In essence, a Guest House offers comfortable overnight sleeping accommodation for visitors in separate en-suite bedrooms and must provide a cooked breakfast and evening meal.
A Guest House differs slightly from a B&B in that it is usually larger and must offer at least 3 double en-suite bedrooms*; it may also apply to be licensed to serve alcoholic beverages.
Most Guest Houses are run by people who have had no formal training but have a genuine flair for household management, good hygiene, simple cooking and good people skills – offering true Northern Ireland hospitality. From the hearty home-made breakfast and evening meal to the warmth of the welcome, it is the extra touches that really count.
Planning approval may be required if you decide to use more than 50% of your bedroom space. Refer to www.planning.gov.uk for more information. As breakfast and evening meals may be served at Guest House establishments, you will need to make sure that you are adhering to food safety legislation.
All food establishments in Northern Ireland must be registered with their local council environmental health service. Refer to www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk for additional information.
*Applies to Guest Houses certified for the first time on or after 11/11/09