Skiddaw House is open for exclusive hire group bookings only in 2021; it is not open for camping or individual bookings. It is now fully booked but we hope to be open as usual in 2022.

Skiddaw House
Skiddaw House

Skiddaw House in the snow
Skiddaw House in the snow

The Common Room
The Common Room

Skiddaw House
Skiddaw House

Need to know:
​Surrounded by mountains, with no other building in sight, Skiddaw House offers a real escape from it all. It's off-grid, out of reach of mobile signal and 3.5 miles from the nearest road. But walk, run or bike to this remote spot and you will find cosy lounges heated by wood-burners, comfortable beds and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Plus a well-stocked shop with food and plenty of local ales, wines and whiskies.
Skiddaw House is an independent hostel. It was built as a gamekeeper's lodge in the 1800s and first began providing accommodation to walkers, runners and bikers in 1987.
  • Skiddaw House is not accessible by car.
  • Advance booking is essential.
  • The shop and bar are cash only.
  • The hostel opens at 5pm. 
  • Open year round for exclusive hire, open March - November for room bookings. 
  • Sorry, we are not open to passers-by or campers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Sorry, we do not accept dogs.


Skiddaw House, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX

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