We are in a Low Risk Area
We have had several requests to clarify the recent changes in Welsh Government policies. Here is a brief update:
Powys is currently reported as a low risk area for Covid19. We are not subject to local lock-down or on the watchlist.
The lock-downs areas close to us are seperated from us by mountains and people from those areas are no longer allowed to travel beyond their locality except for essential purposes (meaning things are a little quieter).
On 23rd September the Welsh First Minister clarified that the latest travel advice "does not mean no holidays in Wales" [Provided you are visiting a country area and your home location is not in lockdown itself]. Welsh Government have also clarified that driving through lock-down areas is allowed (for instance the M4 and A446 near Newport).
Our Approach During the Covid19 Pandemic
We are open until end of October and intend to follow or exceed government guidelines. The safety of our guests and our team is paramount.
Below outlines our current approach. As the situation changes we will keep our approach under review. If we make changes in our approach prior to your arrival we will let you know.
With several cottages closed Tues,Wed,Thur as a safety gap we are able to offer "Maxi Weekends" on those cottages. This means you can arrive from 1pm Fridays and departure by 5pm on Sundays to help you get the very most from your weekend. You can also book 9 or 10 nights stays spanning two weekends to make a "Maxi Week"!
Full refund if you need to cancel.
We are now protected by Master Cancel which removes the stress and worry from booking your next holiday. Master Cancel’s flexible terms & conditions allow you to book with confidence, knowing that if you cancel for unforeseen circumstances, we will refund you in full. Applies between 60 and 2 days before the check in date. You simply inform us that you need to cancel (you do not need to make an insurance claim).
3 Day Gaps or Bedding & Book Swaps
For weekend bookings your cottage will have had no guests for 3 days prior to your stay (reducing risk).
For same day change-overs we are swapping pillows, duvets, books and maps for stored ones.
We've removed a few items to reduce the cleaning work but you won't arrive to a stripped out cottage ! Guide books and maps are essential to your holiday so we've found a way to enable these to stay safely.
Where appropriate we use hospital grade, food safe,non toxic,non bio-accumulative disinfection chemicals compliant to EN14476.
Our electrostratic sprayer emits fine dropets with an electrical charge, these envelope objects and magnetically spread to a thin layer rather than just landing or pooling on the front surface.
Significantly less chemical is used and much better coverage is achieved compared to normal hand sprayers.
This technology is used by Marriott Hotels (well known for ethical standards).
Our Vaccumn cleaners are HEPA filtered like aircraft ventilation systems. This prevents virus particles being spread (blown from the exhaust air of the cleaner).
Deep Clean Protocol & Training
We've completed training in Covid-19 Holiday Let Cleaning Protocols and developed detailed cleaning and disinfection check lists.
Our Risk Assessment, Cleaning Standards and Checklist are available to guests on request.
Social Distancing Arrangements on Site
In order to help ensure social distancing we have changed some of the layout of the courtyard area and nominated outside tables and chairs for each cottage. Dogs must be on leads.
Because of the layout of the site we've decided not to allow children between 4 years and 15 years old (except where we know the children and the family focus is all about activity away from the site)
The laundry room is closed to guests.
If you plan to share a cottage between multiple households please feel free to book.
However you must verify your party meets Welsh law and Welsh Covid Guidelines before you arrive and you will be deemed to have cancelled if your party does not meet these criteria.
Bear in mind our cancellation and full refund policy is open to you between 60 and 2 days prior to arrival.
You can arrive any time after 5pm and access your cottage using the key locker box.
There is no need to meet and greet.
To ensure safety for our staff and other guests all guests agree to:
Depart by 9.30am (no excuses !)
Strip bedding and place in the supplied laundry bag along with towels (essential to protect our housekeepers).
Observe Welsh Government Covid19 safety guidelines, and maintain 2m social distancing onsite.
Visit Wales "Good to Go" Accreditation
This indicates the accomodation provider is at least aware of the need to document a risk assessment. Operators submit their risk assessment document and recieve the accreditation in return.
Guidelines are however open to quite wide interpretation. So if Covid Safety is important to you it's worthwhile seeking detail about the accomodation providers actual approach.
The AA run a similar scheme requiring a bit more detail for which we have recieved accreditation