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For example, wheelchair users make up only about five per cent of disabled people. For information on how you can take steps to make the stay of your disabled guests easier, see Appendix page 233 et seq. Other facilities It is also worth thinking about whether the sort of establishment you have in mind should provide more luxurious facilities, perhaps an indoor swimming pool, a small gymnasium and/or a sauna. In the right location, you might be able to convert a ten-bedroomed property into luxury five- or six-bedroomed accommodation, charge accordingly and employ fewer or even no staff at all.

Guests have expectations according to the type of hotel they are staying at. As has been said before, it is unlikely that you will be able to afford a chef at first, if at all. In most cases, therefore, the dishes have to be within your own capabilities. Your personality and charm may prevail over the fact that you burn everything you put within a metre of an oven, but serving overdone food is not recommended. Guests just might see the funny side once or twice, but not on a regular basis. Breakfast Since you will not get away with serving Continental breakfast every day, you will at least need to be able to cook a decent English breakfast.

Finally, consider the complications of providing a choice of dinner menu, especially an a la carte one, and staggering mealtimes (discussed fully in Chapter 9). If you think the sort of establishment you are looking at would be expected to offer this sort of service, make sure you are confident of your capabilities. SHOULD WE RUN A BAR? The decision may not be as simple as it seems. In order to be allowed by law to serve alcoholic drinks, you will need two licences, (i) a personal licence and (ii) a premises licence, both issued by the Licensing Department of your Local Authority.

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