It's time for a Summer Staycation at Brathay Hall!

Welcome to the Brathay Hall estate.

We have a range of rooms, from budget to luxury, for your holiday or break in the beautiful Lake District, close to the picturesque town of Ambleside.

The impressive Brathay Hall is set in 360 acres of mature woodland and rolling pasture at the head of Windermere, with our stunning location the perfect base for your walking or cycling adventure, or simply as a peaceful starting point for families and friends exploring the area.

Ambleside is just minutes away by car, or a picturesque 20 minute stroll, and boasts an established collection of restaurants and traditional public houses, as well as its own museum and independent cinema and jazz bar. If a more leisurely day out is your thing, this attractive Cumbrian town has excellent shopping facilities and is a treat for the outdoor enthusiast.

The Brathay Hall estate is the Ambleside base of Brathay Trust. Our charity’s mission is to improve the life chances of children, young people and families by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities. 

When the site is not in full use for our development programmes, we are able to offer accommodation. Profits from offering this go towards our continuing work with children and young people.

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Update, Feb 2021:

We're delighted to say that we will be able (subject to confirmation by the government) to re-open our self-catering facilities, and a limited amount of our room-only accommodation, from 12th April.

The government's guidance says that self-contained accommodation can re-open from this date, provided that there are no shared facilities, no shared entry/exit, and that those staying are from the same household.

By limiting how many of some of our rooms are available, we can ensure that we comply safely with all these conditions, and look forward to welcoming you to Brathay Hall again.

Please check below for availability.

Take the stress out of choosing the perfect present by treating someone special to a stay at Brathay Hall!

All done online, so no delays with printed vouchers in the post – you choose the amount you want to give, and we send you the details to pass on to your family/friends/someone special. They can then book their stay with us in the beautiful Lake District for whenever suits them, topping up the value if they need to, and choosing from our range of rooms.

To find out more and purchase, email us by clicking here or call 015394 33041

We're Good to Go

Covid-19 - Keeping you safe at Brathay

The health, safety and wellbeing of all our guests is something we have always taken very seriously.

The coronavirus crisis has presented us with an unprecedented situation that we’re working hard to respond to, to protect those staying with us and our own staff.

We have been careful to ensure that decisions we have made follow the government’s guidelines, and as these are changed and updated, we’re responding immediately to make sure we are implementing the latest and most effective processes possible to ensure you can have a safe stay with us.

After an exceptionally difficult and stressful period for many of us, we know that you’ll be looking forward to enjoying a relaxing break – our sincere thanks for thinking about staying with us at Brathay Hall. 

We want to make sure that the peace and quiet of a stay in our Lake District estate also gives you peace of mind.

We’ve put together a 10-point plan which we hope reassures you that we’re going above and beyond to keep you safe, without spoiling your stay with us. 

We know that things are changing fast and that you may be concerned about making a booking that you might need to change or cancel. There’s also a chance that you might not be able to come for your stay with us because of a change to the government’s guidelines.

We’ve adjusted our Booking Policy to give you extra peace of mind. The details are available on the same page as information about our 10-point safety plan.

Through following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, having a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing, we're pleased to have acquired the Industry Standard "We're Good To Go" mark. You can view our certificate here

Love a discount?

By joining our membership scheme, Love Brathay, you will increase the number of young people who can enjoy the benefits of one of our programmes. You'll also receive a 20% discount on accommodation at Brathay Hall + a free bottle of wine in your room.

Join from as little as £5 per month! 

Find out more about Love Brathay and how to sign up here

A View Across The Lawn At Brathay Hall Towards Windermere Lake Lake Windermere With Brathay Hall Estate Brathay Hall In Ambleside Available For Bb And Short Breaks

Our Rooms

Our comfortable rooms are all en-suite and are located 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. 

Most rooms have free wi-fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

We have a range of room types to suit your needs, starting from £70 per night. From our budget Loughrigg rooms, which are ideal for walkers, to our Scafell lodges for an extra touch of luxury, we’ve got your accommodation needs covered in this beautiful part of the Lake District.

Please ring on 015394 33041 or email us for our current offers by clicking here.

Whether it’s our newly refurbished Helvellyn rooms in the stunning Georgian splendour of Brathay Hall, or our thoughtfully designed Scafell lodges - we can make your late break a great break.

