COVID-19 - Corona Virus
Whilst the world deals with the pandemic, we will keep a page specifically regarding this which will show our latest situation at Barnabas House. Please see the following.
Updated 23 March 2020
Following Government advice to clearly STAY AT HOME, we are closing the diary to holidaymakers for April and May, but will reopen if safe to do so. We will still be available for those needing urgent accommodation - keyworkers in particular - on a room only basis. Please email us or telephone us in the first instance regarding accommodation in April and May.
Please do continue to book for June onwards - we will really need your support going forwards in order to stay afloat. If we are told to close in June or other months, you will not be charged for cancelling any booking made - indeed we offer free cancellation up to 7 days before normally, but while the crisis continues, free cancellation will be offered regardless.
Angela and Steve
Updated 21 March 2020
We have been following closely the Government's advice as to no social contact and no unnecessary travel, and closing pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants, etc.
As we have not yet been ordered to fully close, we are going to remain open on a limited basis. You may book on a room only basis, or have a breakfast tray of continental breakfast delivered to outside your room. Please call us to book a room. We will let you know if the situation changes. Those rooms that have been used, will be closed off for at least 72 hours after check out as a precaution, and then deep cleaned. We would ask if you do need to stay, it is on a necessity-only basis, rather than coming away for a holiday. Holidays are not seen as essential travel at the current time. If you are showing symptoms of the virus, please do not come and stay.
Steve and I live in an annexe on site, and feel that we can therefore remain at a safe distance to enable a couple of rooms to still be offered to those in an emergency.
If you have accommodation booked with us for middle of June onwards, we would ask that you keep your booking until we all know whether it will be safe to travel nearer the time of your stay.
Angela and Steve
Updated 19 March 2020
It certainly is a very difficult time for every single person at the moment. There is no doubt we are all affected by COVID-19 and will continue to be affected for some time.
We will remain open for business until told otherwise. There are some guests that need accommodation, even if people are not coming away on holiday, although those bookings are now as rare as hen's teeth!
We will be adapting our business temporarily to keep our guests as safe as possible, and to endeavour to keep Barnabas House virus-free not only to protect our guests, but also ourselves.
We will limit the number of guests coming to the breakfast room at any one time to 3 rooms, so that we can keep 2 metres between tables. If we do have more than one room staying, we will serve you the buffet breakfast (cereals, fruits, yogurt, etc) to avoid cross-contamination with serving spoons, etc., and of course we will cook your breakfast and serve as usual. Every surface and touch point is being regularly sanitized, including key fobs and keys after a guest has checked out. We do have a communal lounge, and this will remain open, but if you would like a drink from the honesty bar, we will request that we serve this to you.
We will also be offering breakfast in your room if you really don't wish to come into the breakfast room if there are other guests staying (although this is unlikely at the current time!). You can order this the night before at a time to suit you, and we will bring a tray to your room.
If you would just like a room only and not have contact with anyone, we can offer you a discounted stay to exclude breakfast, i.e. £10 per night per room.
If you do want a break away in the fresh air, local pubs and restaurants remain open and need your support. They are offering space between tables to enable social distancing, or an adapted menu for takeaway. If you do have a takeaway, please let us know and we will set up a table for you in our breakfast room. You may bring your own bottle of wine or other drinks, although we also have a limited selection in our bar. If the Government order closure of our pubs and restaurants, we will consider preparing meals for guests (if we can get supplies!). National Trust properties are keeping their gardens and car parks open and free of charge. Dartmoor of course has a huge expanse of fresh air and you will be able to abide by the social distancing the Government are advising.
However, we would respectfully request that you do not book accommodation with us if (a) you feel unwell or (b) want to self-isolate.
We remain at your disposal until ordered otherwise, but meantime please stay safe and well.
Angela and Steve