We are a start-up, now in biz 16 months. Whew, where did the time go?? I would much rather have bought a turnkey business and that's what we looked for when we were searching elsewhere before moving here. A turnkey business where everything is in order, that is.
This is our 7th home and the oldest home before this one was 18 months old. I am a convert on saving old homes and re-purposing them! Despite all it's quirks and the extra maintenance, the shortcomings of some of the design features that we couldn't change without either a boatload of money or changing the footprint of the house (kitchen is not large enough and is all the way at the back of the house, for example) - this is a great house and works very well as a B&B. Just this morning, our guests were asking about what we did to renovate and open (the story that we tell a gazillion times) and I thought how proud we are of what we've done here.
Sometimes I just sit and look around and realize how much I love this house. So, the smaller house that we'll live in someday will probably be an old house too. (With better insulation...haha!)
This has a real sense of place for us.....
Now if I could just get OUR area the way I want it, I would be one really happy innkeeper.