An undercover guest and Breakfast musings

AA Five star Gold Farmhouse awardThat big “B” in B&B or Bed and Breakfast to give it the full name, was tested this week by an undercover inspector from the AA, who booked in incognito to stay overnight and road test our home for you.

This week’s blog was going to be about our breakfast in bed option as of course I’ve already written about our Farmhouse Breakfast in the dining room.

This spring the Continental offering of soft warm croissants that gently fill the air with a delicious bakery smells, have proved  irresistible to honeymooners this spring and we’ve even enjoyed breakfast in the garden ourselves on more than one occasion, this glorious spring.

The undercover guest!

Traditional farmhouse rated AA 5 star goldEach year the AA reassess  Ednovean Farm gold five star grading, alternating an unannounced day  visit and incognito stays overnight on alternative years. The Michelin Guide inspector has already called in the late autumn to look around the house and bedrooms and again the inspectors always arrive unannounced and out of the blue, prior to the Michelin Guide going to print each year. So this was our last inspection for the season (I think!).

AA Breakfast Award 2017 eegcupOur guests in the Dining room this week, were thrilled when they learnt that they had had breakfast with a real life Hotel inspector, as they were great fans of the series by the same name. As they said they “always wondered how it was done!” Well it is only at the moment of handing the key back that the inspector will identify themselves and hand you the AA card in the meantime I’m sure they will have had a busy evening inspecting their bedroom, stripped the bed, to check everything from mattress covers to duvets and pillows before carrying out a few other housekeeping checks.

Breakfast in Bed perhaps?

As well as breakfast in the Dining room, we also have a popular option of serving a Continental Breakfast served either in the Bedroom or on the bedrooms private terrace. This choice is so popular with honeymooners, for birthday treats and for our guests who like to wake up slowly to the day.

Breakfast is a great time to plan the day!

ordinance survey map and leaflets for breakfast planEasing the way into the day at Breakfast time over a relaxing breakfast is a great way to start the day, no matter how you choose do it and of course it is a great time to plan the day.

If our guests would like some help with planning their day I always get out our trusty Ordnance Survey map at breakfast time for guests in our dining room. A “real” map is so much better than the tiny version on a phone, to help guests orientate themselves to the flow of life around the coast here in West Cornwall although, of course nothing is too far from the sea that surrounds us, making West Penwith almost, but not quite as an Island.

Sauce for the Goose!

And sometimes, just sometimes,  on a sunny morning we’ve carried our own breakfast deep in to the Italian Garden to sit in our new tranquil arbour surrounding by the comfortable green walls surrounded by bird song – after all what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!

I like to make breakfast a relaxing treat sometimes too, to take some time to think about the day and just enjoy my surroundings in the Cornish countryside. I hope our undercover guest inspector went on his way to his busy day relaxed and ready for the rest of the day too, when he left us.

P.S.  Did you catch up with our regular newsletter last week? Our undercover guest was just too late to make that edition but you can catch up with the rest of it by clicking here!

About Christine Taylor

Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and eight horses including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Christine writes a weekly blog about life on the farm and garden with an occasional series about places of interest in West Cornwall

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