Re-opening on 12th April

Good news! After the announcement today we can confirm that we will be re-opening as planned on Monday 12th April.

If you have a holiday booked with us arriving on 12th April, we will be in touch tomorrow with arrival details. If you have a holiday booked with us later in the year, we will be in touch a week to 10 days before your arrival.

We have limited availability for holidays from 17th and 24th April, and some weeks and short breaks available in May. Have a look at our prices and availability or get in touch if you are looking for somewhere to stay.

Once we have read through updated advice for re-opening we will update the website with all our Covid protocols.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!


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The ‘Roadmap’ – closed until at least 12th April

Well the eagerly anticipated ‘Roadmap’ is here. Drum roll please…!

Reopening of self catering accommodation will fall into step two, which will happen no earlier than 12th April. Therefore we have changed our current policy for taking bookings and will take bookings for holidays from 12th April onwards. If you make a booking and we do not re-open in time for it you can move your booking to an alternative date within 52 weeks.

Once again, if you are thinking about booking you might like to find out more about our Covid policies and how we offered our guests a comfortable place to stay in 2020. We will review these policies before re-opening in light of any new regulations and information. We take our responsibilities to our guests, to those who help us and to ourselves seriously.

If you require accommodation and are permitted to book under the exceptional circumstances listed by the government please do get in touch and we will do our best to help you.

After some very wet weather last week the sun has some out and we are surrounded by snowdrops and the first daffodils of the year. Before the rain the cold snap gave us a smidgen of weight bearing ice on Derwentwater which we used for some very tight circles of ice skating. And before the ice skating cold snap, we got some sledging in during the two snowy periods!

Fun and games aside we have had the ash tree at the top of High Seat’s drive re-pollarded. Inside we have purchased new crockery for the cottages and are hoping to organise new carpets and new photos for some of the rooms before Easter.

Don’t forget, you can sign up to our newsletter if you would like to be notified when we have more news about our opening date, or if you just want to keep up to date with other Manesty news.

Photo: Snow on the Skiddaw range (left/centre) and Blencathra (far right) with the trees and fields at the south west of Derwentwater in the foreground. 11th February 2021.



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Happy New Year and Covid Closure

Happy New Year everyone! We were hoping that the new year would bring a better outlook, but with Cumbria’s entry into Tier 4 on 31st December and then the nationwide English lockdown on 4th January, it looks like we’ve got a bit more of the rough before we get to the smooth(er).

We are currently closed as instructed and will remain so for the foreseeable future until the government rules permit us to reopen. We will reopen as soon as we are permitted to, and are currently taking bookings from Good Friday, 2nd April 2021, onwards. If you book a holiday and we have not been permitted to reopen in time for it, you can move your booking to an alternative date within 52 weeks of the original booking.

If you are thinking about booking you might like to find out more about our Covid policies and how we offered our guests a comfortable place to stay in 2020. Before reopening again we will review these policies in light of any new regulations and information. We take our responsibilities to our guests, to those who help us and to ourselves seriously.

While we are closed we are allowed to offer accommodation to some people under exceptional circumstances, for example if it is required for work, in order to move house or because someone’s own home becomes uninhabitable. If you are looking for accommodation and you fall into these or any of the other listed exceptional circumstances please do get in touch and we will do our best to help you.

Covid aside, things are not so bad. January has been pretty kind to us weather wise, and we have enjoyed a number of walks from the door up into the snow behind Manesty, to Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy. Derwentwater, of course, has been visited frequently. We were lucky to be bypassed by Storm Christoph and the days are getting noticeably longer which always lifts the sprits.

You can sign up to our newsletter if you would like to be notified as soon as we know we will be permitted to reopen, or if you just want to be kept up to date with Manesty news.

Image: Derwentwater and the Skiddaw massif from Hause Gate (Catbells Hause). The path to the summit of Catbells is on the left. 30th Dec 2020. 

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Re-opening (again) on 2nd December

We are pleased to be allowed to re-open on 2nd December as from Wednesday Cumbria will be in Tier 2. If you would like to book a break away please just get in touch or have a look at our prices and availability to see if we have something that suits you.

