Coronavirus Update

A message from the owners

Your safe haven on the coast...

To all our guests and friends,

We are delighted to continue welcoming you to the Driftwood. We are taking bookings for arrivals and can be contacted by telephone, email or through our website. We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

Following the new Government guidance (announced on Tuesday 22nd September), Fiona and I would like to reassure you that the health and safety of our guests and staff at the Driftwood remains our utmost priority, we have carried out a full risk assessment and are continually adapting our existing and introducing new procedures to ensure that we do everything in our power to reduce the risk of infection. See below the policies and procedures at the Driftwood.

We kindly ask that if you or your household experience Covid-19 symptoms such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a change to your sense of taste and smell, that you follow the Government advice, remain at home, and contact us to allow your stay to be re-scheduled. We also ask that any guest who has arrived in the UK from overseas within the 14 days prior to their arrival date contact us in prior to travelling to the hotel, to discuss their reservation. Bookings of more than six persons will need to be re-arranged.

We hope that you will find sufficient reassurance and enjoy your stay at our hotel. We are very fortunate to be able to offer guests space amongst such beautiful surroundings. If you have any questions or further suggestions, please contact Fiona or myself on 01872 580644.

We look forward to welcoming you soon for a much-needed staycation, some wonderful Autumn Cornish sea air and to share the delights of the Roseland. For now, please stay safe.

Driftwood Hotel from above

Covid-19 Policies and Procedures

Arrival and Check-in

• After considerable thought, guests will have their temperature taken upon arrival by our staff using a contactless laser thermometer and if the reading is over 38C will be asked to reschedule their stay.

• Any of our guests or visitors displaying Covid-19 symptoms may be asked to leave the premises. Please note we have thermometers at reception should you feel concerned at any point during your stay.

• Following the new Government guidelines from Thursday 24th September all guests will be required to wear a face covering in all indoor areas of the hotel, with the exception of your own bedroom and those seated at a table.

• All our staff will be wearing a face covering throughout the hotel.

• We have added a Perspex screen to our reception desk so we can all keep our distance.  

• Hand sanitising stations will be provided at the hotel’s two main entrances and we politely ask that you use these before entering the hotel.

• Please also note that we will only be accepting debit and credit cards for the foreseeable future, to avoid the handling of cash. Our check-in time changes to 3pm to give us the extra time required to sanitize the rooms.

• Reception Areas – in order to keep the current social distance of two metres we can only have four people in the drawing room, two people in the blue area, two in the television room and unfortunately no seating will be available in the bar.  We can increase the numbers in the above rooms as long as they are members of the same group. We are fortunate to have plenty of outside space to relax and take in the views.

• All high use surfaces such as door handles and banisters will be regularly cleaned and sanitised throughout the day by the staff and logged.

• During these times we have been advised against handling your luggage or belongings but, if you required any help or have any special requirements please let us know before your arrival so we can make the necessary arrangements.

• Cloakrooms - we ask that guests who are staying with us use the bathrooms in their bedrooms. For those non-resident guests, we have equipped our loos with sanitising spray and sanitising handwash at the basins and also disposable hand towels. 

• When walking through the hotel we will ask that you please use your discretion and consideration by keeping a social distance of a minimum of two meters between yourself and other guests.

superior sea view room with terrace

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

• Every guest bedroom and bathroom will be fully sanitised and sprayed with approved sanitising solution (which is effective in killing Covid-19 but otherwise harmless) to ensure no contamination occurs prior to your arrival. Bedrooms will be locked after cleaning with no access until the guest arrives.

• Linens, towels, and robes are professionally washed on a high heat, with added sanitisation. Slippers and all consumables are replaced before each stay.

• Any printed material has been laminated and will be sanitised before your stay.

• Our housekeeping staff will fully sanitise prior to starting work and will wear the appropriate PPE during cleaning.

• Should you prefer our housekeepers not to enter you room during your stay, please advise reception and we will leave any replacement toiletries or towels requested by your door.

dining at the Driftwood

Food and Drink

In order to adhere to the current social distancing guidelines we have had to reduce the number of tables in our restaurant by half.  We hope to be able to utilise outside space subject to the weather.

• When you stay with us you can either dine with us in the dining room or have a light snack in your bedroom which we will leave on a tray outside your room. We will not be able to serve our main menu in your bedroom. Prior booking is essential, so we can manage the limited number of tables we are able to have in the dining room.

• Regretfully, bookings of 6 or more people are no longer permitted until further notice, if you have an existing booking please contact us to rearrange.  

• From Thursday 24th September (until further notice) our restaurant will have to be closed from 10pm and diners will have to leave the dining room. All diners having our tasting menu will require a table booking between 6 and 7pm. Guests arriving after this time will not be able to have the tasting menu.

• We will be very happy to prepare a picnic hamper for you which can be taken to the beach or a secluded spot in our own grounds and enjoy the view.

• Regretfully, at present, we can only take non-resident table bookings on the day, please call mid-morning on the day you wish to dine and we will do our best to allocate you a table. We would ask all non-resident guests to use the hand sanitiser on arrival in reception before proceeding to the dining room. We recommend all diners download the Track and Tracing Application to ensure we are all alerted to any guests who may pose a risk of spreading Covid-19. Please postpone your booking if displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.

• We will be offering an à la carte breakfast for you to enjoy during your stay, in the dining room or on the deck weather permitting. If you would prefer a continental breakfast in your room, we would be happy to leave a tray outside your room. At this stage we will not operate a buffet service unless it becomes safe to do so once we receive government guidelines for the hospitality industry.

• To maintain the social distancing guidelines, we will not be offering drinks at the bar, instead we will take you straight to your table.  

• Face coverings are not required to be worn when seated at a table but will be required on leaving the table for any purpose and when moving around the hotel.

• All Driftwood staff including those in our kitchens and dining areas, will undergo sanitisation prior to starting work and will be appropriately attired in line with PPE guidance.

• We will only be accepting credit and debit cards at this time and the card machine will be sanitised after each transaction.


Departure and Check-out

• If requested, a printed room bill will be placed under your door on the morning of departure otherwise check out as usual in reception observing guidelines. Again, we will only be accepting credit and debit cards and the card machine will be sanitised after each transaction. We ask that you return the key to reception where it will be sanitised prior to arrival of next guest.

outside space at the Driftwood

Staff Training, Hygiene and Protection

• All of our hotel teams have undergone comprehensive hospitality-focused training on how to prevent the contagion of Covid-19.

• All staff will be temperature checked upon arrival for work and will be required to self-certify that they have not been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 symptoms.

• Any staff member who shows symptoms will be immediately sent home and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to work.

• Internal regulations have been introduced that require our staff to wear the appropriate PPE during their shifts and to wash their hands frequently.

• Hand sanitising stations are located at all entry and exit points for all the staff to utilise.

• Printed and laminated prevention of Covid-19 advice will be displayed throughout out the hotel as a reminder for guests as well as staff.

Best wishes from Paul, Fiona and all the team at the Driftwood.

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