The following post is perhaps most interesting for owners of accommodation on Islay but it can also be interesting for visitors. After all, there is a wee chance when you visit a Bed and Breakfast or Guesthouse on Islay that you meet Valerie's staff instead of the accommodation owners. The following article from the Ileach explains why: From little acorns grow big oaks and for one Tarbert woman, that certainly is her philosophy. Valerie Marshall is the brains behind an innovative new business aimed at providing a respite service for bed and breakfast owners. Branded as Bedheadsandnosh, Valerieâ€™s business is the first of its kind in the UK.
Valerie, who has lived in Kintyre for 24 years, said the inspiration came from her enjoyment of providing professional hospitality in many different settings over the years. Although the idea was only born last year, she has attracted a lot of interest from bed and breakfast owners looking to cover any eventuality at any time. From Skye to Killin and Yorkshire to Portugal. Valerie says: â€œBedheadsandnosh offers owners of B&Bs, Country house retreats and small hotels the opportunity to take a holiday or short break, and they can go away knowing that their business is in safe and capable hands.â€ Continue reading...
As well as providing an inn-sitter service, Valerie also offers catering and housekeeping to country homes and estates throughout Scotland. With many years of experience of cooking for private clients in the forest/estate business, her speciality is preparing a variety of game, meat and fish dishes. â€œIâ€™m always enterprising. Itâ€™s about using your creativity and abilities, and thatâ€™s just what Iâ€™m doing,â€ she explained, adding: â€œThis business is about sustainable rural enterprise, and I hope to cover many of our stunning regions across Scotland. There are many hospitality businesses out there which are all consuming and at times exhausting where people need a break, and there are many people who have the skills to do this work and yet have no jobs. I want to help them to work together.â€
Valerieâ€™s business attracted interest from business gurus, the Dragons, from the BBC One television show, â€˜Dragons Denâ€™. She said: â€œIt was a great way to let people know about the business, and it came as a great surprise and great experience to have reached the final.â€ To find out more about Bedheadsandnosh telephone Valerie on 07824861254, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.bedheadsandnosh.co.uk. Valerie will be in Islay soon to meet with anyone interested in Bedheadsandnosh services.