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.
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.
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.
Over the past few days we have seen an osprey as a late afternoon visitor. It’s always a relief to see that the migration has gone to plan. He/she flies over the loch directly in front of the Half House cottage, frequently hovering briefly as she looks for fish … no binoculars required!
Still on the bird theme we had a large number of Whooper swans on the loch this year. They migrate from Iceland apparently. There are just a few stragglers left now as most have headed home for the summer.
On a walk around the loch yesterday the unseasonably warm weather had brought out a variety of rather impressive caterpillars. We don’t know if they were supposed to emerge in February but they were taking their chances nevertheless. Thanks to Louise for the photos.