Cottage Welcome Information
The following information replaces the welcome pack that was previously found in your cottage.
We often have a lot of young children staying at Corffe Cottages. To keep them safe we ask you to ensure that the main entrance gate is kept closed at all times.
The courtyard and car park will remain lit until around midnight.
Each cottage has a retractable stair guard which can be used to keep toddlers safe from harm; simply turn the dial clockwise to release the guard and pull across to fix it in place.
Heating & Hot water
Your cottage heating is controlled by thermostat and is on a schedule.
Cottages One to Five – The heating downstairs is controlled by a wall mounted thermostat. Simply push the digital controller (top or bottom) to select the desired temperature which overrides the schedule. The heating upstairs can be further controlled by smart radiator valves which can be gently clicked clockwise or anti-clockwise to adjust the required temperature. If you are going to be out for long periods of time we’d be grateful if you could consider the environment and reduce the temperature, 18 degrees is a more environmentally friendly temperature.
Cottage Six – Each floor has its own thermostat. Press ADVANCE to turn heaters on to next timed ON programme or If you need a boost of heat hit the BOOST button. This will give you an hour of heat each time you press (once) – for up to four hours. The temperature can also be manually adjusted. Should you feel certain rooms are becoming too hot then feel free to turn the radiator off at the wall. Please DO NOT hang washing on the heaters as this is a fire hazard.
Cottages Seven, Eight and Corner – There is a thermostat on each heater which can be manually adjusted to override the schedule. Please DO NOT hang washing on the heaters as this is a fire hazard.
Some of the bathroom towel rails are electric or dual fuel and as a result are/can be operated separately to the heating via a pull cord and/or switch. The switch can be found outside of the bathroom, sometimes on the wall behind the radiator. Please turn the towel rail off when it is not needed.
The hot water is independent to the heating and is powered by an immersion. The tanks are large so this shouldn’t happen, but if you do run out of hot water please allow 30-45 mins for the tank to reheat rather than continuing to run the tap.
We would be grateful if you could leave windows slightly open during the day to avoid a build-up of condensation as well as ensuring bathroom extractors are always turned on. Due to the age of the buildings and thickness of the stone walls they benefit from airing frequently.
Corffe now has ‘Ultrafast’ broadband throughout the properties with connection with speeds of more than 300Mbps.
Wifi Name: Corffe
Smoking is not permitted inside any property, please don’t stand in the doorway and smoke either. In the courtyard and outside the pool house there are ashtrays and cigarette stub bins for your use.
We are not on mains sewerage so please only flush toilet paper and human waste; nappies and other disposables must be binned as it’s easy to block private drainage by flushing inappropriate waste.
We ask you to recycle plastics/paper/glass/cans in the labelled bins beside the main entrance gate (please note our local authority will not accept wrapping paper or thin plastic (i.e. yoghurt pots, margarine containers, black trays, fast food packaging etc.) but they will collect thick plastic (i.e. milk/juice and shampoo containers). Please bag-up all other waste and then deposit it in the large trade bins. Please do not leave bags of rubbish anywhere other than in the designated bins as foxes and badgers will rip open any bags they can access.
Household rubbish is collected on a Thursday. Recycling is collected on a Friday.
Swimming pool and Spa
The swimming pool is now open and guests are being asked to reserve a daily time slot using the online booking system details of which will have been sent to you in a separate message.
If you wish to reserve court time just scribble your name and the time slot on the chalk board beside the court. If you haven’t booked and the court is free then it’s yours to use but please give way to others if they’re waiting and you’ve had an hour of play.
Please wear appropriate footwear and only use the court for tennis or basketball.
There is a small selection of equipment in the storage box next to the court, please return after use.
Play, picnics and barbeques
No ball games (apart from table tennis) in the courtyard please. In the woodland area, there’s lots of space for fun and games, but we would suggest that young children are supervised on the play equipment.
Please feel free to use the barbeques in the courtyard but you must ensure that all equipment is emptied after use and scrubbed clean. This is for the benefit and safety of others.
The BBQ Cabin is available to hire, please remember we do need at least 24 hours notice, details can be found on the facilities page of our website. We have also put an outdoor barbeque by the picnic benches in the woods as it does make a lovely setting in the evening when the outdoor lights are on. This will be free to use but we would ask that guests reserve this spot in advance to us via text/email as we need to ensure it is left clean and tidy.
The laundry room has recently been refitted with three new washing machines and two new tumble dryers. These are coin operated with the washing machines taking £1 coins (£1-£3 per wash depending on length of cycle chosen) and the tumble dryers taking 50p coins. We would advise bringing coins with you. We do provide Persil washing detergent and comfort conditioner for you to use.
You will find two washing lines by the tennis court for you to use.
Please note the laundry room will be unavailable on Mondays and Fridays between the hours of 9am and 4pm as it is used by our team of housekeepers on changeover.
Extra bedding and towels
We keep a limited supply of spare bedding and towels therefore under current circumstances we’d be grateful if you could use the laundry facilities provided.
Vacating your cottage
Check-out is by 10am
As before please take all rubbish and recycling to the bins by the entrance and remove all perishables.
Please ensure you leave the dishwasher running if needed or wash up any dirty items.
Used towels can be placed in the bath, if you wish to strip used bedding please place this in a pile in the bedroom.
In order to ventilate the property please leave a number of windows open.
The key is to be left in the outside of the door. For larger properties, the spare key can be left on the coat hook inside.
Due to a tight turnaround, it is vital that all guests follow these procedures.
We’re here to help
We live onsite in Little Corffe with our two children, you’ll often see us around and about the place. We do work from the office but not at set times so if you need our assistance please give us a call (01271 268292) or send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll try and help as soon as we can.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Hazel & Jon Malin