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15th June 2021

Please note that the below is not legal advice and you must make sure you familiarise yourself with the relevant government regulations.

There will be a four-week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions remain in place, and you should follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do. It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced.

From 17 May – 18 July 2021 – You may stay overnight in holiday accommodation in groups of up to 6, or larger groups if everyone present is from 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible) unless a legal exemption applies.

Weddings – Summary of changes from 21 June
From 21 June, there will no longer be a maximum number cap for attendees set out in law. Instead, the number of attendees at weddings, civil partnerships and receptions will be determined by how many people the venue or space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place. This will be based on the COVID-19 risk assessment of the venue or outdoor space, and the measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.


22nd February 2021

The main points from the Prime Minister’s Statement to parliament on the Roadmap announced today.

  • There will be no Tier system – England will be treated as a single area.
  • There will be four steps
  • There will be at least 5 weeks between each step
  • Step one – from 8 March
    • All schools to open
    • Stay at home order remains in place
    • People can meet one other person outside for recreation
      • From 29 March
        • People will be able to meet outside including in private gardens, subject to the rule of six, or provided no more than two households are meeting.
        • People will no longer be legally required to stay at home but should work from home if they can and try not to travel.
        • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts and open air swimming pools can reopen and formally organised sports can restart.
  • Step Two –  no earlier than 12th April
    • Self-catering will open for individuals or household groups only.
    • Non-essential retail will open.
    • Pubs and restaurants will begin to open for outdoors service, without curfew, and no requirement for people to order a substantial meal.
    • Zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas will open
  • Step Three – no earlier than 17 May
    • Pubs and restaurants will open for indoor service
    •  Hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs will open
    • Pubs and restaurants will open for indoor service
    • Cinemas and theatres will open
    • Most restrictions outdoors will be lifted, subject to a limit of 30 people
    • International travel will not resume before 17 May
  • Step Four – no earlier than 21 June
    • All limits on social contacts will be lifted
    • Large events and performances and weddings will be able to go ahead
    • Nightclubs will open

In Addition, there will be Four Reviews

  1. Looking at whether having a vaccine or a negative test result can reduce restrictions on social contact.
  2. Piloting the impact of testing and reduced social distancing on events.
  3. Looking at how to facilitate more inbound and outbound travel – to report back by 12 April
  4. Review social distancing measures, such as the one-metre-plus rule, rules on face coverings and working from home – to report back by 21 June.

For further information:


6th January 2021

Lockdown Rules – The rules for this lockdown are very similar to the first national lockdown. The key ones for tourism are:

Travel – You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse. If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall. The list of reasons you can leave your home and area include, but are not limited to:

    1. work, where you cannot reasonably work from home
    2. accessing education and for caring responsibilities
    3. visiting those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
    4. visiting hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
    5. buying goods or services that you need, but this should be within your local area wherever possible
    6. outdoor exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)
    7. attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services

Staying Away From Home – You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if that is not your primary residence. This also includes staying with anyone who you don’t live with unless they’re in your support bubble.

You are allowed to stay overnight away from your home if you:

    1. are visiting your support bubble
    2. are unable to return to your main residence
    3. need accommodation while moving house
    4. need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event
    5. require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services
    6. are a child requiring accommodation for school or care
    7. are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse)
    8. are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition.

If you are already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical.

It has also since been confirmed that unlike the national lockdown last March, this time the following is also included:

    1. Any worker with a valid reason can stay overnight in accommodation rather than just essential workers as previously.


30th December 2020

You may have seen the latest update from the Government today confirming that the whole of Northamptonshire is now in Tier 4 as from 00:01 on Thursday 31st December 2020

In light of this announcement we would like to remind you of the restrictions that are applicable to businesses.  A summary is below however the full guidance can be found at

Businesses and venues which must close

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. From Tove Valley Cottages position, we are able to remain open under the following restrictions:

  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

We would ask our guests that you adhere to all social distancing rules and follow Government Guidance.

  • Wash hands keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space stay at least 2 metres apart – or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions


26th November 2020:

Following the announcement today by the Government, from Wednesday 2nd December 2020, Tove Valley Cottages will be under Tier 2 – High Alert.

The current national restriction rules are still in place until 2 December and must be followed until they expire. These new Tiers will be reviewed on 16th December 2020.

For further information please go to


5th November 2020:

Second Lockdown Guidance Updates Q&As

What does it mean for people already on holiday?

At the time that restrictions are brought in, if people are currently on holiday and it is not reasonable for them to curtail their stay, they may finish their holiday as planned; the duration of stay should only be as long as reasonably necessary and they should return home as soon as practical. People must comply with the ‘stay at home’ requirements and make every effort to reduce socialising indoors outside of their household whilst in holiday accommodation in the meantime.

If lockdown starts at 1am Thursday what is the situation with guests already booked to stay?

Guests are allowed to finish their bookings if they were started before Thursday; the duration of stay should only be as long as reasonably necessary and they should return home as soon as it is practical to do so. They will need to comply with the ‘stay at home’ requirements in their holiday accommodation.

What purposes can hotels and accommodation providers remain open for?

Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. Guest accommodation providers such as hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks may remain open for the specific reasons set out in law, where guests:

  1. Are unable to return to their main residence
  2. Use that accommodation as their main residence
  3. Need accommodation while moving house or attending a funeral
  4. Need to self-isolate as required by law
  5. Need accommodation for the purposes of their work, or children who need accommodation for the purposes of education
  6. Are elite athletes, their coach or (in the case of an elite athlete who is a child), the parent of an elite athlete, and need accommodation for the purposes of training or competition
  7. Are currently in that accommodation at the time when national restrictions come into force.
  8. Are visiting from abroad on holiday or for work purposes
  9. Are being provided accommodation to relieve homelessness

Accommodation providers may keep their business open to provide accommodation to vulnerable groups including the homeless, to host blood donation sessions, or for any purpose requested by the Secretary of State, or a local authority.

