COVID-19 Update 13th May 2020
With a lot of assumptions the earliest we currently expect to open is the 1st of July. What form this opening will take is very much a work in progress. We are waiting for specific hospitality industry guidelines and need to carry out a site wide risk assessment on how we can keep staff, guests and our local community safe. While camping is in some ways the perfect way to holiday in a socially distant manner, our amenities have not been designed with a 2m gap in mind. When Sykeside opened as a campsite in the 1950’s the only facility provided to guests was an outdoor tap behind a cowshed. Hopefully we will be able to improve on this! As always, we will keep you up to date with more information as soon as we can.
We would also like to say a huge, big, massive, heartfelt thank you to all our guests who have had their holidays cancelled while we have been closed. Your understanding regarding our inability to offer refunds, and generosity by accepting credit notes, has meant that we should still be here at the end of this crisis. We miss you all and can’t wait to see everyone again.
COVID-19 23rd March 2020
This is an extraordinary situation. Our insurance company will not be paying out on our business interruption policy, so the full financial ramifications of this rest on us. We are aware of the financial help offered by the government but no details have been released yet on how this will work. It is a great relief to hear that our staff are likely to have most of their wages paid by the government, although this does depend on us surviving as a company. As a small family business we do not have reserves of cash, and after a long, quiet, wet winter the immediate end to our cash flow is very worrying.
Therefore our usual cancellation policies no longer apply. We aim to create a credit note for every guest whose holiday has been cancelled, with no expiry dates on when they need to be used by. Please bear with us while we get in touch; we have 1000s of cancellations and it will take time to contact you all.
This is not just a business. It has been our family home for almost 20 years. We are doing everything in our power to protect ourselves and our staff so that we stay healthy and are hopefully able to open again once this crisis has finished. We very much hope to see you on the other side.
Stay well. Stay safe. Stay home.
With love from everyone here at Sykeside.
In the heart of the Dovedale Valley, surrounded by Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield with Brotherswater nearby, Sykeside is an inspiring location for Lake District camping, offering stunning views wherever you pitch.
We are the perfect spot for walking, whether you fancy a short stroll around Brotherswater or a full day's hike up High Street, as many footpaths leave right from our doorstep. Our central location makes us ideal for exploring the Lake District and Cumbria, whether it be on foot or by car. Alternatively, for those who wish to relax, why not sample a pint or two of local ale at the Brotherswater Inn whilst enjoying the stunning views of Dove Crag.
For brave campers we are open all year round (with the exception of the Christmas period) in all weathers, so why not join us for a spot of ice-climbing or winter walking, or perhaps just relaxing by the fire in the pub!
We are dog friendly, so anyone with four legs is very welcome in the bunkhouse, on the campsite, in both bars and in the shop. We do, however, ask that dogs are kept on a lead and under control as the local sheep and deer are a little more nervous than ourselves.
As per the new government advice The Brotherswater Inn will close as a restaurant from Saturday 20th March until further notice. As we have guests staying this weekend it is likely we will be offering a take-away lunch and take-away evening meal service tomorrow. Sykeside Camping Park currently remains open to all guests who have booked. We will review the advice, and the opinions of our wonderful staff, and will make a further announcement as soon as we can.
We will do our best to contact all guests staying in the near future as soon as we can tomorrow (Saturday 21st March) to let them know their options.
Stay safe and well.
The Sykeside Team
Broadband is now available free of charge at The Brotherswater Inn and The Barn End Bar. Please ask at the bar if you would like to login.
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