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post #11 of 26 Old 10-30-2013, 09:29 AM
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post #12 of 26 Old 10-30-2013, 09:32 AM
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Is this a "what if" game, or is this what you are planning on doing once you move to Ireland for college, as you have mentioned you are doing in earlier posts?

If the latter, do you know yet whereabouts you will be living and what the area already has to offer? Will your family be helping you, as juggling all that and your education sounds like quite a handful !
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post #13 of 26 Old 10-30-2013, 09:36 AM
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I think people that have their own horses have no desire to go and ride somebody else's nags at a bed-and-breakfast. This sounds like it's more for people that do not have a horse And I would not be letting people try and ride sidesaddle sounds dangerous
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post #14 of 26 Old 10-30-2013, 09:42 AM
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Side saddle is no more dangerous than western or english, providing you have the right horse, equipment and teacher..whether it be half an hour or a life time o.0
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post #15 of 26 Old 10-30-2013, 09:51 AM
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Don't forget the really yummy food - even if its just breakfast you should make it interesting and a bit more special than a piece of toast and a bowl of cereals!!!
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post #16 of 26 Old 10-30-2013, 09:54 AM
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I think it's a place for more than just horsey people.

This all sounds so wonderful though! The one caviat that Ill put out there is that some non animal oriented people might be afraid of a dog. It might be worth it if you have a way to ask them ahead of time if they'd be ok with that. I only bring it up because I have a wonderful friend who has a genuine fear of dogs. Like, will panic attack if she is around one. She won't come in my house even if I tell my two very well trained dogs to lay on their beds in the corner and stay there... Just a thought.

But I really do love it! Wish there was an 1800 themed B&B in my area!
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post #17 of 26 Old 10-30-2013, 12:36 PM
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I can tell you what would make it or break it in our household:

- is there something to do for my husband? Chances are he'd neither enjoy the horses nor the 1800 theme very much.

- can we bring our own horses and dogs? As someone else said, I don't want to ride anyone else's horse on my vacation. Maaaybe the side saddle thing it would be nice to try it out on a horse that's familiar with it, but other than that, I want to bring my own. And the dogs are part of the family, so if we couldn't bring them, we probably wouldn't go. Having guest dogs on a property that has horses for commercial purposes is sometimes an insurance issue.

- are the rooms nice, clean, and the bathrooms and showers nice? Is the breakfast good? MUCH more important to us than an exhibit of 1800 furniture...

- is the landscape spectacular? Coming from Alberta, we get to be picky with our riding territory ;)
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Is this a "what if" game, or is this what you are planning on doing once you move to Ireland for college, as you have mentioned you are doing in earlier posts?

If the latter, do you know yet whereabouts you will be living and what the area already has to offer? Will your family be helping you, as juggling all that and your education sounds like quite a handful !
I plan to make this happen by the time I am 35. I will be staying in Ireland after I study to make my dream happen.

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post #19 of 26 Old 10-30-2013, 12:57 PM
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My husband and I try to stay in B&Bs when we travel for pleasure or for work, and have probably stayed at hundreds across the US and Europe in our lifetime, so I have really strong opinions about this. You didn't ask specifically, but here are some general comments about things that have bothered me at some B&Bs:
1. The breakfast should be fresh, homecooked food (locally source food is better- probably especially true given where you are) and not just a greasy meat/egg thing and some boxed cereals.
2. I love old houses- I live in a real old one- but some people seem to think that run-down is the same as old. The bathroom can't be caked with grime in the grout, have faucets that don't work, have bedding from the 1980s, etc. Old and charming is a winner, old and run-down is a dealbreaker. Include pictures on your website that help someone tell the difference.
3. B&B owners who are polite, friendly, and have good recommendations for local restaurants/attractions are great. B&B owners who sit with you at breakfast and ask you the kind of questions your annoying, nosy sister-in-law would ask are a guarantee I would never go back.

OK, so now to your specific questions:

1) A well trained and respectful dog at the B&B
Yes, this would be fine. And, would be even better if you'd let me bring my dogs with me too.

2) Horses, and horse riding lessons, or just the ability to ride (for experienced horse people)
Since I am typically staying in a B&B while I'm on the road for work, I don't think I'd have time to fit in lessons, but would love the ability to ride if it worked with my schedule- that would definitely be a draw for me to pick this B&B over others.

3) A carriage ride to town, opposed to a taxi
Would depend on if the carriage ride was "on demand," or if I had to take it based on your schedule. I can admit I am not a patient person, particularly when I'm traveling, so I think a taxi would probably be a better fit for me. I also am not really the kind of B&B guest who enjoys socializing with other guests, so I might opt for the taxi for that reason too.

4) A Small museum on 1800's lifestyle in the guest house
I love when B&Bs have a lot of local history or artifacts from their house (the library in Shaffer Baille Mansion in Seattle is one of the best I've seen)- but if this is just a generic overview of the "1800s" that isn't tied to your specific B&B house, I wouldn't pay much attention. Would definitely not be a draw to stay at the house vs. other B&Bs.

5) A house that is decorated and built like a 1800 house.
Not sure I understand. Are you talking about building a new construction house to "look like" an 1800s house? I am personally not really a new construction person, and I suppose one thing that does draw me in to a B&B is the history/significance of the structure. Something new would probably not be as appealing if there were more authentic, interesting alternatives.

6) The ability to try sidesaddle riding from the 1800s
Probably not something that would influence me one way or the other

7) The option to rent 1800 clothing and have a photoshoot on a horse/in the historic house.
I would definitely not do this Reminds me of a terrible Christmas when my mother insisted my brother and I take part in this kind of photo shoot for a Christmas card, and I fought tooth and nail to not have to participate.

Don't know if any of this is helpful- for whatever reason, I have strong opinions about B&Bs and do a lot of active research prior to traveling to find one that will meet my preferences.
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post #20 of 26 Old 10-30-2013, 12:59 PM
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I plan to make this happen by the time I am 35. I will be staying in Ireland after I study to make my dream happen.

So it will be in Ireland I'd love to have somewhere nice to stay there that could offer riding (but not side saddle as I've tried that and hated it!). In Ireland I think the 1800 museum / themes would be of less interest as that it barely history over here
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