Book Caseg Fraith

 
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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caseg Fraith Hut was closed from 18 March until 30 July 2020. For the time being, existing weekend and long weekend bookings (Thursday/Friday - Saturday/Sunday nights) after 30 July are being honoured, but only for single extended households of up to 6 people (children under 11 do not count towards this total), and new bookings are provisionally being taken from single extended households (containing no more than 6 people over 11), for weekends and long weekends or longer 9-11 night stays (spanning two weekends) until 27 December 2020 (or until the current rules are relaxed).  Bookings from individuals, small and large groups are provisionally being taken, as normal, for dates after 1 January 2021, but will only be allowed to go ahead, if Welsh Government rules permit.

The hut will normally be closed over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights so that there will always be a 72-hour gap between occupations.

Until 27 December 2020 or such a time as the COVID-19 rules are changed, any booking from an extended household, that is accepted will be guaranteed exclusive use of the whole hut.

Precautions have been taken to limit the risk to hut users of contracting COVID-19 during their stay, and Welsh Government regulations and recommendations are being followed. All visitors are expected to be conversant with and follow the latest regulations and guidance regarding social distancing, to take responsibility for their personal hygiene and to clean the hut thoroughly before departure.  Any visitor must accept that, if they contract COVID-19 during or after their stay,  neither the Hut Warden nor the Trustees will accept liability.  Hut users should bring their own supply of hand sanitisers and disinfectant wipes.

If you have any queries about bookings, please contact the Warden via https://ulgmc.org/contact/casegwarden.

 

Who can book the hut?

Bookings may only be made by:

  • members of the University of London Mountaineering Club (ULMC)
  • members of another University-affiliated mountaineering, climbing or walking club
  • members of the University of London Graduate Mountaineering Club (ULGMC)
  • members of another BMC (or equivalent national body) affiliated club
  • individual members of the BMC (or equivalent national body)

Anyone entitled to book places can book for guests who do not need any of the above affiliations.

Equivalent national bodies to the BMC (British Mountaineering Council) include Mountaineering Scotland, Mountaineering Ireland and other international mountaineering bodies (including the national Alpine Clubs).

 

COVID-19 restrictions

While social distancing rules apply (particularly the Welsh Government's recommendations regarding the closure of shared kitchens), bookings will only be taken for single extended households of up to 6 people  (children under 11 are not counted towards this total) and the hut will be let for exclusive use, as if it was a holiday cottage.

A household is defined as a group of people living in the same home. An extended household (also known as a bubble), under Welsh Government rules, can currently be formed from up to 4 households (usually, but not necessarily, from the same family).  In effect, an extended household has the same legal freedoms that a household has: they are able to meet indoors without being required to socially distance. From 14 September 2020, only 6 people (over 11) from an extended household are allowed to meet indoors at any one time.  This will obviously limit the number of people who can stay at the Caseg Fraith Hut.

No person can belong to more than one extended household and every member of a household is automatically a member of the extended household to which that household might belong. However, an extended household is a permanent arrangement and there is no provision for any person or any household to leave an extended household to join a new one, and it would clearly be wrong to form an extended household just to allow a group to visit the Caseg Fraith Hut. For more information on extended households in Wales, see https://gov.wales/guidance-extended-households-coronavirus.

In order to reduce the resulting loss of fee income, there will be a minimum fee payable for each booking (equivalent to 5 beds per night at an appropriate rate).

 

Extended household with all adults being ULMC/ULGMC members

Extended household with all adults being full-time students (or ULMC/ULGMC members)

Any other extended household

Minimum fee per night (for 5 beds)

£30

£40

£50

The only exception that can be made to the midweek hut closure is when two consecutive weekends/long weekends are booked for the same extended household, who would then be able to stay at the hut during the midweek period that it is normally in quarantine (i.e. a 9-11 night stay).  For such bookings, some free nights can be offered.  For a 9-night or 10-night stay, one free night can be offered and for an 11-night stay, two free nights.

Hut bookings from individuals, small and large groups from multiple extended households for dates after 1 January 2021, will be taken as normal, but will only be allowed to go ahead if Welsh Government regulations and recommendations permit.

 

Individual bookings and small groups

1-14 sleeping spaces can be booked on the understanding that it may be necessary to share a mixed dormitory with other individuals and/or groups (after 1 January 2021). Fees are normally charged per person per night for up to 14 places as follows:

  • £6 for ULMC/ULGMC members
  • £8 for full-time university students who are not members of ULMC/ULGMC
  • £10 for all other guests who are not ULMC/ULGMC members or full-time university students
  • Children are charged at the rate of the accompanying adult who takes responsibility for them

If privacy is important or essential (as is likely to be the case with children), this can only be guaranteed by booking the exclusive use of a dormitory or sole use of the hut.

6 places are usually reserved for members of ULMC/ULGMC other than when sole use is granted (by booking all 3 dormitories).

 

Booking whole dormitories (and sole use of hut)

If 15 or more sleeping spaces are required, whole dormitories must be booked. There are three dormitories which can be booked individually or in combination to accommodate a maximum of 6, 20, 26, 40 or 46 people (subject to availability). Charges per night for booking dormitories are as follows:

 

 

Maximum capacity (sleeping spaces)

ULMC / ULGMC groups

Other student clubs/groups (including school, college and youth groups)

 Other clubs/groups

Dorm 1 (downstairs)

20

£90

£120

£150

Dorm 2 (upstairs)

20

£90

£120

£150

Dorm 3 (upstairs)

6

£30

£40

£50

All three dorms (sole use)

46

£240

£320

£400

 

Car park charges and midweek discounts (from 1 January 2021)

From 1 January 2021, a charge of £2.00 per vehicle per night for a parking permit will be introduced and a midweek discount of 20% will be reintroduced for all dormitory bookings that do not include a Friday or Saturday night or a night immediately preceding a Bank Holiday.

 

Availability

To request a new booking, simply click on the "Make a booking request" button below and fill in the web form.

Current bookings are shown in the embedded Google Calendar below. The booking dates shown on the calendar are for the nights that have been booked and therefore include the date of arrival but not the date of departure.

Hut rules

To confirm a booking, a deposit of 50% of the total fee is payable within 7 days of a provisional booking being accepted, otherwise the provisional booking will be cancelled unless otherwise agreed beforehand. All places booked must be paid for within 7 days after the stay. A charge of 10% of the outstanding balance will be charged for each month or part of a month that fees are overdue, unless otherwise agreed beforehand. Charges will be levied if any cancelled places are not re-let. Full fees are payable if cancellation is within 2 weeks, and half fees between 2 and 6 weeks of the booked dates.

Caseg Fraith is a privately owned mountaineering club hut. All persons using the hut do so at their own risk. No responsibility is accepted for personal injury, loss, or damage to property, however arising.

The person booking agrees to indemnify the Trustees in respect of any damage to the hut or loss or damage to fittings equipment, or injury to any other person. We reserve the right to levy a charge of up to £100 if the hut is not left in a clean and tidy condition for the next party or if electricity is wasted because heating or lighting is not switched off on departure.

It is the responsibly of the accompanying adult to ensure that children for whom they are responsible are safeguarded and well-behaved at all times while at the hut.

Parking is strictly regulated and spaces are allocated before the visit.  We reserve the right to levy a charge of up to £100 if any of the parking instructions are not followed.

As the hut is surrounded by a working sheep farm and the farmer does not allow anyone on his campsite or staying in one of his bunkhouses to bring a dog, we regret that dogs are also not permitted at the hut.

All guests are expected to follow all the instructions in the hut user information which will be provided.

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