Pat posted on November 15, 2009 03:08

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online booking at chickcovemanor.com I'm very pleased to report that 5 of our last 7 bookings were made and paid online, at http://chickcovemanor.com/. While much of the pleasure of running a B&B is in getting to know the guests, and it's very useful to speak with guests before they arrive, it's good to know that the system works, that people are looking for this option, and that the guest visits seem to end up just as successful as those booked after fairly extensive conversations.

On the other hand, this year's attempt to offer a site with package specials drew a blank. It has been a slow season in all regards. But given that online booking seems to be catching on, I'm remaking the packages/specials site over to a format more like the current online booking. It will be up as soon as I have enough information on local events in 2010; I've been working on calendar updates this week, but of course many event organizers won't catch up with their online notices until January or so. My new pages should be up in a few weeks, certainly before the end of the year, and they will be at this same base url, bnb-va.com. I would really welcome hearing from past guests and potential guests about what they hope to find when they book online, so that I can tailor the site accordingly.


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