We intend to open again for the 2021 season on 12th April (dependent on the government's four tests having been met). From that time we will only be able to accommodate one household and we will only have one yurt open, alternating between Badger and Woodpecker to give the added bonus of gaps between guests.
From 17th May onwards we plan to be able to accommodate up to six people from different households in each yurt (up to four in Willow). This is subject to review by government. The limit on meeting outdoors is anticipated to be increased to 30 at this time, making group holidays possible, with socialising outside. As last year each yurt will have its own private bathroom and its own fridge in the barn for the sole use of that yurt.
From 21st June 2021 we hope to be able to lift all restrictions on use of the communal barn.
We ask that guests please read the information contained in their pre-arrival email that arrive a week ahead of your stay and adhere to the relevant government guidance at the time of your stay. Further information can be found here: government guidance on what you can and can't do
If you have any concerns about your stay under the new regulations please contact Katie via email or phone to discuss your options.
Read on to find out what we are doing to keep you safe during your stay:
We have been certified "Good to Go" by Visit England and have the Safe travels mark from the World Travel & Tourism Council. We are following self-catering industry guidance on required cleaning standards.
We will be using Envirosafe virucidal disinfectant on all touch points and surfaces after cleaning, including misting mattress protectors and bed throws. All linen will be changed between guests including pillow protectors. We will not be providing blankets or hot water bottles.
Each yurt has its own private shower-room for the exclusive use of its guests and, as before, you have your own private composting toilet beside your yurt. Please ensure your party only uses the bathroom allocated to your yurt to avoid potential cross-contamination between guests. Sanitiser is provided at the entrance to the bathroom area and the outer door will be left open during the day (when dry) so you won't need to touch the door handle at all.
We have sourced four smaller fridges with iceboxes so each yurt now has its own rather than sharing two larger fridge-freezers. Please ensure you only use the fridge labelled with you yurt's name. Each yurt has been allocated two iceblocks (again labelled with each yurt's name). These should be in the freezer compartments on arrival. Feel free to take one and place it in the coolbox at your yurt to keep essentials cool then switch out the blocks when necessary. Because the barn is the only place with electricity we are keeping it open but request that you only use it to access the fridges, or the power points for charging devices until regulations allow full use of shared areas.
Sanitiser is provided at the entrance to the barn and there are also hand-washing facilities with hot water and soap both there and in each yurt's private bathroom. Please ensure you wash your hands frequently when on site.
We have been working hard while closed to make the camp kitchens at the yurts more sturdy and practical so that you need not use the communal kitchen in the barn if you would prefer not to. Each now has a washing up area on the side of the camp kitchen as well as bespoke fitted cupboards for storage inside.
We really hope that these changes will give you every confidence to come to our little hidden valley where seclusion, space and fresh air are in abundance. Take a look at this lovely review we received recently that shows how appreciative our guests are of our efforts to ensure your safety and comfort here at Blackdown Yurts.
If you have any questions about our measures to reduce risk of coronavirus or about your booking then please don't hesitate to contact us via phone or email.