Accommodation providers are also encouraged to work cooperatively with Local Authorities to provide accommodation to vulnerable groups including the homeless during this period of national restrictions.

What is the definition of “work” ?

Anyone who needs accommodation for the purposes of their work may stay in guest accommodation. There is no legal definition of ‘work’ i.e. no restriction to only allow key workers as there was during the initial national lockdown.


4th November 2020 Update:

Second Lockdown Approved

We once again find ourselves in a fast moving situation.

The latest lockdown will start at 00.01 on Thursday 5th November, 2020 and will last until the 2nd December at the earliest.


The key aspects of the Lockdown are that everyone must stay at home; the only exclusions to this are:

  1. For education;
  2. For work, if you cannot work from home;
  3. For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household;
  4. For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm;
  5. To shop for food and essentials;
  6. To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

People can attend funerals but weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.


In terms of movement for holidays, it seems that the restrictions are the same as per the original lockdown. This means that people cannot travel internationally or within the UK. This also means that people must stay in their primary residence and therefore cannot visit a second home or holiday home.

As people are allowed to travel for work, Tove Valley Cottages will be allowed to stay open to provide accommodation for those still able to travel


21st October 2020 Update:

Tove Valley Cottages is currently under the local Covid Alert Level of : Medium.

For details of what this means for you, please click on the following link –


10th September Update:

Reservations made before 14 September 2020

All Guests with current bookings for Toad Hall, Rats Retreat, Swallows Swoop or Weasels Way affected by the latest ‘Rule of 6’ government announcement about social gatherings in England will have the option of a one-time credit to be used for a future date subject to availability. Please email and we will of course endeavour to do our best to accommodate your choice of date.

Details of the announcement can be found by clicking

This currently applies to bookings of seven or more guests from different households or not in the same bubble that are travelling to properties in England.

What should you do if you think your booking is impacted?

If you think your stay has been affected based on the above, please email .

For reservations made on or after 14 September 2020 our normal terms and conditions apply if a booking is cancelled. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information and for information about cancellations and refunds.

If your booking was made through TripAdvisor Rentals, Airbnb or and you believe you may be entitled to a refund, please contact them directly:

If you have booked with TripAdvisor Rentals you will need to contact them on 0203 701 5407 or 0800 098 8460 to discuss your booking.

If you have booked with Airbnb you will need to contact them on 0203 318 1111 or to discuss your booking.

If you have booked with you will need to contact them on 0203 564 6725 or to discuss your booking.

We appreciate that some guests may have bookings that are impacted by other legislation and government guidance which is constantly being reviewed and updated by the government. Before deciding whether to travel, customers should ensure they have checked and understood the relevant legislation and government guidance that is applicable to their party, party make-up and locale of a booking.

As there is currently no official end date to the “Rule of 6”, we will continue to follow guidance from the Government and keep our policies under constant review.

For further information regarding the ‘Rule of 6’ please visit

What you must do

From 14 September 2020 it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble). The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, to include issuing fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200. Please bear this in mind when socialising with other family members staying in different cottages. Tove Valley Cottages do not accept any responsibility for guests not abiding by this ruling.

Advise Tove Valley Cottages of all the names and contact numbers of guests staying by emailing – to help the NHS Test and Trace service in the national effort to contain and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The records will help NHS Test and Trace to reach anyone who may at a later date be found to have potentially been in contact with a positive coronavirus case whilst at a particular venue, helping to quickly contact people at risk of the virus and prevent localised outbreaks before they occur. Data will only be used by NHS Test and Trace if deemed necessary to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are responsible for keeping a record of the name and telephone number of guests for 21 days.

Do not share or move cutlery/crockery between any Cottages

Try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with normally or anyone not in your support bubble

Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

If you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it’s hard to stay away from people, such as in shops or on public transport

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Follow the government’s social distancing guidance about what you can and cannot do outside your home.

Please dispose of your rubbish in the large wheelie bins on site before you leave the cottage.

Our Cleaning Protocol

Whilst we are dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic, we want to reassure all our guests of the cleaning regime we follow when preparing your cottages so you can enjoy your stay with us at Tove Valley Cottages in the knowledge that everything in our power has been done to ensure the highest rate of cleaning is being carried out.


Proper preparation is important. It helps us to clean more efficiently and more safely.

Our cleaning staff are provided with:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Mask or cloth face covering
  • Multi-surface disinfectant


Cleaning is when we remove germs and dirt from surfaces. For example, using a soapy cloth to wipe down a kitchen worktop or hob.

During the cleaning stage we:

  • Dust, sweep or vacuum all floors
  • Clean or mop hard surfaces (such as walls and flooring) with water and soap
  • Wash all dishes and laundry
  • Empty all rubbish bins and line with fresh bags


Sanitising is when we use chemicals to reduce the number of bacteria. During this step, we sanitise all high-touch surfaces. For example, spraying chemical disinfectant on doorknobs, light switches, and cabinets.

During the sanitise phase, we:

  • Spray high-touch surfaces in each room with a disinfectant spray
  • Let the disinfectant stand for the length of time specified on the product label
  • Allow the surface to air-dry


After cleaning and sanitising, we review the room-by-room checklists to ensure that all appropriate areas have been cleaned and sanitised. 

What you can and can’t do

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