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Go Car Free in the Lake District

Welcome to the Lake District, Cumbria: a place which has it all, from stunning natural landscapes to world-class food and drink. Here, lakes, mountains, forests and coast all combine to create a destination you’ll want to return to time and time again. From a famously warm welcome to fantastic attractions; the great outdoors to arts, culture and heritage, there are so many reasons to visit. Plus, did we mention it’s easy to get here and travel around without your car?

Getting to the Lake District, Cumbria by train via the west coast main line with Avanti is quick and easy, with direct services transporting you to this beautiful part of the country:

  • London Euston to Oxenholme, Lake District in 2.5 hours.
  • Birmingham to Oxenholme, Lake District in under 2.5 hours.
  • Glasgow to Carlisle in under 1.5 hours.
  • Glasgow to Penrith – The North Lakes in 1.5 hours.

Once you’re here, it’s simple and straightforward to continue your journey on public transport, as Stagecoach run regular bus services to our beautiful towns and villages. Sit back, relax, and take in the stunning scenery along the way. Some routes feature open top buses, and the views are simply breath taking.

Click here for some quick and easy ways to start planning your journey:


Ecologi - three years of impact

We are proud of our partnership with the wonderful Ecologi to ensure we are a carbon responsible business.

We began our partnership with Ecologi in March 2021.

Since 2021, we have funded 579 trees and contributed to the following projects -

  • A solar power project in Morocco
  • Repairing water boreholes in Eritrea
  • Protection of the Mataven forest in Columbia
  • Protecting rainforest in a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia
  • Avoiding methane emissions from landfill sites in Brazil
  • Peatland restoration and conservation in Indonesia



2024 bookings now being taken

All of our guest house rooms are now available to book, for stays of 2 or more nights, from March to November 2024. Our most competitive prices are here on our own website. #bookdirect


Food Hygiene Inspection - 20/02/23

As part of the annual monitoring carried out by the Environmental Health team from South Lakeland District Council, Ivythwaite Lodge received a full food hygiene inspection on 20th February, We showed our food handling and food storage areas, detailed our systems for safe food preparation and cleaning, and shared our training records and monitoring schedules. We have maintained our 5 rating and are again reassured that our standards in all areas have been identified as very good.


The Beautiful Game

Ivythwaite Lodge is proud to offer its support to two football clubs during the 2022/2023 season.

Newport County

Ivythwaite Lodge are the away shirt sponsors of Newport County defender and club vice captain Mickey Demetriou. Born and bred in Newport, I see and want to support the outstanding community work that the club does in the city of Newport and beyond. The support of businesses, both local and from further afield, is vital to Newport County as a supporter-owned club. 

Kendal Town

Ivythwaite Lodge was the match sponsor of Kendal Town v Avro FC on 7th February 2023. Thank you to Craig, Michael and the club volunteers for their excellent hospitality. We were very well looked after and would strongly encourage other businesses to support their local football club. They are a force for good in the community and can only survive if we are willing to get behind them.


2023 dates now available

All of our guest house rooms are now available to book, for stays of 2 or more nights, from March to October 2023. Our most competitive prices are here on our own website. #bookdirect


Recent reviews from Tripadvisor

We have received a number of very positive reviews this summer. The following two, from Tripadvisor, made us feel proud -

It was the best of times, it was the best of times

We spent 7 nights at Ivythwaite Lodge and couldn't have been happier there. Abigail and Andrew have paid great attention to detail in creating a beautiful, comfortable space - always great to come back to/collapse in a heap in, especially after travelling around the area during a heatwave. They both give so much to their guests (both food-wise and care-wise!) We benefited hugely from their fail-safe walking and touring guides, as well as from their generous breakfasts, comfy furniture and spa bath, and general ambience. A great find!

