A large building set in its own grounds, Hartfield sleeps 50 people in a mix of ensuite doubles, family, singles, twins, triple, and a dorm room. There are hot showers, restful common areas, a dining hall, drying room, laundry, covered area for bikes, kit store, free WiFi, small tuck shop, large garden, and venue for weddings and events. The complex can be booked exclusively or on an individual basis.
The Applecross peninsula boasts a breathtakingly beautiful and dramatic landscape. The main township of Applecross (‘a Chomraich’ in Gaelic, which means 'sanctuary') is located around the picturesque bay and enjoys uninterrupted views over the island of Raasay and the Cuillin Hills of Skye.
Hartfield House is approximately 3/4 mile from the bay, and reached via one of the highest routes in the UK, the Bealach na Ba; from the top, on a good day, you can see the islands of the Outer Hebrides.
Please be aware of the latest guidelines that are law as of today. If you are staying with us, you must be a group of no more than 6 people comprising no more than two households. Each household must be in separate rooms unless part of an extended household. If your booking exceeds this criteria, please get in touch with us to amend or cancel your booking. Please read through the current guidelines which can be found here.
We are aware that being away in a strange place during these strange times can be a bit overwhelming, and there are lots of rules and procedures that can often be confusing. So, we thought it best to put everything into one place where you can check back if you are unsure of what to do.
Below you will find the additional procedures we have put in place at Hartfield House hostel for your safety and that of our staff. We would appreciate if you can adhere to these procedures.
We are asking our guests to pay prior to arrival to minimise contact on check-in. This means that we can give all the information required for your stay without contact, and you can then get on with enjoying the accommodation. Your key will be in your room, and if you want to request completely remote check-in, we can leave all of your booking details in our entrance hall for you to pick up on arrival.
Our reception hours are 4-9pm and we are open again at 8.30am. Please note that we are CLOSED from 10.30am - 4pm for deep cleaning. After 9pm there will be out of hours staff that can be contacted in case of emergency . They will either be staying on site, or in the house adjacent to Hartfield. Emergency numbers can be found in the porch.
There is hand gel throughout the building: at reception, kitchen/dining areas, and exit, as well as hand gel in all toilet/shower rooms. Please use at least every time you enter and exit the building.
There is a one-way system in place. You will be directed in through reception, and out through the side exit. Please keep to this one-way system even if it means going around again to get back to your room.
We have very simple rooms which will minimize risk as much as possible. All bedding is washed at 60 degrees, and mattress/pillow protectors are also replaced on every change-over. Rooms are hoovered and dusted, and all ‘often used’ surfaces are wiped down with antibacterial spray before and after guests have stayed. If you would like antibacterial spray and a cloth for your room please do ask.
Please strip your bed on checking out of your room. Place your bedding in the laundry bags provided on the corridor. These are special laundry bags which go straight into the wash without contact.This greatly reduces any risk of infection being spread.
Our staff wear gloves, face masks and specific clothing, all of which is then washed on completion of the shift.
All surfaces are cleaned with antibacterial spray before and after each customer has stayed.
We have a large kitchen/dining room, but we still need you to play your part and remain socially distant. Please adhere to the 2m rule (there is a maximum number of people allowed within the dining room and kitchen, and signage in place). If the room is looking busy, or exceeds the maximum number of people maybe look at coming back later?
At present our kitchens are open for food storage (fridges and shelves), and preparation of cold food only. We are not able to allow cooking under the current guidelines. There is a restriction of no more than 4 people in the kitchen at any one time, although we are yet to find this gets busy.
There is space in the dining room for 6 tables. We also have a large hall at the back of Hartfield House that we use for weddings and events. We have prepared this room for additional dining space and have allocated a table for each of the rooms. The tables in the kitchen/dining room, and the hall are all 2m distant. For this reason, we ask you not to move the tables at all as they are spaced out appropriately.
There are dining facilities at The Walled Garden Restaurant and The Applecross Inn but you will need to book in advance. Both establishments are also providing a takeaway service. Please do feel that you can bring takeaway back to the dining area, or to your room on request.
In the event of sunshine, we do have three outdoor picnic tables that you are welcome to use.
Our lounge is currently closed due to Covid restrictions. We cannot realistically allow people to social distance in this room, despite its size and so must keep it closed for the time being.
There are a number of rooms that have en-suite facilities and we would encourage you as customers to use only your en-suite toilets/showers to minimize any risk to yourself, your family, and to other guests.
Those of you without en-suite facilities, we have introduced hourly cleaning of showers/toilets during the morning and evening shifts. This will include our staff spraying all surfaces and often-used items with antibacterial spray.
We need you to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and if the showers are busy, come back at a later time. We have antibacterial spray, cloths, disposable gloves and hand gel available in the showers/toilets. Please use these to wipe down any surface before and after use. If you would like a mask, or something is missing, just let us know and we will provide.
Talk to us. We are learning as we go along and so we will make mistakes. Please understand that we can rectify most things if we know about them. Don’t wait until afterwards to make a complaint.
We also have great knowledge of the area. We will do our best to provide information about what is open and what is restricted in Applecross on our website: www.hartfieldhouse.org.uk but if there is anything you are unsure of, just ask. We are there to help and to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Afterall, we want you to return next year!
The Hartfield House team
Hartfield House hostel re-opened 15 July with additional procedures and housekeeping in place to minimise risk for customers and staff. Please check the website for availability. August and September are generally quite busy. Welcome back.
In line with Scottish Government guidelines, we are hoping to re-open our doors to customers from 15 July 2020. This is dependent on Scottish Governement approval which will be announced 9 July 2020. Until that time, we will prepare to re-open, putting in place all of the appropriate procedures in order to minimise risk of Coronavirus for our staff and customers. We are now open for bookings from 15 July on a restricted basis, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Applecross in the near future. If you don't manage to get a space at the hostel, please get in touch as there are other accommodation providers available in the area.
If you do make a booking with us, please check out the Experience Applecross facebook page to get the latest updates of what is open, and where you can eat etc. Planning ahead is paramount at the current time.
As of Friday 20 March 2020, we closed Hartfield House hostel & The Bunkhouse. In line with Scottish Government guidelines, we will remain closed until at least 4 July 2020. The UK Government has indicated that tourism businesses will not reopen until July at the earliest. We apologise to all of our guests who may have bookings during this time, and will be contacting each one of you separately. This is, we feel, the right decision for our staff, for you our customers, and for our community. Read more
Statement for Hartfield House & The Bunkhouse Applecross:
We are sad to announce that, as of today, Friday 20 March 2020, we have closed Hartfield House hostel & The Bunkhouse until 30 April 2020. We apologise to all of our guests who may have bookings during this time, and will be contacting each one of you separately. For those of you with bookings after 30 April, we remain open but based on Government guidelines this could change. This is, we feel, the right decision for our staff, for you our customers, and for our community... read more.
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