Scotland’s coronavirus restrictions were eased in April but we watch developments carefully. We re-opened in mid May. There is currently no availability over the summer but plenty from October by which time we hope the current increasing prevalence will have controlled.
We refunded or postponed 2020 bookings that weren’t able to go ahead and have done the same for March, and April bookings in 2021. We offer unlimited postponement if Coronavirus means your stay can’t go ahead.
The Scottish Government has retained the requirement to wear masks in enclosed public spaces and advise wearing these in crowded places. Please be mindful that some people aren’t vaccinated and some may be nervous of crowds so give people space.
The Scottish Government is recommending visitors taking two Lateral Flow Tests before travel. These are freely available at Get a coronavirus test – GOV.UK (test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk) or from local test centres.
Please bring hand sanitiser and face coverings with you and use in enclosed public places and outdoor places where social distancing might be difficult.
Our ‘Covid-19 secure’ cleaning regime
We’ve taken careful advice from the Scottish Government and our professional body, the Association of Scottish Self Caterers and keep this under review. Our arrangements 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, pillows and throws which are swapped between groups of guests.
We have always provided eco friendly 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. We encourage guests to use the dishwasher to sanitise items rather than handwashing.
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 plastic folders which we also swap between groups.
To help with our efforts to protect everyone, we ask guests to strip their beds and put out rubbish from all bins 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 arrange a test and travel home to isolate immediately. Let us know what is happening as soon as possible and we will offer a postponement of your holiday or an appropriate discount for your shorter stay against a future booking.
If you could not travel home to isolate, then the NHS Trace and Protect team will advise and the local Health Protection Team and Highland Council will ensure suitable accommodation is available to isolate safely and effectively.
We’d hate to disappoint subsequent guests but may need to delay their holiday slightly for a deep clean. 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 but this accords with Scottish Government advice as of 11th August 2021. If you have any questions please do just ask.