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Living room area and fire in Cottage
Dining / sitting room area inside Barracks
Barracks kitchen
Hot tub at Willow House Farm
Bedroom in Barracks
One of the showers in the Barracks
Bathroom area in Cottage
Dining / sitting room area inside Barracks
Barracks kitchen
Hot tub at Willow House Farm
Bedroom in Barracks

Kentmere Residential Centre, Ambleside, Cumbria

Sleeps 10 - 30 7 Bedrooms 20 Dining

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 10 - 30 in 7 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 (mix of slate, mud, gravel and large loose rocks), its condition varies greatly and is prone to wash outs and as such is only accessible by vehicles with a high ground-clearance (eg. minibus or 4x4 ). Parking is extremely limited in Kentmere Village and there is no road parking north of the village. All vehicles should be parked at the Residential Centre or in an appropriate place south of Kentmere. Please do not drive past the village unless you are in a suitable vehicle to make it to the centre.

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.

Please note: We are unable to accommodate Stag and Hen groups.



No mobile phone reception, call-box in Kentmere village. Access to satellite phone in case of emergency. There is no WiFi.

Disabled Facilities

Due to rugged nature of location and steps inside both buildings, the Centre may be unsuitable for people with restricted mobility.

Dog Friendly

To be arranged as per individual booking.


Both buildings provide modern catering standard facilities including fridge, freezer, gas oven and hob plus crockery, cutlery and utensils.

Dining Room

Folding chairs and tables are available for meal times within the open plan living area. Barracks seats max. 20 people, Cottage max. 10 people.

Sitting Room

Open-plan space with dining area. Comfy chairs arranged around the wood-burning stove.

TV and Music Facilities

TV screen available in upstairs group room for use with laptop/DVD player or computer console. No TV reception.

Games Room

Large upstairs, open plan games/group room.

Heating and Open Fires

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.

Children's Facilities

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.

Swimming Pool

There is no swimming pool.


Vehicle parking outside Barracks and Cottage. Access limited to vehicles with high ground clearance.


No smoking inside buildings.

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 12 noon, terminating at 3pm on the final day. Please note: We are unable to accommodate Stag & Hen Groups

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Find the availability for each of our units.

Kentmere Residential Centre

Please contact the owner for availability dates

Weekly Price
From £1925
2 Night Weekend
From £550
3 Night Weekend
From £825
Midweek per night
From £275


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.

  • Staveley.
  • Windermere.
  • 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.
  • Manchester, 91 miles.

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A wider view of the climbing crag
View down the valley.

Youth & School Trips

Bunkhouse style accommodation at the head of the remote and beautiful Kentmere valley. A perfect antidote to the pressures of city living and a great introduction to the English Lake District!

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