Our COVID-19 Strategy
These are very strange times that we are living through, and we have had to adapt the way that we accommodate our guests, but we know that you'll understand that your safety and well-being is our first priority. Hopefully you will not even notice most of the changes.
Our cleaning routine was been revised to suit. Our standards were very high anyway but we've taken it a stage further, by investing in people and technology.
Our cleaning team is now three strong instead of two and are are fully kitted with protective clothing.
We've invested in a state-of-the art electrostatic fogging system to deliver a virucidal agent throughout the buildings during the cleaning window. The Victory system is made in the USA and is used by major corporations, sports teams, and even Delta Airlines to clean their aircraft interiors. For details see:
You will understand that all this cleaning takes time, so we now must enforce the earliest arrival time of 4pm. If you arrive before this time we reluctantly cannot let you into the building. Likewise we must now insist that you vacate the building before 10am on your day of departure.
Before you leave, we ask you to "strip the beds" to help us out. Please remove the pillowcases, duvet covers, and bedsheets, and place them in the netting laundry bags that we provide. One bag per bed. Leave any mattress protectors in place.
Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco can all delivery to the barn. Nowadays we can't physically help with putting your shopping away, so please make sure that you are here to accept your delivery. If you are not here, we will have to reject the delivery.
Our guest laundry facilities have changed a bit. They share the same room as we use to store our spare linen and towels, so we can't let you access them directly. Should you wish to use the laundry facilities, please put items in the laundry bags provided, with wash instructions and leave by laundry door - please let us know and we'll do any washing for you.
We've reluctantly removed "non-essential tactile items" from the barns, or at least reduced their number. Such items are books, games, ornaments etc. In the case of the board games, the advice that we've received from government is that they are not used until the third day of your arrival as we cannot clean each item of each game.
The Owl House kitchen has a Rangemaster cooker. Previous guests have needed to read the user guide, but we've had to remove it. Instead here's a link to the same document:
We have had to remove brochures of things to do, and leaflets and places of interest. Should you need any suggestions for activities, then please do contact us with the ages and a rough idea of type of activity you would lik, and we shall do our best to research for you and give you suggestions.
Our broadband is pretty good for a rural location. It's based on a Vodafone 3G/4G service and all the local attractions can be found with a bit of browsing, but some ideas are:
Lake Vyrnwy with its Victorian dam and fairytale water tower is just 6 miles away. Picnic by the lake, hire bicycles, walk the many trails, and visit the RSPB centre. Beyond Lake Vyrnwy take the Pen-y-Groes mountain pass, into Snowdonia National Park over to Bala.
Explore the house and grounds of Powys Castle (NT) near Welshpool, Chirk Castle (NT) near Oswestry and Erddig near Wrexham.
The Welshpool and Llanfair Steam Railway runs along the Banwy valley at a leisurely pace.
Llanrhaeadr Waterfall is well worth a visit.
British Iron Works in Oswestry is very cheap entry and some of the exhibits are stunning, particularly the Angel made from knives from city crime.
The Lime Kilns at Pant are a great walk.
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen and the Horse She Falls are a fab day out.
St Melangell's is one of the loveliest small churches in Britain, and one of the most remote. Its famous shrine attracts many visitors and pigrims, but not enough to disturb its tranquillity.
The Workhouse the other side of Llanfyllin has a history room, and a newly opened Escape Room attraction.
Further afield, Black Rock Sands, a lovely sandy beach where you can take your car on to the beach.
Other beaches are at Barmouth, and Aberdovey.