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Bungalow with Windermere and fells beyond.
New barrier free boathouse on Windermere.
On site climbing and zip wire tower.

Ghyll Head OEC, Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria

Sleeps 16 - 97 23 Bedrooms 60 Dining

Outdoor education centre by Lake Windermere in the Lake District sleeping 97 for youth and school residential trips with activity packages

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Ghyll Head OEC, Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, sleeps 16 - 97 in 23 bedrooms.

Ghyll Head is an established Outdoor Education Centre with all the facilities you would expect. We are an ideal venue for a school, youth group or college activities week, a field studies week, corporate team building or a retreat for faith groups.
We can deliver a comprehensive adventure activity programme from Yr4 upwards or field study weeks at GCSE or A level. We can also simply provide full board for you to then deliver your own programme.
Ghyll Head is a Victorian house adapted for use by organised groups and accommodates 60 residents in a range of bunk bedded rooms with a number of twin rooms for accompanying staff. The dining room, wash up room, games room and lounge are all well equipped. Located a few miles south of Bowness the centre is ideal for the central and south lakes.
We deliver in the main adventurous activity weeks and weekends in the real outdoors in Lake District National Park. Our focus is personal development, teamwork skills along with outdoor activity skills for both pupils and staff.
A venue for INSET training for school staff or parent governor focus groups? Call us.
All equipment, qualified instruction accommodation, local transport and food included.
We have on site barrier free accommodation in a modern bungalow, along with a barrier free boathouse on Windermere allowing access to the lake and our water activities. The bungalow accommodation, as well as a separate lodge, can be part of a larger package allowing for 97 beds in total.
We accommodate a range of needs, diets and activities to suite a range of groups, call us we’ll be pleased to create a bespoke package to suite your needs and budget.
We are open year round 7 days a week and by negotiation self catering could be an option. We may stipulate a minimum number for a booking or, an all up minimum price to have sole occupancy of the house.
We’re active, well qualified and great fun as well as being able to deliver high quality learning in the outdoors.

Available for your youth group

Leader Rooms Risk Assessments Presentation Aids Outdoor Activities Educational Focus



We have fibre broadband and Wi-Fi available. 4g Reception is good for a number of networks.


Ghyll Head's Main House has one room that is wheelchair accessible. However, we have fully barrier free accommodation for 23 on site.

Dog Friendly

Guide dogs only.


The kitchen is a modern commercial kitchen, including ovens, microwave, hot cupboard, hobs and hot water boilers. All pans and utensils are provided.

Dining Room

We can accommodate 60 in one sitting in the house. Family service at the table.

Sitting Room

Our main lounge and upstairs common room both have a large bay window giving excellent views of the western fells and fantastic sunsets.

TV and Music Facilities

There is a large TV and DVD player in the lounge only.

Games Room

We have table football and pool.

Heating and Open Fires

The house enjoys central heating throughout.


There are 12 bedrooms in main house. The beds are a modern comfortable bunkbed. The rooms consist of 6 x 6 beds, and 6 x 4 beds.


We can provide all bed linen. Guests are asked to make their own bed and to strip it on departure.


Four rooms are ensuite and there are a further five bathrooms to service the remaining rooms.

Children's Facilities

We do not have any cots or child minding facilities.


We have 17 acres of wooded grounds with two campfire locations, one of which is within our canvas Tipi.

Swimming Pool

The nearest pool is in Kendal leisure centre.


There is private parking for all our residents, except for large coaches.


We are a non smoking facility.

Booking Information

Self Catered/ Self Programmed Guide Price £1200 incl vat per night

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Ghyll Head House

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We located 3 miles south of Bowness. On the A592, take a left turn up a steep hill signed Ghyll Head and Cartmel Fell Rd. We are on the right.

  • Bowness on Windermere is approximately 3 miles away.
  • 3 Miles in Bowness.
  • Leeds Bradford International Airport.
  • Windermere.

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