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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, so perfect for those wishing to social distance. 

 

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.  

 

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! 

 

Reducing risk

On changeover day the site will be closed whilst we prepare the cottages for arrival. This is to protect our staff, carry out any essential maintenance whilst allowing extra time should we experience staff shortages due to illness/self isolation. Contact Free Check in from 5pm / Check out by 9am.

To reduce risk of infection we are kindly requesting that guests bag their used bed linen and towels and leave windows open to air the property 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) until further notice, we apologise for any disappointment this may cause. 

 

Stay safe

We kindly ask that you keep a respectful 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 can be contacted by phone/email.

Please remember to bring face masks - many local businesses are continuing to request face coverings.

 

Latest Information from Visit Cornwall

Includes info on getting the most out of your stay, staying safe and what to do if you become ill on holiday::

https://www.visitcornwall.com/think-plan-book-enjoy

COVID 19 TERMS

Our usual T&C's can be found here https://www.merlin-farm-cottages-cornwall.co.uk/terms-and-conditions 

The situation is ever changing. We continue to follow guidance from the government, and we are keeping this page and our policies under constant review.

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.

In the event that we are open but you are unable to stay due to Local lockdown/Travel restrictions we can move your holiday to another date or issue a credit note. This is based on the postcode of the lead booker only.

In the event you should catch COVID-19 before you travel or if you have been told to isolate due to COVID-19 

As with a holiday abroad we recommend you take out a cancellation insurance to cover your holiday costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as these. There are many companies that now offer COVID COVER in their policies, here are just a few:

https://www.postoffice.co.uk/travel-insurance

https://www.goodtogoinsurance.com/uk-travel-insurance

https://www.staysure.co.uk/uk-travel-insurance/

(We are not selling, promoting, endorsing or recommending any particular product, and do not benefit financially from, nor have any formal relationship with any of these providers. Covid Cover varies - please read the small print)

If you do not have holiday insurance we will endeavour to rebook the stay but if we are unable to (due to insufficient notice) you will lose the cost of your holiday. If we re-let the stay you will be offered a refund minus the non-refundable deposit or the option to transfer the deposit and balance across to another holiday date.

 

In the event you or any of your party test positive for 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. We are unable to refund for early departures but costs may be reclaimable under some Covid policies.

If you have booked more than 1 cottage please abide by the latest government guidelines of social gatherings/mixing of households.

Maximum occupancy numbers of each cottage must be adhered to. 

At certain times we may have to restrict visitors to the site, allowing only guests booked in the cottages. 

If you have any other concerns please feel free to telephone or email me (Lucy).