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A wider view of the climbing crag
View down the valley.
Indoor art project in upstairs group room at Kentmere
Land art at Kentmere
Rock climbing on small crag at side of centre
View down the valley.
Indoor art project in upstairs group room at Kentmere
Land art at Kentmere
Rock climbing on small crag at side of centre

Kentmere Residential Centre, Ambleside, Cumbria

Sleeps 10 - 30 7 Bedrooms 20 Dining

Bunkhouse and cottage sleeping 30 in a wild and 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.

The Kentmere Residential Centre consists of two buildings, The Barracks and The Cottage, sleeping a maximum of 20 and 10 people respectively. Both buildings 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 last 1.5 miles of the journey is via an unsurfaced track accessible only by vehicles with a high ground-clearance (eg. minibus or 4×4 ). Although there is a call-out number for emergencies there is no care-taker on site. We ask all groups to leave the Centre as they find it, cleaning materials are available and to take all rubbish home with them.
The Centre provides an ideal location from which to explore the Kentmere valley with walks of all standards from the challenging ‘Kentmere Horseshoe’ to a gentle stroll around Kentmere Reservoir. The Valley is a haven for wildlife from the peregrine falcons nesting on Rainsborrow Crag to the herd of deer frequently seen at the head of the valley. The area offers a huge range of outdoor pursuits including mountain biking (bridleways only please!), rock climbing and bouldering (including the famous ‘Badger Rock’).
A large upstairs group room is available at ‘The Barracks’ which is ideal for indoor games, and team-building activities. There is also a large video screen which can be used for watching films or playing video games in the evening (bring your own console/laptop). Owned and operated by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, our adventure learning team can be hired at an additional cost to provide a range of outdoor activities to support your stay.

Available for your youth group

Leader Rooms Risk Assessments Outdoor Activities Educational Focus



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


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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Kentmere Residential Centre

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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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