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Local Business Features - Sandcastle Cottage

Sandcastle Holidays is a self-catering business with a base in Crail, managing Sandcastle Cottage since 1992. We have never been presented with a challenge like the current one in all our years of business.  We had been closed to guests over the winter season to undertake a major refurbishment in the cottage, and were very much looking forward to our first guests arriving from Germany to enjoy an Easter Break.  We were already fully booked for the summer season.  We took the decision to close our business to guests shortly before it was compulsory due to the COVID-19 lockdown.  We have been monitoring developments with a keen interest and attending various webinars and Zoom presentations from VisitScotland and the Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers.  Initially we did not think that we would be permitted to open our business until the Autumn season, however in the past couple of weeks we have been given the indication that we may be allowed to open again in mid-July.

The ASSC has been key in liaising with the Scottish Government to agree new cleaning protocols to make the re-opening of our property as safe as possible for both our local staff and the incoming guests.  This involves many changes to the way we operate and we are working behind the scenes to complete a risk assessment and have already gained certification for the "COVID-19 Holiday Let Cleaning Course".  VisitScotland is preparing a new certification for the hospitality industry called "Good to Go" which we will also be involved in. It is very important to us to ensure that our guests and the local community remain safe.

The guests who come to stay at Sandcastle Cottage enjoy a stroll along to the local shops, their kids want to play on the beach and at the park and enjoy a game of putting.  We would like to hear from local businesses who are planning to provide services this summer for holiday home residents.

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