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Zen and the Diary of a B&B Owner by [Barfield, Scott]
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3.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing; 1 edition (4 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RIQ5KU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scott Barfield and his partner Helen give up security in jobs and set up a B&B in Brighton. This book collates all the guests, mishaps, requests and observations on human life along the way.

Set out in diary format, this covers a year from when they first got the B&B. (But if you are thinking of running a B&B this did not all happen in one year!) There are lots of funny stories about the guests they encounter asking for varying requests, the battle with the smokers as well as crossing the language barriers with many of their international residents. Think Fawlty Towers when it comes to the guests!

What made me laugh was the intuition that obviously built up into filtering their guests, so they only had the ones that were no trouble at all. Well appeared to be no trouble at all but you never can tell can you? A sixth sense which was highly developed by the end.

This book is funny in the main, and great for dipping in and out of, but there are some rather random rambling entries which to me were just a way of the author getting off his chest what he felt about a particular subject, whether it be global warming or politics. Those entries somewhat spoiled it for me. Though if you like books written by 'real' people who are experiencing life then this one would be a good book to add to your reading list.
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I stocked up on cheap e books for a stay in hospital. I absolutely loved this book and am rationing the last 20% now I am home. I live in Qatar and the writing style really made me feel like I was home in SE England. Please can we have a sequel?
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I read this book after reading a couple of others in the same vein of B&B ownership on my Kindle.

I have to say this stood out head and shoulders above the other two. Yes it has its odd typos and slips, but hey it's only 77p! In my experience the budget Kindle offerings are abysmal compared to the grammar/spelling/writing style of this book...this is good, lay off guys!

As a fellow younger B&B owner in the UK, it is honest and representative of life as a guest house owner. As the author says, the stories are collated over three years and condensed for the reader into a year, and the book offers diary-like snippets of events in the day to day running of the B&B. I can relate to so many of the situations and observations of guests - it really is like this - and although only parts are "laugh out loud" funny, it's a very amusing anecdotal book. The political ramblings (from other reviewers) I personally didn't mind about, and they're easy enough to skip past if you don't like them. I look forward to a sequel!

All in all:
If you're interested in running a B&B - buy it.
If you've ever stayed in a B&B - buy it.
If you've never stayed in a B&B and are curious as to what it's like - buy it.
If you're interested in some light hearted observational tales - buy it.
If you're easygoing and like value for money - buy it.
If you're a grumpy old whingebag - leave it alone.
Same as for potential guests really! ;D
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A couple go to Brighton to run a B & B and this is what happens over the year that follows. It's insightful in a way that makes me not want to run anything like that! But the author's padding with random bits of 'philosophy' were nothing short of boring and tedious. Maybe he added that because it filled the book out or maybe it's because he could then enter it into the philosophy charts. Clever way to get to number 1 if it was :0)

I don't think it's a bad book/diary as some of the entries are very humorous. But for me it needed more and felt like a drag at times.
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A very interesting and humorous read. The author applies his observations and social skills
to deal with some deeply unpleasant people. He is at his best when he describes the use of
concise language and direct moral explanations, and some philosophical guidance to humans with
no brain and a severe lack of an ability to reason.There are some tales of feel good factor too.
Recommended.
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This book is a mildly amusing collection of happenings in a Brighton B&B. Not written with much style or humour, and the stories could have been made more engaging and amusing with a more talented writer.
Probably worth 3 stars though.
Update: Actually after reviewing the book again I think it's probably worth 4 stars, as I did enjoy the book and despite the fact its not written with a great amount of flair it does have an addictive quality. I said to my wife, it seems to have been written by the character Michael (Cafe) from the tv series Lead Balloon. It's an interesting insight into Scott and Helen's life over a calendar year.
For it's very low price, it's definately worth buying.
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I was expecting a load of spin to say how wonderful guests are but good, this is the reality of it. It was a breath of fresh air to read about anti social behaviour of some guests.

I work in a hotel and relate to the obnoxious rude guests Scott made, and I was interested in ways he tried to prevent them from coming in the first place, but it is not so easy. We also try to vet them first on the phone, some are so rude and forget that it is private property and we can choose our guests, we only want polite ones.

I would agree with him that banning large single sex groups is a good idea. A lotof larger hotels DO NOT WANT them either, we don't. We cannot stand drunks who tank themselves up before they get to their accommodation. They should sleep on the beach or live in a zoo.

We prefer single female guests as they are often less rowdy, aggressive and don't wet their beds, and don't defecate on carpets.

I was surprised disabled people didn't get a mention at all, as we have loads of guests ringing up for very specific disabled facilities. We end up saying 'well, it is best that you have a look at the room yourself' otherwise they come and then moan to you 'well you said...

We can't stand famillies with babies, they are so rude and pernickty and recently we have banned all famillies.

Heating, -that's another thing guests moan about. Everyone is different. For some the room is 'too hot' or 'too cold'. You can't win.

When I came into the hotel business I wanted to help people but we often got no thanks, even after going the extra mile and often they never bother to tip.
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