As with most businesses, Hillthwaite will continue to operate a little differently for a time. We hope that this will not impact your stay in the Lake District and please be assured that our warm welcome and outstanding customer service is still firmly rooted in everything we do. 

 - Updates on the coronavirus and how it could impact your stay will be found below. Please bookmark this page.

 - If you have any questions, please email:


LATEST UPDATE (19th July 2021)

We are now open. Please CLICK HERE to see prices. availability and to book online >>

At Hillthwaite, we have been very conscious of our responsibility to keep guests and staff healthy during the pandemic. Our commitment remains unwavering and we see our role in this as even more important as the Government relaxes restrictions while cases are on the increase.We refuse the let our guard down after our staff and guests have sacrificed so much to get to this point. We have been humbled by the dedication of our staff in working so hard to ensure guests have the holiday they deserve and we have been delighted that guests have been just as vigilant in their approach.

1. Face CoveringsOur staff will continue to wear them and, as before, we encourage all guests to do so while moving through the hotel (until seated or once in your room).

2. Hand SanitizingWe will retain our hand sanitizing stations and encourage guests to use these regularly, as before.

3. Social DistancingWe will keep our tables the same distance apart as before and encourage you to maintain a safe distance from other guests and staff.

4. Dining and DrinkingAlthough you can now order and pay for drinks at the bar, we will also continue to offer table-service. Evening dining continues to be on a pre-book only basis and there will be no buffet option at breakfast (we will serve your choices to you).

5. Swimming Pool & SaunaWe will continue to offer guests bookable slots to use the leisure facilities and maintain our additional cleaning regime.

6. PaymentsPlease continue to use contactless payments wherever possible.

7. Our Covid GuaranteePlease DO NOT travel to Hillthwaite if you have Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19 or have been told to self-isolate. Call us and we will rebook you to a later date or issue a voucher for any monies paid, which you can use against a future stay. Just give us 24 hours notice.

It's great to get our freedoms back, but we feel a cautious approach is best for guests and staff. If you have any questions regarding our approach to covid, call us on 015394 43636 for clarification. We hope you can 'Come Home to Hillthwaite' soon.


BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: COVID-19 BOOKING TERMS(applicable across ALL offers and packages):- Please do NOT travel to Hillthwaite if you have Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19. Call us and we will issue a voucher for any monies paid, which you can use against a future stay. Just give us 24 hours notice.- If Hillthwaite is forced to close by Government decree, we will issue a voucher for any monies paid, which you can use against a future stay, or you can be refunded.- If you are not able to travel due to Government decree, we will issue a voucher for any monies paid, which you can use against a future stay, or you can be refunded.- We reserve the right to amend or retract offers/packages at any time without prior notification, due to changes in Government advice or issue with delivering a safe environment for guests and staff.- Some of our facilities may be closed or only partially opened during your stay due to Government guidelines.


Info & Guidelines

The following information is dynamic and will alter from time to time reflecting changes to Government advice. The health of our staff and guests is our No.1 priority and we hope these guidelines offer some reassurance.Note: There is usually a time-lag between booking a stay with us and actually staying, so please check that you have the latest information before you leave home. We’ll update guidance here, on our website, on an ongoing basis.

OpeningThings are slighty different at Hillthwaite, but we’re sure this won’t distract too much from your enjoyment. Even though things are opening up, we will continue to promote the 'hands, face, space' advice. 

The Lake District.Although there are busy tourist ‘honey-pots’, there is also an abundance of fresh air, space and wonderful walks. Places to visit, activities and eateries have re-opened their doors, though we do recommend that you use the internet to check on revised opening details for tourism businesses in the area.

Making a Booking.You can make a new booking on our website. Just CLICK HERE >> or call us on 015394 43636.

Before Your Stay.You will receive a confirmation email prior to your stay which will update you on the current situation. If you have any questions about this, email reception@hillthwaite.comIf you have Covid symptoms before your stay, please postpone your stay. Do not risk your health or the health of others.

On Arrival.You can check-in from 3pm.If you arrive before this time, you may leave your car in the car park, and relax on the terrace or in the lounge. Bags must be left in the car until you are able to check-in.Follow the directional signage. We ask arriving guests to use the hand sanitiser station at reception and to carry their own bags. There will still be screens at reception to protect guests and staff. We will give you a welcome pack with key, further information and sanitized menu.We reserve the right to check your temperature prior to you being checked in.

