Skiddaw House is currently open for exclusive hire only, due to restrictions related to COVID-19. To book the hostel for a group of up to six, please email See our group bookings page for more information. We hope to reopen as usual when restrictions are eased.

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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