Having her feet up and crocheting by noon with a G&T in hand and a Labrador by her side is Stephanie’s romantic dream of life in a Bed and Breakfast. After many years of travelling and living out of a backpack she returns to the UK after popping to Bermuda for a two week holiday and staying for 16 years. Whilst watching a game of rugby in Bath, she spontaneously decides to buy a Bed and Breakfast.
Come Sleep With Me is an insight into some of the shenanigans that happen behind the scenes in Bed and Breakfast land. It’s about a laundry mountain, Roman Centurions, Chintz, geraniums and an Orangutan rehabilitation centre in Bukit Lawang. Woven into the mix are stories of humanity and adventure across the globe. She shares stories of Thai police with brandy snifters, green fairy dresses and ghosts that complain about the toilets. There are stories of love and kindness, nuttiness and unruly feral children along with the story of the man who slept with his gun.
This isn’t a book about how to run a Bed and Breakfast business. It isn’t a book about travelling. It’s a book about life and the wonderful ways in which humans interact. And what she hasn’t even touched on are the many adventures in India, Africa and the wonders of being shouldered out of the way by a wild African Mountain gorilla, but that’s another story…
Stephanie Hill was born in the Midlands to a journalist Father and history-buff Mother. She started travelling alone at the age of 17. By 19, Stephanie had been a dental nurse, a landscape gardener, a stable girl and had worked in the confines of HM Customs, which is why she ran off to the USA to be a nanny in Ohio. She now lives in Bath and is a Business and Confidence Coach at Grin and Tonic. A mature graduate in Social Science and Anthropology from the University of Durham and a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Stephanie has had a varied and colourful career. She is also a certified Laughter Yoga teacher and creator of ‘Laughtercise’. This memoir shares a glimpse into her life.