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!
Official communication has been received from the Scottish First Minister. Included in the official statement is: “To our hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation – you should not be accepting visitors.“
Unfortunately we will require to temporarily suspend business. There is presently no time scale given but we will be in touch with those who already have bookings for the coming 2 months. The situation is changing from day to day so we may require to extend that period depending on developments.
We look forward to welcoming visitors again in the future and hope that this can be sooner rather than later.
Due to the uncertainty relating to the Coronavirus we are aware that you may be wondering what would happen if you have to cancel a booking. We have decided to temporarily remove the requirement to give 30 days notice of cancellation. This means that you can be confident of getting your money back even if you have to cancel at the last minute. There is therefore no need to worry about what will happen if your circumstances change nearer to the dates of your stay at the cottage.
We are confident that a stay at the Half House remains a very good option during these difficult times. The cottage is, of course, cleaned to a very high standard between guests. You will be staying in a lightly populated part of the country with fresh air, open spaces and no requirement to have close interactions with groups of people.
Many people who stay at Half House Cottage take some great photographs to remember their holiday. However, Martin Ellis takes photographs professionally and has very kindly allowed us to use some of the excellent pictures taken during his stay this winter (2019). They are so good that we have set up a page just for his photos. Please visit his website if you are interested in more of his work and/or are interested to buy a top quality print.
We can now offer electric vehicle charging by arrangement (7kW Type 2 tethered connector).
Though we know there are red squirrels that live around Cappercleuch we don’t usually get such a great view as we had of this one that hung around for several hours munching on seeds and pine cones. You can see him in an HD movie on Youtube:
We were pleased that a couple of recent guests were able to take up our offer of free locked storage for equipment. One person had a mountain bike and another had brought an inflatable kayak. Last year we had some people touring on motorbikes who were grateful to have their bikes secure and in the dry.
A variety of sailing takes place at St Mary’s loch, mostly towards the western portion of the water. This crew are near the shore at the March wood.
You can just make out that the osprey is carrying a fish it has just caught. I saw it hovering over the loch and heard a loud splash as it hit the water, just out of my view. I then just managed to take a picture as it was flying away. A nice punctuation to a gorgeous evening.