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.
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.
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.
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.
In these extraordinary times, as instructed by the Government, we are currently closed. We have been given no indication how long we should remain closed, so in the absence of further information we are assuming initially that the closure will last as long as the Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ instruction, which was brought in on Monday 23rd March for 3 weeks.
The swift changing nature of the situation has made it impossible to implement any plan for any timescale beyond the 3 weeks. We have had many and they keep becoming irrelevant within 24h or so! We appreciate however that guests with bookings in the next couple of months may wish or need to make their own choices about travel, so if you would like to discuss your booking please get in touch by email or phone.
This is a difficult time for us all and we hope you stay safe and keep well. Any support you can give us at this time, for example by choosing to move your booking rather than cancel it, or by booking a new holiday later in the year (we have to remain positive!), is greatly appreciated.
All our cottages and our studio now have a Full HD Smart TV, so you can keep on top of your favourite programmes while enjoying time on the fells. The TVs are set up for BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and My5. If you have a Netflix, Prime or similar account, you can use your own log in details to watch these services through the relevant app on the TV.
Our plan is also to install a Smart TV in our Retro Caravan too for the beginning of it season in March. We need to work out the best installation – the wifi in the Caravan works slightly differently to the houses which makes things a little more complex!
We’ve had a lovely end to 2019, with sunny weather and clear skies. This photo was taken from the garden today and catches some of the first sunshine of the year up on the fells across the valley from Manesty. All the best for 2020 to all of our guests, past, present and future. Thank you very much for choosing Manesty!
This week has been marked by the annual ‘stripping’ of the holly berries by our local and visiting birds. We have a number of hollies at Manesty, with red berries, yellow berries and also the berry-less variegated tree with green and yellow leaves. This photo is of the variegated and red berry trees on Manesty Band’s lawn.
At this time of year the red and yellow berried trees practically vibrate with birds. Our resident blackbirds and thrushes are joined by the wintering fieldfares and redwings and between them they can strip a ripe tree of its berries in days! Amazingly, the birds never quite seem to get them all and there are nearly always enough left over for decorating Christmas. If you are visiting at Christmas we are very happy for you to use the holly for your own decorations, but please do ask beforehand so we can make sure you take it from the best place for our garden management plan.
If you are looking for a break over the holiday season we do have some availability left for 2 over new year or up to 5 over Christmas. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The autumn colours are particularly lovely this week. These photos are of Manesty today, basking the midday autumn sunshine.
This morning the red squirrel was out and about in our back garden, busy burying nuts for the winter. We often see them at this time of year, as they venture out of their hazel tree haven more often to store up for the winter. Our retro caravan overlooks the hazel trees and many of the guests who stay there see the squirrels regularly.
Well for once the weather was on side for the August Bank Holiday! We were out and about and here’s how we fared ‘tourist-ing’ on our home turf…
Can’t recommend enough our lunch at Littletown Farm which we walked to over Catbells Hause. They were very welcoming, the food was delicious and the garden has lovely views and a lovely lawn which the grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed. The scones in particular were delicious. And they also sell beer for the grown ups. We returned around the end of Catbells and caught the Honister Rambler (77A) from the Fell End home to Manesty.
The trip to the La’al Ratty (Cumbrian for Little Route – aka the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway) on the West Coast was great fun. An early start meant we caught the first steam train of the day at 1020 (there is an earlier ‘walkers’ train pulled by a diesel locomotive). It is a beautiful ride out to Dalegarth. From Dalegarth there are extensive walking opportunities for those wishing to make a day of it. We made good used of the children’s playground and returned to Ravenglass on the return train. Picnic and ice cream in the station watching the little steam engines turn on the turntable (there are also cafes at Ravenglass and Dalegarth). Home in time for barbecue dinner.
We finished off with a day trip to Levens Hall in South Cumbria. It is famed, quite rightly, for its garden topiary which is very impressive and oddly exciting to walk in and around – you never know what you will find around the corner. The non topiary parts of the garden do not disappoint. The house started life as a traditional defensive Pele Tower in the mid 13th century and is full of interesting Cumbrian history.
We hope this gives you some inspiration for your next visit to Manesty and that you enjoyed your Bank Holiday wherever you were. Here’s to hoping for an extended summer and sunny autumn!
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