Everyone has heard the term Bed and Breakfast, but how many
people know the origin of this increasingly popular form of
accommodation? In actual fact this practice has existed in
some form or another since the beginning of man, when
monasteries used to offer rooms to weary travellers.
In Europe prior to the 20th century, country travellers
would often spend the night in a private home rather than
stay in an inn or hotel. Since there was still a class
distinction in those days, it was protocal that bed and
breakfast accommodations were only offered to someone with
the same social rank. For example a doctor, would stay with
a doctor or pharmacist, and a nobleman with other local
North America also has a history of bed and breakfast,
dating to the time of the early settlers, when pioneers
sought a safe refuge as they travelled across the country.
In the Great Depression it was common for people to open
their homes to traveller as a means to make some extra
In Australia, bed and breakfast is often synonomous with the
the term "farm stay", where travellers can actually rent a
room in a house located on a working farm.
Today bed and breakfast is offered around the world and
often the guest rooms are located in older historic homes
which have been renovated and decorated with antique
In England and other European countries bed and breakfasts
are often in converted farm houses, in the countryside.
Bed and Breakfast offers a safe, pleasant, low cost stay and
is fast becoming one of the most popular choices for
vacation accommodations throughout the world. Those who
prefer to stay in a bed and breakfast instead of a hotel,
are often attracted by the recreational, cultural or
historical amenities of the area, which in many cases may be
"off the beaten path" away from the city hotels.
Imagine if you will. Upon arriving at your destination, you
are greeted warmly by the owner and treated almost like an
old friend. You are immediately helped from your car and
brought indoors to meet your hosts and tour their home.
No looking all over town to have breakfast, because your
hosts have prepared a beautifully presented and sumptuous
breakfast for you and your family.
Many travelers say that they have met and made so many
friends and acquaintances during their wonderful stays at
bed and breakfast inns.
They say bed and breakfast for vacation accommodations is
the best way to holiday for thousands of tourists, and is
growing in popularity by leaps and bounds.