First and foremost, the Council has to consider the safety of both Warden and guests when contemplating the re-opening of Heywood House. Our Hon Financial Secretary has completed a risk assessment and factoring in guidance from Government on restrictions placed upon self-catering accommodation, together with advice from Copeland Council, it has been decided by the Society Council at a meeting on 15th July 2020 that Heywood House cannot re-open yet.
We would be unable to allow access to any shared areas ie kitchen and each guest would be required to have a separate bathroom, meaning we would be restricted to two guests maximum (or more only if all guests from the same household). Upon each change in guest Heywood House would have to be deep cleaned before another guest could be allowed to stay.
The situation will be reviewed on a monthly basis or sooner if there is a change to Government guidance.
Heywood House is the Society owned accommodation available for those volunteering on the railway. It was completely refurbished in 2009, and new carpets were fitted in February 2015.
Heywood House is self-catering hostel style accommodation and is situated in the main street of Ravenglass, just a few minutes' walk from the railway.
The premises can sleep up to 12 persons in bunk beds. There are 5 bedrooms:
Residents are required to bring their own bedding, towels, etc.
Heywood House is heavily subsidised by the Society meaning that the cost to volunteers is kept as low as possible. Download the nightly rates.
Bookings must be made to the warden.
Heywood House is communal accommodation and users must respect its rules.