Group accommodation in the Lake District
Date Posted: 30/09/2015
Pictured: The view from Old Homestead in the Lake District.
No matter what your ideal break entails – long hikes, relaxing bird watching or just kicking back and enjoying the sites, the Lake District has it all.
With so much on offer, the Lake District is a hub for large groups – family, friends and GTOs – because there’s simply something to suit everyone. And, after a day spent on the moors, there really is nothing better than relaxing as a group with your nearest and dearest in front of a cosy fire.
The region has a wide variety of accommodation for groups on offer for small and large groups alike, but we’ve handpicked some of the best just for you to make organising group travel or a group holiday that little bit easier!
Irton Hall, Holmrook
Irton Hall offers six self-catering cottages, houses and even a couple of towers among its18-acre grounds. The largest on offer, Pele Tower, sleeps up to 16 people, but with all sleeping arrangements combined, up to 56 people can stay throughout the estate. Irton Hall also has its own lounge bar which serves locally sourced food and ales.
Nearby, there are lots of activities on offer, but you’ll also find yourself close to the coast for sandy beaches and clear views of the Lake District. Local attractions include the miniature Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway, the historic port and marina of Whitehaven and Muncaster Castle and Gardens.
Irton Hall offers fishing and horse-riding opportunities in the vast countryside just a stone’s throw away. The location itself is quiet too, meaning that if you want to forgo all the activities on offer, it’s also the place to kick back and recharge your batteries.
Pictured: Irton Hall.
Tarn Outdoor Centre, Ravenstonedale
You can actually find two group accommodation centres here, the largest of which is Tarn Centre that can sleep up to 24 people. Rawthey centre can sleep up to a further 16. Both centres are barn conversions, offering visitors a more rural experience. Being that they’re both in a Cumbrian hill farm setting, the views are spectacular and the farmstead itself dates back to the 17th century. For those who really love the outdoors, Tarn Centre also has its own tarn and campfire area – ideal for outdoor dining with a view.
Offering spots overlooking Cautley Spout, the Howgills, Uldale Valley and more, Tarn Outdoor Centre is the place to stay for any GTO’s who like to keep active.
Nearby, activities on offer vary from cycling, tennis, fishing, and crown green bowling but for a more relaxed pace, there’s plenty of wildlife to try and spot on slow strolls around the area. Slightly further afield, Kirkby Stephen and the Yorkshire Dales are just a short drive away, whereas Sedbergh can easily be walked to in just a few miles.
The Lingholm Estate, Portinscale, Keswick
Right in the heart of the Lake District, The Lingholm Estate is on nature’s doorstep. Sleeping up to 30, this location is a real hidden treasure in the Lake District. Upon the estate, there’s nine different cottages and apartments, each of which offering modern facilities without losing their historic charm.
The property resides beside Derwentwater, meaning rooms overlook the lake and countryside. Two of the houses grand dining rooms can be rented out for group affairs, and the owners are happy to cater for afternoon tea or even arrange a chef for the evening.
Best for Victorian luxury, Lingholm itself is well prepared for rainy days. DVD’s and board games can be used by guests, and you’ll also find a qualified beauty therapist that can do in-room treatments for both men and women. Keswick nearby is home to plenty of indoor activities, but off course a slow stroll around the lake is always on the cards, too.
Pictured: Fawcett Mills.
Fawcett Mill Fields, Gaisgill, Tebay, Penrith
If you’re after a real tucked away stay for your groups, Fawcett Mill Fields is home to five acres of garden and is hidden between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. You’ll find a real mix of gardens that feature woodland, a rock garden, a bog garden, a fine herbaceous border and even a stream that runs throughout the property.
This accommodation boasts a Secret Garden setting and can sleep up to 25 people in a singular, three storey building. There’s also plenty of public space on the middle level, great for relaxing as a group.
There’s a local farm shop nearby, and the owners happily recommend pubs and takeaways within a few miles. They also note that when you’re in need of a big shop, ASDA deliver!
Although there may not be any activities close to home due to the Fawcett Mill Fields hidden away Eden, it’s the perfect location for long walks and simply taking in the sights of The Lake District. Alternately, the garden in itself offers its own entertainment, with lawn bowls, croquet and outdoor games.
Finally, if you’re willing to explore, around the gardens you’ll find a summer house and swing seat accessible by a bridge crossing the stream, a pond garden with seats to relax nearby and a fairy ring and fire pit in the woods.
Stanley House, Eskdale, Cumbria
Stanley House is a self-catered welcoming house that sleeps up to 26 people. With an optional choice of a fully catered service, this house covers almost everything. Inside you’ll find a cinema room, en-suite bedrooms and an airy dining room/conservatory that seats all.
The owners are big on sustainability too – among other things, they utilize woodland from the valley to use a log-burning biomass boiler which produces all the heat and hot water throughout.
A large garden outside leads down to the river, whereas the front of the house overlooks the La’al Ratty Steam Train. Stanley House is also known for its sustainability, with the owners looking to reduce the use of electricity consumption.
The location is slap bang in the middle of the valley of Eskdale and is located close to the West Cumbria coastline and the fishing village of Maryport. Plenty of inn’s are located nearby – perfect for foodies – and you can hire bicycles for scenic bike rides close by too.
Pictured: The Black Swan
The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale
The Black Swan is a Victorian Inn and a perfect stay for history lovers. It’s a family run hotel and can sleep up to 38. Outdoor lovers will enjoy relaxing among the Lake District’s wildlife as the hotel is surrounded by natural countryside.
Local cast ales are always on offer, and the owners are always accommodating to large groups, offering two separate dining rooms for group dining and many organised activities. The hotel has its own riverside garden and is situated in the conversation village of Ravenstondale.
The village of Kirkby Stephen is just five miles away and the close-by m6 means nearby places to visit, including North Yorkshire, Weardale and Northumberland are easily accessible.
For those who love to stay close to home, The Black Swan also has its own restaurant which uses freshly prepared locally sourced ingredients.