Holy Island (Lindisfarne): Coronavirus and your holiday with us

Covid-19 and your stay

We were certified to open through Visit England’s ‘Good to Go‘ scheme (now discountinued) and the AA’s COVID-19 Confident scheme.

After the easing of restrictions: Based on guest feedback, we will continue to operate our contact-free check-in system and an enhanced sanitisation regime even now restrictions are eased. We would like all our guests to feel safe and at ease while they stay with us. If in the future this changes, guests will still have the option to request Covid measures during their stay, but we do not anticipate our approach to change for a while yet.

Our Covid refund guarantee: we will refund you in full, without any hassle, if because of government lockdown/tiers you are not allowed to travel for your stay from your UK home address, or we are not allowed to be open

  • Our self-catering studios are ideal for social-distancing, with contact-free check-in, a kitchenette, outside space, and no need to mingle with the hosts or other guests.
  • Enhanced cleaning: besides our usual meticulous cleaning regime, we have added extra cleaning and sanitisation routines to keep you as safe as possible.
  • Still worried about cancellation? Several insurers now provide reasonably priced staycation insurance, which includes cover if you have a Covid diagnosis, or your trip is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We are not allowed to recommend a specific policy, but a quick search for “uk staycation insurance covid” will steer you in the right direction.

Belvue Guesthouse is ideal for those wishing to continue to exercise extra precautions.

Our studios are self-catering (with kitchenettes), so there are no communal breakfasts and no need to interact with other guests or the hosts. We already leave our guests to their own devices (unless they need us), but have also instigated contact-free check-in/check-out. Rooms are cleaned to an exacting standard, with extra sanitisation. Your stay can be entirely independent, while enjoying everything this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can offer. On sunny days you can have a coffee in our outside guest area, with socially distanced tables.

Book with confidence

As a matter of principle, we have refunded in full any UK guests who were not allowed to travel due to the government lockdown (unless they asked us to reschedule, which we appreciated). We did so, because we believe it was the right thing to do and we’ll do so again, if you book with us and are not allowed to travel due to a UK lockdown, or we are not allowed to be open.

Self catering in our studio rooms

If you are staying in one of our two self-catering studios, you can bring your own food, or order it online from Tesco or Asda, both of which deliver to Holy Island (please check lead times for deliveries). There are also three supermarkets within 20-25 minutes drive from Holy Island. The kitchenettes in our studios are great for light meals and include a kettle, microwave, fridge, toaster, coffee/tea and cutlery and crockery. The Post Office sells baked goods, bread and milk, and some cafes and restaurants on the island offer takeaway meals, which you can have in your room, or in our outside area, if the weather is nice.

Guests in our ‘no frills’ Pilgrim Room

If you are staying in our ‘no frills’ twin room, you will have your own kettle and drinks tray, as well as breakfast bars. Check our updates page for details of what’s open.

Contact-free check-in

We have always practised a ‘hands off’ approach. Once you’ve checked in, we leave you to your own devices. However, since the pandemic hit, we’ve operated a contact-free check in system. We will get in touch before your arrival with details about how to access the property and where to find your key. You can leave your key in the key-return box when you check out. We’re still going to be around in case you need us, or if there are any issues at all. We’re not avoiding you, but simply want all our guests to feel they can be as safe as they’d like to be. We may review this policy in the future, but those wishing to check in without contact will still be accommodated.

Holy Island post-Covid lockdowns

Holy Island is a perfect UK staycation destination post Covid-19 restrictions. Rather than mix with the thousands of day visitors, those staying with us ‘on-island’ can wait until the tide comes in and cuts off the island from the mainland. Then you can enjoy the island’s beauty and tranquillity without the crowds – and you’ll have the spectacular beaches and sights almost to yourself.

See our page about what’s open and what’s closed on Holy Island.