Clifford Barton Response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

We are extremely concerned about the Coronavirus outbreak and felt we should let you know what measures we are taking at Clifford Barton to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.


The good news is that our cottages offer a private space where guests aren’t sharing living space with strangers travelling from different locations, and our situation allows guests to partake in outdoor activities that have a very low risk of transmission.


The principal risk for self-catering holiday cottages is that successive cottage guests pass the virus on to each other through infected guests leaving the virus in the property, which subsequent guests then come into contact with.


Clifford Barton’s cottages are always very thoroughly cleaned between guests. However, the UK government and the NHS have published advice on sanitising homes to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and we have embraced this advice and updated our cleaning schedule to include:

  1. Cleaners will thoroughly wash their own hands on entering the cottages, and follow high personal hygiene standards.
  2. Between guests, all crockery, cutlery and glasses will be run through the dishwasher.
  3. Cleaning equipment especially mop heads and cleaning cloths are all thoroughly washed between cottages.
  4. Where rubber gloves are used they are cleaned thoroughly in hot soapy water between cottages.
  5. Cottages will all be double cleaned.
    • Surfaces will first be cleaned using hot water and detergent and left to dry.
    • They will then be cleaned again, this time using a disinfectant.
  6. Priority will be given to all ‘high-touch’ and horizontal areas, such as door handles, light switches, TV remote controls, wardrobes, fridges, ovens, toasters, microwaves, bed heads, chairs, dishwasher buttons, bins, recycling bins etc.
  7. Central heating will be left on at 20 degrees between lettings to further reduce the risk of Coronavirus. Although it is unclear how long the virus can persist on hard surfaces it is believed to be between a few hours and a few days. The length of time is temperature and humidity dependent: the hotter and less humid the environment the shorter the virus’ lifespan[1].
  8. We are asking all guests to be open and communicate with us if they develop symptoms after leaving the cottages and think they may have been infectious at the time of visit so that additional measures can be taken.

We will closely monitor government advice and guidelines and amend our practices as appropriate.  Meanwhile, if you have any concerns about your stay, please get in touch.


Best wishes


Vicki and Gavin

Clifford Barton Holiday Cottages


[1] A study carried out by scientists from the Griefswald and Ruhr Universities in Germany compiled information from 22 recent case studies both concluded that it could survive on surfaces for up to 28 days. However, this is not the definitive view, in America, the Journal of Hospital Infection reported that the virus could remain infectious for as little as 2 hours at 30 degrees centigrade – rising to 28 days at 4 degrees centigrade. Essentially, the warmer the room, the shorter the virus remained active.

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