakfast and a charming host. Thank you! Paul, Berkshire

 

Thank you so much. The perfect getaway – a lovely room and a real treat to use the hot tub! ObrigadaMarta and Rita, Portugal

 

Thank you for an amazing stay – I had a very peaceful and restful night. Just perfect! Mark, West Midlands

 

Thank you for a lovely stay and a delicious dairy free breakfast! What a great room – we have the feeling we will be coming back again soon. Justin and Diana, Lincs

 

A warm welcome and a lovely, peaceful stay. Mike, Bristol

 

Thank you for a fantastic weekend – warm, comfortable and very well looked after! My third return visit and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Elizabeth, Kent

 

Thank you for fitting us in at such short notice after our car broke down! A fantastic stay in a warm and comfortable room. Hope to see you again soon. Ann and Ian, Essex

 

wp-1486645313818.jpgA lovely stay; we were very well looked after by a fantastic host whilst in the area on a house hunting trip. We were all made to feel very welcome, especially Harry aged 2½. We hope to be back soon. The Mitchells, Kent

 

Very welcoming and very comfortable. A fantastic night’s sleep. Lovely to stay in a cosy home rather than in a hotel when away on a business trip. Simon, London

Want to come and stay? Just give us a call or drop us a line with your dates and let’s make it happen. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year from Gillingham, Dorset!

wp-1483517050541.jpgHappy New Year! We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year break.

We were fully booked from December 30th and had five wonderful guests staying with us, who took advantage of our special New Year package and enjoyed  complimentary cocktails in the hot tub (I made a big jug of Poinsettias – here’s the recipe), a very special New Year’s Day breakfast (pictured: triple cheese strata, local sausages and oven roasted tomatoes) and a late check out.

Both sets of guests had dinner on New Year’s Eve at our local restaurant South Street Kitchen and came home raving about their delicious food and cocktails!

Sharon was kind enough to leave us this feedback:

We spent two nights at this lovely B&B for New Year’s and it was the best experience we’ve had. Cleo and Steve were so welcoming and the rooms made us feel right at home! The beds were very comfy and the rooms had everything you need for a pleasant stay. The breakfast was delicious, as Cleo had invested the thought and time to bring in local produce for us to try and on New Year’s Day she even made us a very yummy cooked breakfast. We were very happy to discover the beautiful, quaint town of Lyme Regis and have a nice dinner at South Street Kitchen in Gillingham, which is 10 minutes walking distance away from the B&B – which was all recommended by Cleo, for which we are very grateful.

Peggy the dog is the cutest ever and we were so pleased with how well she got on with our daughter who is two. Not only that, but Cleo even thought about providing some books, DVDs and toys for Amelie (our daughter) to enjoy. The hot tub was definitely one of the highlights of our trip – we can not fault this place in any way and will definitely be returning when Amelie is older and then she can sign the guest book too. Thank you so much again for everything, Cleo, Steve and Peggy :).

wp-1483525435233.jpgAnd the second photo for today is the guest book review in both French and Italian from Florien and Claudia!

My goal for 2017 is to continue to host lots of lovely guests from all around the world and we are off to a flying start so far; our first visitor of the new year drove here (with his dog!) from Holland and we already have guests from Portugal and Belgium booked in. So, whoever and wherever you are as you read this – here’s to a wonderful 2017 and we look forward to hearing from you when you’re ready to make your booking!

 

 

More on the power of feeling welcome and included

We were fully booked last weekend, in all three of our rooms; I was delighted to welcome back some returning guests, who first stayed with us last summer and also some new ones, who were in Gillingham to attend a baby shower. Hopefully we will see them again too,  when they come back to the area in the New Year for the baby’s naming ceremony!

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Welcome to Sunflowers

I blogged a few weeks ago about the various nationalities who have passed through our doors this year – since then,  we have welcomed a lady from China and a couple from Ghana; but also quite a few extremely local people who needed a place to stay whilst they went out to a Christmas party. It’s always fascinating to hear the answers to the question “So, what brings you to Gillingham?” and this lovely photo, originally shared by a bed and breakfast owners’ group of which I’m a member, completely sums up my hosting ethos: WELCOME.

Thank you – and a few thoughts on inclusion

2016-08-07-15-16-22Today my friends and former/future guests in the USA are celebrating Thanksgiving. So I give my thanks to everyone who has stayed with us since we opened up the doors of our home – I am truly grateful to you all.

And a few weeks ago, people of Indian/Hindu origin celebrated Diwali,  the festival of light; I’ve spent a lot of time in India and Diwali has always been one of my favourite celebrations. Thinking about these global traditions also coincided with Airbnb publishing its “Community Commitment”, which reminds hosts to treat people fairly and equally and to not display bias or discrimination towards potential or actual guests.  As somebody who spent a long part of my corporate career in a senior diversity and inclusion role, thinking and behaving in an inclusive and welcoming manner is very much in my DNA; now that I’m a Dorset B&B landlady, this is proving to be the most wonderful part of my life.

Today, we received a booking from a lady of Chinese origin,  who will be in the area on business – she will be our first guest from that country. Looking back through my guest book,  I can see “thank you” written in about six different languages and I note that we have hosted  people from countries which include all four corners of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Nigeria, France, Russia, India, Zimbabwe, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Poland.

So,  thank you again to all of our wonderful guests – we have loved hosting you and we look forward to all that the future may bring.