A guest house, in broad terms, is the same as a bed and breakfast.
Traditionally, a guest house would have fewer than 10 rooms, smaller than you’d expect from a hotel. Each bedroom would typically have tea and coffee making facilities, and an en-suite bathroom, but it would not be luxury.
Breakfast – either a full English or a simpler continental breakfast – would be served at a set time in a communal room. But, with changing habits, exacerbated by the pandemic, many guest houses have stopped serving breakfast altogether. While this might work for business guests, it can be disappointing for those travelling for leisure.
The other fundamental change in guest accommodation is the variety that’s now on offer. More and more private individuals and families are responding to the increase in demand for this type of accommodation by opening up their annexes or guest rooms, or even converting outbuildings or barns, to offer small-scale holiday accommodation.
Websites such as Airbnb and Booking.com make it possible for very small businesses to thrive – if they get good reviews!