We will of course still be following all our Covid policies. These are reviewed regularly to make sure that they remain relevant to the ever changing situation. We’ve got hand sanitizer available at all the gates onto the property and next to the bins/recycling. We removed all the ‘non essential’ soft furnishings such as bed throws and scatter cushions from our accommodation in the summer and the wonderful people who help us prepare the accommodation for guests are equipped with hard surface and fabric disinfectant which is used before guests arrive. We take our responsibilities seriously and our policies are designed to protect our guests, those who work with us, and ourselves as far as possible.

A week or so before arrival our guests receive an email with all the information they need for a contact free check in. We are always available to help, either by phone, by email or by an appropriately socially distanced outdoor chat (there is plenty of space to keep well over 2m apart!).

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November at Manesty

Given the announcement from the Prime Minister yesterday evening (Saturday 31st October) we assume that we will be instructed to close later this week. We will stay open for as long as we are permitted.

We will no longer be taking any bookings for November. If you have a stay which falls in the planned ‘stay at home’ period during November please get in touch.

We are very sorry to be closing our doors again. We have had so many guests tell us how restorative their stays at Manesty have been since we re-opened in July. It has made all the hard work, which started way back in May, to make and maintain a welcoming but ‘covid secure’ environment very much worth it.

Everyone staying at Manesty has always had their own entrance door and garden area. We closed our few shared spaces in July and made additional space to provide these facilities at an individual level. We are confident that a holiday at Manesty is low risk and the potential benefits are great – the setting is stunning, the air is fresh and the walking is endless.

We will be here and ready to reopen as soon as we are permitted and we hope to welcome lots of you then!

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Covid-19 policies at Manesty

We are delighted to be open and to be welcoming guests again. Things are not quite the same here at Manesty as they were at the beginning of the year and we have had to make changes to adhere to relevant rules and to minimise the risks to our guests, to those who help us look after the accommodation and to ourselves. Below is a summary of how these changes will affect your holiday.

Before you arrive

–   If you have Covid-19, or if you have been advised to self-isolate at home, you must not travel to Manesty.

–  We are no longer taking payments in person on arrival and request that you pay your balance before you arrive. We will send an email detailing how to do this.

–  We can still provide items such as high-chairs, cots and pillows. However, we are encouraging guests to bring their own such items wherever possible to minimise the extent to which multiple guests use the same “high contact” items. In particular, we strongly recommend that you bring your own pillows.  Please let us know if you are not.

–  In addition to our usual rigorous cleaning, we are following guidance from the Professional Self Caterers Association in order to prepare the accommodation for you.

On arrival

–  We have a later arrival time of 5pm. Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate any early arrivals and we can no longer offer parking for those who wish to arrive early and go for a walk before their accommodation is ready.

–  Pillows will not be on the bed on your arrival unless you request them.

–  We have removed items which cannot be washed between guests such as bed throws and scatter cushions from the accommodation.

–  Only the beds which are required for your holiday will be made up for you. Unmade beds will be protected with a clean sheet and will be clearly labelled. If you wish to use these beds please ask us for clean bedding while you are here.

–  We will no longer welcome you in person or show you around the accommodation and grounds. Our arrival email, sent a week or so before your arrival, will include everything you need to find and access your accommodation. It will also give you access to our new welcome video. We will still be here if you need help and will be pleased to hear from you on your arrival to make sure you have settled in.

Social Distancing

–  You should continue to respect the Government’s 2 metre social distancing rule in our shared outdoor areas as there is plenty of space to do so.

–  Areas belonging to a specific accommodation have been physically separated to help our guests maintain 2 metre social distancing.

–  We are making social distancing as easy as possible by limiting the number of people at Manesty. Therefore you should not invite friends or family who are staying elsewhere to visit you at Manesty.

Closure of shared facilities

–  Utility Room – we have closed our shared utility room/books & games room. In light of this we have installed a combination washing machine/drier in Manesty Dairy and a washing machine in High Seat and Tommy Bit. We are working on providing a washing machine and drier for our Caravan but this has not been possible yet. Unfortunately we are unable to install a washing machine in Cocklety How Studio Apartment.

–  Tommy Bit now has a dedicated shower room which is not shared.

–  Hot tub – Regrettably we have closed our hot tub. It drains into a stream, limiting the disinfectants we can use. Therefore, we are not confident we can satisfy Government guidance on cleaning shared spaces. The Government has also advised that people from different households should not share private hot tubs.

