& Directions to Glencoe House B&B
Local Businesses, Schools, etc.
by Glencoe House Publications
For a peaceful weekend break, or a
cosy retreat when working away from home.
Glencoe House is a Victorian terraced house on Anglesey Road
in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. It's in an ideal location for getting
around: the railway station, bus stops and town centre are just a 15-20
minute walk away, and a newsagent's shop and chippy are nearby.
Walkers and cyclists are welcome. Glencoe House is just
a 10-minute walk to the Washlands, with footpaths throughout the floodplains
along the River Trent. Burton is at the heart of the National Forest, and
just south of the Peak District. The National Memorial Arboretum is a short drive away.
(During the pandemic, the
opening hours/days of some of the following venues may have changed -- check with them before
making plans.) The National Brewery Centre and
Brewery both offer tours; and it's worth checking what's on at the Brewhouse
Arts Centre, especially their one-night-only touring performances.
Burton Albion's football grounds are nearby, and
George's Park is not far (about a 10 minute drive).
We offer a double en suite room overlooking the back
garden, and a twin room (not en suite) overlooking Anglesey Road. (Nb Our single guest room is no longer
available. And during the pandemic, our Twin Room is unavailable.) There is a guest lounge with TV and wifi, and there is
parking for one vehicle. Your host, an experienced home cook and cookery writer, will
happily cater for special diets. For
more details . . .
FYI: Glencoe House, we're
told, originally began life in the early 1900s as a small neighbourhood
bakery. You will still find homemade bread here: seeded soda
bread made by Dee here at Glencoe House, and — when Dee can make it to
Stone or Stafford or Penkridge market, she returns with a trolley full
of excellent yeast breads
by baker and jam-maker Diana
Smith. When she can't make it to those markets, she trundles
to Derby for sourdough breads, made at The Loaf in
Crich. The breads served at Glencoe House are proper breads; Chorleywood
they are not.
A note to cat lovers . . .
The Wallace, our much loved ginger tabby (pictured below), died in January 2019.
He had been ill for a very long time.
Wallace remains very much missed.
- The Wallace -
2003 to 2019
Prior to the 'Lockdown' announced on 20 March 2020, Dee had been looking after two diabetic cats: brothers Jake and
Wilbur. They stayed with her every
other fortnight, and with their owner, Andrew, on the alternate
fortnights. On the 15th
of March, Andrew dropped the cats off here for another fortnight's
stay but due to Lockdown, that fortnight had no end. The cats remained here and have been lovely company,
and have not outstayed their welcome. But sadly, on 19 July 2020,
Wilbur passed away. He is missed by all who loved him, not least
precautions at Glencoe House B&B:
DECEMBER 2020-JANUARY 2021 UPDATE
closed until further notice.
The number of coronavirus cases have risen rapidly.
At the same time, two mutations of Sars-Cov-2 are in Great
Britain. We don't know whether our current vaccines will be
effective against the latest mutation so Glencoe House B&B is closed
for the time being.
reopen when we deem it safe to do so.
We are sorry for any inconvenience.
number of positive Covid-19 cases to drop, we must all assume we have
the virus, and behave with the utmost cautions.
Covid-19 is spread primarily
through the air.
I use every means available to prevent catching it.
When I'm indoors with another person, I combine as many of the
following precautions as possible:
-- FRESH AIR: open a window (or door) -- despite the
-- TIME: limit my time with the person I'm with to a few minutes rather than 15
minutes or more -- if necessary, we leave the room, let it air, and
resume our talk later;
-- PEOPLE: I limit the number of people in the room with me to two
(less chance of being exposed to someone who has the virus -- or
exposing them, if I have the virus);
-- MASKS: I wear a mask indoors as does anyone indoors with me;
-- DISTANCE: I keep 6 feet distanced from others
(Try measuring it; I bet it's further than you think.)
one does to minimise their 'viral load' (ie, the amount of virus to
which one has been exposed), then the milder their virus will be should
they catch it. In
other words, if someone in the room with you has the virus, and you do
one of the things listed above to help protect yourself (such as wearing
a mask), and you contract the virus from them, then the virus you
contract should be a milder form of that virus than if you hadn't
worn the mask.
And if you do two or more of the above things (such as mask-wearing,
opening a window, being together for just minutes), then that's even
virus is circulating and infecting people, I'm doing my best to learn
how to protect myself. I want to
avoid at all costs having to be in hospital, so I do everything I can
to ensure any virus I might catch is the mildest form possible. I
recommend the following article.
— some very helpful
A friend recommended to me this article from El País —
A Room, A Bar and A Classroom:
How the Coronavirus Is Spread Through the Air.
It illustrates very well which things are most important to do in
order to avoid airborne exposure to this virus (and to avoid spreading
Here's the link:
Once the 'R' value has dropped
to something acceptable (below 1), and the restrictions in Burton have
lightened, then that's when Dee can look forward to welcoming you
again. But there are some
changes to how we operated before. Whilst we're in this
pandemic, here is how we are doing things:
We've had two Lockdowns so
The big one that started towards the end of March 2020 and finished around
And 'Lockdown Lite', from 5 Nov. to 2 Dec. 2020.
And now . . . Burton is in Tier 3:
see above for the current situation.
Tier 3 restrictions state that B&Bs should only open for
those who have to travel to Burton for work purposes, and that this
work is work they could not do remotely (i.e, from home). We,
however, have closed until further notice.
For more info on Tier 3 restrictions, here's the link:
Once we reopen, all bookings must be
This is in order to allow a space of 3 days (72 hours) between
bookings. The virus is expected to be
inactive on surfaces after 72 hours and although we clean fairly
thoroughly, we won't know everywhere in the house that someone has touched. The
72-hour buffer is to ensure maximum safety for those who stay here.
(Nb: This 3-day-buffer practice will continue even after Covid-19
is deemed to have been contained.)
Once we reopen, only one room
will be available
enable social distancing)
The Double En Suite Guest Room will be available then —
above to see if your stay would be permitted under any current
(See Availability page
for available dates to book)
The Twin Guest Room will not be available until
after the Covid-19 virus has been contained.
Covid-19 Contact Log
This Log is for recording the names, addresses and phone numbers of each
person staying here during the pandemic. This is so that,
should we learn that someone who's been here during your visit has
tested positive for Covid-19, we can then contact you. The person
testing positive could be a workman making repairs here during your stay, it could be the
manageress of Glencoe House, or it could be you (in which case, please
let us know). So to help contain this virus,
every guest must enter their details into this log in order that they
may be contacted.
NB: Your details will not be shared with
anyone, and will not be used for any purpose other than contacting you
regarding Covid-19 exposure.
24 December 2020