Hello! We are Suzy and Martin, the hostel managers/wardens. We have been living at Skiddaw House since 2015. Before this we lived in Turkey, where we worked as English teachers. Between us we have worked at six hostels, including two years at Black Sail Hut (we like remote places). We love living in Cumbria as we're both keen fell-runners, walkers and cyclists.
We have taken over from Martin (a different Martin!) and Marie-Pierre, who retired in November 2015.
Martin (the previous manager) first came to Skiddaw House in 1992 and managed the hostel for the YHA. The hostel closed in 2002, but in 2006 Martin decided to take on the lease of Skiddaw House and run it himself - with the help of Marie-Pierre and the Skiddaw House Foundation. Martin said: "I just felt there was this old place up the hill that was unloved and becoming derelict and it was about time that it was brought back to its former glory". It has been an independent hostel since 2007.