13 Jun Covid-19 update – Statement on re-opening
Self-Catering – Red Squirrel Cottage and Garden Cottage
In light of the Scottish Government’s recent announcement that tourism businesses in Scotland can prepare for a re-opening, we are delighted to say that we are now accepting bookings for stays in our two self-catering cottages, from 31 July 2020. New guidelines will be followed to help ensure that the appropriate procedures are in place to protect our guests and ourselves. In order for us to provide a continued high level of comfort and to meet the demands of these new regulations, we have temporarily amended our minimum booking period to 7 nights, and we will therefore not be offering short weekend or midweek breaks until further notice.
We look forward to welcoming our self-catering guests so that visitors can fully relax in the peaceful surroundings at Cuil-an-Duin and enjoy this beautiful part of Highland Perthshire.
Bed and Breakfast in the Main House
At this stage however, we are not yet in a position to accept bookings for guests to stay with us in the main house on a bed and breakfast basis. As our regular guests will know, Cuil-an-Duin is primarily our home and our guests are treated as we would treat our friends and family. We don’t live in separate ‘owner’s accommodation’, we do everything ourselves, and we don’t have any staff. We have taken great pride in providing a 5-star personal service to our guests. This naturally involves freedom for our guests to treat our home and garden as their own for the duration of their stay. The ability to interact freely with guests staying in our home is a huge part of the experience that we provide and is also a key reason that many of our guests return regularly. For example, joining us for afternoon tea on arrival and chatting with guests over breakfast are important contact points which contribute to the overall experience.
Unfortunately, the current situation and the very necessary regulations around social distancing and PPE mean that we will not be able to offer the level of interaction that both we and our guests enjoy having with us, or with other guests.
In addition, should either of us become the subject of a ‘Test and Protect’ notice, either due to our interaction with a guest or another contact, we would be forced to close again at short notice in order to comply with the 14 day self-isolation requirements – a risk we do not wish to take for ourselves, our guests, or our ongoing business.
We will continue to review this position as further Government advice is issued and we hope to fully re-open once the overall position improves and further restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, we very much look forward to welcoming our self-catering guests back to Cuil-an-Duin.