Three in a bed…

April 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm 3 comments

‘A trio of houseproud proprietors test each others’ hospitality to the limit.’

So, did anyone see last night’s episode of Channel 4’s Three in a Bed? I have to confess I’ve been a bit slow on this one as I missed the first episode, thinking from the title that it was another strange Channel 4 documentary, and had to catch up on 4OD.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, the format is fairly simple; three B&B owners (or sets of B&B owners) spend a night at each other’s properties then pay in the morning what they think their stay was worth, rather than the set prices. The winner is obviously the one who makes the most money, relative to their normal prices. 
Three in a BedThe programme is produced by the makers of Wife Swap, and is very similar in style to the hugely popular Come Dine With Me (both guilty pleasures of mine). Certainly the sense of voyeurism is the same.

Part of the enjoyment of Come Dine With Me is the cringe factor. This either comes when people who clearly don’t like each other no longer feel the need to hold it in, or when we meet people who are, let’s face it, just a little bit odd. Both of these occurred in last night’s episode of Three in a Bed; one particular moment was when England’s longest established gay sex worker introduced his guests to tantric breathing in his clothing-optional, gay-only B&B.

One thing you can say is that the programme has highlighted the huge range of B&Bs available in Britain, in terms of price, style, atmosphere and target market. Hopefully this will help to shake off the dowdy image that our B&Bs have unfortunately acquired, and perhaps encourage Brits to holiday at home.

Whether or not Three in a Bed will enjoy the same popularity as Come Dine With Me, I don’t know. Hosting a dinner party is something we’re all likely to do at some point, running a B&B maybe not so much. Certainly if it does for B&Bs what CDWM has done for the dinner party, it can only be a good thing for the industry.

They push the boat out on awkwardness by having the judging done openly – the guests hand their host an envelope of money which the host then opens, counts and questions them about, making the envelope slightly pointless, in my opinion. The winner is then awarded a plasticky-looking plaque to be proudly displayed in their B&B.

So what do you think of the programme and, more importantly, the contestants? What would you have paid to stay in the B&Bs? Do you think that a B&B owner can judge another B&B more fairly than a guest? Is it fair to compare properties which are priced so differently?

If you fancy catching up with the programme, you can see the episodes online on the Channel 4 website. You can also upload photos of your own B&B for others to rate, and the site also has plenty of useful tips on topics such as cleaning and home makeovers.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bedandbreakfastworldblog  |  April 30, 2010 at 8:21 am

    from @ilkleybob via Twitter: if thats a representative sample, lord help us! who was the arrogant fool charging £250? more interesting which fools pay it?

  • 2. pauline  |  April 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I felt exactly the same who would pay £250.00 per night to stay there, must need there bumps testing. I have found it to be an eye opener, I enjoyed watching the hotel inspector when that was on though. I hope they do another series.

  • 3. Brian Whelan  |  May 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Are three in a bed or Hotel Inspector coming to Ireland does anyone know?


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