Nick, August '22

Windermere Triathlon

How lucky were we to come across this gem of a B&B. We tend to camp everywhere we go, but due to the reason for our visit, Windermere Olympic Triathlon, thought a guaranteed good night sleep was in order, so this was a super treat and we really were not disappointed.The house is a grand, picturesque, dream home built and filled full of Cumbrian character.Our attic room (no. 5) was so spacious, bright and homely, with thoughtful added extras of a fridge with water, milk (kindly asked our choice of either oat or soya) and biscuits. Oh and the spa bath that was joy to relax in.Andrew and Abigail couldn’t have been more considerate and thoughtful and really went out of the way to provide us with everything and more. They happily would have secured our bikes in their shed, but their private parking at the back of the house was safe and more than adequate. The breakfast consisted of home-baked vegan bread, the most delicious banana and blueberry vegan muffins and a fabulous cooked vegan breakfast selection.They even gave us a breakfast takeaway bag for our last morning as we left the accommodation at 5am - which was way such a treat and very much needed after our event.The B&B is perfectly located for everything the wonderful Lakes have to offer.Walks, lakes, easy strolls to both Windermere and Bowness where restaurant and pubs are of abundance.We can’t recommend a stay at Ivythwaite Lodge enough.We have and will continue to tell our friends and family that they must go and hope one day to return ourselves as it really is THE perfect place to stay.

Vicky, July '22


March '22 update


Winter Works

We have fully redecorated our superior double room (Skiddaw - room 3) with new carpet, new wallpaper, a new TV and new soft furnishings. The carpet in our classic double room has also been replaced, despite being months old! Please do tell us if you accidentally spill milk on the carpet next to the radiator so we can deal with it immediately. We have also had a new fire alarm system and new sounders fitted throughout the property.

Covid 19 Measures

We will offer the following beyond 1st March ‘22 to ensure all our guests are safe and feel comfortable during their stay.

  • We use an anti-viral spray on all soft furnishings in the room between each guest, in addition to the usual disinfectant on all fixtures and fittings.
  • The bed linen and towels are sent to a commercial laundry for cleaning where it is boil washed.
  • The bed protectors are changed between each guest and subject to a high temperature wash.
  • All items in the hospitality tray are new to you.
  • The common areas in the house are cleaned twice daily and we would ask you please to be aware of other guests and to maintain your social distance in these areas.
  • We have removed all tourist information leaflets and instead encourage you to use Cumbria Tourism’s website for links to all attractions. We do still have copies of leaflets, guide books and recommended walks so please just ask if you would like one.
  • We will ask guests to reserve a table at an 8.30am or a 9.15am sitting in our breakfast room to ensure guests are socially distanced. A room service breakfast tray is also available.
  • We have provided antibacterial gel in the dining room for those who are eating breakfast with us.
  • Our default position will be to not enter your room during your stay. However, we will service your room should you request it by leaving the ‘Please Service My Room’ sign on your door handle before 11am.
  • We will take payment using the credit/debit card details supplied at the point of booking on the morning that you check out. If you want to pay by a different method, please let us know in advance of this.

Award

We are pleased with our Traveller Review Award for 2022 from Booking.com. It recognises our review score (for the last 36 months, comprising almost 500 reviews) of 9.7 out of 10. Our score for cleanliness is 9.9 out of 10. This award complements our Travel Proud Award for our inclusive welcome and our Travel Sustainable Award for our commitment to operating sustainably. Whilst we greatly value our guests who reach us through Booking.com, our most competitive rates are always found by booking directly through our own website. Last minute deals, late availability and special promotions are only available via our website. #bookdirect

Caring for the Lake District

I have recently been appointed a trainee Fix the Fells volunteer. Fix the Fells volunteers are a large and dedicated group that regularly walk all our upland paths to keep on top of basic maintenance, help build and repair them on work parties and support Fix the Fells in many other ways. You can support the vital work of Fix the Fells in a number of ways – click here for details.


Fix The Fells

I was honoured to take part in the Fell Care Day, organised by Friends Of The Lake District, on 5th November. Under the excellent leadership of a Fix The Fells team, I was shown a range of techniques used to repair and maintain footpaths across the fells. The images below show work being carried out to footpaths on Mardale Ill Bell and Nan Bield Pass. 

Fix the Fells has already repaired more than 200 paths. There are currently 344 paths covering 410 miles identified for repair work, maintenance or monitoring.The number and priorities change over time as some paths erode more quickly and new ones are identified.

