Posting on the forum I can do when I have the time. Dealing with guests I have to do when they are available and that isn’t always a convenient time for me. Frequently, because I have three houses, I will have two or three sets of guests checking in on the same day. Usually, when guests check in, I have just finished cleaning the house for their stay (along with my cleaner) and I am already tired and stressed. So yes, no energy and no time.
I am afraid, which is why I declined. My fear centers on several things: (1) lack of a common language to communicate in (2) their country of origin–which is not the same as ethnicity. (3) the large size of the group.
I would have accepted the booking if it were one person who didn’t speak English…maybe even if it were two who didn’t speak English…but four? That’s at least a couple of people too many to try to explain everything to.
I have never had a booking where it was a single guest and had any trouble or damage or rule breaking. Only once have the rule breakers been a couple. Most of my rule breakers have been parties of four or more.
True, I don’t like feeling this way. I was not looking specifically for reassurance, but for information on how others would deal, or have dealt, with such situations. Naturally, everyone else’s situation is different from mine. It is helpful to get other people’s viewpoints to help keep yourself in check, and to learn and grow.
I’ve resigned myself to never knowing…unless, of course, they are so bad it is featured on the news!