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Frequently asked questions

  • Why stay at a B&B?
  • Do I have to share facilities with hosts or other guests?
  • Who writes the property description?
  • How can I find out about the facilities offered?
  • Is breakfast included?
  • Are other meals available?
  • Is there more than one bed in the bedroom?
  • Will we have our own bathroom?
  • Do we need to book our room in advance?
  • How much does it cost to stay?
  • Can we buy Vouchers?
  • What time can we check-in?
  • Are there any special conditions?
  • What do we do if there is an problem with our accommodation?
  • I own a B&B. How do I join The Bed & Breakfast Book?
  • How often is The B&B Book published?
 

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Below are answers to our most commonly asked questions

  • Why stay at a B&B?
  • Properties included in The Bed & Breakfast Book offer wonderful accommodation, fantastic breakfasts and outstanding value. They are the ideal way to appreciate genuine Australian Hospitality. B&B hosts can suggest wonderful places to visit, recommend the best restaurants or even prepare a wonderful meal. Above all they promise superior hospitality and are committed to ensuring your stay is both enjoyable and memorable.

    Each entry in the guide has been written by the hosts themselves and you will discover the special features of the accommodation through their eyes, and their warmth and personality through their writing.
  • Do I have to share facilities with hosts or other guests?
  • Accommodation included in the B&B Book covers a range of styles, each with uniquely different characteristics. Some properties offer simple and homely B&B accommodation, others offer grand suites or luxurious self contained facilities. Your bedroom will be comfortable, usually with a private or ensuite bathroom, and breakfast is usually included in your room rate.

    Homestay: Guests share living or dining rooms with host

    Bed & Breakfast or Traditional Bed & Breakfast: Guests share living and dining rooms with other guests

    Farmstay: Accommodation on a working farm with farm activities

    Self-Contained: Guests have private accommodation with kitchen, living and dining areas

    Separate Suite: Guests have private accommodation with limited or no kitchen facilities. Dining and living areas may also be limited.

    Guesthouse or Hotel: Larger style accommodation, often with a restaurant but retaining the warm hospitality found in B&Bs.

    Luxury: Higher quality accommodation, often including many extras such as quality furnishings and bed linen and special toiletries.
  • Who writes the property description?
  • Each listing entry and photograph in the guide has been provided by the hosts themselves through which you will discover the uniqueness of the accommodation. Entries are arranged alphabetically by states, then city or region.
  • How can I find out about the facilities offered?
  • The B&B Book includes a wide number of Icons to help you select the accommodation to suit your needs.

    Accommodation with Outstanding Gardens - great if you are a garden lover

    Pets Welcome - contact hosts first to check on facilities available

    Children Welcome - contact hosts first. Some hosts have facilities for babies only, others for older children

    Not Suitable for Children - Accommodation for adults Some accommodation is designed for romantic getaways, other properties might have unfenced water such as dams making it unsuitable for children

    Winery or Wine Activities - Accommodation at a vineyard or where wine activities are possible

    Accommodation with Onsite Activities - maybe horse riding, farm activities or tennis

    Eco tourism - Accommodation complying with or supporting Eco tourism

    Restaurant - Accommodation next to or with a restaurant as part of the facilities

    Swimming pool - great for a cool swim on a hot day

    Wheelchair access - suitable for less able or non ambulant guests

    No Smoking on property - just fresh air

    Member of State B&B Association
  • Is breakfast included?
  • A good breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether it is a traditional country breakfast of well cured bacon and farm fresh eggs or a platter of seasonal fruits, home made bread and preserves, it will be generous and is one of the pleasures of a good B&B. Your breakfast is included unless otherwise indicated. Some B&Bs request an additional charge for a cooked breakfast. Some hosts also cater for special diets.

    Continental or Light: Usually includes cereals, bread or toast, fruit or fruit juice plus tea or coffee. Full: A light breakfast plus a cooked course.

    Special: Exceptional breakfast, often with several courses.

    Provisions: Breakfast supplies provided.