Click here to find out more about Fix The Fells. Click here to make a donation. 


The Lake District Guide 2021


Click here for the excellent Lake District Guide for 2021. 

Thank you once again to our partners at Cumbria Tourism for producing this outstanding resource showcasing the range of attractions and places to eat across Cumbria.

The car free and dark skies sections are definitely worth a look. We have dedicated pages on our website offering details on walks from Ivythwaite and stargazing for beginners.


Covid-safe measures - July '21 update

We will offer the following beyond 19th July to ensure all our guests are safe and feel comfortable during their stay. 

We use an anti-viral spray on all soft furnishings in the room between each guest, in addition to the usual disinfectant on all fixtures and fittings.

The bed linen and towels are sent to a commercial laundry for cleaning where it is boil washed.

The bed protectors are obviously changed between each guest and subject to a high temperature wash.

The room information leaflet and all items in the hospitality tray are new to you.

The common areas in the house are cleaned twice daily and we would ask you please to be aware of other guests and to maintain your social distance in these areas. We would prefer guests to wear a mask in these areas.

We have removed all tourist information leaflets and instead encourage you to use Cumbria Tourism’s website for links to all attractions. We do still have copies of leaflets, guide books and recommended walks so please just ask if you would like one.

We will ask guests to reserve a table at an 8.30am or a 9.15am sitting in our breakfast room to ensure guests are socially distanced. A room service breakfast tray is also available.

We will wear face masks when checking in guests and when serving breakfast.

We have provided antibacterial gel in the dining room for those who are eating breakfast with us.

Our default position will be to follow national hospitality guidelines and not enter your room during your stay. However, we will service your room should you request it by leaving the ‘Please Service My Room’ sign on your door handle before 11am .

We will take payment using the credit/debit card details supplied at the point of booking on the morning that you check out. If you want to pay by a different method, please let us know in advance of this.

If you would like any more information or clarification, please just ask us.

Andrew and Abigail, July ‘21


Discount Card for Ivythwaite Lodge guests

We are pleased to team up with High Spirits Leisure Group to offer our guests 10% discount at each of the following venues in Bowness on Windermere, Ambleside and Coniston. The venues are currently not taking advance bookings - just turn up and one of the team will seat you, space permitting. Please ask us for your 10% discount card before you go. Click on the venue name to link to its website.

Bowness on Windermere

The Flying Pig - British pub serving British dishes and cask ales

Caffe Riva - contemporary and relaxed Italian restaurant and bar

The Arts Bar - celebration of great food and perfectly crafted drinks

Ambleside

The Flying Fleece - British pub serving British dishes and cask ales

Ambleside Tap Yard - a destination for craft beer and real ale enthusiasts

Coniston

The Yewdale Inn - traditional Lakeland pub

Enzo's Caffe and Pizzeria - wood fired pizzeria, Italian coffees and cakes


Cumbria Tourism - Experience Adventure in the Lake District

Click here for the excellent 'Experience Adventure in the Lake District' interactive guide, produced by Cumbria Tourism.


Celebrating Success

We are pleased to share news of two awards that we have received this week. We are now Booking.com Proud Certified, in recognition of our inclusive approach. Travellers looking for an inclusive stay will know that our property is somewhere they can comfortably show up as themselves and be confident of a warm welcome, no matter who they are. We have also been awarded a Tripadvisor 2021 Travellers' Choice award because, based on our guest reviews,we rank in the top 10% of listings on Tripadvisor.


Covid-safe measures - 2021 re-opening

We have once again been working with Cumbria Tourism, AA and VisitBritain to ensure that Ivythwaite Lodge is taking all necessary steps in advance of re-opening on Monday 17th May. We have submitted our plans to VisitBritain and AA who have assessed them against industry best practice. We are a VisitBritain 'We're Good To Go' and an AA ‘Covid19 Confident’ guest house.

We made some changes to our usual practice last summer which we will keep in place for re-opening. These are detailed below:

We pride ourselves on our high standards of cleanliness, however, we are now using an anti-viral spray on all soft furnishings in the room between each guest, in addition to the usual disinfectant on all fixtures and fittings.

