Culpeper residents profit, profit from Airbnb | InsideNoVa Culpeper – Culpeper Times

Whether it’s a bedroom or two, an apartment or an entire house, Airbnbs are becoming an increasingly attractive way to travel. Culpeper, Va. Is home to at least eleven Airbnbs.

According to Airbnb.com, “Airbnb was born in 2007 when two hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to 4 million hosts who have welcomed over 800 million guest arrivals in almost all the countries of the world.

Culpeper resident Stephen Found, 57, has been an Airbnb host since 2016. He said hosting his bed and breakfast, West Park Gardens, on the website was fantastic, as was the business.

“It got me through some very difficult times,” he said. “It was really fun sharing what you have and paying the bills a bit.”

The two gentlemen who created the Airbnb concept had the technology to set up a global, online platform so that anyone could be an Airbnb host.

“All you have to do is create an account, make a description of the place, take pictures of the house / room and you’re good to go. When hosts join, they become 1,099 Airbnb employees as they are not a business entity like a traditional hotel or guesthouse.

Walter and Faith Gil, from Culpeper, recently offered one of their apartments on Davis Street on Airbnb. Faith Gil said she rented through the website for a weekend and is now renting a four month rental outside of Airbnb.

In addition to the financial benefits, Found said he has met amazing people from all over the world through his hosting experience. Travelers, hikers, historians and nuptials stay at West Park Gardens which, he said, is halfway between north and south. Even people who reside in cities stay while their homes are being renovated, he added. West Park Garden saw guests from China, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Berlin and Scandinavia.

Found describes Culpeper as a “really googleable location”.

“Believe it or not, a lot of people came to Culpeper from overseas because what they would do is start in New York, go to Philadelphia, and then go to DC to see the monuments, ”he said. “Then they would say, ‘I want to go to the country,’ and they would end up here. “

In addition to the three bedrooms and two bathrooms, West Park Gardens offers a game room with a pool table, coffeemakers and TVs in every room, a full kitchen, and a beautifully landscaped backyard with fountains, gardens and a home. A complimentary breakfast is also offered. He encourages people to relax when they come to his Airbnb and deliberately tries to make them feel at home away from home. Found is very serious about slowing down and finding downtime.

“We want people to relax in the garden, to take a walk, to really relax,” he said. “Come here and relax, don’t necessarily come here with the 30,000 things you have to do in the two hours you have to be here.”

For more information about Airbnb, visit Airbnb.com.

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