On departure

–  We have an earlier departure time of 9am, which must be followed.

–  We will provide you with a departure pack with clear information about what you need to do before you vacate the accommodation.

–  We will ask you to strip your beds and put used laundry in our designated location outside.

–  You will be asked to leave the windows open and turn on all extractor fans.

–  You will be asked, in addition to leaving things clean and tidy as usual, to wipe high contact surfaces and places with alcohol wipes which we will provide.

What if you get ill while you are staying at Manesty?

–  If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or are asymptomatic but have the need to self-isolate, you should return home to self-isolate according to the current government guidance.

–  If you have acute symptoms, have breathing difficulties, or your life is at potential risk, you should seek medical help immediately.

–  If you contract Covid-19 while staying at Manesty you must inform us immediately so that we can take appropriate action.

What else are we doing?

–  We have the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard from Visit England.

What if there is another lockdown?

–  If we are instructed to close again and are not permitted to be open for a your holiday, you can move the booking to an alternative date with 52 week of the date of your original booking.

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Re-opening on 4th July!

Today (23rd June) the Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons that

‘From 4th July, provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation’.

Therefore, we will be re-opening and welcoming guests on 4th July. Naturally, in the circumstances it will not be quite the same as before, but we have been working hard over the last few months to prepare for this date and to do everything we can to provide a welcoming environment while minimising the risks to our guests, the people who work here, and ourselves. We will update this post soon with the changes we have made.

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Covid-19 Looking ahead to re-opening

Dear All

We finally feel like we have turned a corner and are looking ahead to reopening and welcoming guests again with more clarity than before. You can sign up to our mailing list if you would like to be the first to hear when we know our actual reopening date.

The Government has indicated that the earliest that hospitality businesses will be reopening is July. Therefore, unfortunately anyone who has an existing booking at Manesty with an arrival date in May or June is extremely unlikely to be able to come to Manesty on their holiday. We hope that those guests will take up our offer to move their booking to a new date. Please get in touch if this is you. We will be prioritising the more imminent bookings so please bear with us if we do not reply straight away.

We are taking new bookings for holidays from July 4th onwards. Given the uncertainty of the situation, for new bookings made for holidays in July or August, if restrictions prevent us from reopening in time for your holiday you can move your booking to a new date within 52 weeks of the start date of your original holiday date.

It has been lovely to hear from a number of guests who have stayed with us before and who are keeping positive by booking their Autumn holidays. Thank you! Thanks also to all those who have had their holidays with us disrupted and have been so understanding about the situation we are all facing. So many of you have written kind and sympathetic emails which have been very much appreciated.

It hasn’t all been relaxing in the sunshine and daily exercise walking while we have been closed. We’ve been working hard and have used the opportunity and the weather to get those jobs done that are just not conducive to a relaxing holiday: digger work in the garden removing and moving overgrown rhododendrons; digging up and relaying drains; constructing a new terrace in front of High Seat made from some lovely boulders we had in ‘storage’; replacing some of the double glazing in Manesty Band and Cocklety How Byre which had misted up; repair work in a bathroom where we discovered a leak; ordering a new bespoke kitchen for the Caravan which will hopefully be (a) a very close match to the existing one and (b) be installed in time for our reopening; as well as other more minor jobs which seem to keep the days pretty full. The lawns are mowed (albeit a little bit brown!) and the flowers are out, all ready and waiting.

Best wishes to you all,

Cheryl and Alan

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Covid-19 Update

Dear all

As the Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ instruction has been renewed for another three weeks from Thursday 16th April, we will remained closed as instructed until at least Thursday 7th May. We had already re-organised all holidays which had been booked within that period. For those of you with holidays booked in the weeks shortly after 7th May, please do get in touch if you would like to discuss your booking.

We are hoping that towards the end of the three week period we will be given more information about how and when we will be able to reopen.

We have been keeping busy in the garden and with modest walks from the house. The exceptional spring weather is making things more bearable than they might have been! The flowering cherry (photographed) is out and looking quite spectacular. We are so sorry that you are not able to share the weather with us here, but trust you are making the best of it wherever you are.

Best wishes

Cheryl, Alan and family

Please note: If you would like to know when we reopen after the Covid-19 restrictions, please join our mailing list and we will email you as soon as we know.

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