This is the time of year when we can get any less urgent and ongoing maintenance jobs done on the Barn. For example, some of our current works include:
- The clearwater sewage treatment plant has been serviced and is aerating well—a new compressor was fitted last summer
- Two fire extinguishers have been replaced: one foam and one powder extinguisher
- Paintwork, both inside and outside, will be touched up when the weather conditions improve plus exterior wall repointing in places
- Our latest round of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) has been done on all electrical appliances in the Barn
- The annual gas boiler and gas cooking hob service has been booked for early March 2021
- we acquired two new outdoor chairs for the patio last summer
A few photos below showing repairs needed and a nice sunny one of our new outdoor chairs:
We hope to post a few ‘after’ photos later to show the Barn restored to its full glory!
Lots of lovely snow at Rhydd Barn. Photographs taken on the morning of 24 January 2021.
The wooden fence along the Rhydd Barn entrance drive has been reinforced with the use of ‘grandfather’ concrete spurs. The grandfathers are short concrete posts fixed into the ground to which the wooden posts of the fence are attached. See our photographs below.
UPDATE: If you look very carefully you might spot the lead caps fitted to the top of each post to protect the open grain of the fence post tops from moisture ingress. We hope that our fence will now last for many years!
Rhydd Barn has obtained the ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark. The scheme means Rhydd Barn is adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance regarding COVID-19, has carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and has the required processes in place.
The ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark is a UK industry standard launched on 25 June 2020 by VisitEngland, Tourism Northern Ireland, VisitScotland and Visit Wales. For added reassurance, an ‘alert’ system will ensure that businesses signed up to the standard are notified of any changes to the official guidance so you can visit them with confidence. Spot checks will happen throughout the recovery period as required.
See also: The ‘We’re Good to Go’ Industry Standard.
We have a ‘We’re Good to Go’ certificate which we will display in the barn.
Here are some photographs Rosemary, the owner of Rhydd Barn, took on her recent visit. They show plants growing in the small wildflower meadow and cut hay lying in the field below the barn with the Malvern Hills blue in the distance. Rosemary also managed to capture an image of a young pied woodpecker on the fence to the hay field. Click on a photo below to see a larger full version.
Now that Rhydd Barn is open for holiday bookings again we hope you will be reassured that we have spent the last few weeks making the barn as Covid-safe as possible. We have followed the relevant official guidelines — below is a summary of the changes we have made.
Rhydd Barn has introduced recommended protective measures against the spread of COVID-19. We are following the Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASC) Self-catering COVID-19 Cleaning Guidelines — also recommended by VisitEngland (the former English Tourist Board).
Our cleaner and gardener are implementing the extra precautions needed to eradicate any possible traces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus thus minimising the risk of contracting COVID-19. We are sending extra instructions and terms and conditions to visitors before their stay.
We have a COVID-19 Risk Assessment in place which has been passed on to our staff. Our cleaner is using a comprehensive changeover cleaning checklist. Our rigorous cleaning and disinfecting procedures between each set of guests pays particular attention to sanitising high-touch points such as keys, door handles and light switches.
We have decluttered Rhydd Barn to ensure that there are a minimum of non-essential high contact items — for example we have removed many of the ornaments around the property and the attractive extra cushions on the bed.
We request that you bring your own bed linen and towels with you—if you would like us to provide them then we will have to charge you an extra £10. Please indicate your preference on our booking form.
We have installed a hand sanitising station in the barn by the main entrance door.
Rhydd Barn is applying for the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard mark a self-assessment scheme that has been designed by the four UK tourist organisations. This will be a signal to you, our guests and potential guests, that we have worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, that we have a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing, and that we have read and implemented the Government’s and Public Health England’s (PHE) COVID-19 guidance.
UPDATE (8 September 2020): We have now obtained the ‘We’re Good to Go’ accreditation. See separate news item: Rhydd Barn is ‘Good to Go‘.
Here are some useful links:
- How to wash your hands (NHS)
- COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings (gov.uk)
- Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) (NHS)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for accommodation providers (gov.uk)
- What you need to do if you fall ill with COVID-19 symptoms whilst visiting (NHS, pdf file)
We have been busy maintaining the barn over last few months. Here are some of the things we have done:
- A new Accessibility Guide has been produced with photographs and measurements added to help visitors’ understanding of accommodation at Rhydd Barn.
- The white paint of the exterior walls has been touched up where necessary and also the paintwork inside the barn.
- The flower pots, baskets, and small garden at the entrance to Rhydd Barn have been refreshed with new plants. Also, new gravel added between the plants in the entrance garden.
- There are new attractive trays in the kitchen and on the shelf in the bathroom. Also a new pan holder in the kitchen.
- There is a new mattress and new duvet cover on the bed.
- We have purchased a new ‘smart’ television (see separate post for more details).
- Three new plug-in night lights have been provided.
- The exterior lighting had been adjusted so it stays on for a longer period when going outside the barn at night.
- Antibacterial hand-wash is now supplied as standard. This may prove to be necessary in the future when are able to welcome guests to Rhydd Barn once again.
We have finally got round to replacing the television in Rhydd Barn with a slightly larger smart television with all the ‘catch-up’ services. The tv is a Panasonic TX-32FS503B.