Post Covid 19 Lockdown

Your safety at the Great Grubb B&B is our Priority

The following changes to our usual practices are intended to keep our guests as safe as possible in the period after Covid19 lockdown has been lifted but whilst social-distancing measures remain in place.

Gradual Opening

We have decided to limit the number of guests / rooms available in July and August so that social distancing measures are easier to implement and so that our guests can enjoy a more relaxed and stress-free stay with us.

A Room Only option:

We would like guests who have bookings in place for July, August or September (or who wish to make a new booking for that period) to have the option of paying a discounted Room Only price. This option is offered to guests who would prefer not to have breakfast in the communal dining areas and may particularly suit those visiting family in Totnes. Please email us directly at to either amend or make a new booking using this option.

For those wishing to have breakfast with us:

We will be adapting how our breakfasts are served. However, we will be keeping to the same comprehensive menu our guests have enjoyed in the past. 

During this period, breakfast will be organised as two separate 45 minute sittings and served every morning in the dining room and the conservatory area overlooking the garden terrace. On sunny days, guests will also continue to be able to enjoy the popular, summer 'al fresco' option with breakfasts served on the patio area.

Special Cleaning and Disinfection Plans:

  • Enhanced alcohol-based hand sanitisers which are both antibacterial and antiviral will be provided at strategic places throughout the B&B, for example at the entrance to dining areas and at the front door.
  • Professional standard antibacterial hand soap will be provided in dispensers in all guest ensuite bathrooms.
  • There will be an enhanced cleaning and disinfection program in place paying particular attention to high hand contact areas in communal areas (such as door handles and hand rails) and throughout guest bedrooms.
  • All room keys will have been thoroughly disinfected between guests.
  • Guest rooms will have been decluttered to remove unnecessary items that can harbour bacteria and viruses and that are not able to be effectively disinfected.
  • Communal areas will be ventilated daily.
  • All bed linen and towels will have been laundered at the recommended high temperatures using a laundry powder that contains bleaching agents.
  • All bedroom and dining room crockery and cutlery will continue to be pre-washed and then placed into our dishwasher undergoing a detergent wash and sanitising rinse at its highest temperature setting.
  • Where guests are staying with us for two or more nights, non-latex gloves and aprons will be used when servicing rooms.
  • Should they prefer, guests will be able to elect for their room not to be cleaned/serviced during their stay.

Potential Restricted use of communal areas

Many of our guests enjoy the use of the dining room and the conservatory as communal relaxation areas as well as access to the garden and patio areas. Guests will be asked to continue to abide by the social distancing recommendations when relaxing in these areas.

Takeaways and Picnics

We understand that, during this time, many more of our guests may wish to opt for takeaway food from local restaurants or to create their own picnics. We are very happy to keep providing guests the opportunity to eat takeaway meals in our dining areas or outside in the garden. Guests wishing to store picnic items in the fridge in the dining room will be provided with a lidded container for this purpose. 

Check in and Payment:

We have always loved to make our guests feel super welcome when they arrive, helping to answer any questions they may have, recommending places to eat or places to visit etc. In our endeavour to make the check-in processes as simple as possible we will ensure room keys are readily available and invite you to ask us as many questions as you like via email before your visit at

We usually take payment for our services after breakfast on the morning of departure using our card reader. Disinfectant will be available to keep this process an option, though many guests may prefer to make payment online via BACS (details of which will be made available on request) at any point before the end of their stay.

Covid 19 risk assessment: Should you wish to view our current Covid 19 risk assessment, please click here.

A request on our part:  Whilst we look forward to welcoming guests back to the Great Grubb, please do not travel if you or anyone in your party has recently developed symptoms of coronavirus including a new dry cough, shortness of breath or temperature. We deliberately haven't asked for a deposit and are not imposing cancellation fees during this period in order to keep your travel options flexible. 

Please keep in contact:

Please do not hesitate to send us an email, whether to amend a booking, make a new one or ask any questions relating to the content outlined in this document. We would love to hear from you.

Warmest wishes,

Sandra and John


The Great Grubb B&B
Plymouth Road

01803 849071