The bed linen is sent to a commercial laundry for cleaning where it is boil washed.

The towels and bed protectors are obviously changed between each guest and subject to a high temperature wash.

The room information leaflet and all items in the hospitality tray are new to you.

The common areas in the house are cleaned twice daily and we would ask you please to be aware of other guests and to maintain your social distance in these areas.

We have removed all tourist information leaflets and instead encourage you to use Cumbria Tourism’s website for links to all attractions. However, we do still have copies of leaflets so please just ask if you would like one. Andrew also has a good collection of recommended walks and guide books which you are welcome to borrow if you wish.

Government guidelines state that handwashing is key and that soap and water is the best way to do this. We therefore ask you please to wash your hands before you leave your room. We have provided antibacterial gel in the dining room for those who are eating breakfast with us.

There are other things that we are doing behind the scenes to try to ensure that you have a safe stay with us, but we believe that you are here to relax and enjoy yourselves so have just given you the highlight here. If you would like any more information or clarification, please just ask us.

Andrew and Abigail, May ‘21


Ivythwaite Lodge partners with Ecologi



We have recently started working in partnership with Ecologi to become a climate positive organisation. Ecologi are a fantastic environmental organisation which fund climate projects around the world. Although our partnership is a new one, we can already boast -

  • one month operating with a climate positive workforce
  • 1.77 tonnes of carbon reduction
  • 34 new trees planted in Madagascar, Mozambique and Nicaragua
  • funding for offshore wind energy production in Taiwan
  • funding for forest protection schemes in Zimbabwe

Our initial goals are 10 tonnes of carbon reduction and 100 new trees planted.

We would encourage everyone to look at the Ecologi website, take a look at what they are doing and sign up to be climate positive.



Ivythwaite Lodge - planned reopening on 17th May


We are delighted to (provisionally) open our guest house from Monday 17th May. We continue to work with the AA, Visit England and Cumbria Tourism to ensure we are again fully Covid19 prepared and are taking all necessary precautions, both prior to opening and while guests are with us. Do please message us or call us on 01539 488914 if you have any queries or questions.

We have some availability across the summer months but it is booking up very quiclkly. If you are looking for a September or October getaway, we suggest you make your booking sooner rather than later. Guest house bookings through our website come with free cancellation until 7 days before check in and payment at check out.

Andrew and Abigail, February '21


Three vegan options now on our breakfast menu

We are delighted to have sourced, taste tested and added three new items to our breakfast menu. All three are vegan recipes and will hopefully be appreciated by our growing number of vegan and vegetarian guests.

Banana pancakes

Delicious banana pancakes, made with plant-based milk, stacked high and smothered in fresh fruit, pecans and maple syrup – delicious!

Creamy garlic mushroom toast

Garlicky creamy mushrooms, made with plant-based cream, piled high on homemade vegan toast and sprinkled with spring onions – a fabulous way to start the day!

Smoky BBQ beans on toast

A whole other level to just beans on toast! Home made BBQ beans, with a hint of chilli, smothering our homemade vegan bread – gorgeous!


National Lockdown Update - 29.1.21

With no prospect of the national lockdown being lifted soon, we have closed Ivythwaite Lodge until early March. We are grateful for the support shown by our guests who have had their bookings with us amended or cancelled. We will be in contact with guests who have bookings in March when we have a clearer picture about when and how the hospitality sector will reopen. Stay well.

Best wishes,

Andrew and Abigail, Ivythwaite Lodge


Cumbria enters tier 4 restrictions - 31/12/20


Ivythwaite Lodge will close tomorrow (31st December) in line with English government guidelines. Please follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (via the links on this website) for our most up to date information. We wish all our past, future and potential guests a very happy new year. Please stay safe.


Andrew and Abigail


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We are pleased to report that our guest house and self catering cottages will re-open this coming weekend. We will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and open again on 27th December into the new year where we currently have some availability. 

The staggered breakfast in the Dining Room will remain in place, enabling the early starters to have their breakfast and get on their way, whilst those joining us for the second sitting are enjoying a more leisurely start to the day.

