Bookings for 2021

Booking policy as we come out of Covid – 19 lock down.


I realise how important it is to everyone to get back to a semblance of normal life in 2021,  but we all want to do this as safely as possible.

The Welsh Government are responsible for setting the regulations for Wales and have chosen to not publish a road map for exiting lock down,  instead they have published a set of Alert Levels with associated restrictions.

The road map published by the English government in February 2021  is a road map for taking England out of lock down,   the dates listed are the earliest dates and within a short period  of its publication there was already reversals of some dates such as for International travel.

From trade organisations discussions with the English Government and the announcements by the Welsh Government  It appears to be likely that some social distancing restrictions will continue to be in place  for most of the year.


Opening for guests.

If restrictions lift earlier then I will open for bookings earlier but I feel that it is likely we will be able to reopen for a number of households sharing the accommodation for the school holidays,  so I am currently taking bookings for mid July.


The restrictions recently published for each Alert Level by Welsh Government   indicate that we will have to be in Alert Level 2 before any guests can be accommodated at Gilfach Wen Barn.     At that point 2 bubbled households (so 4 households)  can share a self catering property.


“Near normal bookings”


Alert level 1 is described by the Welsh Government as being the near normal level.

When we reach Alert Level 1,  3 bubbled households  (so that means 6 households)  can share a self catering holiday let.

Or if booked on a per bedroom basis.   6 people from upto 6 households can share a bedroom.

It is unclear at present what restrictions on socialising indoors between guests who have booked on a per bedroom basis will be in place.

As Gilfach Wen Barn is a property on a farm there will be options available to create undercover outdoor areas if rules on limiting socialising indoors are still in place for the summer.

It is unclear at present if there will be restrictions on shared use kitchens if the property is booked per bedroom.  –   It may be that the group can designate one member of the group as the person doing the cooking for all.  It may be that only a member of staff will be permitted in the kitchen.    I am  developing a range of menus and catering options so if self catering is not possible the catered options which are popular with some groups on short breaks can be available to all booking a summer holiday.


Cancellation policies.


As soon as the implications of the spread of Covid-19  became clear in March 2020 I offered every group who had advance bookings the option of cancelling with a full refund or postponing their booking.    I kept Gilfach Wen Barn closed for the rest of 2020.   During 2021 I will continue to keep Gilfach Wen Barn closed until the Welsh Government permit shared use of accommodation and offer refunds or date transfers as appropriate whenever the Welsh Government require shared holiday accommodation to be closed.


Many travel insurance policies now include cover if people have to cancel their holiday due to having tested positive for Covid them self,  or been instructed to self isolate because they or a member of their household have been in contact with someone who has test positive. Therefore my normal cancellation policies will apply if there are no government regulations requiring the business to be closed.

I strongly recommend that guests familiarise themselves with the restrictions set under Alert levels,  and plan their stay accordingly.  For the sake of clarity,  each contract for a booking will be with the lead booker,  and that is to whom the contractual obligation arises.    It’s not a booking to a “group of people”  the transaction is the letting of Gilfach Wen Barn to the lead booker to use the property subject to  rules on maximum occupancy  set in place by the Welsh Government as well as my  other normal terms of use.

The pricing structure for Gilfach Wen Barn is designed to be flexible during this period of variable restrictions on group sizes. There is one price for exclusive use for a group of 16 people which would be appropriate for a booking of 4 households,  with the option of booking additional places if more households are allowed to join the party.     Or when shared use of the property is available guests will be able to book per bedroom.