Re-awakening our country houses

Coming out of lockdown

Re-awakening update

We are delighted to announce that following the further easing of lockdown restrictions we will be opening our country houses in the northern Lake District, southern Yorkshire Dales, Shropshire Hills, Cotswolds and Cornwall from 10 July. In addition, we will be opening our house in Glen Coe from the 17 July.

From the 10 - 30 July we will only be able to offer Self-Guided walking holidays at our 6 houses, and other adaptations will also apply, as for all holidays set to operate, as we ease out of lockdown.

August 2020

From 30 July, we will also be opening our country houses in Northumberland, the North York Moors, the Peak District, Exmoor and the South Downs. From this time, we will be able to provide our standard Guided Walking holidays in addition to Self-Guided holidays (except at Glen Coe which will remain on Self-Guided only in August). HF Holidays Members' Breaks will also be taking place. Due to social distancing guidelines, we are only able to offer Family Holidays as Self-Guided holidays. In addition, it will not be possible to operate any Special Interest holidays at this time, due to the guidance in place.

We are in the process of communicating with guests due to travel to the open houses between the 31 July - 13 August to advise of their options. We will be in touch shortly with guests staying at our houses that remain closed. We will then be in touch with guests travelling between 14 August – 3 September to confirm their holiday. Please bear with us at this time as our teams are experiencing incredibly high volumes of calls. But please be rest assured that we are working through bookings in departure order.

September & October 2020

Our aim is to have all of our houses open for September, depending on government guidance. We are currently reviewing our Special Interest holidays in line with government guidance. We aim to update guests travelling during this period as soon as possible if their holiday is likely to be cancelled.

If you have a holiday departing after 14 August, please DON’T contact us at this time; we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Adpating our holidays

Re-opening our houses and starting up again isn’t going to be easy and there will have to be changes to the way we operate our holidays to adhere to government guidelines and requirements around social distancing and safety; we remain committed to ensuring the safety of our guests and house teams. Our team have been working hard though to review everything that we do and every element of an HF holiday, so that we can stay true to the spirit of our holidays and the HF experience that you know and love.

In the first instance, in light of government guidance, we will be changing the way we normally run our holidays and, for the initial, phased re-opening of our houses will only be offering Self-Guided Walking Holidays as they allow the greatest flexibility around social distancing requirements. Our houses will look and work a little differently, and our dining experience will necessarily change too. House teams will be fully trained on new cleaning protocols and measures needed to keep themselves and you safe, and we will make sure that we are 100% ready to re-open before welcoming you back.

We’ve made great progress and are determined to be able to open the doors again soon. We know you miss your holidays with HF and our teams certainly miss you and helping to make your holidays special. We look forward to welcoming you back and hope to see you soon.

Country houses re-opening 10-17 July

Derwent Bank, Derwent Water, Lake District

Derwent Bank

Close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other. With views of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike, the inspiration for adventure is never far away.
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Newfield Hall, Malham, Yorkshire Dales

Newfield Hall

Situated close to Malham in South Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, Newfield Hall offers country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. The Dales and countryside on the doorstep are a rambler’s paradise, with easy access to Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Pen y Ghent as well as Grassington and Kettlewell.
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Chy Morvah, St Ives, Cornwall

Chy Morvah

Sea, sand and (hopefully) sun await at Cornwall’s Chy Morvah. This coastal bolthole, whose name means ‘House by the Sea’ in Cornish, basks in the famously lovely light of this artist-retreat town on the north coast of one of England’s most desirable holiday destinations. Beyond the house, the Cornish Coast is the gateway to exploring the area.
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Harrington House, Bourton, Cotswolds

Harrington House

In one of the prettiest spots in the Cotswolds, Harrington House provides a stylish escape in the form of a traditional country retreat. Quintessential English countryside is just a short stroll away with pretty villages such as Chipping Campden and the Slaughters, rolling landscapes and classic trails.
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Longmynd House, Church Stretton, Shropshire

Longmynd House

Hidden in plain sight, there’s a well-kept countryside secret in the heart of England that might just surprise you with its wonderful upland walking, trails, history and heritage. Discover the heart of Shropshire from striking Longmynd House, stood on a wooded hillside above Church Stretton.
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Alltshellach,, Glen Coe, Scottish Highlands


Situated in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Leven, Alltshellach is a stately Scottish house set amid a rugged landscape. The house is ideally situated for accessing the Mamores, the mountains of Glen Coe and tackling Ben Nevis as well as bagging munros and spotting local wildlife.
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