Coronavirus

 

 

 

As communities around the world are struggling with Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to address concerns about the steps we’re taking at Mistletoe Cottage.

Our priority is the safety of our customers and their families.

As a customer-focussed business, it is our priority to alleviate concern from guests during uncertain times. The situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) changes daily and we will review this page as we continue to follow advice from the government and NHS. We will no longer accept bookings which commence before 5th June 2020. (Last updated 25th March)

Guests who have holidays that are already booked until the 4th June will be contacted so that we can make alternative arrangements. This is a challenging time for all. Please bear with us as we work through your email and phone queries as quickly as possible.

Guests can defer their dates to another available date at Mistletoe Cottage without incurring cancellation charges. If the future date is more expensive, you will be required to pay the difference.

We believe this is the fair approach to take in these circumstances to balance the interests of ourselves and our guests.

We will continue to monitor this daily and adapt our approach accordingly.

Please remember to keep your travel insurance policy up to date.

Can I move my dates?

We will work with guests to move stays commencing within this period to alternative dates within the next 12 months where we can, encouraging guests to be flexible during these uncertain times.

If I decide not to travel, will I be covered by my travel insurance?

You will need to contact your travel insurance provider and refer to the documents of your individual policy. Depending on your personal circumstances and location, you may be eligible to claim.

Up to date information and advice regarding COVID-19 can be found on the GOV.UK and NHS websites.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message; please take care of yourselves.

 

March 25th, 2020

What A Difference A Month Makes!

The timber structure has arrived and was put up in just over a couple of days, and the roof trusses were put up in 2 days afterwards. Now, the tiles are going on the roof, and by the time of the Christmas break, the house will be watertight.

Mistletoe Cottage Interior

At the same time, work is going on in the garden and driveway, and the external areas are taking shape to accommodate the eco-waste system, the area for car parking and the dividing wall to lead up to the raised garden area.

We are working to a project completion deadline of mid-March (weather permitting), and that’s when the work starts on furnishing and equipping the holiday home, so that there’s everything you need for a great break.

Herefordshire is such a beautiful and rural part of England, and we’re looking forward to providing guests with a holiday home full of quirky comforts, but in an area that has so much for everyone – shopping, walking, music and arts, gardens, houses and museums, as well as many local attractions, including Hay-on-Wye – just eleven miles away.

Our first holiday bookings will take place in May, once everything has been checked and tested, and in a couple of weeks time the website will be up and running, and bookings can be done online, making the process easy and pain-free.

We will be offering a discounted introductory rate. You can sign up to be notified when we open for bookings by visiting: www.mistletoecottagekinnersley.co.uk

Works starts on Mistletoe Cottage

The work has started! The stable block building is now demolished and we are at the point of no return, and the view from William’s parents’ front door is a much bigger vista than it was at the end of August.

Jenkinson’s Team are working quickly, cleanly and tidily, and William’s Dad, Gwilym, is keeping a close eye on standards and their progress.

Co-ordinating the utility companies has been quite a challenge, but with Toby from Jenkinsons bringing the work together, the poles are down, trenches are dug, and it appears as though we will have water and electricity with which to function.

The rubble from the building is to be used as a hardcore base for the driveway at the front of the house, and that too, has been dug out, to be level with the road, for easy access.

Next step – foundations and water treatment plants. As an almost completely eco-house, we’ll bring you more information on that as the work develops.

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On the way to oblivion. This part will be the rear of the new building.

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Almost completely removed!

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Easter 2018 is our target date for opening, so if you ever find yourself thinking about a relaxing time away in deepest Herefordshire, you may have already found the ideal location!

Centrally placed for Hay-on-Wye, Leominster, Ludlow, Hereford and the surrounding market towns, it really is a beautiful part of the world.

More information and photos as the site develops.


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Mistletoe Cottage builders appointed

Thank you to everyone who has given us feedback on Mistletoe Cottage; we are expecting to be taking bookings for holidays in early 2018, but until then, the development work continues.

Approval for the planning permission conditions are expected anytime now from Herefordshire Council planning team, and we are confident we have satisfied their requirements; the tenders have been returned, and we have appointed Jenkinson Builders from Brecon in Powys to start work towards the end of August.

Jenkinson Builders are a small building and restoration company, with a strong ethic for tradition and quality, and were founded 50 years ago. Now run by brothers, Dave and Jim Jenkinson and their team of 30 craftsmen, they have maintained a reputation for providing work of the very highest standard, matched by good old fashioned values for reliability and personal customer service. We’re looking forward to working with them.

Jenkinson

Although Mistletoe Cottage will have a traditional look and feel, we are hoping it will be heated by an air source heat pump, which is excellent for the environment, and the most up-to-date technological method of heating and providing hot water for a new build property.

Of course, in winter, there will be also the wood burner to provide the cosiness that visitors will enjoy.

Ready for demolition

All forlorn, empty and ready for demolition.

If you are keen to find out more, please subscribe to our updates.

Easter 2018 is our target date for opening, so if you ever find yourself thinking about a relaxing time away in deepest Herefordshire, you may have already found the ideal location!

Centrally placed for Hay-on-Wye, Leominster, Ludlow, Hereford and the surrounding market towns, it really is a beautiful part of the world.

More information and photos as the site develops.

Development begins on Mistletoe Cottage

William’s family moved to Herefordshire in 2012 to set up a small stable yard for their Percheron horses and dogs.  Five years later, they have four donkeys, six horses and seven dogs, ducks, chickens and 1 huge cat!

As a part of the property is not being used for animal purposes, they have kindly allowed us (William and Simon) to use an old disused stable block and surrounding land, to be demolished, and re built as a holiday home. Many of you who have met William will know that he needs a project (!), and this is the next one! Designing and creating this is all very exciting.

Stable Block about to be demolished

Stable block about to be demolished

Choosing tiles, paint colours, furniture (Yes, already!), floor coverings, kitchen materials, and whether to have one, two or three showers, is all part of the initial work, and eventually, the two-bedroom house will be able to sleep 6. With the addition of a Shepherd’s Hut planned for late 2018 in the outside garden area, this will provide sleeping space for two extra people who can use the downstairs facilities, whilst four people use the en-suite bedrooms.

It has taken almost two years from concept to getting planning permission approved, and now the work starts on finalising the detailed plans, and appointing contractors to survey and build.

Summer 2018 is the target date for opening, so if you ever find yourself thinking about a relaxing time away in deepest Herefordshire, you may have already found the ideal location!

Centrally placed for Hay-on-Wye, Leominster, Hereford and the surrounding towns, it really is a beautiful part of the world.

We’ll keep you posted!

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