Whilst At Hillthwaite.We have carried out a full risk assessment in line with Government guidelines. Key points include:

1. Social Distancing.Please try to maintain social distancing wherever possible. As you will be aware, the Government have removed the legal necessity for social distancing (as of Monday 19th July) and is asking us to use our discretion - we would encourage you to GIVE PEOPLE SPACE at every opportunity - even if you feel relaxed about distancing, others may not.

Face Coverings are no longer a legal requirement from Monday 19th July. Our staff will continue to wear face coverings for the moment. We would encourage you to also wear a face covering while transiting through the building - you can take your face covering off once seated (for food or drink).

2. Staff TrainingAll staff have been trained on how to keep guests safe. This will include the use of PPE, helping guests with Covid-19 questions, identifying symptoms, food preparation, serving protocols and our enhanced cleaning regime.

3. CleaningWe will maintain a rigorous cleaning regime and you will see public areas (especially high ‘touch-point' areas such as handles, bannisters, bar) being sanitised on a regular basis. We expect all guests to maintain excellent hand hygiene by using the hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.

4. ToiletsResidents should use their ensuite facilities whenever possible. The public toilets will be open, but use should continue to be minimised.

5. Leisure facilitiesThe 7m swimming pool and sauna will be open. The steam room will be closed. Towels are provided, but please bring a bath robe with you. Note we cannot guarantee you will have access to the pool at your preferred time.

6. The Garden and TerraceThis area is fully available to guests and we advise guests wherever possible to use this space, as long a social distancing is maintained. When weather allows, windows will be opened to ensure fresh air permeates the building.

7. Public AreasChairs and tables will be spaced out to facilitate social distancing. Directional signage will be used to minimise ‘pinch points’. You may have to take a slightly longer route, but this is for everyone’s safety. If areas feel a little less personal, it is because we will have removed some of the stylistic ‘nic nak’s’ that adorn the hotel. Things like leaflets, newspapers and magazines will no longer be available. Note that there is WiFi throughout the property for accessing information via laptop, tablet or phone.

8. Breakfast.This can be served in the dining room. Tables will be laid out to ensure there is social distancing. There will be no buffet available, but santized menus will allow you to choose which items you’d like.You will be asked to book a time for breakfast (between 8am and 10.30am) and you will be assigned a table. Please try to stick to your time. You will be greeted by a member of staff and shown to your table.

9. Dining.If you are dining with us, a table should be booked at reception and your meal (choice of starter, main and dessert) would ideally be pre-booked by 5pm. Tables can be booked from 6pm to 8.30pm. Unless booked, we cannot guarantee you a specific time-slot.As per breakfast, we will show you to your table.

10. Bar.The operation of the bar is typically open from 12pm to 11pm depending on demand and current government guidelines. Please contact reception for details.

11. HousekeepingYour room will be thoroughly cleaned before your arrival. No-one will access your room for the duration of your stay unless specifically requested. If for whatever reason, we do need to enter your room, it will be at your request – please contact reception. Any extras, such as towels or tea/coffee can be left outside your door if requested at reception.All bedding will be washed at a minimum of 60 degrees.

12. Sanitizing StationsWe will have sanitizing stations at the front entrance and in public areas - please use them.

13. Face Coverings

Face Coverings are no longer a legal requirement from Monday 19th July. Our staff will continue to wear face coverings for the moment. We would encourage you to also wear a face covering while transiting through the building - you can take your face covering off once seated (for food or drink). If for health reasons you cannot wear face coverings, please let our reception team know.

When You Depart.Check-out is 11am. If you have already paid, you may deposit your key at reception and head straight for your car. This may at first appear impersonal, but please accept our thanks up front for staying with us – we are just trying to reduce busy pinch-points at key times. We do value your custom.

Use of PPE.In line with Government guidance, some of our staff will be wearing face masks, disposable aprons and / or gloves. Please be assured that staff are trained on how to use this and for each staff member, their use of PPE will be tailored to them, their role and to maximise your protection. Do not expect all our staff to be wearing the same PPE. 

Temperature.Depending on the Government advice at the time, we reserve the right to check the temperature of staff and guests.

If you are unwell, please DO NOT travel to Hillthwaite – simply postpone your stay. If you start feeling unwell or show symptoms of Covid-19 while at Hillthwaite, please go to your car and call us via your mobile phone: 015394 43636. We will offer advice, depending on your situation.

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For 50 years

This beautiful family home originated as Earlston House. Wowed by the dramatic views over Langdale Pikes, Crinkle Crags and Coniston Old Man the family opened the doors to friends, family and guests to turn this beautiful family home into a 34 bedroom boutique bed & breakfast.

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