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As a customer-focused business, we are committed to monitoring the latest government advice surrounding Covid-19, to reassure our guests, employees and property owners and to provide clear guidelines during these uncertain times.

We hope the following frequently asked questions relating to Covid-19 will help to guide you through the latest government restrictions and provide you with some clarity regarding any future booking with Cornish Gems.


FAQs: Updated 12 April 2021

We are now facilitating bookings in line with the government guidelines. We are continuing to take new bookings for 2021 and 2022, please refer to our booking terms.


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Q: What are the rules surrounding holiday accommodation occupancy?

Until the 17 May, only one household is permitted.

From the 17 May until the 20 June, two households (no maximum number) OR 6 people from multiple households are permitted.


Q: What is your Covid cancellation policy?

In the circumstances you have had to cancel your holiday due to a local lockdown preventing you from traveling or any public health measures relating to Covid, we will refund all monies (minus any costs incurred) or move your booking to an alternative date. 

Please note, if you are unable to stay due to the following reasons, our standard cancellation policy will apply and we recommend you refer to your holiday insurer:

Important: please see the question below regarding holiday insurance.

Q: Should I take out holiday insurance?

Whilst in these uncertain times we have introduced a more flexible cancellation policy, we do continue to strongly recommend you consider taking out a suitable insurance product to cover against unexpected costs such as cancellation charges, curtailment or delay to your stay and that such cover includes adverse weather conditions, illness affecting you or any member of your booking party, transportation cancellations which may prevent you from travelling to or staying at the Property. 

In addition to this, we also strongly recommend you take out insurance to cover the below eventualities as these will not be covered under our Covid-19 cancellation policy;


Q: What are the check in and check out times?

Check in at 6pm, check out at 9am.

Whilst operating under COVID-19 guidelines, to ensure we have adequate time to prepare your property, it is necessary for us to alter the arrival and departure times. We kindly ask for your understanding at this challenging time where our team and support partners are working in unprecedented circumstances, trying to mitigate risk for themselves and guests. 

Q: I have a booking and am due to arrive before the 21 June, what restrictions apply to me?

We have now emailed all guests affected by the latest government guidelines with updates relating to bookings at various stages of the remaining lockdown, please check your email.


Q: Will I need to do track and trace on arrival?

Yes, we ask that all members of the party download the NHS Covid-19 App ready to scan the NHS track and trace QR code that will be in the property for your arrival. 

Q: Will I receive a welcome hamper on arrival?

Following the guidance from recently undertaken covid-19 risk assessments, we have been advised that we should avoid adding a welcome pack/hamper full of items procured from multiple sources that requires a number of people to pack. Please refer to your online Gems account for further information if you have an existing booking in place. We have introduced a voucher scheme for all guests.