Lockdown - it sounds like a scary word signifying enforcement, lack of freedom, no choice to choose...but the reality is that many people are making the most of it by spending quality time with their loved ones and catching up with things that have been put on that “one day” list!
However the sad truth is that there are many elderly people who live alone and who at this time may not only be too afraid to venture out, due to worries about catching the virus, but who may also be missing their daily/weekly visits from their children and grandchildren.
The Corona Virus….3 months ago we had never heard of it, now it seems we can’t get away from it. Although it is good to stay in the know, it is also important to disconnect from your TV, PC or tablet once in a while.
The reason for this is that sometimes too much information can cause unnecessary anxiety and stress. So here at QA we thought we would take a moment to talk about activities you can enjoy in this period of unease.
(Note that Jess and I are in Spain and so have been on shutdown for almost 2 weeks at time of writing this post. So we have had time to put these into practise already.)
Our good friend Zoe, with her partner and puppy, went to stay for the weekend at The Ceridwen Centre in West Wales. Here she will tell her tale about it and hopefully inspire you to go there too....
The idea of the weekend was to escape, to have a couple of days away from the drama that everyday life can bring. Time to reflect, to read, to enjoy the peace of the countryside.
On arrival to the Ceridwen Centre the green moss snaking down the centre of the access road confirmed the isolation I was craving. While the puppy yawned and stretched we arrived to welcoming smiles form our hosts and a quick tour of the facilities. The centre is a family run eco sensitive organic farm that has expanded over the years and is now home to a number of different accommodation facilities including yurts, an eco pad, traditional and modern B&B, a Romany caravan and my sanctuary from the weekend, a beautifully converted traditional 1960’s double decker Layland bus. It is nestled into the rear of the centre, with private decking overlooking the valley below with a bar-b-que and fairy lights that in the warmer months would make for a magical evening star gazing.
I'm sure I will be editing this post regularly, as the restrictions and advice are likely to change on a daily basis! But for the moment these are our recommendations regarding the Corona Virus.
1. Please take Government advice. We want to get a handle of this situation as soon as possible.
2. Un-necessary travel and staycations are now not possible. This information will be updated if there is a change. See the Essential Travel Guidance Guidelines.
3. Some property owners have added that they 'CURRENTLY ARE NOT TAKING BOOKINGS DUE TO THE VIRUS'. This is a difficult time for property owners, and some have not yet updated calendars and stated how they will be handling the situation. But advance bookings in most cases are still possible.
4. If you have made a booking with a property listed on QuirkyAccom coming up within 1 month, please contact the owner direct to discuss how you can manage the situation together.
5. QuirkyAccom.com is determined to continue through this difficult time, supporting its staff and improving our functionality, ready to assist you with quirky stays once this is over. Please keep safe until then.
6. For up-to-date advice on the situation please visit the World Health Organization.
Jess & The QuirkyAccom Team
We went out of our way to visit The Chapel, Ubley....passing Stonehenge and Longleat and almost upon Cheddar Gorge. This would be a great base for a holiday, in the Mendip Hills and Bristol and Bath not much more than half an hour off. A week would pass with ease. I knew The Chapel would be special and wanted to see the place for myself....and it was just even better than I expected!
The owners have great taste - mixing vintage with restored features, finds and colour. It's sophisticated and homely and unique all at the same time! How did they pull that off?!
The building is dramatic of course - a huge, high-ceilinged living room dominates with chandelier, original working organ and pulpit - and a grand piano, even a football table, sound system and big TV for added entertainment...I hear Paul Weller has played at that very piano!
Light from the stained glass windows adds a warm glow. In the spacious kitchen there is a big table and island bar - What fun and feasts could be had there!
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