In addition to the great activities that we offer at our main centre, there is so much else to do in the wonderful Lake District. For those looking to do their own thing, we have 2 self-catering accommodation units for groups of up to 14 people in bunkhouse style accommodation. Both are located well away from our main centre and can be booked for any length of time starting at just 1 night for the Bowderstone Cottage, and a minimum of 2 nights for The Coach House. There are no restrictions on which day of the week your stay starts, with both open to disabled and non-disabled groups on a sole use basis.   They are however very different in character and location, although both are dog-friendly!

The Coach House

Situated on the outskirts of Keswick at our Old Windebrowe site (also home to our stables – CA12 4NT) the Coach House is part of our characterful listed Tithe Barn that was once home to William Wordsworth. Sleeping up to 14 people, it has 2 large dormitories that are both accessible from an open plan central room that incorporates the kitchen, dining area and lounge. Bed linen and mattresses are provided.

This is fully accessible accommodation with wet-rooms and showers with wheelchair access to both the front and rear of the property. To the front there is also parking and an outside south-facing seating area in the cobbled courtyard for sunny days, with a shared utility room incorporating washing machine, tumble dryer and drying racks to the rear.   All the amenities of Keswick are 5 minutes away by car, or 20 minutes by foot or wheelchair. Please note – the Coach House is £162 per night for sole use, but the minimum stay is for 2 nights.

 

 

The Bowderstone Cottage

For the more adventurous traveller, the cottage is situated along the Borrowdale Valley by the famous Bowderstone (CA12 5XA) – a massive boulder that has lain precariously on one side for the last 10,000 years!   Sleeping up to 10 people (linen and mattresses not provided) it has a kitchen, accessible shower-room and communal area, but is only accessible by foot along a 400m wheelchair accessible path, with parking at the nearby National Trust car park. Although with running water, electricity and drainage, this self-catering location is more suited to outdoor groups looking to ‘get away from it’ as it is a walk to the nearest shop or pub.   Please note, the Bowderstone Cottage is £100 per night for sole use with a minimum length of stay being 1 night. It is also only for use by clubs, educational groups or other organisations such as the Scouts, as it is on National Trust land and has certain restrictions to its use.

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As a larger group you will have more flexibility on arrival dates and input into the activities programme. Prices start for 12 people, and then increase in blocks of 6 people.

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“Both our boys have their own individual challenges, it is wonderful to see them try things that take them out of their comfort zone and the look of joy on their faces when they achieve! All staff are so aware of the needs of individual visitors and that makes a huge difference to the enjoyment levels of all. I will continue to recommend Lake District Calvert Trust”

“We have never been able to enjoy a holiday were everyone is involved. Being able to share activities with our daughter and granddaughter was fantastic”

“The total accessibility and friendly staff made us all feel right at home”

The activity schedule is about meeting physical limitations, but stretching and challenging individuals so that they can overcome their fears. The children most definitely get advantages from the trip in terms of self-confidence and empathy with their peers, but what really develops is our understanding of the children as individuals. Seeing them in a challenging external, and a domestic environment, means that you learn more about them in a week than you do in a year in the school. It also means in the classroom at a later date, you can refer back to that shared experience to engage with them on a level that would not have been possible otherwise.

Group Leader, Astley Park School