Over the years, many people have asked us, “How do you run a bed & breakfast with a family?”
Honestly… we just do it!
Before we had the B&B, D’Arcy and I both worked in the restaurant and hotel industry, so hospitality and service are all our family knows! In fact, the year our daughter Sarah was born, we had two rooms the night we brought her home from the hospital! (Looking back, we do wonder, “What were we thinking?” But it was October, she was early, and we already had guests booked! We couldn’t cancel!) Of course, it does help that our home is large, well-built (read: mostly sound-proof) and is laid out in such a way that we are able to have our own space for our family. Our children have been taught that if they are willing to be polite and mature, they may join us around guests, but if they need to act like children, they have to go to their own areas of the house! Also, my parents live just a bike ride away – and they have a pool – so they are not always tied here to the B&B with us.
In the eight years that we have had the B&B, our children have had many experiences, opportunities, and met many people that they would not have had growing up in a “regular” house. They really do seem to appreciate this and we are proud to have children who are kind, intelligent, thoughtful & mature as a result.
They each have various chores that they do to help out with the B&B, but this summer, we’re happy to have Evan helping us in an even larger, official capacity!
Evan is raising money to participate in a two-week school exchange to Brazil next winter. He’s been mowing lawns for neighbours (and his grandparents) and as of this summer is also is the official lawn-mower at The Belgravia Bed & Breakfast! This morning, while D’Arcy was in Halifax attending a conference on adolescent mental health in schools, Evan was my breakfast sous chef! We served omelets. Evan was in charge of cooking the bacon and helped me serve our guests! He has also capably taken reservations and records some of our book-keeping work for us.
In his spare time in the summer, Evan plays both baseball and golf. The Truro Golf Club is just on the other side of our block, so he can be found there most sunny days. He is an excellent student and in the winter, he is a curler, plays basketball, and is in both the Intermediate Band and the Jazz Band as a percussionist at his school. He loves geography & travel, wants to see the world, and has future plans to be a cartographer.
We’re happy to have you working along side us Evan – we hope you love it as much as we do!