Payment and Cancellation

Included in course fees are, where appropriate:

  • Expert Tuition
  • Refreshments (tea/coffee and a nibble!)
  • Lunch (2 courses: main with salad selection, dessert & tea/coffee)
  • Dinner (4 courses: starter, main, dessert, cheese & tea/coffee)

Residential fees also include:

  • Standard room accommodation
  • Breakfast (juice, cereal, hot selection, toast, tea/coffee)

Materials vary with each course, and often depend upon what individual students wish to use. Where applicable, quality materials will be supplied at cost by the Tutor.

Courses and Events are open to all levels unless otherwise stated.

It is advisable to take out your own Travel Insurance. We offer optional Cancellation Protection: £5 per night when paying balance. Covers refund of 80% of fee (less deposit) if cancelled through illness or injury of self, partner or close relative (doctor’s certificate required).

Full fee for Days and Events payable on booking.

Longer courses reserved by £50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit with balance due 4 weeks before course.

Cheques for courses payable to ‘Higham Hall College Limited‘.

Course Programme will contain information on the course content and any equipment required.

Unavoidable changes may sometimes be necessary.

Meals and Refreshements

08:00 Breakfast (Residents)
10:30 Break
12:30 Lunch
15:45 Break,
18:30 Dinner

Receiving constant praise, we have 5 gifted Cooks including one just for biscuits and cakes! We prepare food from the best ingredients we can obtain (ideally locally) and try to provide a good balance so you may both indulge and abstain, should you need to.
Breakfast and Lunch are served buffet style, with Dinner being set and served at table.
We ask you to notify us of any dietary requirements when you book. We plan quantities around the information we receive so that we can ensure the highest quality and correct ingredients for everybody.
For Allergens information, our kitchen staff can inform you about the ingredients we use. You’d be amazed at what different diets we cater for!

Accommodation at Higham

Higham consists of an 1828 manor house (the Hall) with the main ammenities for our typical activities and two properties used mainly for extra accommodation each about 100m from the Front Door: the Cottage Bungalow (level access possible across the rear car park) and the Gatehouse (by the main gate).
Whilst 21 of our 32 bedrooms are Ensuite, the ‘Standard’ rooms are all less than 25 paces to their nearest bathroom. Indeed, 4 of these ‘standard’ rooms are spacious with the enviable front-facing view with our other largest rooms, naturally, have priority for sharing pairs of students.
Be aware that we cannot guarantee the exact bedroom you will get as we strive to meet many different needs. Whilst bedrooms all vary in size, the same basic facilities are provided in each.
Being a typical older building, there are a few steps to negotiate now and then. Please let us know if you have a genuine need for as few steps as possible and we will do our best to find a suitable room.
Room Type
Hall
(sink in each room, 5 public bathrooms)
Cottage Bungalow (all rooms ensuite)
Gatehouse
(no sink in rooms,
2 bathrooms upstairs, 1 WC downstairs), Lounge
Total Rooms
Total People
Single standard
2
3
5
5
Single ensuite
8
2 (1 wheelchair friendly)
10
10
Twin standard
4
4
8
Twin ensuite
7
2
9
18
Double standard
2
1
3
6
Double ensuite
2
2
4
25 rooms in Hall* (1 of these used for Night Duty staff)
4 rooms in Cottage Bungalow
4 rooms in Gatehouse
33 rooms across whole site
51 spaces in all across whole site
Stair lift available
MAIN HALLFirst floor Bedrooms – all with sinks
Room 1                  Single en-suite with courtyard view
Room 2                  Single en-suite with courtyard view
Room 3                  Twin en-suite with courtyard view
Room 4                  Single en-suite with garden view
Room 5                  Single en-suite with front view
Room 6                  Large Twin en-suite with front view
Room 7                  Large Twin en-suite with front view
Room 8                  Double en-suite with courtyard view
Room 9                  Twin en-suite with courtyard view
Room 10                Large Twin en-suite with courtyard view
Room 11                Large Twin standard with front view (bathroom 3 doors down)
Room 12                Large Twin standard with front view (bathroom 2 doors down)
Room 13                Large Twin standard with front view (bathroom opposite)
Room 14                Large Twin standard with front view (bathroom opposite)
Room 15                Large Twin en-suite with front view
Room 16                Large Twin en-suite with garden view
Room 18                Single en-suite with garden view
Room 19                Double en-suite with garden view
Room 20                Single en-suite with courtyard view
Room 21                Double en-suite with garden view
Room 22                Single standard with courtyard view (bathroom 2 doors down)
Room 23                Single standard with garden view (bathroom 2 doors down)
Room 24                Double standard with courtyard view (bathroom 3 doors down)
Room 25                Single standard with garden view (bathroom 3 doors down)
Room 26                Small Single en-suite with courtyard view
Total rooms available in Hall: 24   Total bed spaces in Hall: 39 (1 room reserved for Night Staff)
Total en-suite rooms in Hall: 17   Total en-suite bed spaces in Hall: 28
COTTAGE BUNGALOWGround floor Bedrooms – all en-suite
Skiddaw           Single en-suite
Longside          Twin en-suite
Binsey             Double en-suite
Elva                 Single en-suite
Total rooms in Bungalow: 4   Total bed spaces in Bungalow: 6
Total en-suite rooms in Bungalow: 4   Total en-suite bed spaces in Bungalow: 6
GATEHOUSE First floor Bedrooms: – no sinks
2 Shared WC/shower upstairs, 1 small WC downstairs
Gatehouse 1    Double standard with driveway view
Gatehouse 2    Single standard with rear garden view
Gatehouse 3    Single standard with side garden view
Gatehouse 4    Single standard withdriveway view
Total rooms in Gatehouse: 4   Total bed spaces in Gatehouse: 5
Total rooms across site: 32   Total bed spaces across site: 51
Total en-suite rooms across site: 21   Total en-suite bed spaces across site: 32
  • 17 en-suite (with showers) and 8 standard rooms (with sinks) upstairs in the Hall
  • 4 standard rooms in the Gatehouse sharing 2 bathrooms upstairs and a WC downstairs with a lounge
  • 4 en-suite ground floor rooms in the Bungalow
  • En-suite supplement £10 pppn
  • Discount £5 pppn if sharing, or in Gatehouse or Bungalow
  • Additional D,B&B may be available – see TARIFF

