A company founded by 26-year-old Alford entrepreneur, Annabella Forbes, is hoping to encourage friendly Scottish homeowners with a spare room to join its network of home-from-home guest rooms across the UK and Ireland.
Launched two years ago, Bed&Fed (www.bedandfed.co.uk) has grown rapidly, with over 270 hosts signed up to the scheme which allows them to meet new people and earn extra money from their home.
The company offers ‘supper and sleep for cheap’ whereby owners, known as hosts, open up their spare rooms to guests for as little as £35/€40 per person per night, offering a kitchen supper, bed, simple breakfast and the personalised hospitality that guests would expect.
With Scottish tourism set for a boost with the release of Pixar’s Highlands-based film release ‘Brave’ later this year, and the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games set to boost visitors in 2014, Bed&Fed could be a lucrative way for people to provide a traditional welcome to visitors and earn extra money in tough economic times, believes Forbes.
“There’s never been a better time for homeowners to capitalise on the staycation trend and make some extra cash to cover the bills without the commitment of running a full-time guesthouse or B&B,” she said. “We are a real community, with many homeowners experiencing the service as a guest before deciding to sign up themselves.”
One host is Warthill in Aberdeenshire - a large country house surrounded by private parkland offering three double bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms, situated 25 minutes from Aberdeen Airport and 10 minutes from Inverurie.