Checking Out

Before you check out

We have extended check out to 12:00 noon to give you time to do this. There is a printed checklist in the Cottage to remind you what to do.

Bedding, towels, t-towels

Please strip the cotton bed-linen, mattress protectors and pillow protectors off the beds and put it into the clear laundry bags provided, along with your towels and tea towels. You will need at least one bag per room. The laundry bags dissolve when the items are washed, so doing this keeps our cleaners and the staff at the laundry safe.

High Touch surfaces

Please use the anti-septic wipes to clean down the high touch surfaces

  • all door handles
  • light switches, including the bedside lamps
  • the taps and the handle of the loo
  • the knobs and handles of the white goods
  • the backs of the dining chairs

The crates

Please put the Information Tablet, your TV remote, and all the DVDs and games back in the crates and leave the crates in the family room.

Recycling and rubbish

Please sort your rubbish and remove it. Rubbish has a high infection risk so the council refuses to take it if it isn’t sorted correctly. We will deduct £25 from your deposit if we have to handle your rubbish and £50 if we have to sort your recycling. We really don’t want to do this!


  • Please take glass with you. The supermarkets all have bottle banks for clean glass, ie Lidl (on the A99 south), the Co-Op (on the road to Thurso) and Tesco (on the road to John o’Groats).


  • Goes loose in the blue bin at the gate, not in a bin bag
  • Clean paper and card
  • Clean plastic including plastic bottles and veg cartons
  • Clean tins

General Rubbish

  • Goes in the black bin at the gate – use bin bags to collect rubbish from all bins in these rooms in the house including the disposable sanitary bin in the bathroom, if used

Kitchen waste – if applicable

  • Put it in the compost heap by the walled garden or put it in with your general rubbish

Washing up

The virus is still viable if it’s left on unwashed glass for four days – please put all your used crockery, cutlery and cookware in the dishwasher and turn it on.

Please put your glass, crockery and cutlery through the dishwasher
Please put your glass, crockery and cutlery through the dishwasher

After you leave

We will check the cottage and bins after you leave on Friday so we can give you your recycling and laundry deposit back as quickly as possible. We will always discuss any problems with you before we deduct anything from your deposit.