Each of the breakfast tables have their own space and ‘breakfast bubble’ and we have continued to offer our full breakfast menu; the homemade muffins are proving particularly popular as takeaway items for a mid-morning snack! Our room service trays are also proving popular with our homemade barmcakes, filled with a choice of sausage, bacon, egg or halloumi, providing a filling breakfast for those Lake District walks.

Our guests have appreciated that their rooms are a safe space for them as we are not doing our usual room servicing but instead are offering a bespoke refresh of requested items daily. Common areas are cleaned twice daily and we’re pleased that guests have commented that they feel safe in the Lodge.

We recommend booking restaurant tables in advance, for both weekday and weekend stays. See the 'Eating Out' tab for our full list of local recommendations. Attractions will also need to be booked in advance with most operating timed tickets.




Christmas decorations are up and home baked Christmas treats for guests on arrival.


Our fully redecorated Design Double Room is available to book - latest availability and best rates available through our website.






Covid 19

Ivythwaite Lodge will temporarily close tomorrow (4th November) in line with English government guidelines. Whilst we will miss our guests and long to share the beautiful Lake District with you, we will always follow government advice about when it is safe for us to re-open. Please follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (via the links on this website) for our most up to date information.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our guests who have taken the time to send us their best wishes during this difficult time and our thoughts go out to all others who are finding this a challenging time. We are also extremely grateful to all key workers for everything they do.

When we are able to re-open we will keep in place the changes to our normal practices that have served our guests well this summer and autumn. Please rest assured that we will be doing everything in our power to make your stay as comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable as usual.

Andrew and Abigail, November ‘20


October Update

Eco

We continue to follow our ‘Ten Green Steps’ to ensure we are operating in as sustainable a way as possible. There has been tremendous interest in our ‘Walks from Ivythwaite’ which are available as PDF guides and maps from the ‘Eco’ tab of our website. Despite the amended arrangements for taking breakfast, we continue to offer water, juice, yoghurt, jams, marmalades, fresh cakes and muffins in re-usable glass containers. We use wax wraps and biodegradable paper bags to cover the food on our room service breakfast trays. We bake our own bread and use local suppliers for all fresh produce.

Covid

We have received positive feedback about the arrangements we have made to keep our guests safe this summer. Our enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures have led to even higher review scores for cleanliness. Guests seeking very early check ins have been understanding that this is no longer possible. We are not refreshing rooms during a stay at present. We have been advised by our local hospitality association that this would present a risk of spreading a virus throughout all our guest rooms. Guests have been positive about the arrangements we have in place to wash up glasses and mugs, and request new items for their hospitality tray. We continue to wear masks and gloves when we are preparing, cooking and serving breakfast to our guests. It is a small inconvenience to make the environment safer for our guests. We continue to offer breakfast sittings at 8.30am and 9.15am with a maximum of three tables at each sitting to ensure adequate social distancing.

Vegan

We have received positive feedback from a number of our vegan guests this summer. We have a number of vegan options on our breakfast menu and are able to provide home baked vegan bread and muffins, soya spread, oat/soya/almond milk. We will be enhancing our vegan options over the winter months which we will incorporate into our exciting new breakfast menu to be launched in March ’21.


August Update

Seven weeks after opening, and operating under the ‘new normal’, we’re delighted that our guests continue to rate their stay with us highly. The staggered breakfast in the Dining Room is working, enabling the early starters to have their breakfast and get on their way, whilst those joining us for the second sitting are enjoying a more leisurely start to the day.

Each of the breakfast tables have their own space and ‘breakfast bubble’ and we have continued to offer our full breakfast menu; the homemade muffins are proving particularly popular as takeaway items for a mid-morning snack! Our room service trays are also proving popular with our homemade barmcakes, filled with a choice of sausage, bacon, egg or halloumi, providing a filling breakfast for those Lake District walks.

Our guests are appreciating that their rooms are a safe space for them as we are not doing our usual room servicing but instead are offering a bespoke refresh of requested items daily. Common areas are cleaned twice daily and we’re pleased that guests have commented that they feel safe in the Lodge.

