Kentmere Residential Centre, Ambleside, Cumbria

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  • Weekly price
    from £ 1428
  • 2 night weekend
    from £ 408
  • 3 night weekend
    from £ 612
  • Midweek per night
    from £ 204
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Bunkhouse sleeping 20 and cottage for 10 in beautiful remote location in the heart of the Lake District

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Kentmere Residential Centre, Ambleside, Cumbria, sleeps 20 in 4 bedrooms.

Sleeps 10 to 30 in 2 properties with dining together for 20

The Barracks sleeps 20
The Cottage sleeps 10

The Kentmere Residential Centre consists of these two buildings, both of which are self-contained and may be rented individually or together. A recent refurbishment of the Centre, supported by a lottery grant, allows us to provide the unique combination of a wild and remote setting with the modern comforts that make this a great base for any self-catering group. The location of the Centre at the heart of the beautiful Lake District makes this accommodation particularly well-suited to activity groups, as well as families and friends looking to explore the area and enjoy some of the many and varied pastimes available locally.

The last 1.5 miles of the journey is via an unsurfaced track accessible only by vehicles with a high ground-clearance (eg. minibus or 4x4 ). Although an emergency call-out is available, there is currently no Caretaker on-site. We ask that groups leave the Centre as they find it, ie. all areas are clean and tidy (cleaning materials are available on site) and all rubbish is taken home with you.

The Centre provides an ideal location from which to explore the Kentmere valley with walks of all standards from the famous 'Kentmere Horseshoe' to a gentle stroll around Kentmere Reservoir. The valley is a haven for wildlife with deer, wild ponies, badgers and birds of all kinds including peregrine falcons nesting in the nearby crags.


Both buildings provide modern catering standard facilities including fridge, freezer, gas oven and hob plus crockery, cutlery and utensils.
Folding chairs and tables are available for meal times within the open plan living area. Barracks seats max. 20 people, Cottage max. 10 people.
Open-plan space with dining area. Comfy chairs arranged around the wood-burning stove.
TV screen available in upstairs group room for use with laptop/DVD player or computer console. No TV reception.
No mobile phone reception, call-box in Kentmere village. Access to satellite phone in case of emergency. There is no WiFi.
Large upstairs, open plan games/group room.
Barracks and Cottage are centrally heated. Wood/coal burning stoves in both buildings. Please bring your own fuel.
Barracks :- 4 rooms sleeping 6/6/4/4 in double bunk beds. Cottage :- 3 rooms sleeping 2/2/6 (some suitable for children only) in double bunk beds.
None provided. Please bring your own pillows and sleeping bags.
Both buildings have hot and cold running water, toilets, wash-basins and individual showers.
Due to rugged nature of location and steps inside both buildings, the Centre may be unsuitable for people with restricted mobility.
The Centre was designed for use by children and young people. No specific equipment for young infants/babies.
Camp-fire circle / barbecue area outside Barracks. Located at the head of the Kentmere valley. Ideal hill-walking country.
There is no swimming pool.
Vehicle parking outside Barracks and Cottage. Access limited to vehicles with high ground clearance.
No smoking inside buildings.
To be arranged as per individual booking.


From Kentmere village/church continue along the gated road towards Hartrigg Farm. At the farm carry straight on along unmade track for approximately 1.5 miles.
Kendal 11.7 miles/ Windermere 10.2 miles.
Small shops for provisions in Staveley village 6.6 miles.
Several good pubs, brewery, cafe and chip-shop in Staveley village.

Booking Information

Headline pricing shown for 'Barracks' only. Details of both buildings shown in rental rates table. A non-refundable deposit of 25% is payable to confirm reservation. Reservations commence at 6pm on day of arrival, terminating at 3pm on the final day.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

Lake District
United Kingdom
Manchester, 91 miles.

Rental Rates

PeriodDatesMidweek per night
Barracks (sleeps 20 max)
1st Jan 15 to 31st Dec 16
Cottage (Sleeps 10 max)
1st Jan 16 to 31st Dec 16

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Kentmere Residential Centre, Ambleside, Cumbria

Samantha Chapman

+44 (0)1254 298 622
Lake District
United Kingdom

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