For now, we are busy getting everything ready to welcome guests once again and would like to share with you some of the new special measures, along with a rigorous clean and disinfect protocol, that we are putting in place to allow you to book with confidence.
We promise to:
We ask you to:
Prior to arrival
We will share full information with guests about the comprehensive containment measures we have put in place in response to the COVID-19 situation.
For bookings taking place during 2020, we are not taking deposits due to the present uncertain climate.
Cancellation and refunds for 2020 (our usual cancellation policy applies to bookings for 2021 but will be reviewed regularly)
Please appreciate that, as a small business, we have been very harshly affect by lockdown and will be affected by future cancellations as we try to recoup our great financial losses.
However, we realize how uncertain these times are and, because of this, have reduced our cancellation window from 14 days to 7 days prior to arrival. On notice of cancellation, we will first endeavor to re-let the room but, if we are unable to do so, payment in full will be required.
Should a cancellation have to be made at any point as a result of COVID-19, no cancellation charge will be made at all and we hope that you will be able to postpone your visit to another time.
In the event of a guest deciding to cut short their stay for any reason other than circumstances relating to COVID-19, payment for the full booking will be required.
Cleaning and sanitizing
We are a small B&B operating just two guest bedrooms and with consistently high-scoring guest reviews for cleanliness, so you can be reassured that our clean and disinfect regime will be incredibly thorough.
As a micro-business with less than five employees, we are not required to do a COVID-19 risk assessment but we have chosen to do one as it’s an extremely useful way of reflecting on the very best practice in these challenging times and focusing on attention to detail, which is what we do best at Otterburn B&B.
On arrival, guests will be allocated their own dining table, which they will use throughout their stay.
From August, to stagger breakfast serving, guests will be asked to choose a time for breakfast the evening before.
Our ‘Buffet bar’ is being removed. Cereals, yoghurt, fruit and pastries will be available on request along with our usual full cooked breakfast.
Water, juice and milk jugs will no longer be available for shared use but, instead, individual portions will be provided at each table or on request.
We would encourage guests to experience the diverse dining-out opportunities available in the local area as all hospitality providers have been severely affected by closure too. However, for those who would prefer to dine in, we offer delicious, freshly prepared evening meals and, for the daytime, generous packed lunches.
Please note that evening meals, which need to be pre-ordered at least 24hrs in advance, will be served from 5.30-6.30pm so that the kitchen can be used for preparing a family meal afterwards and not concurrently.
You are welcome to use our dining room tables for eating a take-away meal and we will provide all crockery, glasses, napkins and cutlery. A small charge of £5 per table will be made to cover additional cleaning costs.
Hospitality trays are being removed from bedrooms and made available on request.
Our Guest Information will be emailed to guests prior to arrival for reference rather than being displayed in a folder.
Cushions, throws and hairdryers will be removed from bedrooms. Extra blankets and a hairdryer will be available on request. Guests are welcome to bring their own toiletries, hairdryers and even pillows if they wish.
Daily housekeeping will be reduced to:
For stays of more than 3 nights, on the third day wider cleaning and disinfection will take place to include:
Payment by BACS is encouraged and preferred but we can also take payment by cheque or cash if necessary.
Out and about
We live in a small, rural community and we need to respect the safety of those who live and work locally too. Therefore, we will inform guests concerning safety measures that are in place in local shops so that you can observe them and about the busier times so these can be avoided.
Terms and Conditions
Despite all the special measures we are putting in place to protect our guests, our household and our community, it is still possible that one among these groups may come into contact with and/or contract a communicable disease, including COVID-19, even if they follow all the steps in the risk assessment we have made. The manager of Otterburn B&B is not responsible for any injuries or disease under such circumstances.