Fairview Homestead | Philda Benkenstein
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Certainly one of the joys of running a guesthouse is that you never know quite who will walk through the door...   imagesOne of my favorite stories is of when I had Robert Redford and Winnie Mandela staying over - well, maybe not quite: I received a call from a gentleman in San Francisco with a voice a smooth as Robert Redford's (I looove Robert Redford...) He told me that he had just e-mailed me a request for accommodation, but that he was phoning to make sure that I would not have a problem with his partner being black. That's where Winnie comes in.  

gemerkte-laaie-150x150About a year ago my daughter introduced me to the joys of Pinterest. What an amazing way to organize your thoughts, plans and to get inspiration. (For inspiration  you may look at my pinterest board  http://www.pinterest.com/phildab/linnekas-laundry-room/ ) And my other favourite: Houz As a guest house owner the linen cupboard can be both a frustration and a joy - depending on how the Fairview Homestead linen cupboard users  use or abuse it. Now I am not naturally the tidiest person on earth (my husband and daughter are...) I have to work at it. And for that I need rules that I as well as the staff have to adhere to. We sort, fix or discard every 3 months.

One of the sites we market on, just asked to give the 'house rules' Which had me thinking... In the end this is what I gave them:  Fairview Homestead is a 7 bedroom guest house in B&B style - that means we, the owners, live on the premises. Our guest rooms are private, but we have a communal lounge/breakfast area for the guests. The only rules I can think of are : no non-paying guests in the bedrooms for longer than 10 minutes ; no cigarette buds in the garden, no unsupervised children in the swimming pool, be nice to the hosts...