Brathay Hall is the Ambleside base of Brathay Trust and when the site is not in full use for our development programmes, we are able to offer a range of accommodation for short breaks, special events or conferences.

Our Rooms

Our rooms are comfortable and en-suite all set in and around the main Hall and gardens. Most rooms have stunning views either over the grounds to Windermere or towards the Lakeland fells on our doorstep. 

Scafell - Superior Double/ Twin rooms

These rooms are situated at the side of Brathay Hall. They have been thoughtfully designed to include many sustainable and environmentally friendly features. All rooms offer a unique blend of comfort and contemporary design, with solid oak furniture, flat screen plasma televisions. Each room has an en-suite shower and a large window to capture the fantastic scenery.

Helvellyn - single rooms

Located on the second floor of the main Hall. Each room is equipped with an ensuite shower room, a plasma screen television, hot drinks facilities, a hairdryer, desk, wardrobe and safe.

Helvellyn - twin rooms

Located on the second floor of the main Hall, we have 1 Twin room which provides spectacular views of Windermere. This room is equipped with an ensuite shower room, plasma screen television, hot drinks facilities, a hairdryer, desk, wardrobe and safe.

Loughrigg - single rooms

Loughrigg rooms are single bedrooms, which are sheltered by trees behind the Hall. All rooms have a television, hot drinks facilities, a desk, wardrobe, radio alarms and an area for outdoor equipment perfect for adventure weekends.

Wansfell - double or twin rooms

Located behind the main Hall, Wansfell rooms offer a unique panorama of Wansfell Pike and the surrounding countryside. The rooms are furnished in the same style as the Scafell rooms and are stocked with hot drinks facilities, a dressing table, wardrobe, hairdryer and safe deposit box.

Our facilities

A full, buffet style English breakfast is included in the price of each room, served in our dining room which overlooks the stunning grounds which edge the northern end of Windermere lake. We offer comfortable lounge area, free wi-fi in all rooms and a friendly, knowledgeable staff who will ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.

On occasion, a bar service and dining facilities may be available, but Brathay Hall is located just minutes away from Ambleside, which boasts an established collection of restaurants and traditional public houses, as well its own museum and independent cinema and jazz bar. The attractive local village also promises spectacular walking routes, plentiful shopping.

Large group and family accommodation

We also have a selection of dormitory and cottage accommodation, examples of which are detailed below:


This dormitory is located on the first floor of Brathay Hall boasting spectacular views across Windermere lake. The room has 10 bunk beds and adjacent toilet and shower facilities.

Hestead House

This is a newly refurbished self-contained cottage that can sleep up to 11 guests. The accommodation spans two floors and includes an en-suite twin room on the ground floor, complete with wet room and access for disabled guests. 

Upstairs there are two large bedrooms, which sleep 4 in bunk beds and a separate single room, completed with an array of bathroom facilities and storage areas. The house is comfortably furnished with a fully fitted kitchen (to enable groups to self-cater) and includes a large lounge with sofas, a flatscreen television and an iPod docking station.

Shackleton Lodge

Shackleton Lodge is a well-equipped self-catering bunkhouse in a beautiful woodland setting with open-space, parking and every facility you need.

Accommodating up to 31 people, sole-occupancy, Shackleton Lodge is ideal for a large family and friends get-together, or any other large group. There is a fully-equipped kitchen and dining block just a few steps from the lodge, plus a purpose-built BBQ beneath the natural leafy canopy that the tall trees provide.

Treglown Lodge

Treglown Lodge is a self catering lodge for up to 4 people, with a double room and a twin room in a beautiful woodland setting with parking. There is a fully equipped open plan kitchen and lounge area, with an outside decking area

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