We hope that you and your family and friends are safe and well. Once again Five Acre Barn is closed and have been for the last few weeks. We are waiting to hear from the government when we may next open. We are taking bookings for 2021 with the understanding that Covid might get in the way once again!
Once again we would like to say a huge thank you to all our guests who, unable to visit due to Covid, have postponed their stay without any fuss. We really appreciate how flexible people have been, particularly when bookings have had to be moved two or three times!
Whilst many people have rolled their deposits forwards guests are, of course, entitled to a refund as per our usual deposit policy (please check out the T&Cs on the relevant pages). Irrespective of the notice period we will also refund any deposits if you have been unable to visit because of Covid travel restrictions (e.g. Lockdown, Tier restrictions etc.)
At the moment we are pretty much closed but if you would like to stay during lockdown and your reason for visiting is one of the allowable exemptions, then please do get in touch.
If you are reading this we are guessing that you are fed up with being at home and restless to get on the road. Whilst we would love to see you, we want your trip here to be safe and not inadvertently contribute in any way to the Pandemic. So here are a few things that we hope will help you make a decision whether to visit and as far as possible to reassure you about your stay.
We continue to follow the government’s advice to the hospitality industry. We have implemented additional anti-virus cleaning in line with government recommendations – though realistically there are probably limitations to disinfection given this is a home with all its ‘soft’ surfaces.
There is plenty of hand sanitizer available throughout the premises and basic masks available on request.
We will ask guests to try and commit to a specific arrival time so that we can avoid everyone arriving together.
We normally stagger breakfasts anyway, but we have increased the spacing so that everyone remains socially distanced. Although breakfast is normally in the Barn we can provide it in your room as an alternative.
Anyone who has visited us before, knows that we are friendly and chatty hosts. We will try to be the best hosts we can be – but we also need to maintain two meters.
One practical challenge is making sure that our guests are fed and watered during their stay (though we are helped by the fact that guests often skip lunch after our breakfasts anyway!).
Although many shops are currently closed, we expect them to open in line with the end of Lockdown, as happened previously. Unfortunately you can’t cook in the Barn unless you have rented the whole space (it causes chaos even without Covid), however you are welcome bring food or takeaways and eat them in the Barn or your room.
Most local restaurants and pubs are also closed, but again we expect then to open when we do and most will offer a combination of a takeaway and limited restaurant service. Please look at their websites and consider booking a table ahead of your visit.
For parties of four or more Sophie, our Personal Chef, is available to prepare meals in the Barn. She is brilliant and our guests love her food (please see the ‘Rent the Barn’ page to check out her pedigree). She does need a week’s notice so please let us know well in advance and we can put you in touch (costs roughly £35 – 40 a head depending on what you want).