So where do I start? Welcome to my new website for Off the Hill B&B, if lockdown has afforded me anything, it’s been time to catch up on long overdue admin, hence now I have a new site.
But this is also not quite how I expected my first blog post to go either.
Hopefully we B&B owners in Scotland will find out later this week if we can start making plans to reopen again and make the first tentative steps towards normality ...or should that be a "new normal". Turning things back on again is so much more of a task compared to just stopping everything 3 months ago.
I know some folks aren't even entertaining the idea of opening again this year or even, sadly for some, at all. I want, and need, to get up and running but will take my time and work out how this will work for all concerned.
So here's my thoughts (and not an exhaustive list) on how I can do this and reassure friends, neighbours and guests that it’s still a good idea to travel all the way to Skye for a holiday this year.
1) I normally have 3 double rooms, but for now will only have one couple staying at any one time - this may change depending on social distancing "rules".
2) Guests will use a separate entrance to myself, but I will be around to "greet" you, show you to your room and be around to help with requests.
3) Thorough cleaning, with an extra 24hrs between guest changeovers. Hand sanitiser everywhere..... well at the front door and in the dining room... I've just ordered some lovely products (sanitiser and handwash) from The Beauty Kitchen I can't wait for them to arrive.
4) I will probably have to limit some of items I put out as extras in the room and at breakfast, but if you need anything I can hopefully sort, on an ad-hoc basis.
5) I can provide packed lunches so you don't have to go to the supermarket if you don't want to.
6) With some prior arrangement I can provide evening meals... nothing fancy just nice healthy scrummy stuff ...there is a local pub but with social distancing they probably won't be able to manage the usual numbers they have in the summer. Guests can also get a takeaway or fish & chips, or food from the supermarket and have access to the dining room or if we are midge free, sit in the garden. Unfortunately, for hygiene reasons (and it’s not normal at a B&B) guests can't have access to the kitchen…sorry!
7) Contactless and/or remote payment on departure.
I hope to welcome guests from early August but this will all depend on the Scottish government lifting restrictions and it is very important to understand the nuances between the rules in Scotland vice the rest of the UK. And sorry, for now, I am not taking overseas guests.
I am looking forward, with some trepidation to welcoming guests back to Off the Hill B&B and the beautiful Isle of Skye.
Please keep following for more updates.