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Taking Extra Care: How to prepare for your holiday

We understand your holiday is going to be slightly different due to the current and unusual circumstances. Therefore, we wanted to make sure you feel safe and prepared for your trip. 

We have put together an information pack to explain the steps we have taken to prepare your property, as well as some handy tips on ways you can holiday safely whilst still having a wonderful stay in your Classic Cottage.


Extra property precautions 


Extended changeover hours. Our normal changeover cleans are already rigorous. However, to be on the safe side we are extending our changeover hours to a 4pm arrival and a 10am departure so our housekeepers have plenty of time to air and sanitise the properties.


Simple furnishings. We have removed unnecessary soft furnishings such as throws and scatter cushions that can't be regularly sanitised. An easy step to take to ensure the property is clean and comfortable for your arrival.


A subtle welcome. Usually, our owners like to make a fuss and greet you either personally or with a welcome tray. However, this time we are going to safely distance a little more and leave you to settle yourselves in upon arrival. It may also be worth bringing those few essential items with you, such as tea and milk, so you can have that much-needed cup of tea after your journey.



Useful tips on how to prepare before you travel


Shop at home. We recommend your initial supermarket shop is done at home so you bring what you need for the first few days. This way it means you can relax as soon as you arrive then too. The cottages have a very thorough inventory to make sure you have everything you need to self-cater in style, so you don't have to compromise on any homemaking activities on holiday with us! See our full inventory here

Food box delivery. Find a local food box company and have fresh and locally sourced produce delivered to your cottage. We recommend The Cornish Food Box Company; they deliver all over the country and have a fantastic selection of great British produce.


Order in. Restaurants, pubs, and cafes across the UK have adapted their service so you can take away your favourite choices from the menu so you can fine dine at home. It might also not be a bad idea to do a little research now, so you know which nights to plan those special nights in.


Stay local. With our cottages in rather lovely locations, there is no need to travel far on holiday. Use The Classic Guide to find your nearest walks, beaches and outdoor activities.


Check town council websites. Make sure you check the town council website for your destination for any restricted access or one way systems. These have been put in place to keep everyone safe. Most towns are putting on extra services to help you. For example, in St Ives they have a fantastic luggage drop off and delivery called the Baggage Kennel, allowing you to keep your bags close to the town centre to be picked up or dropped off when you’re ready. Sound good? All you need to do is call or email on 07491 663 464 or  


Your linen. We are taking extra care when washing and changing the linen in all of our cottages. However,  we understand that you still may want to bring your own bedding with you. If this is something you decide to do, please let your housekeeper know a few days before you arrive so they know how to make up your property to suit your needs.


Be careful before you travel. We ask that, in line with government advice, if you start to develop symptoms before your holiday to stay at home and do not travel. Click here to see the NHS information page on symptoms. In this instance, we suggest you also contact your travel insurance to check your policy.



During your stay


Talk to us. If you start to develop coronavirus symptoms during your stay, please follow the NHS advice and call us to let us know on 01326 555 525.


Linen care. We wouldn’t normally ask but if you could kindly strip the beds and put the linen and all protectors in the bags provided by the door before leaving it will really help to protect our housekeepers and owners. If your booking is more than one week long, we will not be providing our usual mid-stay linen changes at this time. 


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