As more restaurants, cafes and bars open up, our guests are finding it easier to find somewhere to eat. Some are asking for reservations whilst others are operating a walk-in service; we continue to recommend that you phone in advance if there is somewhere that you particularly want to visit. This is the same for attractions as well, most of whom are operating timed tickets and require advance booking.

The Lake District is its usual glorious self and although the tourist hotspots are busy with the pent-up demand from lockdown, there are still many places to go for some peace, solitude and gorgeous scenery. We look forward to welcoming you to Ivythwaite Lodge soon.

Andrew and Abigail, Ivythwaite Lodge


VAT - reduced VAT rate for hospitality industry

We have spoken to a number of guests/potential guests regarding the recent cut in VAT to 5% for businesses in the hospitality sector. I include below a summary of how this affects businesses across the sector. As a small business with a modest annual turnover, we are not VAT registered. We, and as a consequence our guests, do not benefit from this measure. Larger hotels and brands with multiple hotels do benefit.

Non-VAT registered hospitality businesses
Annual turnover below £85,000. Pays VAT on all supplies and services. Does not charge VAT to guests. Does not pay VAT to HMRC.

A reduction in VAT payable to HMRC does not affect non-VAT registered businesses.

VAT registered hospitality businesses

Annual turnover in excess of £85,000. Does not pay VAT on supplies and services. Charges VAT to guests. Pays VAT to HMRC.

A reduction in VAT payable to HMRC reduces annual costs for VAT registered businesses.


AA Covid-19 Confident

In addition to our successful application to the VisitBritain 'We're Good To Go' industry standard scheme, we have today been awarded 'AA Covid-19 Confident' accreditation.


It's great to be back


We are delighted to be open and welcoming guests once again to the stunning Lake District. Our first weekend guests have now checked out. Feedback was very positive, as evidenced by the review from Liam and Claudia from London who posted the following 10/10 review on Booking.com.

Perfect Guesthouse for a relaxing stay .

We really enjoyed our stay here and couldn't have asked for a better place to stay after 3 months of lockdown! Location is great, walking distance to centre of both Windermere and Bowness but nice and peaceful. Abigail and Andrew were perfect hosts and very friendly and accommodating. It was also comforting to see the measures they have put in place to protect against Covid-19 and everything was spotless and regularly sanitised. The room was big and comfortable and our bathroom with the jacuzzi bath was perfect after a long day's walking! Breakfast each morning was delicious and really good value, and the muffins in particular were delicious! We couldn't think of anything which would have improved our stay and we will definitely return!


Covid ready steps


We have been working with VisitBritain to ensure that Ivythwaite Lodge is taking all necessary steps in advance of re-opening on 4th July.

We have submitted our plans to VisitBritain who have assessed them against industry best practice. 

We have applied to the VisitBritain 'We're Good To Go' industry standard scheme - our application has been successful. 

We have made some changes to our usual practice and these are detailed below:

We have removed any additional soft furnishings such as bed throws and cushions.

We pride ourselves on our high standards of cleanliness, however, we are now using an anti-viral spray on all soft furnishings in the room between each guest, in addition to the usual disinfectant on all fixtures and fittings.

The bed linen is sent to a commercial laundry for cleaning where it is boil washed.

The towels and bed protectors are obviously changed between each guest and subject to a high temperature wash.

The room information leaflet and all items in the hospitality tray are new to you.

The common areas in the house are cleaned twice daily and we would ask you please to be aware of other guests and to maintain your social distance in these areas.

We have removed all tourist information leaflets and instead encourage you to use Cumbria Tourism’s website for links to all attractions. However, we do still have copies of leaflets so please just ask if you would like one. Andrew also has a good collection of recommended walks and guide books which you are welcome to borrow if you wish.

Government guidelines state that handwashing is key and that soap and water is the best way to do this. We therefore ask you please to wash your hands before you leave your room. We have provided antibacterial gel in the dining room for those who are eating breakfast with us.

There are other things that we are doing behind the scenes to try to ensure that you have a safe stay with us, but we believe that you are here to relax and enjoy yourselves so have just given you the highlight here. If you would like any more information or clarification, please just ask us.

