Hire Back Dane

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Back Dane offers self-catering accommodation for 23 people.

Bedrooms: 23 bunk beds spread over five rooms, 3 rooms with 6 beds, 1 room with 3 beds and 1 room with 2 beds. A pillow and a blanket are provided on each bed. Groups should bring their own sleeping bags.

Rooms are heated by electric radiators. Smoke detectors are fitted and these should under no circumstances be tampered with. If you discover a fault on one of the detectors please report it to backdane@gmail.com

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Dining Room: With two large dining tables, one set up permanently and one stowed away for when things get busy. Heating is via an electric wood effect stove.

Sitting Room: Informal area with sofas, books and a wood burner. This room is also heated by the storage heating system. The electricity card meter is situated in the cupboard in this room.

Kitchen: With 2 electric cookers, 2 fridges, freezer, kettles, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans.

Activity Room: A bright large room with sofas, games and a picture window looking out to patio area. This can be fully opened in nice weather. Can be used for dining.

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Quiet Room: Upstairs at the back there is small quiet area with a sofa and easy chairs with a large window overlooking the valley.

Toilets and Shower: There are four toilets at Back Dane. There are also 2 power showers.

Boot Room: Tiled room with benches, racks and hanging areas to dry off wet clothing and footwear. Heated by an electric radiator. Vacuum cleaners & mops stored in cupboards.

Laundry Room: Tiled room with sink, washing machine and tumble dryer. Additional space to dry clothing.

Outside: To the front of the cottage there is a gravel parking area suitable for up to 6 cars.

A path runs all around the cottage giving access to the three front entry doors and the concertina doors at the rear. Here there is a patio area with benches, a barbecue area (bring your own charcoal) and a fire pit.

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Payphone: There is a payphone in the entrance hall which also accepts incoming calls. There is no wi-fi signal and very little if any mobile phone signal at Back Dane. Mobile reception can be achieved by walking up the hill.

Electricity: Back Dane is powered by electricity which is charged via a card meter (cards supplied at time of booking) for heating, cooking, showering and power points. Electricity for lights and fridges is not on the card meter to avoid groups being plunged into the dark. Should the mains power fail there is a backup battery light system. There are 2 USB charging points in the dining room. Guests should not bring their own mains connected equipment unless it has been PAT tested within the last year.

Water Supply: Back Dane’s drainage system is via a septic tank which can be affected my certain chemicals so we ask that visitors do not use bleach or disinfectant-based products. The water supply at Back Dane is from a spring-fed well and is passed through a treatment system, which is checked at required intervals by the Environmental Health Agency.

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Responsibilities: Groups should include people sufficiently mature and able to cope with emergencies and take responsibility for care of the cottage. Visitors are expected to leave the cottage in a clean and tidy condition and ready for the next group.

Refuse: There is no refuse collection from Back Dane so plan beforehand for this. All rubbish must be taken away with you. Local refuse and recycling centres are listed in the Back Dane information folder.

Access and Parking: Access to Back Dane is via a private track, which is shared with other local residents. Drive at modest speeds and watch out for farm animals. Vehicles must NEVER be parked on the tracks. Farm vehicles and other residents use these tracks at all times. In cold weather you must stop before the steepest part of the track after the third cattle grid and check ahead for ice on the road as this may cause a serious accident. In winter when there is any chance of snow it is advisable to park at Danebridge (by Wincle Brewery).

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Availability and Prices

Back Dane is available for groups of up to 23. Preference is given to charitable groups and good causes.

Overnight charges:

Adult – 16 years and over: £12.00 per night

Child – Under 16 years: £6 per night

Electricity cards: £5 each – for an average weekend you should need between 2 and 5 electricity cards

Deposit (Non-Refundable): £50

Items to bring:

Boots or wellies for outside and some clean footwear for inside.

Food, washing up liquid, bin bags, washing up sponges or similar, towels, tea towels, toilet paper, cleaning materials e.g. kitchen cleaner, bedding (a pillow and blanket are supplied for each bed), pens and paper.

Back Dane has 2 vacuum cleaners, brushes, mops and buckets.

An information sheet for visitors can be downloaded here: Back Dane Info Sheet April 2018

Bookings: For all enquiries and bookings please email backdane@gmail.com

All visitors are strongly advised to purchase their own comprehensive travel insurance that includes personal accident and personal belongings cover for the duration of their stay. The Beasley Back Dane Trust does not provide insurance for personal accident, personal property loss, third party claims or for vehicle accidents.

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