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Glencoe House Bed & Breakfast (currently closed)

Burton upon Trent

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Please note
Glencoe House B&B 
is closed for the foreseeable future.

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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 Marston's 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 St. 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 made 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.

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  - 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 2020, 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; they have not outstayed their welcome.  But sadly, on 19 July 2020, Wilbur passed away.  And on 27 August 2022, dear Jake joined him.


UPDATE --------------------------------------------------------------------------
Glencoe House B&B is closed until further notice due to ill health.  It will remain closed until this health condition goes into remission.

Covid-19 is still amongst us so the details below from January 2022 are a helpful reminder of what to do to stay safe when amongst others.

(from January 2022):

The Omicron variant has been the predominant variant in the UK since the end of 2021.  It is a 'variant of concern' in that it is very easy to catch -- much easier to catch than any of the previous variants.  The illness caused by Omicron is usually less severe than that of previous variants.  Still, it's important to stop the spread of Omicron because new variants are created when viruses are allowed to spread, and the next variant might generate a much more severe illness.

We don't know whether our current vaccines will be effective against new variants of concern.  In the meantime, we must all assume we could be spreading the virus, and behave with the utmost caution.  In Wales, Scotland and No. Ireland, facemasks are mandatory on public transport; this makes sense as it helps protect everyone on that train or bus.  (The rules in England regarding facemask-wearing on  public transport keep changing.  The thoughtful thing to do is to wear a facemask whenever travelling with others, regardless of whether the current rules say you must, or merely that you should, wear a facemask.)    

Variants of Concern are: variants that can reinfect people who've already been infected or who've been vaccinated; or they're variants that are more transmissible; or they're variants that can lead to more severe disease.   

The Delta variant was 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant (originally identified in Kent, England).
The Alpha variant was 60% more transmissible than the original Covid-19 virus.   

Covid-19 is spread primarily through the air.
Given the high transmissibility of the current variant, it's a wise plan to combine as many of the following precautions as possible when indoors with another person:

-- FRESH AIR:  open a window (or door) -- despite the cold air; 
-- TIME:  limit your  time with the person you're with to a few minutes rather than 15 minutes or more -- if necessary, leave the room, let it air, and resume your talk later;
-- PEOPLE:  Limit the number of people in the room with yourself to two (less chance of being exposed to someone who has the virus -- or exposing them, if you have the virus);
-- MASKS:  Wear a mask indoors if others are with you.  It's an extra layer of safety to wear a mask outdoors too;
-- DISTANCE:  Keep 6 feet distanced from others 
(Try measuring it; it's further than you may think.)

The more 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 more protection.  

Q:  Why is it important to minimise one's viral load?
A:  People with a low viral load can recuperate at home.  People exposed to a high viral load could require medical help, or hospitalisation.  Urgent Covid-19 cases in hospital mean other patients with other illnesses are left to wait for their treatments.

Click here for more information on variants of concern  


Avoiding Covid-19 some very helpful info:
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 it yourself)
Here's the link:

When the variants of concern begin to wane, then Glencoe House can consider opening to welcome new guests again.  But there are some changes to how we operated before:  

When we reopen, all bookings must be pre-booked  
(See Contact Us page)
This is to allow a space of 3 days (72 hours) between bookings.  

The virus is expected to be inactive on surfaces after 72 hours.

And when we reopen, only one room will be available 
to enable social distancing)
The Double En Suite Guest Room will be available then
The Twin Guest Room will be available once Covid-19 has been contained in England.

Covid-19 Contact Log
Glencoe House maintains a log 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 manager 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.

last updated:  14 November 2023





Please note:
We can not accept guests on Housing Benefit (formerly DSS). 


If you're homeless or facing homelessness, get in touch
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