Are you the first innkeepers at your inn?

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We are the first innkeepers at our inn
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No, there were prev owners (PO's) of this inn
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Harborfields began as a B&B in 1948, owned and operated by our grandparents (although the family has owned the property since 1832). Over the years, the business evolved from an Inn/Lodge to just housekeeping cottages. When the grandparents died, the family employed a series of managers to operate the place. The most recent managers have moved on to the next stage of their lives, so now it is our turn to take responsibility for the day-to-day operations. Ownership remains within the family.

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We are only the third owners of this seaside, 150-year-old farmhouse and the first to run it as a B+B.  Every now and then family from the previous 2 owners comes knocking on the door to take a stroll down memory lane and we are happy to oblige if we are not full.  This was, and continues to be, a very happy house in an outstanding location with a rich history.  Boy, did we get lucky!!!!!

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We are the first, although the previous owner renting rooms out (illegally). There were three tenants, one lady who rented two rooms and the bathroom as an apartment. And two gentlemen who rented rooms. Only the lady actually lived here. One man did occassionally, but basically stored books in the room (and it turned out Betamax porn tapes... which he left and I had to send to the trash for him.) The other man just used it as a place to work and hide from his wife. I think they were all here at least 10 years... the longest (Mr Hide From The Mrs.) was here over 45 years.

Mr. Hide comes by occassionally looking for mail and asking about a free stay because MOH (my other half) stupidly offered. He seems to have an ability to arrive at exactly the wrong moment each time he comes to the door and when he asks about the stay, I tell him to talk to MOH about it. He never does and I'm stuck in the middle. (I can't stand this man and I'm loathing the day he stays here... his wife is nice, though.)

The lady aparently walks by from time to time (she now lives on the other side of town) trying to look into the windows and see.

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PO's also had two pet birds flying round in their kitchen. ICK!

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We are the first owners of "our" BnB, but the PO's of this house ran a BnB (of sorts) of their own - different name, etc. It's been a PITA. They didn't leave here and it was more of a vacation rental. Still dealing with very annoyed people who don't understand why they can't have the run of the place (no, you can't come in our private quarters) and why they can't cram as many human bodies as possible, sleeping on any and every available horizontal surface.

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We're the 3rd set of innkeepers. All with kids (2, 3 and we have just 1). First innkeepers were here for 15 years, ran 7 rooms (2 illiegally) and DID NOT have a dishwasher! I guess I know what the kids were for.

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Aussie Innkeeper wrote:

We're the 3rd set of innkeepers. All with kids (2, 3 and we have just 1). First innkeepers were here for 15 years, ran 7 rooms (2 illiegally) and DID NOT have a dishwasher! I guess I know what the kids were for.

GOOD! Let them wash dishes the grubby little mongrels...

I mean, those sweet little angels...

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We are the 3rd set of innkeepers, but have been here the longest. 6 years for the 1st set, 6 years for the 2nd set and now into our 11th year.

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Other..lived here 10 years before turning it into a Cottage/B&B. Been opened for 9.4 yrs now.

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But were you the first Innkeeper? That is the question. Not asking about history of many of these old houses *(Feel free to start a thread if you want to explore histories of these old houses)

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We are at least the 5th owners and it became a B&B in about 1975. We had the fun experience of meeting the original owners daughter who came to stay and "have a look" We are technically two houses 52 and 54 and her parents started with 52 and bought 54 and we met the son of the family who sold them 54. He was all like this hasn't changed and this was my room. Both were really nice people and it was fun to meet them. She was telling me they started doing B&B as there was a sort of trucking depot nearby (before I was born) and they picked up all the truckers.

Before us there was Simon who was a bit of a used car salesman and alergic to work and to whom work was a bit of an inconvenience. Before that was his parents who told us when we took over that they only did breakfast till 9 and then (with no chamber maid) they had all the rooms done by 12. There was only 8 rooms then (we now have 12) but even so thats having a laugh! She also had pretentions of being an interior deisigner and kept making awful things like lampshades with a million frills and curtains that wern't straight at the bottom.

Then before them was a woman I don't know the name of but did coffees in the basemet for the Driving instructors and taught Yoga in the evenings which apparently was very popular, we have had guests come to us who had been to the classes. was one of the first B&B add on's I guess!

 

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Hang on there! It started as a B&B in 1975... before you were born? Oh dear, I am old!

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Madeleine wrote:

Hang on there! It started as a B&B in 1975... before you were born? Oh dear, I am old!

Me too! I got married for the second time in 1975 and that was with a 6 year in-between! My oldest son is 50!

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I am not sure it may be earlier as I have seen planning for a replacement fire escape I think in 1975 which means surely there was one there before? and therefore wasn't a house but I can't be sure.

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We are a start-up. It was in my plan when we bought the house - just got to do it sooner than I expected (my aunt moved out - I did not have to wait for her to die).

People in town expected us to fail quickly - the standard statement I heard was "Who is going to come to Shinnston?" 15 years later, they know the answer - a LOT of people. It is, to me, the second part of If you build it they will come - BUT YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM YOU ARE HERE!!

We work it and it keeps getting better.

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