A note from our family to yours

Update 23rd November 2020 : Last minute decision for Midlothian to remain at level 3

Today we made the decision not to reopen until the 11th December (Woodshed 4th). The uncertainty every week of not knowing what Scot Gov are going to announce is draining for everyone so we've decided to stop putting ourselves through it & instead work towards more positive plans for the year end festivities & on into next year.

For now we are putting the laptop down, getting wrapped up with beanie hats & good boots to gather the sheep in off the hills. We will go out and enjoy eating from our local restaurants and support friends and local businesses who have worked tirelessly to ride out this storm.

As ever, we owe you huge thanks for all your support, patience and positivity in this last year. We will forever be grateful & cannot wait to welcome you back very soon.

All the best. Susan & Jenny x

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Update 18th November 2020: Level 2 and travel restrictions put into law

From the 24th November Midlothian moves from level 3 restrictions down to level 2. Travel restrictions will be put into law on 20th November to further enforce the current guidance that restricts people who live in a level 3 or level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose - such as work or caring responsibilities.

What you need to know:

We are reopening 27th November 2020. We are now in level 2.

You may travel to stay at Eastside from a level 2 or level 1 local authority. You may not travel to Eastside from level 3 or 4. This has now been made law. We are totally heartbroken to now have to cancel guests from level 3 areas and will work as fast as possible to process refunds or postponements.

You should only stay with your household or extended household.

The Scottish Government is updating local levels on a weekly basis and we will update guests as soon as we have that information. Please get in touch if you have any questions, we will try our very best to answer them.

Here we have written an article detailing what the new normal is, what we are doing to keep you safe and what we are expecting of guests to keep both our staff and ourselves safe too: How we are keeping everyone safe: Covid 19

Stay safe. Susan & Jenny x

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Update 31st October 2020: Scottish Government level 3 travel restrictions

From the 2nd November there will be stricter restrictions for some areas of Scotland. Eastside Cottages fall within the Midlothian area which has been placed in the Scottish Governments level 3 covid restrictions.

What you need to know:

We are closing our doors until the 27th November 2020, we are unbelievably sorry and have contacted all those effected regarding postponements or refunds.

Level 3 travel restrictions mean that all non essential travel is stopped into and out of a level 3 area. Locals of Midlothian council area only may still holiday at Eastside.

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Update 9th October 2020: Scottish Government Central Belt restrictions

From the 9th October there will be stricter targeted restrictions for some areas because of the higher rate of infection in the Central Belt. Eastside Cottages fall within the Central Belt area.

What you need to know:

We remain open and our covid cleaning and changeovers remain at the highest standard to keep both our guests, our staff and ourselves safe.

Within the Central Belt all Restaurants & Pubs will have to close from the 9th October for 16 days.

Within the Central Belt you are advised to avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary.

Please ensure that you have reviewed the complete list of enhanced restrictions before your stay here.

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Update 25th September 2020: Scottish Government requirements

From the 25th September the Scottish Government has changed the requirements for those staying in self-catering accommodation.

Self-catering holiday accommodation is within the Scottish Government's definition of a private dwelling, so from 25th September self-catering accommodation may only be used by a single household (or recognised extended household).

The one household rule per self-catering premises is now a legal requirement. If your group is made up of more than one household then please get in touch. We can postpone or refund as appropriate. We are a small family business and, as you can imagine, this has been and continues to be a difficult time for us. We would like to thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

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Update 17th July 2020: We are now open

It has been a long empty summer but we have now reopened. Slowly, safely and in a way that we are comfortable with.

Here we have written an article detailing what the new normal is, what we are doing to keep you safe and what we are expecting of guests to keep both our staff and ourselves safe too: How we are keeping everyone safe: Covid 19

Traveling from abroad: Presently the UK & Scottish Governments have a 14 day quarantine period for those coming from outside the UK unless the country that you are arriving from is on the Governments exemption list. For further information and exemptions see here.

We are a small family business and, as you can imagine, this has been and continues to be a difficult time for us. We would like to thank you for your patience and support. We understand that it must be tremendously disappointing that you may not be able to visit us here in the hills at this time. But please know that we will try to help as much as possible.

We thank you for your understanding and hope to see you in the better times ahead. We have opened bookings for 2021 and we'd love to see you soon.

Stay safe everyone. Susan & Jenny xx

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