As I’ve been looking at properties in the Paso Robles area, an idea hit me… and I wondered if it was a good one?
First of all, have you heard of the concept of the AirBnB? It means booking on the Internet (air) beds for the night. You can check out the area you wish to visit, and instead of staying at a hotel, you can find accommodations that are privately owned – and generally less expensive than local hotels. And, there are options… maybe you only need a bedroom in a house. Maybe you’d like to rent an entire home for the weekend with your family…
At first when I initially heard of the AirBnB, I thought it unappealing because who would want to stay in someone else’s house?… I mean, what if the people were creepy or stole from you. BUT, I was wrong. The company who started it has already thought of all of that and hosts have to go through a vetting process. ;)
Since I originally heard of AirBnB, we have used the service many times and have been exceedingly happy. The key is to read the reviews first, before you decide if you’d like to stay. Hubby booked only AirBnBs when he took his daughters to Europe this summer. This was the only way he could afford it, and it turned out wonderfully!
Anyway, I was thinking about AirBnB as a way to potentially afford a house that we are afraid we cannot afford when an idea struck me.
THE IDEA: AirBnBarn.
OK, so here is my idea…
What if I opened an AirBnB in my new house (that we don’t have yet) and also offered stalls/turnout for your horse(s)?
You see, the area we are looking (besides being a wine tasting town) is a Rodeo/Show horse arena town. And, there are a few (large) riding ranches nearby.
So, I was thinking, since I don’t use my stalls often (only when someone is sick or if the weather is awful), but I love having horses in the barn – and I know a few things about cushy stalls and bedding – I thought I’d offer my barn to the cowboys or show families.
I cannot tell you how often I’ve heard of show families wishing they had a place where the whole family could stay and cook… and save money.
Also, I would travel with my horse to other areas to ride, if I didn’t have to camp. Even Glamping isn’t my thing anymore. I like a hot shower.
Having shown horses for many years, I do know that most show horses stay on the show grounds with their trainers.
And, I know that many show ladies have living quarters trailers so they can stay with their horses. Also, I know that many people want to stay on the fairgrounds with their horses.
But, the cowboys and independent show kids might like to have another option. I thought the cowboys might like to share a house, make food, relax at night and save money. They could rest and water their horses without fear of whatever diseases/viruses might be in the Fairground stalls.
Or, sometimes families can only afford to bring down one parent to watch a kid perform because hotels and food are so expensive.
But, if you could house your entire family, cook and rest in an AirBnBarn – with your horse resting just outside in a safe and comfy turnout – would that be better? What if I also offered a nice kennel for your dog?
So that’s my idea. To add the animal component to the AirBnB.
I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!!
Do you agree or disagree? Why? I’d love to hear your insights!
Please comment or email me! your thoughts on this!