We opened once more for self catering stays at Half House Cottage on the 26th April 2021. Please check our bookings page to check for availability.
If you are of a literary bent then this will be of interest. Abbotsford House is about 35 minutes drive from the cottage. This link takes you to the BBC report.
It looks like we should be allowed to open from 26th April 2021. Fingers crossed!
Unfortunately we are obliged to close again due to changes to Covid restrictions. This is liable to continue into the early part of 2021. By all means enter some dates on the booking page to see what’s what but do not follow through with an actual booking before phoning or emailing directly.
It is advisable for anyone coming to the cottage for a stay in the Borders to have the Scottish Test and Protect app installed on their smart phone. If the app requires you to input a Scottish address and/or postcode feel free to use the Half House cottage, Cappercleuch, Selkirk TD7 5LG.
Bear in mind that at present the English app does not cover Scotland and that you will require to choose which app is “active” as they will not automatically switch when you travel across the border. If you are travelling from England remember to activate the appropriate app when you return home.
The Charnwood Country 4 stove in the cottage is a great little performer but it was looking a little tatty and was due a refurbishment this year! Here it is in the workshop before reinstalling in Half House cottage.
From the 1st February 2021 the prices have been set as follows:
- 2 nights: £87 per night (2 night minimum length stay)
- 3 to 6 nights: £82 per night (i.e. £5 per night discount)
- 7 nights or more: £75 per night (i.e. £12 per night discount)
Due to additional Covid cleaning requirements we are avoiding same-day changeovers. This means that the night following a booked stay will be kept clear. This has some impact on availability as it effectively reduces the number of bookable dates. Unfortunately this is a loss to us and and a loss to our potential guests. Booking early ensures that you get your favoured dates. Our online booking system has now been updated to accept bookings for 2021.
Our first booking dates that are still available, as at the time of this post, are from 8th to 16th July 2020.
Half House Cottage will be back in operation from 15th July 2020!
We are now acquainted with the latest government guidelines relating to the issues and requirements of re-opening whilst Covid-19 remains a potential risk.
In addition to this Katie has completed online training which is particular to cleaning requirements and risk assessment for self catering premises. Though our previous cleaning regime was already at an extremely high standard we now follow “Cleaning Protocols for Self-Catering Properties in the Context of Covid-19” which requires the use of specific antiviral products and recommends more time between bookings.
Please bear with us if we are unable to accede to requests for early arrivals (3pm normal check-in or late check-out beyond 11am). There will also normally be a clear day between guests. In other words no departures and arrivals on the same day. When bookings are made we will do our best to add in the extra “spacer” days on the system before someone else makes a booking!