Andrew and Abigail, Ivythwaite Lodge, July '20


Silver award from Green Tourism


We are delighted to have secured a silver award from Green Tourism in recognition of our sustainable practices. We are fully committed to working with the knowledgeable staff at Green Tourism on our journey to greater sustainability.

Statement from Green Tourism - 

Ivythwaite Lodge has done an excellent job achieving the Silver Green Tourism award following on from their first Green Check assessment. The website has a good section called Eco that talks about their commitment and the 10 steps. In addition, there is some fantastic information on walking and cycling routes in the area. The Lodge is LED equipped, they have installed a Hive system to help monitor and control the heating, and it was great to hear their average temperature is (very slightly) below that of others in the area. To encourage the use of public transport they can store luggage on arrival and departure. Breakfast showcases the local delights the area has to offer and includes some homemade 

items such as bread, cakes etc. This is just the beginning of their journey and I have sure Ivythwaite Lodge will continue to increase their score and move up the award levels.


Open on Saturday 4th July


We are delighted to open our guest house from Saturday 4th July. We are working with the AA, Visit England and Cumbria Tourism to ensure we are fully Covid19 prepared and are taking all necessary precautions, both prior to opening and while guests are with us. We will publish full details of these measures before we open. Do please call us on 01539 488914 if you have any queries or questions.


Gift Vouchers


We offer a range of gift vouchers if you would like to treat a loved one to a stay in our traditional Lakeland guest house. A number of previous guests have purchased these recently and are giving them to friends and family as something to look forward to when we’re able to move around more freely.

They last for 12 months from the date of purchase, although this can be extended in certain circumstances, and can be for any number of nights (with a minimum of two) in any of our five individually styled bedrooms. Prices vary according to room and date.

We also offer gift vouchers to enhance any stay and these can be purchased as a surprise for your partner, or to treat family and friends who have made a reservation with us. These gift vouchers start at £15 and can be personalised, but typically contain flowers, locally made chocolates and other luxury items.


Covid 19


As lockdown is easing, and hospitality has been told that if all goes well, we should be able to open from 4th July, we’re getting excited to welcome our guests back to the Lake District. Whilst we don’t know an exact date for opening up yet, we’re doing as much as we can to prepare. 

We’re waiting for guidance on a range of issues but in the meantime, we’re thinking about how we can maintain our warm welcome and personal service whilst ensuring social distance. We’re sticking with our hospitality trays in the room and homemade cake on arrival but we have removed extra furnishings from each of our bedrooms. At the moment we’re wondering whether a daily refresh of the rooms is the right thing to do, or whether our guests would prefer to keep their room private to themselves for the duration of their stay; and we’re considering how best we can do check in and check out.

We receive lots of lovely comments and reviews on our breakfasts so we’re considering different breakfast options for our guests. For those who would like a traditional cooked breakfast, we’ve rearranged the dining room so that all tables are 2m apart and we’re going to introduce time slots so that it never becomes too busy in there. We know that other guests may prefer not to use the dining room so we are investigating a breakfast bag to be delivered to your room instead. We’re also making all rooms available on a room only basis if you would prefer not to take breakfast at all.

We’ll keep you updated as we find out more and look forward to welcoming you to Ivythwaite Lodge very soon.


Covid 19


Our guest house is temporarily closed following government guidelines. Whilst we are missing our guests and longing to share the beautiful Lake District with you, we will always follow government advice about when it is safe for us to re-open. Please follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (via the links at the bottom of the homepage) for our most up to date information.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our guests who have taken the time to send us their best wishes during this difficult time and our thoughts go out to all others who are finding this a challenging time. We are also extremely grateful to all key workers for everything they do.

When we are able to re-open we will be making some changes to our normal practices to ensure that we all stay safe. Whilst we pride ourselves on our cleanliness, something which is routinely reflected in our reviews, we will take some extra precautions to ensure that all rooms and public areas are deep cleaned and disinfected frequently. Depending on government guidelines, there may need to be some changes to our normal breakfast service; but please rest assured that we will be doing everything in our power to make your stay as comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable as usual.