FAQ (Updated 15 June)
The Grange has always been a laid back place to stay & until now, the only “rules” we’ve ever had were “no bike shoes in the house” & “no politics around the dining table”. Unfortunately Coronavirus hasn’t gone away, so we’ve got to have processes in place to keep us all safe.
The Grange is subject to Welsh Government rules (which override any rules that apply where you live) and our aim is to make your stay at The Grange as enjoyable as possible whilst staying within the current rules & keeping us all safe.
We strongly recommend that you plan your trip before you travel. Most restaurants and attractions require pre-booking and we’re already finding that guests who don’t arrange these things out before they travel are sometimes not able to do the things they’d hoped to do on their trip. This will be especially true through the “peak season” months of July, August and September when we expect the area to be much busier than in a normal summer, especially when you combine that with places having to operate below their usual capacity due to distancing restrictions
Are you open?
Yes! Our booking calendar is open for the rest of 2021. You can book with confidence as we guarantee that we won’t charge any cancellation fees if the rules change and you can’t travel or we can’t open due to Coronavirus.
A few restrictions still remain. Numbers in our communal areas are limited to comply with distancing regulations & mask use is still mandatory in public areas unless you’re eating or drinking.
Who can stay when you’re able to re-open?
✅ Anyone from the UK. There are currently no restrictions on travel within the UK, but you must abide by both the Welsh Government travel rules & the rules in place where you live.
‼️ Restrictions exist on travelling from outside the UK, there is a list of countries where travel to Wales is permitted. We will not accept bookings from any country on the Red or Amber lists at the moment. Please get in touch before booking if you need advice on this.
❌ If you are required to quarantine or self-isolate then you must complete this before you arrive at The Grange. You cannot do this whilst staying with us.
✅ You can share a room with people from your household. People in an Extended Household / Support Bubble arrangement count as a single household.
❌ You can’t share a room with people from a different household at the moment. Welsh Government have indicated that this will only be possible when Wales removes all Level 1 restrictions but we have no indication of when this will be.
If you’re booking for later in the year & want to do this, book single rooms for each of you & make a note on your booking that you would prefer to share. We’ll review your booking near to your check in date and will amend it to shared rooms if the rules allow us to do so.
✅ Children always welcome subject to our usual “maximum of two under-13s per adult” rule. Please make sure they can stay safely socially-distanced from other guests
‼️ When you check in, we will ask for the name, address and phone number of every adult for Test, Trace & protest purposes & we may ask you to prove this (driving licence, passport or a recent bill are all acceptable). If you’re travelling from outside UK we’ll also ask for proof that you’ve complied with any additional restrictions. If you can’t provide the proof we need, we reserve the right to refuse check-in. If this happens you will still be charged for your whole stay.
What are you offering & what’s different whilst Coronavirus restrictions are still in place?
✅ Maximum of 8 adult guests in the house at any one time (our regular capacity is 12) until we feel safe to open up to full capcity
✅ Thorough cleaning processes in line with “Good to Go” guidelines
✅ Mandatory masks in inside public areas (unless you have a valid medical reason or are eating or drinking). Mask rules apply to all guests, even if you’ve had a COVID vaccination.
✅ Hand sanitiser available for free in reception & small bottles available to buy. Anti-bacterial hand wash is provided in the bathrooms. Lateral Flow COVID test kits are available on request, free of charge
✅ Our guest lounge and dining room is open but capacity will be restricted to 6 people (normally 8-10 can use it in comfort) on a first come first served basis.
✅ Improved & expanded outside seating areas overlooking the viaduct for when the weather’s nice
✅ Breakfast can either served in the dining room with a maximum of 6 people being served at any one time – or delivered to your room any time between 0730 & 0930
✅ Drinks available from our fully licenced bar.
✅ Evening Meals available if pre-booked. Contact us before you arrive to discuss options if you’re interested.
✅ Fully equipped rooms, with bed linen, towels, hair drier, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, loo roll etc.
❌ Rooms will not be serviced daily as per government guidelines. The rooms should be stocked with everything that you need for your stay but if something needs changing, restocking or replacing, just ask. If you’re staying more than 3 days we’ll discuss how we can clean your room safely mid-stay.
❌ Normally we’re happy for guests to invite friends to The Grange for food & drink, even if they’re staying elsewhere. Unfortunately we need to restrict it to “guests only” for the forseeable future.
✅ Bike Store, bike wash, clothes drying racks & shoe dryers available as normal.
❌ Kit washing services not available
What if I get sick?
If you think you may have Coronavirus symptoms, please DO NOT travel to The Grange and let us know that you’re not coming as soon as possible. We will not charge a cancellation fee if you cancel because you or any of your group are ill.
