COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS
Great news everyone: we're allowed to reopen as of 4th July!
Whilst it has been lovely for Mum, Tara and I to have the House to ourselves, and for me to start my long term apprenticeship with the Head Gardner, it has been very strange not to have been open.
Now that we can take bookings with confidence - why not give us a call?
When we reopen, we will only be booking a few rooms at a time, in order to manage cleaning regimes and space in the dining room during breakfast. We will also be rotating rooms in order to allow as much space as possible between bookings, up to three days before and after a booking. This might mean that whilst you may have booked a kingsize room, you might have a double room on arrival, or vice versa.
So why not call us direct to make your booking?
This way I can talk you through:
- what we are asking our guests to follow to ensure that we all keep safe
- who else will be staying in the house
- and how you can best enjoy your stay under these circumstances.
Please note that group bookings of three rooms or more will mean that I will shut the remaining rooms in the House so that you and your party will be the sole guests staying.
For those of you who have stayed with us already, you'll know that our approach to cleanliness is extremely thorough - which is also reflected in our guests reviews' scores. The well being of our guests and friends who work with us is - and will always remain - our top priority.
Even with our reduced UK alert level for COVID-19, we all need to remain vigilant and I wanted to reassure you that we will do everything we can to protect our guests and friends who work with us. This will include following all the guidance out there from national and international health authorities such as Public Health England and the World Health Organisation - as well as various industry bodies such as Cumbria Tourism Authority and the B&B Association. We already receive weekly updates from these industry bodies who are sharing hygiene recommendations and best-practice guidance. In addition, here are a few other steps we are implementing, to give our guests and friends further reassurance, are:
- When you check-in, we will confirm with you that neither you nor other guests have been in contact with any potential COVID-19 cases and therefore should be self-isolating at home
- Where possible, we will take payment on the morning of your arrival - to reduce handling of the card machine - and will have your receipt ready for you on arrival
- Our laundry is provided externally and our supplier cleans to NHS standard and our rooms will be deep cleaned and disinfected after each stay
- For the immediate future, we have removed all soft furnishings where possible and replaced them with items which can washed after each stay. For example, we have temporary covers for our bedheads, bedspreads have been replaced with fleeces and throws, and our cushions have been replaced with colourful pillowcases
- We will continue to stagger our breakfast times to allow guests to enjoy their breakfasts and to enable more social distancing. You can book your breakfast time before you arrive if you wish, just give us a call
- The dining room will be set-up to allow maximum social distancing between guests and we will ask our guests to sit at the same table each day, with each table having its own condiments and jams, milk and butter
- If you order fresh fruit salad, there will be a separate serving on each table. Yoghurts and cereals are served as individual portions
- We also have a charming hatchway between the kitchen and dining room where we will pop your selected fruit juice, tea, coffee and hot breakfasts, which will reduce traffic in and out of the dining room. We can also chat safely, to help you with your plans for your days activities
- The dining room and other public areas will continue to be cleaned to the highest standard and hand sanitiser is available in the hall, the dining room, and on both the first and second floor landings - for guests to use
- If you wish to have a take-away evening meal in the House rather than eat out, our local pubs and restaurants can offer you this service, and you're welcome to eat your meal in the dining room, at your table
- When our guests check-out, we will ask them to call us to let us know if they develop symptoms within 14 days of leaving Maple Bank
- When you leave, it would be great if you could pop your bedlinen and towels into a clean laundry bag for us and leave it in your room, leave your windows open and leave your key in the bedroom door
- If you were to develop symptoms during your stay, we will ask you to head home to seek professional medical care
- And finally, we have set up an action plan and log-book in case we are required to report any Covid-19 cases to Public Health England and Allerdale Council and contribute to any contact-tracing requests. The House will then have a further deep clean.
Hopefully all of this will give you peace of mind and means you can relax and enjoy your stay.
Your support for the UK tourism industry is really appreciated and 'thank you' again to those of you who have contacted us to wish us well. Whilst we are a small business, like most other small businesses, we source as much as we can from local suppliers and businesses. Our guests have a choice of pubs in the village, all within walking distance. Our guests shop for holiday treats and souvenirs in the surrounding villages and towns - as well as treating themselves in local cafes and restaurants. And we have a wonderful team of local craftsmen who we have been working with over the last 20 months refurbishing and maintaining the house and garden. All of these are either small businesses or self-employed folk who rely on your support when you come to stay in the Lakes.
If you wish to make a booking for later in the year, or for 2021, then do just give us a call direct, as it's probably easier to work out which room will suit you best. In addition, if you wish to book several rooms for you and your family to have exclusive access to the house, then please do call direct. This will ensure we can reserve the most suitable dates and best room options for you.
Group bookings of three rooms or more means we will mean shut any remaining rooms, and you and your party will be the sole guests staying.
Stay safe everyone and we look forward to welcoming you back to Maple Bank from July 4th onwards.
Kate, Ann and wee Tara