Last week, after our first guest had been and gone, we tidied up and gave the flat a quick clean. The duvet cover, sheets and towels were all washed and hung up on a clothes drier. We didn’t do a deep clean because we thought we had plenty of time before our next set of visitors arrived and as it was going to be my son and his partner, we weren’t overly worried about it.
Back home, feeling pleased with ourselves and glad to have our first paying guest under our belts, we relaxed and opened a bottle of wine. Half way through the bottle the laptop pinged. It was a message from Airbnb with a request from someone to stay for a week, which was great news. The bad news was they wanted to come the following day. Argghhhh. The washing was still up in the flat drying and there was no way either of us were legal to drive.
After a wine fuelled brainstorm, we decided I could get up stupid early, buy stuff for the welcome pack, go to the flat, get rid of the washing and give it another going over before I went to work. We then wrote back and said we were happy with the booking but as it was short notice it wasn’t leaving us a lot of time to properly prepare. He was happy with this and said he wouldn’t be there until after 6pm anyway. This was great news (mainly because it meant I didn’t have to get up stupid early and could finish my glass of wine).
The next day OH went in the afternoon and deep cleaned and I went after work with fresh bits and pieces to make him feel welcome. We also changed the settings on the Airbnb site so the short notice thing wouldn’t happen again (once bitten and all that).
So, that all happened last week, and therefore, today was the day he was checking out and the day I get to find out if he wrote in the guest book.
He did! He wrote that he had seen seals, the beaches were fantastic, he had been to the caves at East Wemyss and the ice cream shop there was also worth a visit.
Never mind the (fantastic) ice cream shop – all the rushing about had been worth it.
And I’m so glad he has set a precedent in the guest book – roll on more top tips for future guests. He also left a review on the Airbnb website –
“I really enjoyed my stay. Wonderful location and a truly great flat with everything you need. Everything was clean and nice. I would happily return another time.”
I feel another smug glass of wine coming on…