Hire Back Dane

Back Dane offers simple, self-catering accommodation for 21 people.

Bedrooms: 21 bunk beds spread over three rooms, two rooms with 8 beds each and one with 5 beds. Pillows are provided and groups should bring their own sleeping bags. Rooms are heated by electric radiators. Smoke detectors are provided upstairs and these should under no circumstances be tampered with. If you discover a fault on one of the detectors please report it to Dave Cordon.

Dining Room: With two large dining tables, one set up permanently and one stowed away for when things get busy. Heating is via a storage heater.

Sitting Room: Informal area with sofas, books and a log fire. This room is also heated by the storage 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.

Toilets and Shower: There are two toilets at Back Dane. One toilet room also contains a shower.

Payphone: There is a payphone in the entrance hall which also accepts incoming calls. There is no wifi 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 all electric (no gas). Electricity is charged via a card meter (cards supplied at time of booking) for heating, cooking, shower 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.

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 on the Back Dane notice board and on the links page of this website.

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 (be particularly vigilant of calves and lambs as, when alarmed, they run straight to their mothers, often right across the track). Please be especially careful when passing the two houses on the private road as there are pets wandering around. 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 second 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 in Danebridge village as if it snows access out of Back Dane can be very difficult.

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Availability and Prices

Back Dane is available for groups of up to 21. Preference is given to charitable groups though other groups may book the cottage when available.

Overnight charges:

Adult – 16 years and over : £10.00 per night

Child – Under 16 years : £7.50 per night

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

Deposit (Non Refundable): £20 for up to a 2 day booking / £40 for 3 or more days

Items to bring:

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

Food, washing up liquid, wash 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 a hoover, sweeping brushes, mop and bucket

Bookings: For all enquiries and bookings please call Dave Cordon on 0115 8493946 or email backdane@gmail.com

*Please note that we are closing from the end of October 2016 for a major programme of rebuilding and improvement work. We will be reopening in early 2017 but keep checking back for updates…