Anchor Cottage Covid-19 Update – Your Questions Answered

Anchor Cottage Covid-19 Update – can I still come and holiday at Anchor Cottage in Noss Mayo?

The latest local lockdowns in England and travel restrictions in Scotland and Wales has lots of people worrying about their upcoming holiday. I am 100% committed to getting you a safe and thoroughly amazing vacation at Anchor Cottage. That is why we follow the deepest cleaning protocols, have contact-free check-in and loads of great open countryside for you to relax and enjoy. I also offer a flexible cancellation policy, full refund available up to 24 hours before check-in.

We will, for hopefully a very short time, have to say ‘wela i chi cyn bo hir’ to our Welsh guests and ‘Chì mi thu a dh’ aithghearr’ to our Scottish holiday makers but you know you will always be welcome here as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

For the rest of our guests here are answers to the questions you’ve asked me over the last week:

What is the ‘Rule of Six’?

The current government guidelines regarding going holiday in England are that 6 people from any 6 households may stay overnight and holiday together – ‘the Rule of Six’. A household may also go on holiday even if the number is greater than 6, as can a household with their support bubble (1 more person than your household). In Scotland and Wales it means you cannot cross the border to travel to Devon. We miss you and we hope we will see you very soon!!!

What is Deep Cleaning?

Deep cleaning Anchor Cottage is taking between 6 to 7 hours at the moment. We sanitise the property. We then thoroughly clean the kitchen, dining area, living area, study, two bathrooms, four bedrooms, utility room, hallway and stairs. Every window and mirror is cleaned. The entire cottage is vacuumed with a deep cleaning tool. Finally we ‘fog’ the whole place so that all fabric and ceilings & walls are santitised.

We’ve been awarded the Visit England Good to Go scheme certificate. And have loads of lovely reviews praising the cleanliness of Anchor Cottage.

I have a booking with you but my home is in a VERY HIGH alert level what should I do?

These are the current government guidelines:

  • you should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you are in or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey
  • you should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere

But please don’t panic, Holiday Cottage Noss Mayo will offer you a booking on a new date. If that isn’t possible then a full refund will be offered to all guests who have to cancel due to their home being within a high alert level. Do please try and let us know as soon as possible so that we can re-let Anchor Cottage. These are difficult times for everyone.

I have a booking with you but my home is in a HIGH alert level what should I do?

You are allowed to go on holiday as long as you follow the Rule of Six or 1 household. Do try to be as self-sufficient as possible and be mindful of our neighbours.

What are holidays to Devon going to be like this winter? 

As with all of our lives these days, self-catering holidays to Devon are going to be a little different this year in a number of ways.

Generally you will just need to be a little more prepared than usual – local shops and services may be busier due to limited capacity due to social distancing requirements.

You will need to book our  local pubs and restaurants in advance. I will send you full contact details in your welcome email.

Major supermarket deliveries might be difficult to get hold of.  However, there are huge numbers of local suppliers, shops and stalls selling and delivering locally. If you want me to arrange these for for you just drop me a line at

If you want to visit local galleries, museums or amusement parks you will need to do a little planning, but just shout – I have most information on local attractions or I can get the latest details so that your holiday can run smoothly.

The main thing to remember is that you can still have an amazing holiday here in Devon. Yes a little extra planning and possibly a little queuing here and there BUT you don’t have to wear a mask if you’re paddle boarding, biking, wild swimming, canoeing, sailing, hiking, picnicing on the beach, walking the South West Coast Path…..

Can’t wait to see you soon

A reminder for all guests who are travelling to Anchor Cottage.

1. You must not travel to Devon if you are showing signs of any symptoms.

2. If you develop any symptoms of covid-19 during your stay, you must immediately leave the property, inform us and return home to self-isolate. You are not permitted under any circumstances to remain at the property with symptoms. Anchor Cottage will be left for 72 hours before a deep clean is carried out. We will inform any guests if this impacts their stay.