It’s been almost 11 weeks since we closed Peaks and Pods and during that time we’ve been dreaming of when we can reopen, whilst still making sure that our plants are watered, the grass is cut, the pods deep-cleaned and the chickens fed!
Now we’re looking forward to the future and can’t wait to welcome you and your family back to our special corner of North Yorkshire.
In line with the current government guidance for easing the lockdown, the earliest we can reopen is Monday 6th July and we’re taking bookings from that date. The guidance may change in the weeks ahead, so we’re watching and waiting to see what happens.
We’re confident that we can open safely, especially as the pods are self-contained and situated on a rural farm with plenty of outside space and fresh air. The safety of you and the safety of our staff is our number one priority and we’re reviewing all our procedures. Changes will include enhanced cleaning of the pods and the shared general areas, with appropriate PPE for staff.
We’ve really missed our guests at Peaks and Pods, especially as the weather this spring has been so lovely, and we really can’t wait to welcome you back soon.
Take care and stay safe.
Joanne and John
We are taking bookings for stays from July 6th 2020 and our calendar is open until the end of 2021.
Bookings can be secured with a 25% deposit, with the balance payable six weeks before the start of your stay.
Please bear in mind that we don’t have a definite date for re-opening. We hope to reopen in early July, but we can only re-open when the government allows.
If a stay cannot go ahead due to Covid-19, guests will be able to move their holiday to another date. (See T&Cs for more detail.)
All holiday accommodation has been told to close at the moment. We’ll be re-opening as soon as we’re given the go-ahead.
The government document ‘Our Plan to Rebuild’, published on May 11th, says that holiday destinations will come under ‘Step 3’ and are unlikely to reopen before July 4th.
We have taken steps to make sure that social distancing measures can be followed when we re-open.
We’ve emailed all guests individually who were due to stay before July 4th 2020. If you haven’t seen an email from Peaks and Pods, please check your junk folder.
Social distancing is achievable at Peaks and Pods, as each pod occupies its own private space with little need to mix with other guests or staff.
- Peaks and Pods is in a rural location, five miles from the nearest town. Social distancing is well respected in local shops and supermarkets.
- We operate a self check-in and self check-out system, so arriving and leaving can be done with ease.
- Shared spaces, including the hand washing area at The Hub, the Bike Store, Little Laundry and The Hub seating area will be sanitised twice daily.
- The Hub is essentially a covered, outdoor space, so plenty of fresh air.
- Note: The Gold Top pods have hot tubs on their patios and the water must be tested twice a day. This requires the owners/staff having access to the tubs.
We will implement clean strict procedures when we are able to reopen. We will continue to update and refine our procedures, following Government safety advice and industry guidelines.
Steps will include:
- Opening windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate during pod cleaning.
- Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces that guests may have come into contact with (inc door handles, plugs, light switches etc.).
- Using disposable cloths and washing microfibre cloths on a hot, sanitising cycle.
- Using professional-grade disinfecting fluid (to meet British Standard EN 1276).
- Disinfecting bed linen, towels, throws and cushion covers.
- Steam cleaning upholstery – sofas, curtains and mattresses.
- Steam cleaning hard floors, carpet tiles and rugs.
- Wearing protective equipment during cleaning.
- Making sure our staff don’t have any symptoms of Covid-19.
Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
We aren’t taking phone calls at the moment, as we need to keep track of all of the changes to bookings via email.
BISHTA – The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association – say there is no evidence that hot tub water would be unsafe to bathe in, especially when it is properly sanitised and at the correct pH value.
They recommend that bathers only share the hot tub with people from their own household, and no one should use the hot tub if they are feeling unwell.
Surfaces, such as the hot tub shell, lid and steps, are routinely cleaned between guests with a chlorine solution. We test hot tub water twice a day to make sure it is always correctly balanced.
BISHTA is aware of information from American colleagues ‘that the Coronavirus would be deactivated in properly sanitised water, at the correct pH value’.
Use the toilet and have a pre-bathing shower, to help to remove some of the possible pollutants on your body, allowing the hot tub disinfectant to concentrate on killing the bacteria and deactivating any viruses that may be present.
Using your own personal towels and then having them laundered at 60oC will help to minimise the risk of spreading any virus. When finishing your hot tub immersion, it is important to shower again.
Check the GOV.UK website for the most up to date information. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public