Provided: bedding, towels, hand soap, tea and coffee facilities, extra blanket, hot water bottle, hair dryer. We keep a small stock of convenience items (shampoo, toothpaste etc.) for sale in the Office.

We have a couple of dressing gowns to borrow for those having to toddle along the corridor.

Accommodation for students and carers associated with a course is not subject to VAT.

Other Accommodation

If we are full, or if you prefer, you may attend as a day student, pay the ‘Non-residential’ fee and stay very close by.

Caravans and Motorhomes welcome at £8pppn on our upper car park:

  • 3 x Electrical hook-up points
  • Water and outside toilet available
  • Use of Hall showers & WCs, Drying Room, Bar & Library available 7am to 11pm
  • Meals & refreshments bookable in advance, if required

Higham is on the north-western edge of the Lakes National Park so there are plenty of other wonderful family-run guest houses, hotels and self-catering close by in and around Bassenthwaite, Brathwaite, Thornthwaite, Keswick and, of course, Cockermouth – all within 9 miles. A tried and tested selection are presented here.

You might find the following local tourist information sites useful:

www.cockermouth.org.uk

www.keswick.org

1  LINK HOUSE – 0.75 mile
Bassenthwaite Lake, Dubwath, Cumbria,  CA13 9YD
Rowan Atkins  017687 76291

2  LAKESIDE COUNTRY GUEST HOUSE – 0.75 mile
Bassenthwaite Lake, Dubwath, Cumbria,  CA13 9YD
Sharon & Arnold Helling  017687 76358


3  OUSE BRIDGE GUEST HOUSE – 0.75 mile
Bassenthwaite Lake, Dubwath, Cumbria, CA13 9YD
Kathy & Andrew Woods 017687 76322


5  LITTLE ORCHARD – 2 miles
North Row, Bassenthwaite CA12 4RG
Ann & Brian Reay 017687 76083
(Brian is also our local Taxi driver with special reasonable rates for pick-ups from Penrith, Carlisle & Keswick: 07968 599241)


An outstanding option with pool, sauna etc. but family-run:
6  LYZZICK HALL – 8 miles
Underskiddaw, Keswick, CA12 4PY
Lucy and David Lake  017687 72277


And also popular as it’s been around even longer than Higham:
Bassenthwaite Lake, Near Cockermouth  CA13 9YE
017687 76234

Assisted Places Scheme

You can receive up to 20% towards the cost of the educational part of a course and, if you have not received one before, also a one-off Bursary from the Friends of Higham.
You need to provide up to date evidence of:

  • You receiving a State Benefit for YOURSELF (copy of letter, statement etc.) or, if you are aged between 18 and 25:
  • Your age (copy of relevant section of your driving license, birth certificate or passport)

Disability Support

  • Portable Hearing loop available on request
  • Vibrating pillow fire alarm available on request
  • Stair lift on main stairs up to Hall Bedrooms
  • Platform lift on stairs to the Bar, Cedar Room, Harness Room and Courtyard Studio
  • All the ground floor and gardens generally accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Accessible WC
  • Designated parking close to the entrance
  • Ground floor bedrooms available in the Bungalow – 1 twin room has lower beds
  • Accompanying Carers, if sharing, can claim a discount and will only be charged for meals
  • We’ll try to help with bags if you need us to

Higham’s main building dates from 1828 and, as such, can pose challenges in the form of the odd step here and there. We are striving to make things as accessible as we can for all our users.

Bring a Companion

Non-participating human companions can stay at our standard bed and breakfast rate plus VAT.

Monty Doggies are welcome to stay in our Gatehouse, Bungalow and in caravans, and to enjoy our grounds (providing no traces are left!). We love our four-legged friends here, but we do respect that fact that not everyone who comes to Higham might have the same enthusiasm for them.

Gift Vouchers

An ideal present available on request for any amount.

Friends of Higham

http://friendsofhigham.orgFriends of Higham is a separate charitable organisation supporting the college with bursaries  and special projects. Money raised by the Friends has made a real difference to Higham’s facilities and our ability to stand on our own two feet. Higham is self-sustaining and does not receive funding – nearly all our income is from the fees charged for courses, talks and events with our wonderful tutors.

Membership is currently just £10 a year and members receive newsletters and a copy of each Higham course brochure. This is a real way in which support can be given to Higham, even if you do not attend our courses or events. For those who do, it is an extra way of showing support and belief in what Higham is all about.

To become a Friend please address any correspondence to:
The FOH Membership Secretary
c/o Higham Hall
Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth
Cumbria
CA13 9SH

Friends of Higham Advert

Places of Usefulness & Interest

Places our students and guests tend to visit include:

 

Higham Hall Walks

Higham Hall Walks by Ronald Turnbull 2016 coverWe have a full colour Walks from Higham book, professionally written by Ronald Turnbul, containing 12 local forays from Higham with full route descriptions and OS Map sections.

This excellent showcase for our wonderful locality is paperback A5 landscape (same as our brochure) and is for sale from the Office for £5, with all proceeds going to Higham.