Kentmere Residential Centre, Ambleside, Cumbria for Youth and Schools

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Outdoor Centres
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 4x4 ). 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.


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

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Leader Rooms
Risk Assessment
Educational Focus
Presentation Aids
Outdoor Activities
Disabled Facilities

Getting here

Lake District
United Kingdom
Manchester, 91 miles.

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Kentmere Residential Centre, Ambleside, Cumbria

Jackie Orrell

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