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B&Bs star in a TV showdown

John and Fiona Anderson, outside their guest house at Knockaloe Beg, which will feature on Channel 4 on Monday

John and Fiona Anderson, outside their guest house at Knockaloe Beg, which will feature on Channel 4 on Monday

  • by Jackie Turley
 

Two Isle of Man B&Bs will throw open their doors to fellow business owners for the Channel 4 programme Four in a Bed.

John and Fiona Anderson’s farmhouse at Knockaloe Beg Farm, in Patrick, and The Arches, in Port Erin, run by Jill and Phil Routledge, are two out of four B&Bs to feature in Monday’s episode, at 5pm.

The programme will see them judging all aspects of each other’s B&Bs and paying what they think it’s worth.

During the two weeks of filming, they also stayed at Blackpool and Tamworth.

Fiona explained: ‘We thought it would be good fun, good publicity and a chance to show off our beautiful island and farm, as well as showing people our business, which we are very proud of.’

The couple rebuilt the farmhouse in 2007 and have run it as a B&B, with five rooms, since 2008.

‘People love coming to stay on a working farm and enjoy the access to the animals. We run our business as highly environmentally friendly accommodation and are passionate about teaching people the value of local produce.’

Jill and Phil have run The Arches for two and a half years. It offers a boutique five star experience and enjoys panoramic sea views over Port Erin bay.

Phil said being on the show was hard work but good fun, saying: ‘It was interesting learning a little bit about how other people do things.’

He added: ‘I think it will showcase the island well.

‘When they came to The Arches it was a beautiful sunny day.’

 

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