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I remember a handful of years ago an innmate mentioning how people would go onto their patio and push their faces up against the glass window to peer in. They would be having their own innkeeper time, watching telly or dinner and have some face pressed up looking in at them like monkeys in the zoo.

A lady did it here, a moment ago and she is on her own. Because she is on her own, I thought she may need something, she said "No I am just looking around, oh, do you live here?" angry

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We don't have a sign or anything that would indicate to non-guests that we are a B&B. However we constantly have people pull into the driveway, get out of their cars, and walk around the back of the house. When we go out to ask if we can help them, they always say, "No. We just stopped to see the view." My DH wants to ask them where they live, write down their address, and just show up at their house someday and do the same to them. 

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That is a great idea!  This brings back something I had forgotten.

Years ago we came home to a car in our lot and a family enjoying themselves in our gardens and swing.  They had just come by to enjoy the 'park'.  Didn't realize this was private property.  DUH! 

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We've had guests let their kids play on the swing set at our neighbor's house because they assumed that's where we lived.

Even so. If we lived there what makes it 'guest' property?

Our neighbors are nice people but should not have to deal with strange kids and parents sitting in their lawn chairs and playing with their stuff.

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That's just rude. You don't waltz yourself thru someone's yard to see the view.

He should ask for addresses! Give them a jolt! Maybe buy them a clue!

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Happens to us all the time in July and August...that and folks driving down our long winding obviously private drive, ending up practically running into our house.  Royally pi**es me off!  Once we had a lovely French couple have a picnic in our side yard, and it's not unusual to have strangers trying to get a peek at our gardens claiming they thought it was part of the National Park.  Walked right past our prominent sign, the guest front door with all our member stickers and missed them?   I don't think so!  

It's when they stop at the end of the driveway (the one that says in big bold letters...NO STOPPING, NO STANDING, NO PARKING ANY TIME),blocking it,  get out of the car and go to take a look at the Captain's house across the street that DH dreads. It means I'm going to get "firm".   I march out and ask them to move.  "Oh, we'll just be here a little while. " they say.  And they do get annoyed when I insist that they move right now...but they usually move.  If they don't I just say "Well you don't mind if I sit in your car for just a little while?   Do you?  That usually does the trick.  wink

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Y'all should be pleased that people think your property is so lovely that they mistake it for a park or a picnic area.  

We have people stop and look at our pond all the time.  It's a compliment and great local marketing.

I see the locals as a market as well as the tourists.  Everyone has weddings and funerals and everyone will eventually need a place for their family to stay.

 

Now, noses on the windows.....that's another thing entirely.   Smiling

 

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TheBeachHouse wrote:

Y'all should be pleased that people think your property is so lovely that they mistake it for a park or a picnic area.  

We have people stop and look at our pond all the time.  It's a compliment and great local marketing.

I see the locals as a market as well as the tourists.  Everyone has weddings and funerals and everyone will eventually need a place for their family to stay.

 

Now, noses on the windows.....that's another thing entirely.   Smiling

 

The problem with this is IF someone falls, gets hurt they sue - and they are not even guests! Our liability insurance covers guests but I would have to check with my agent about non-guests. THAT aspect would have me boiling about people just meandering onto my property. People seem to have the opinion that if you are in business, you have deep pockets.

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We used to get tickled by it...and even showed a few around, delighted to know that our property was admired.  But really? After 25 years it grows thin.  We still get plenty of folks coming to the door asking where the whaling captain's house is....duh....the big ornate yellow house, clearly marked, directly across the road with the big whale bone arch, in your face.  Just had one of those 10 minutes ago.  The season is beginning, sigh.

So we are not too thrilled with strangers walking around and poking where they don't belong.  In your case, where you are just getting started and are hungry for any and all recognition, it is understandable that you relish the attention.  Go for it!!  Hopefully all your hard work will result in articles, referrals and bookings!!

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We have too many hotels here for us to try to cater to locals. Sad to say but they drive by my place everyday and call a hotel when they need a place for family or an anniversary treat.

Hotels here offer a 50% discount for funerals. There are some things it's just hard to meet.

It's good for you that your town is different!

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Madeleine wrote:

We have too many hotels here for us to try to cater to locals. Sad to say but they drive by my place everyday and call a hotel when they need a place for family or an anniversary treat.

Hotels here offer a 50% discount for funerals. There are some things it's just hard to meet.

It's good for you that your town is different!

I imagine every inn has a somewhat different market.   We only have one place in town that resembles a motel.  They call themselves an inn, but it's a park in front of your room motel with an indoor pool and no view.   They do a good job, but they don't have the charm.   Other than that, you only see inns in this town.  Most of them in antique homes.

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We used to be like that but there are about 700 hotel rooms now in the space of 2 miles. They used to be all outside the downtown limits but that changed about 8 years ago and 5 small inns closed since that time.

Most of us can't compete on budget and many times that's the decider. Guests just want something clean and comfortable, not necessarily 'an experience'.

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I'm constantly cleaning nose prints off the glass of my guesthouse since mine is a downtown commercial building right on the sidewalk. I can even see the halo over the nose print where they cup their hands to shut out the light so they can see inside.

My guests quickly learn to pull the shades when they don't want to feel like animals in a zoo. But amazingly, they leave the shades up quite a lot, because there aren't THAT many gawkers, and it's nice to be able to see out.

I guess it's a compliment that people are curious about what the place looks like inside.

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What about putting that film on the windows that makes it like a mirror on the outside, but the people inside can see out just fine.  You might just as well want people to be able to peek in, but the guests would be able to leave the shades open without feeling like they were on display.  

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If it's pretty much the same spot all the time, hang a mirror facing out. Eye-wink

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Arks wrote:

I'm constantly cleaning nose prints off the glass of my guesthouse since mine is a downtown commercial building right on the sidewalk. I can even see the halo over the nose print where they cup their hands to shut out the light so they can see inside.

My guests quickly learn to pull the shades when they don't want to feel like animals in a zoo. But amazingly, they leave the shades up quite a lot, because there aren't THAT many gawkers, and it's nice to be able to see out.

I guess it's a compliment that people are curious about what the place looks like inside.

Your nose prints are a badge of honor.

If I were you I would put up a sign and something quirky and about "Go ahead and take a peek, we have plenty of windex!" 

 

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ironically we have just changed our bedroom window glass to obscure - we live in the basement and have a large lightwell with French doors with plain glass so unless we had all the curtains shut all the time you could see right into our bedroom from the car park - now I can open the curtains! 

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You have a dog. Sick 'er on 'em!

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" I have a dog. Sick 'er on 'em".  Love that idea Ark Smiling

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All our personal ground floor rooms have the shades drawn all the time. We 'live' upstairs away from the prying eyes.

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