Introducing our centre
Set in a stunning location overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, our main centre is fully accessible throughout, with us also having our own stables and boathouse at separate nearby locations. We endeavour to run as many activities as possible out in the wider Lake District so that our residents also get to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
Our main centre, which also houses all our catered accommodation and hydrotherapy pool, is fully accessible throughout via a combination of ramps and lifts. Centred around a traditional Cumbrian farmstead, the centre retains the character of its origins, with any new buildings built from local stone and techniques in a sympathetic style.
Behind the Centre to the east sits Dodd Wood (lying beneath Skiddaw), where groups often visit for evening walks or bushcraft.
The Centre looks out over Bassenthwaite Lake, with the fells of Seat How, Barf and Broom Fell in the background.
We can take up to 60 residents at any one time with us able to cater for profound and complex disabilities. Our rooms are mainly twins, with a few triples (single and bunk beds) and a quad room (2 singles and a bunk bed).
We take safeguarding issues very seriously, so our accommodation is over 3 separate areas, the Farmhouse, the Lower Byre and the Upper Byre, with each of these split down into 2 lockable corridors. This enables larger groups to have their own areas of accommodation not used by other residents.
Our bedrooms are all en-suite with level entry wet-room and toilet facilities. A number of the bedrooms also feature electric raisable beds which can be allocated if required. We also have available portable electric hoists, free-standing shower-chairs and medical fridges, with our intention being that with the exception of wheelchairs*, you don’t need to bring any specialist equipment. Please, we do not have oxygen or airflow mattresses on site – you would need to book these in advance with an outside supplier.
All food is prepared and cooked on site by our team of chefs, and where possible using locally sourced produce from local suppliers. Our dining room is a communal space where you will have your own tables for your group (or activity group) with breakfast and the evening meal at set times.
The day starts with a cooked breakfast including toast, cereal and hot drinks and before departing on activities with your packed lunch. In the evenings we provide a hearty 3 course meal with a choice of salad or soup to start, a selection of mains (including a vegetarian option) and tempting desserts. Hot drinks are available all day and there is a fridge to store your own snacks. We pride ourselves on being able to accommodate your dietary requirements, whether it be pureeing, gluten free, lactose intolerance or other.
In the evenings the Games Room is the social hub of the centre, where residents can relax and enjoy a game of table-tennis, table-football or snooker/pool. There is a small bar and tuck-shop where you can buy souvenirs such as caps, tee-shirts and mugs to remind you of your visit. The games room is also the venue for our weekly disco and has a large screen TV so that we can host film nights too.
For those who want a little peace and quiet or want to watch their favourite TV programmes in the evening, we have a small lounge and reading room in the Farmhouse. We also have a meeting room (with media connections) that can be used by groups upon request, as a classroom, study room or another venue to watch films and TV.
The Sports Hall
Although used during the day for our Rock and Rope sessions, the sports hall can be used by groups in the evening for basketball, football and badminton – equipment for which we have at the centre. Use of the sports hall can be organised upon request with your group instructor and you will need to fit in with other residential groups.
Simple bunkhouse accommodation in the Lake District
For the more adventurous traveller, Bowderstone Bunkhouse is situated along the Borrowdale Valley by the famous Bowderstone – a massive boulder sitting precariously on one corner! Sleeping up to 12 people (linen and mattresses not provided) it has a kitchen, accessible shower-room and communal area, and is accessible by foot along a 600m 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 good walk to the nearest shop or pub. Please note, Bowderstone Bunkhouse is on National Trust land and has certain restrictions to its use. Further information can be found here, Bunkhouse Additional Information.
Why choose a Calvert Lakes activity break?
Confidence, independence and social skills
A shared experience