If we suspect that any of your group are showing symptoms, we may ask you to leave. If we do, we will charge you for the whole of your booked stay. It’s better to be cautious and not travel, than to travel and potentially pass the virus on to other guests.
If you develop symptoms while you’re here, get tested as soon as possible. Government guidance says that, where possible, you should return home if you are ill. If you have no option but to self isolate at The Grange, you will need to pay the full room cost for the whole time you need the room(s), any associated deep cleaning costs after you leave and any costs associated with us having to cancel other bookings.
If you develop symptoms up to 14 days after visiting us, please let us know so that we can inform Test, Trace & Protect teams. We may also pass your information to Test, Trace & Protect teams if other guests who stay at the same time as you inform us that they have developed symptoms. We will not give your personal information out under any other circumstances.
What’s open in the area?
Last Updated: 15 June
As you’ll appreicate, this info is constantly changing ,so if you spot any changes or errors, please contact us and we’ll update it.
🟢 Open as normal, 🟡 Open but offering a limited service, 🔴 Closed, 🤷♂️ Currently unknown
🟢 Bike Park Wales Open 5 days a week (Closed Tue & Wed) except school holidays when they’re open 7 days.
🟢 Black Mountain Cycle Centre Fully open.
🟢 Cwmcarn MTB trails fully open 🟢 toilets, visitor centre and cafe open 🔴 Cwmdown uplift service closed – hopefully opening June/July
🟢 Afan MTB Trails fully open, 🟡 toilets & cafes open but work ongoing in car-parks which may restrict capacity. See website for details
🟢 Road and singletrack in the Brecon Beacons & the Taff Trail
🟢 EC Cycles Our excellent local bike shop is open for servicing, parts and equipment. They’re very busy so call before visiting.
🟢 Brecon Beacons National Park All areas of the park & car parks are now fully open Please continue to respect distancing when walking or riding in the national park.
🟢 Penderyn Whiskey Distillery – shop open 9-5 every day. Distillery tours now booking from May 17th – max 8 people per tour which means it’ll book up quickly.
🔴 Brecon Mountain Railway – hoping to reopen 1 July
🟡 Big Pit – National Coal Mining Museum – Museum open Thursday to Sunday every week, but the underground tour is closed until further notice. Admission is free but a pre-booked ticket is essential
🟢 St Fagans – Welsh National Museum of History Open Wednesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) every week. Admission is free but a pre-booked ticket is essential
🟢 Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves – Reopening May 17th
🟢 Rock UK Summit climbing Centre – Outdoor facilities open see their Facebook page for latest information
🟢 Cyfarthfa Castle – park and castle grounds open, castle tours now running again
🟢 CADW run castles including Caerphilly Castle & Castell Coch – most sites now fully open, check the website for latest info. Pre-booked tickets are essential to visit.
🟢 Cardiff Castle – castle grounds open & castle tours have resumed. Pre booking essential
🟢 Non-essential retail
Restaurants & Pubs
Restaurants & pubs with outdoor areas can now open & their indoor spaces can open again. Everyone will be operating at reduced capacity because of table spacing requirements, so we strongly advise that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Note that very few places apart from Mango House are open on a Sunday night. If you can’t get a table anywhere, you’re always welcome to bring takeaways back here to eat.
🟢 Mango House (Indian) – Open for eat in & takeaway. Call to order or make a reservation on 01685 388005. Closed Tuesdays.
🔴 Jol’s (Modern British) – Unclear when/if the restaurant will reopen again. See their Facebook page for more info
🟢 Trefechan Fishbar – open as normal. Call 01685 386291 to order or just call in.
🟢 Sammy’s Fish and Chips – open as normal
🟢 Evergreen (Chinese) – open as normal
🔴 Woodfired – permanently closed
🟢 Cefn Tearooms – Inside & outside seating areas open 0930-1700 Monday to Friday. 01685 723361
🟢 The Aberglais (Country pub)– Inside & outside seating areas open – booking essential – 01685 377344.
🟢 Red Cow Inn – Ponsticill (Country pub) – Inside & outside seating areas open – booking essential – 01685 387775.
🟢 New Crown Inn – Lively pub in the centre of Merthyr with a Portuguese influenced menu. Inside & outside seating areas open – booking essential – 01685 387925.
🟢 Red Lion Inn – Penderyn (Country pub) – Open Wednesday to Sunday until the summer holidays and then 7 days a week. Call 01685 811914 for more info.
🟢 Chang Thai – Brecon – Open for eat in & takeaway – 01874 622 330