We hope that you and your family and friends are safe and well. At the moment Five Acre Barn is closed and have been for the last few weeks.
We have been however using our time well, whipping the garden into shape and touching up the paintwork, but we are eager to open again!
First can we say a huge thank you to all our guests with existing bookings who have postponed their stay and rolled their deposits forward rather than asking for their money back. That has been a massive help to us financially and we are not sure what we would have done had people not been so flexible and sympathetic to our situation.
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 visit.
We will open as soon as we can but will follow all the government’s advice. Incidence of Corona virus in Suffolk is currently relatively low in relation to the 700k people who live here and to our knowledge we have not had the virus.
Fortunately many people come to the Suffolk Coast’s because of its open spaces – the beaches and the heathland – and it is relatively easy to maintain social distancing. There are many lovely local walks that you can access literally on our doorstep. Of course some venues won’t be opening soon so will call for a level of additional resourcefulness on rainy days!
Whilst our welcome will be as warm as ever we will have to change a few things – but this shouldn’t impact your stay too much (there will always be cake in the Barn):
- Five Acre Barn is well suited to managing risk of infection and we will be making some small changes to helping you maintain social distance. It’s a large building in five acres of garden and woodland. Each room has its own ‘sitting room’, TV and sunny garden deck.
- We will be implementing additional cleaning in line with government recommendations – though realistically there are probably limitations to disinfection given this is a home with all its ‘soft’ surfaces.
- 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 can increase the spacing if required. Although breakfast is normally on a shared table in the Barn we can provide it in your room as an alternative.
- It does sound as though pubs and restaurants won’t be open for some time which is a terrible shame. If after lockdown ends they start delivery and takeaway services then of course you are welcome to make full use of them and eat in the Barn or your room. Note that some of the restaurants may require booking in advance so you might need to organize yourself ahead of your stay.
We are open to providing an informal evening meal for about £15 per a head, should there be demand from guests. We envisage setting out the menu at breakfast with guests letting us know if they want to participate. We should add that while we are reasonable home cooks we are not chefs! Dinner can then be eaten in the Barn or in your room.
Other than that shops are open and well stocked.
- We will ask that all guests keep in touch so that should then fall ill shortly after their stay we can take action to prevent further infection and alert fellow guests that they might have been exposed.
These are our thoughts at the moment. This is new territory for all of us and we are open to all suggestions!