Guests should be scrupulous in following Scottish Government advice to keep everyone safe :

  • Stay 2m from everyone outside your household group
  • Wear a face-covering when in enclosed or busy places
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitiser often.
  • Avoid busy and crowded places – so go early or late and be prepared to go elsewhere

Please bring hand sanitiser and face coverings with you. Decent quality, 3 layer re-useable face coverings at around £1 each are available here and you are of course welcome to use our washing machine to keep face masks clean.

Our ‘Covid-19 secure’ cleaning regime

Good to Go logoWe’ve taken careful advice from the Scottish Government and our professional body, the Association of Scottish Self Caterers and keep this under review and our arrangement have been certified under the national Good to Go scheme.

We are using a range of virucidal, commercial-grade disinfectants (70% alcohol or sodium percarbonate) compatible with our septic tank.  We take extra care of high-touch surface areas, from door handles and light switches to kettles and toasters. We also ensure the cleanliness of upholstery, including armchairs and curtains.  Bed linen and towels will be washed to the highest standards and in accordance with the latest virus-control procedures.  We have two sets of duvets and pillow and these are swapped between groups of guests.

We have always provided cleaning products and guests are welcome to use these freely.

Arrival has always been a contact-free experience. Guests are welcome to arrive anytime from 6pm on the arrival day, while departure is by 10am on the final day. Between 10am and 6pm, Elizabeth, our housekeeper will work to clean the property. Guests and housekeepers do not meet. We ask guests to strictly adhere to departure and arrival times.  Keys are collected onsite and we carefully disinfect them.

To make cleaning easier, we have removed some decorative items All kitchenware and crockery will be clean with cutlery, glasses, mugs and core crockery left sanitised in the dishwasher.  Other items will be clean but not sanitised so we recommend that guests rewash items before use.

Varis has a selection of board games and local information leaflets. We are keeping these available and ask guests to wash their hands before and hands after use. Similarly books.   Important information about the property is presented in wipeable plastic folders.

To help with our efforts to protect everyone, we ask guests to strip their beds and remove bin liners at the end of a stay, with easy arrangements in place.

If, during a stay, there is an exceptional reason why we need to visit Varis (for example to rectify an issue), we will give as much notice as possible and adhere to physical distancing rules.  For longer stays, we will arrange a time for a changeover visit when you are not in the house.

If you are unwell …

If you are unwell, do not travel to Varis.  If you become unwell during your stay, Government guidance is for you to travel home immediately.  Let us know what is happening as soon as possible and we will offer a postponement of your holiday or an appropriate discount against a future booking. 

If you could not travel and had to self isolate at Varis, we will arrange deliveries of food and medicines but we will need to charge for your extended stay.  We would then quarantine the premises for 72 hours prior to a deep clean for the next guests.  Guests we are forced to disappoint will always be fully refunded and we will use our contacts to find alternative accommodation.


We will update the information above as changes are made. If you have any questions please do just ask.