The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society

Society Accommodation

Heywood House

Latest Update: 5th November 2020

Due to the national lockdown, Heywood House is now closed. The situation will be reviewed at the planned end of the lockdown on 2nd December.

Latest Update: 9th October 2020

Society Council has reviewed Heywood House and a decision taken to reopen on a temporary “holiday let” basis to members allowing only bookings on the entire property block-booked out to a single household bubble.

Current rules state that all users need to be members of the Society, however given the unique circumstances, we would anticipate at least two adults in the household bubble being members of the Society. At current time we expect this rental arrangement to be in place until (and not including) Easter 2021.

Given the current needs of the Railway and returning volunteers requiring retraining, we do not require users to be volunteering during their stay whilst these arrangements are in place.  Please also be aware that the Railway Company's current policy is not to allow any children on site with working volunteers.  

Under current government guidelines it is impossible to open the doors to multiple occupancy, however whilst Heywood remains shut the Society still incurs some operating costs, and there are insurance considerations around the building being unoccupied for such a length of time. We are therefore making this move, working within guidelines, in the interests of Heywood itself and very importantly in support of Society finances.

You are respectfully reminded of your responsibility for keeping to the relevant Covid rules, including any special measures/requirements appropriate to your own home area.

Heywood will be offered on a three night (minimum), four night or seven night basis with guests as usual providing their own bedding and towels at the following rates …….


5 or 6 people

3 or 4 people

1 or 2 people

7 nights (MON to MON or FRI to FRI)




4 nights (MON/TUES/WED /THURS)




3 nights (FRI/SAT/SUN)




For your comfort and safety the cost includes additional Covid safe cleaning

Booking requests should made by e mail to the warden at: [email protected] or via the form below.


Heywood House

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:

  • 4 bedrooms with 2 beds
  • 1 bedroom with 4 beds

Facilities include:

  • A large fully equipped kitchen
  • Lounge with TV
  • Bathroom
  • Shower room
  • Washing machine

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 Rules

Heywood House is communal accommodation and users must respect its rules.