    Accommodation Only: Some self-contained accommodation does not provide breakfast.
  • Are other meals available?
  • Some properties are close to restaurants - a small number have restaurants attached. Other B&Bs, farmstays, rural B&Bs or guesthouses offer additional meals. Others offer barbecue packages or picnic hampers. You may need to request meals in advance or by arrangement (B/A). Your hosts may also be able to recommend or book a table for you at a local restaurant.
  • Is there more than one bed in the bedroom?
  • A variety of bedroom configurations are available. Each description shows the number and size of beds.

    Entries show the number and size of beds, bedrooms and guests that can stay.

    Beds for 1 person
    Single (1 bed)
    Twin (2 single beds)
    King twin (2 large single beds)

    Beds for 2 persons
    Double (small)
    Queen (large)
    King (very large)
  • Will we have our own bathroom?
  • Most accommodation provides ensuite or private bathrooms for your exclusive use. Older or historic B&Bs may offer private bathrooms for your exclusive use but off the hallway. Some B&Bs offer luxurious bathrooms - some with spas.

    Ensuite: Exclusive use from your bedroom Private:

    Exclusive use, usually off the hallway

    Shared: Shared with other guests
  • Do we need to book our room in advance?
  • We recommend that you book well in advance to confirm your accommodation. Book directly with your host by email or telephone. Advise dates of arrival and departure, time of arrival, the room/s you require, how many guests in your party, if you are travelling with children or pets or any special requirements.

    Some B&Bs have minimum stays during peak periods. You may need to pay a deposit in advance. Ask how much is due, when full payment is required and the cancellation policy. Most hosts accept credit cards.
  • How much does it cost to stay?
  • B&Bs offer great value accommodation, particularly as your breakfast is included. Most include complimentary tea or coffee; some include a welcome afternoon tea on arrival, drinks in the fridge or chocolates and port.

    Rates are in Australian dollars for two persons (ie double) or 1 person (single) and vary according to the quality of the accommodation, the location, the facilities offered and seasonal variations. Low season or midweek bookings can offer good value particularly in popular tourism destinations. Some hosts offer discounts for extended stays.

    Rates are valid for the current year but are subject to change. Please confirm when booking. Some have another bed in the room, for a third adult or children sharing the same room, for an additional charge. A 10% Goods and Service Tax (GST), where applicable, is included in rates.
  • Can we buy Vouchers?
  • B&B Book Vouchers are a great Way to Travel. Purchase before you travel and use them in exchange for staying at accommodation included in The Bed & Breakfast Book. They are also the perfect Gift for birthdays, anniversaries, or Corporate Gifts. You may purchase Bed & Breakfast Book Vouchers to any value. Each Voucher comes with a copy of The Australian Bed & Breakfast Book (worth $19.95). Include a postage and handling charge of only $15 per voucher.

    Order from: The Bed & Breakfast Book
    PO Box 330
    Wahroonga
    NSW 2076
    info@BBBook.com.au
    (02) 8208 5959
  • What time can we check-in?
  • Hosts are often flexible with check-in and check-out times. Check-in times are usually from 1.00 -3.00 in the afternoon with check-out 10.00 - 12.00 in the morning.
  • Are there any special conditions?
  • Hosts welcoming guests to stay at their accommodation aim to provide not only you but subsequent guests similar experiences of wonderful accommodation and great hospitality. Most hosts keep their terms and conditions to a minimum; some may invite you to "sign-in" on arrival and agree to their "Conditions of Stay". This could cover you as well as the host in case of an unforseen incident. Moreover it guarantees all guests that the accommodation will always offer the finest standards.
  • What do we do if there is an problem with our accommodation?
  • Do tell your hosts if you have had a wonderful stay - better still write and tell us about it - use the comment page at the back of your current B&B Book or add a comment on line. Our feedback from guests and hosts alike tells us that the B&B Book hosts are not only the most generous but also the most understanding of guest needs.

    On rare occasions your expectations may not be met, in which case you should discuss your concerns straight away with your host. They should in most cases be able to rectify the situation immediately and to your satisfaction. If that does not work, please write and tell us your concerns. We follow up all complaints.
  • I own a B&B. How do I join The Bed & Breakfast Book?
  • Please read the About Joining page and then click the Application Form link to join The Bed & Breakfast Book. As a member of the Book you will be part of a group dedicated to achieving excellence in the B&B world.
  • How often is The B&B Book published?
  • The B&B Book is published annually in October/November.