Covid has had a massive impact on so many of us and even though Little M is hidden away in the middle of everywhere Cornwall, we are no exception. Log Jam was closed to guests from 21st March until 6th July last year (having just opened for business in January 2020) as it became clear we should not encourage people to travel as the virus took hold. We then tentatively re-opened, receiving our first post lockdown guests on 6th July and once we were comfortable we opened up fully and had a great summer, welcoming lots of amazing guests.
We were both excited and nervous in equal measure, as we believe Little M is the perfect antidote to all the madness that the virus has inflicted on everyone. It is the perfect wildcation! We are committed to making sure you – our guests – get the awesome stay you desperately need and deserve.
Since then England has endured a second lockdown, for which we had a lot of disappointed guests, but thankfully it was short lived and the guests were able to move their bookings with ease. The tiering system that was then introduced and the chasm between the rules around the UK made it entertaining to say the least… At one point we could only welcome guests from English Tier 1 and 2.
It was clear that this approach wasn’t working as we entered Lockdown 3 and were closed again from late December. It really was indeed a rollercoaster of a year.
We opened again on the 12th April and have been welcoming lovely guests since.
Throughout this pandemic, we have read and acted on the ever changing advice as it has been given as have all of our prospective guests. It has been tough, but hopefully we are seeing the dawn of a new normal as the vaccine is rolled out and the current lockdown is eased.
We continue to monitor Government and industry advice to help inform our thinking regarding changes we should make to the Little M experience going forward so that guests in our cabins, the local community and ourselves are kept as safe as possible.
Some of the ways we are specifically responding to the pandemic include:
1. Following government cleaning advice.
We prided ourselves on the cleanliness of the Log Jam before all this kicked-off, but be assured we have re-doubled our efforts to make sure any risk of virus transmission is minimised. In order to attain this goal – stress free – during changeovers, we delayed check-in until 5.30pm. Opening Round n Round in July 2021 has had us evaluate this and we are sure we can still make this work well and are adopting the same check-in times here too.
2. Enable you to self-check-in and maintain social distancing during your stay.
One of the loveliest aspects of going into this business and inviting strangers to come and stay and experience what we have to offer here at Little M, is being able to connect with the amazing people who choose to stay here, knowing that when they leave they are likely to be strangers no more.
However, as we have adapted to the threat of the virus, with an emphasis on safety first, we have put in place a means for guests to arrive and find the cabin without being guided by us.
We, together with Brady, Tux & Pan, would still love to meet everyone on arrival and will be on hand to help with any problems during your stay, at a safe distance of course.
3. Allow you to practice good hygiene throughout your stay:
- After LD1 we set-up a hand wash station on the walk from the car park to the cabin, inviting guests to use this when arriving/returning on site
- We provide plenty of handwash at the cabins both in the kitchen and the shower room
- Cleaning materials are readily available so you can maintain the cleanliness of the cabin during your stay
As Little M is in the middle of everywhere but close to nowhere, we offer a grocery service by way of The Wee Shop, in which we will still stock essentials, some local produce but more importantly give you access to our organically grown fresh fruit and vegetables, grown right here in Little M’s very own Cottage Garden. All of which you can pre-order and collect on arrival on your way to the cabin.
Finally, if for any COVID-related reason you find you cannot come to stay (e.g. you contract the virus, or are put under government restrictions and are unable to travel), you may need/want to move your booking.
If you booked via Canopy and Stars you can view their COVID policy so you know your options. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch although if it is specific to your booking please contact C&S direct. Be rest assured Little M and her cabins will be here, waiting for you, when it is safe and advisable to travel and enjoy the rest and recuperation you are longing for.
Till we meet – stay safe, wild and happy