Remote Stays at Merlin Farm
A Quiet and Secluded Farm nestled in Countryside a short walk from Mawgan Porth Beach on the North Cornwall Coast
One thing for sure it is going to be a long and unpredictable few months, if not years ahead. For those of you desperate to get away from your homes for a change of scenery, you will in no doubt be wary about where you go on holiday in the future. Merlin Farm is a small private secluded site with just 6 self catering units each with private enclosed courtyards overlooking the rolling hills. There are no indoor communal areas so no-one has to have close contact with any other guests, which is essential whilst social distancing will probably be in place for some time.
There is a beautiful sandy beach within walking distance and a further 5 beaches within 5 miles of Merlin Farm as well as beautiful countryside & Coastal walks direct from the farm. There are lots of cycle trails close by. The Cornish Food Box Company can deliver Cornish groceries to your cottage. It is possible to have meal deliveries to Merlin Farm and Spa Treatments can be carried out in the comfort of your cottage. Once you've exhausted the local area, there are many beautiful wide open spaces to explore a short drive away, like the Cheesewring and Roughtor on Bodmin Moor. Pack a picnic - there are some fabulous picnic spots in and around Cornwall. Booking as much as possible in advance is strongly advised as there will be limited capacity for Activities and Restaurants. Going into the Autumn we've tried to get as much info from local eateries so we can offer you a round-up of latest opening hours and take away services. You can view this information here.
Keeping the Children entertained
Children especially enjoy making sandcastles and rock pooling for hours on end whatever the weather. Bring waterproofs and wellies and check tide times to make sure you hit the beaches at low tide to access the best rock pools. There is an excellent rocky cove just a few miles from Merlin Farm called Porth Mear. It is a bit of a walk from the car park to the cove so may not be ideal for very young children.
Please don't rely on the internet to keep your children entertained, we do have wifi but it is not reliable enough for streaming movies due to the poor BT infrastructure from the village to our rural location. EE offers a great 4G signal here should you have data packages with your mobile. We recommend downloading movies to devices prior to your stay. Print off these great free travel games from Mini Travellers to keep your little ones entertained on the journey and whilst on holiday. Check out their free beach game ideas too!
During the pandemic, to accommodate a longer cleaning schedule and to protect our staff whilst they are cleaning onsite we regret we have had to extend our changeover times; Check in from 5pm (contact free) / Check out by 9am. You will not be able to access the site for any reason between these times on changeover days and no early arrivals are permitted.
We will be taking extra measures in between guests such as disinfecting of surfaces (where reasonable) paying particular attention to high touch surfaces such as door handles & light switches and using compliant cleaning solutions as required. Pillow protectors and mattress protectors will also be laundered between guests. A 100% guarantee cannot be made but we will do our best to reduce the risk to our guests.
The current Government advice is that used bed linen and towels represent a potential hazard to cleaning staff, therefore we are asking for your help by asking guests to strip their bed linen and place along with towels in to a laundry bag and leave windows open upon departure at the end of their stay. Full details will be supplied upon booking.
Hand held guest information folders are being replaced with downloadable digital files which we will forward to you before arrival.
We have removed the children's play slide and toy boxes (please bring your own baby toys) and we will not be carrying out donkey grooming sessions until further notice, we apologise for any disappointment this may cause. Children can still feed the chickens (feed supplied).
During the Pandemic we kindly ask that you keep a minimum of 1m distance of other guests and that you keep up to date and follow the current government guidelines (such as frequent washing of hands).
We ourselves will be keeping a distance from guests but live onsite and can be contacted by phone/email.
Please remember to bring face masks.
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Additional Covid19 Terms
The situation is changing daily. We continue to follow guidance from the government, and we are keeping this page and our policies under constant review.
Our usual T&C's can be found here https://www.merlin-farm-cottages-cornwall.co.uk/terms-and-conditions
In the event that the Government declares that we cannot open during your holiday date we will offer to transfer your booking to a later date or if this is not possible we will refund you in full within 7 days from the date the booking was due to start. We will not refund any costs in relation to booked transport or other accommodation booked or any other ancillary costs incurred.
New bookings: We regret we cannot currently accept bookings from guests living in Tier 3 areas for the dates specified by government for non-essential travel.
Current bookings: If you live in an area which is locked down and the government puts in place a travel ban preventing you from taking your holiday we can move your holiday to another date or issue a credit note. We strongly recommend taking out your own insurance as we cannot act as insurers if you are unable to travel to us.
Should you or any of your party display any symptoms of Covid19 during your stay, Government advice is that you should return home immediately. Please notify us if this is the case so that we can close the cottage and ensure no one enters it.
If you have booked more than 1 cottage please abide by the latest government law of social gatherings of no more than 6 persons (inside and outside).
If you have come from a region where households cannot mix, you must continue to abide by this rule whilst on holiday.
Maximum occupancy numbers of each cottage must be adhered to.
No visitors allowed to the site, only guests booked in the cottages permitted on site at this time.