Former Premier League hotshot now runs stunning 10-room bed and breakfast in York

When his playing days came to an end at the age of 35, former Sunderland icon Marco Gabbiadini faced a dilemma.

Football was all he had ever known, but he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life standing on the sidelines and barking orders.

Despite his coaching badges, the former striker decided to change the scene and opened a bed and breakfast with his wife Deborah – and has not looked back.

18 years later, the Bishop’s Hotel is considered one of the best guest houses in the tourist city of York.

“It’s like having a big family,” he told The Sun in 2018.



Marco Gabbiadini's guest house
Marco Gabbiadini’s guest house in York

“The hardest thing is that you have to be flexible. We get up very early in the morning and you can still wait for people to check in at 11pm at night.

“You always have to wear your shoes, you always have to be smart. We have staff, but we live on site. ”The customer review has been automatically translated from German.

Far from the luxurious lifestyle of a football where everything is done for you, Gabbiadini says he has had to deal with all sorts of jobs since switching career.

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Marco Gabbiadini has entered the BnB game
Marco Gabbiadini has entered the BnB game


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“You have to be prepared for everything. Some days I cook breakfast and do some handicrafts like bleeding radiators or fixing toilets.

“I can do most things – plumbers, painters and decorators, but we’ll take the professionals too.”

The 53-year-old says he’s keeping a close eye on TripAdvisor, which can easily lead any business to success, even though The Bishop scores an impressive four out of five stars from thousands of reviews.



Bishops receives rave reviews on TripAdvisor
Bishops receives rave reviews on TripAdvisor

“It’s a bit like a footballer saying he doesn’t read the sports pages in the paper,” he joked. “If you’re an inn owner, read TripAdvisor reviews!

“But it’s Deborah’s job to answer everyone, she’s the diplomat in the house.”

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