A Place to be Real Together

Covid-19 Changes

Welcome to the Othona Community West Dorset

After enduring a long time without visitors at Othona, we have been delighted to be together again!

Stage by stage the Government legal requirements have changed, however we still have some precautions and protocols to mitigate spread of the virus.

You will find some lovely new facilities, indoors and out. And for us – maybe for you too – a renewed appetite for being in community with others.

Staying Safe

Our priority is that you and we stay healthy. We will have all the hand sanitiser and other materials you’d expect. Our toilets and shower rooms had already been converted in 2020 with soap dispensers and disposable paper towels instead of the old hand towels.

We ask you to play your part by such measures as frequent hand-washing. Before you arrive we’ll write with more details about how we all stay safe and will ask your agreement to our current precautions.  Please have a look at what we are asking visitors to agree to when they visit now by viewing our Keeping Ourselves and Others Safe document.

Please do not visit if you have any Covid-like symptoms or have tested positive for Covid19. 

Our Covid-19 Health & Safety Risk Assessment is available here on the site to read if you wish. 


Please make your booking application online wherever possible. If the website booking form does not work for you, you can email Liz at bookings@othona-bb.org.uk or phone 01308 897130. The office is usually closed on Tuesdays.

If at all possible please make payments digitally.


More than ever, we have to reserve the right to cancel any event or any individual booking. Among other reasons, it only takes one person here or recently left to contract Covid, for us possibly to have to close at the shortest notice. We hope to avoid this. But if it does happen we will let you know as soon as possible. And we will refund everything you have paid us.

We recognise you may also have to cancel. Iyou cancel because of Covid infection (in you or a close contact) we will only retain £30 per person as a non-returnable deposit. But if you cancel for any other reason our normal Cancellation Policy will apply.  We hope this lets you make a booking with confidence.

Adjusting our Charging Policy

For each event you’ll find we are quoting Standard, Basic and Benefactor Rates, as well as having Bursaries for those in particular need.

You are welcome to choose the Basic Rate. But if everybody paid Basic, the reality is that Othona would have to shed staff and reduce activities.

Perhaps you’re actually finding yourself better off, maybe having spent less in these strange times? If so, please consider paying the Standard or Benefactor Rate.

We know plenty of people are much worse off due to Covid 19. So we still have bursary funds to offer. If you cannot afford the Basic Rate, please write to bookings@othona-bb.org.uk or phone 01308 897130 to discuss reduced Bursary Rates.

You can see more about our Pricing Policy here. Benefactor, Standard, Basic and Bursary Rate payers will all help Othona survive financially in these testing times. 

We are no longer charging Single Supplements. As a general rule we don't expect you to share a room except with a partner, family member or friend who books with you.

Rates for children are calculated as a percentage of the adult Basic Rate. Under 3s come free of charge.