What's included, 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.

Full fees for Days and Events are payable on booking.

Longer courses reserved by £50 deposit (£25 of which is non-transferable) with balance due 4 weeks before course.

The safest way to pay is over the phone with your Credit or Debit card.

If you ring and there is no answer, it is usually because we are dealing with another customer. There is usually someone in the office 7 days a week from 9 to 5.

Please make cheques for courses payable to ‘Higham Hall College Limited‘.

Course Programmes are generally sent (either by post or email) when you have booked and paid your deposit (if applicable), and will contain information on the course content and any equipment required.
If you do not receive this information, please let us know and we will resend it.

Unavoidable changes may sometimes be necessary. We will always strive to deliver a top-notch course based on the skills and knowledge advertised. We do recognise, however, that some courses are unique to individual Tutors, so could not be delivered by anyone else.

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).

Remember your deposit secures your place on a course, and, once booked, can preclude others from booking that place, or having a certain type of bedroom. In rare cases, withdrawal of a place on a course might put the viability of an entire course in jeopardy. Therefore deposits are not returnable. However, we may consider transferring half of a deposit to a future booking if you ask nicely! 

Meals and Refreshements

08:00 Breakfast [Residential Students] (Have ‘the works’ if you wish!)
10:30 Break (Coffee/Tea and homemade biscuits)
12:30 Lunch (Hot option counter-served, salad table and pudding!)
15:45 Break (Coffee/Tea and homemade cake)
18:30 Dinner (Starter, Main, Dessert & Tea/Coffee served at table)

You may treat yourself and indulge, (after all, you are on a kind of holiday) but we always do have ‘healthy’ options if you wish to keep your halo shining brightly. Mum always told me “A little of what you like does you good.”

Our kitchen strives to cater for those who have to avoid certain foods – let us know in good time.

Our food is preapred from scratch properly, in the real, traditional manner by Cooks who know how to cook and take a pride in what they do. Higham has a reputation for proper food and we are proud to uphold the tradtion. Mealtimes are ann important part of the Higham formula and are en enjoyable social element we value.

As we are a working college, usually with courses needing to run their sessions, we tend to stick to these times, with occasional variances for certain activities.

Receiving genuine constant praise, we have 5 gifted Cooks (including one just for biscuits and cakes!) and several serving staff to look after you in the Dining Room.

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. We prepare food from scratch – this is proper cooking but proper cooks who take pride in the quality of what they cook.
We ask you to notify us of any dietary requirements when you book. If you need to talk to the kitchen about your food, please feel free, but do it in advance so we can prepare things right for you. 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 might be amazed at what different diets we cater for!

Our catering is very high quality, unpretentious, and a tried and tested successful element of the Higham experience.

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.
  • 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.

Fan heater available on request.

We have a couple of dressing gowns to borrow, of particular help for those having to toddle across or along the corridor if they have a Standard Bedroom (Rooms 11-14 and Rooms 23-25)

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

Room Type
(sink in each room, 5 public bathrooms)
Cottage Bungalow (all rooms ensuite)
(no sink in rooms,
2 bathrooms upstairs, 1 WC downstairs), Lounge
Total Rooms
Total People
Single standard
Single ensuite
2 (1 wheelchair friendly)
Twin standard
Twin ensuite
Double standard
Double ensuite
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                  Double 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                Single en-suite with garden view
Room 20               Single en-suite with courtyard view
Room 21                Double en-suite with garden view
Room 22               Double 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 [reserved for Night Staff]
Total Single Standard Rooms available in Hall: 2
Total Twin Standard Rooms available in Hall: 4
Total Double Standard Rooms available in Hall: 2
Total Single En-suite Rooms available in Hall: 7
Total Twin En-suite Rooms available in Hall: 6
Total Double En-suite Rooms available in Hall: 3
Total rooms available in Hall: 24 (16 en-suite)
Total bed spaces available in Hall: 39
COTTAGE BUNGALOWGround floor Bedrooms – all en-suite
Skiddaw           Single en-suite
Longside          Twin en-suite
Binsey             Twin en-suite
Elva                 Single en-suite
Total Single en-suite rooms in Bungalow: 2
Total Twin en-suite rooms in Bungalow: 2
Total rooms in Bungalow: 4  (4 en-suite)
Total 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 with driveway view
Total rooms in Gatehouse: 4  
Total bed spaces in Gatehouse: 5
Total rooms across site: 32 (20 en-suite)
Total bed spaces across site: 50

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 a nominal charge (£8pppn (discount if sharing and on a course) on our upper car park:

  • 3 x Electrical hook-up points
  • Water and outside flushable sluice Room by Bungalow
  • 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:



LINK HOUSE – 0.75 mile
Bassenthwaite Lake, Dubwath, Cumbria,  CA13 9YD
Pete & Katie  017687 76291

Bassenthwaite Lake, Dubwath, Cumbria,  CA13 9YD
Sharon & Arnold Helling  017687 76358

Bassenthwaite Lake, Dubwath, Cumbria, CA13 9YD
Stephen & Claire  017687 76322

Bed & Breakfast and self-catering cottage in Bassenthwaite village.
Willow Cottage, Bassenthwaite, CA12 4QP
Roy & Chris Beaty   017687 76440

GRAYSONSIDE Bed & Breakfast
Former farmhouse overlooking the Lorton Valley fells 1 mile south of Cockermouth providing B&B, a small Caravan and Camping Site and Self Catering.
Lorton Road, CA13 9TQ
Janette and Andrew Likeman   01900 822 351

Traditional Cumbrian long house in the Lorton. Two ground-floor rooms have facilities for guests with mobility problems.
Nr Cockermouth  CA13 9TW
Allan & Christine Watson   01900 822223

A quaint old coaching inn just off the A66 opposite the turning for Dubwath (and Higham Hall). Excellent facilities with 13 en-suite bedrooms.
Bassenthwaite Lake, CA13 9YE
017687 76234


14 Briar Bank, Cockermouth, CA13 9DN
Sharon Watson 01900 826 635

Modern house with one letting bedroom with private bathroom, but shared toilet, next door to bedroom.  All food local and organic.

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

Also, in Cockermouth (4 miles):



Assisted Places Scheme

You may receive up to 20% towards the cost of your course.
You may also be eligible of a discretionary one-off Bursary from the Friends of Higham up to 70% of the remainder (if you have not received one before and are on a limited low income)

For either case respectively, you need to provide appropriate and up to date Evidence:

  • If you are receiving a State Benefit for YOURSELF (copy of letter, statement etc.)
  • If you are aged between 18 and 25 (copy of relevant section of some official ID)
  • For a Bursary, a letter stating the reasons you feel you should be considered for one.
  • You should reserve a place on the course before applying by ringing us on 01768 776276 and obtain a Course Code.
    Complete the form (downloadable below) and submit it. Once approved, you will need to pay your Deposit immediately.
    Any Balance, after any applicable discounts, will be due a month before the course runs. Deposits are non-returnable unless we cancel.

Disability Support

  • 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.

Bringing Companions (two- or four-legged)

Human companions who are not participating in a course, can stay at our standard bed and breakfast rate plus VAT.

Monty Doggies are welcome to stay in our Gatehouse, CottageBungalow 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
CA13 9SH

Friends of Higham Advert

Places of Interest to Visit

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.

Places our students and guests tend to visit include: