Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: via Easedale Road and Helm Close, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9QW

Contact: 01539 435 597



We provide comfortable, relaxed, high quality accommodation with excellent food at an affordable price. We are not budget price, but we take care and have pride in everything that we do and offer. Our food is freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients by our own chef on site.

We are building sustainability into everything that we do, from wood pellet fueled heating system and electric car charging points, to utilising own grown produce from our garden.

The semi rural location is a superb starting point for experiencing the Lake District. Whether you plan to have outdoor activities or something that uses the outstanding environment within another aspect of your curriculum Grasmere is at the heart of the Lake District and is renowned for its beauty.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We are an accommodation provider. It is the Lake District and Grasmere more specifically that will be of primary interest. There is much to do just by walking straight out of the door with popular routes immediately available.

We have very good links with many local outdoor activity providers and also with local artists and cultural organisations. We are happy to discuss your needs with you directly.

Facilities include:

•  Comfortable, spacious and warm rooms with 2, 4, and 6 beds.

•  Large dining room with bar, 5m wide cinema screen and log burning stove. Seating for 40+

•  Separate smaller lounge with TV / DVD (often used as a staff base), seating for 8+

•  Large open plan reception space with relaxed seating and free wifi, seating for 18+

•   Fully equipped self-catering kitchens suitable for smaller groups, preparing hot and cold drinks or packed lunches.

•   Outdoor seating areas with great views

•   Private parking (please note: there is a limitation for vehicle sizes passing through Grasmere village)

•   Free WiFi in all social spaces.

•   Spacious drying room

•   Central heating and hot water included, no shower charges!

•    All bedding provided, beds made up on arrival

•    Secure Bike Store and bike washing facilities, bike hire also available.

•    Electric bikes and Electric car charging points.

•    Full breakfast or contintental style breakfasts available

•    2 or 3 course evening meal options / BBQ's / all dietary requirements will be taken care of.

•    Packed lunches, light lunches, afternoon teas as required.

•    Fresh coffee and tea always available.

•    All meals are freshly prepared using locally sourced fresh ingredients.

•    Exclusive use options are available for the duration of your stay including daytime access if required.


What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Accommodation and meals only. Typically this includes breakfast, packed lunch and 2 course evening meal, hot drinks, squash and cake for each day booked. A BBQ is a good alternative for one of the evenings. A 3 course evening meal or a light daytime hot or cold meal can be provided if requested.


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This venue has the following accreditation:

Visit England 3 Star Hostel.

What size groups do they cater for?

Up to 46 for exclusive use.

For non exclusive use the property can be broken down into:

16 beds – 4 x 4 rooms in the Bunk House

26 beds – 1 x 2, 3 x 4 , 2 x 6 rooms in the main house

Smaller groups may just book by the room.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

No, we are primarily an accommodation provider. We have good links with experienced outdoor providers, cultural organizations and there are many destinations in Cumbria suitabke for education groups.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Yes, this is fine.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

The property has been a hostel for over 80 years and used by many groups. You are welcome to ask any questions prior to your visit, we will assist you in any way that we can.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

No, this is a small family business. You will always receive a fully personalised approach from us throughout.

What does it cost?

Pricing depends on the time of year, the number in your group and ages of those involved. A typical price will be £45 pppn for full board midweek and assumes exclusive use.


Is specific clothing required?

The Lake District is very variable, even in summer extra warm clothing is recommended. Waterproof clothing and stout footwear is essential. Thorney How is in a semi rural location, this means that at night it can be very dark with no street lighting. Torches, or head torches are recommended.


Do you have first aid on site?

Yes, but it is always advisable that you bring your own, as you will not be on-site at all times.

Are there disabled facilities?

Whilst there is provision for disabled access into the building, none of the sleeping accommodation or toilets and showers are suitable for those with disabilities that require wheelchair access.


What are your opening days and hours?

Check in for guests is 3.30pm and check out is 10.30am. Unless you have specifically booked for daytime usage the main accommodation and all facilities will be locked during the day.


Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

As usual our stay was great. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly not only during the stay but also in the booking process. We were made to feel very welcome. The new conversion is fantastic. The heated floor in the shower area went down well with everyone!!!

We had a wonderful stay. The students and I want to thank you all for excellent food, facilities and service. I hope it will be the first of many visits by Newcastle University staff and students.

I'd thoroughly recommend Thorney How. Great value for money, beautiful location and a very friendly helpful attitude from the owners. The supper for our group was excellent too.

A super hostel with a lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. Wonder up to Easedale Tarn or climb Helm Crag. Run to Grasmere Lake for a morning swim.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Grasmere village has a restriction on large coaches. There is a coach park located to the south of the main village which is just under 1 mile from Thorney How.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Residential School Trips

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses Hostels Outdoor Residential Centres

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