Looking for self-catering accommodation? Click here!

Scafell At Brathay Hall In Ambleside One of our Helvellyn Bed and Breakfast rooms at Brathay Hall Scafell Bedroom At Brathay Hall In Ambleside

Our facilities

With free parking on site, you won’t have to worry about paying to leave your car in a pay-and-display car park overnight.

We have a comfortable lounge area, with free wi-fi, to relax and unwind in after a long day on the fells or out and about in Ambleside. Our friendly, knowledgeable, staff are on hand to ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.

Need a packed lunch for your day out? We can do that too from just £6 per person.

If your four-legged friend is coming, some of our Scafell lodges can be booked so your well-behaved dog can enjoy a touch of luxury too.

On occasion, a bar service and dining facilities may also be available – please check when booking.

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer you our usual breakfast service as part of your stay, so prices are for room only. We can arrange for breakfast goodies to be available in your room if you book directly with us by phone or email, for £5 per person per night. This will include items such as: cereal bars, cereal boxes and milk, yoghurt, fruit, porridge pots, cake slices, pastries, and juice. 

All our rooms now have a fridge, so you can bring your own goodies and keep them cool, and we'll make sure there's some milk for you when you arrive for that vital cuppa! We can also stock the fridges with alcoholic beverages if you pre-order.

Special occasion? Or just want to add a little extra luxury to your stay? We can provide the following, or we'll try and arrange anything else you can think of! Call or email us to book.

(Please allow 48 hours notice.) 


Local handcrafted chocolates- Box of 12


Local handcrafted chocolates- Box of 24


A bottle of House white/red wine


Bottle of Prosecco


A bottle of House white/red wine and local handcrafted chocolates (Box of 12)


Seasonal hand-tied flowers


Exotic hand-tied bouquet


Seasonal hand-tied flowers & local handcrafted chocolates (Box of 12)


Seasonal hand-tied flowers & a bottle of House white/red wine


Seasonal hand-tied flowers & local handcrafted chocolates (Box of 12) & A bottle of House white/red wine


Bar At Brathay Hall Dining Room At Brathay Hall Lounge And Bar At Brathay Hall

If you would like to find out more, click here to fill out an enquiry form or contact us on 015394 33041

Ready for some adventure..?

Add Adventure!

If you're staying with us at Brathay Hall and want some extra adventure, we've got a range of exciting activities for you on the Brathay Estate!

Choose from a variety of adventurous activities overseen by our fully qualified instructors.

Take to the water and enjoy kayaking, canoeing (solo, or in groups on our Challenger canoes), or a voyage on our vintage whaler rowing boats. 

We also have expert-guided aerial activities including high ropes, climbing walls, zip wire, tree abseiling, the exhilarating 'leap of faith' and the 2-person challenge of the high Vs.

If you'd prefer something a bit less adrenaline-fuelled, we can take you on a guided walk in the local area, with a level of challenge to suit you, from a couple of hours enjoying the views from a small hill, to a full-blown mountain day.

Plus, we've got the thrills of local ghyll scrambling, discovering bushcraft skills, and some fascinating problem-solving exercises.

Click here to find out more about how you can Add Adventure to your stay

Motorhome and camper van pitch sites

Located within our peaceful grounds, we have six grasscrete pitches available for weekend stays, and some mid-week stays in summer, including electrical hook-up. 

For more information on our motorhome and campervan pitches, click here

Explore our different rooms:

Superior Rooms

Our superior rooms in the Scafell Lodges offer stunning views across our estate to the Lakeland fells and boast large, luxurious rooms with en-suite, lounge area, flat screen tv and comfy beds.Find out more

Standard Rooms

Our standard rooms offer comfy accommodation for your short break in the Lake District. From our newly refurbished Helvellyn rooms in Brathay Hall to our large open Wansfell rooms we have what you need.Find out more

Single Rooms

Our budget rooms provide the perfect location for walkers or cyclist to stay while trekking the beautiful Lake District landscape that surrounds the Brathay estate. We offer good sized single rooms in our Loughrigg building behind the main hall.Find out more

Motorhome and Camper Van pitch sites

We have peaceful pitches in the grounds of Brathay Hall for motorhome or camper van stays in the beautiful Lake District, close to Ambleside, including electricity connection.Find out more