Coco Posted August 15, 2007 Share Posted August 15, 2007 Has anyone else experienced the same srange booking patterns this year?I know that for our last 4 seasons it has been slightly different each year, and as our dear departed friend Miki used to say, you can never judge the season until it is over and you have banked the money. But this year is exceptional. We usually get a flurry of bookings in January and February for July and August. We then get a steady interest for April-June, usually booked anything between one and 4 weeks in advance. The remaining free days of July and August tend to be booked anything between two nights and 2 weeks in advance and the first half of September is usually booked during late August.This year, by early March we were about 35% up on bookings at the same time in our previous best year. By the end of April we were about 50% up on nights already stayed between January and April and about 20% up on advance bookings. Then it all went very quiet. June always is quiet but the first half of July was DEADLY, nothing for ten nights. Then all hell broke loose. We have been FULL since 21st July and are now fully booked to 23rd September, with one free day next week, which I am determined to keep free! So no chance for any of those that leave it until a few days beforehand to book. This week we even have some young French boys camped in the garden because we didn't have enough rooms for the whole family. I just can't understand the booking patterns. And just to make it even better, we have had only about half a dozen one-nighters in August instead of the usual 20 or 30. Most people have booked a minimum of 4 nights and ALL of our September bookings are for at least 4 nights, some for 6, and also groups of 4 or 6 adults travelling together - perfect! [:D]We've already taken more than the whole of last year (when we had visitors through until the end of November), so at this rate I may even be tempted to close for November and December. Who said you can't make a living out of B&B? We're doing very nicely thank you! And we can't even thank the weather.What are other experiences of this peculiar summer? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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