Calvert Trust Exmoor Residential Centre

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Wistlandpound, Kentisbury Barnstaple, EX31 4SJ

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5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Located on the edge of Exmoor National Park & a short distance from the North Devon Coast our Victorian model farm conversion is at the heart of our award winning accessible centre. The majority of our guests choose to enjoy our delicious home cooked food

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Hostels | Apartments | Campus | Hotels | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of Exmoor National Park and a short distance from the North Devon Coast our beautiful Victorian model farm conversion is at the heart of our award winning accessible centre.

The majority of our guests choose to enjoy our delicious home cooked food, which is freshly prepared on site daily. Self catering is also an option, or ‘semi-self-catered’ for our transitional courses.

In the evening you can relax in our hydrotherapy pool, Jacuzzi or sensory room, enjoy beautiful views from the Acland room veranda, or participate in fantastic evening entertainments, all at no extra cost.

The centre is manned 24/7. Reception is open 7 days a week 9am – 5pm, with extended hours until 8pm on our check in days (Mondays and Fridays). After 5pm there is duty instructor in the centre and available until reception re-opens the next morning.

The main building (Which contains our accommodation) is a controlled environment with alarmed exits; between 23:00 and 07:30 the centre is locked.

Our activities link to various sections of the curriculum for all key stages, and we are happy to work with you to tailor our activities to your specific curriculum needs or to a particular topic. There is a lot of useful information available to download from the schools pages of our website.

What makes us a great choice?

Whatever your age or ability, a Visit to Calvert Trust Exmoor will provide a life changing experience; building new skills, making friends and having fun. For many students the positive effects are both immediate and long lasting.

As well as being fully accessible, we are also the only five star accredited activity accommodation in the country.

Our residential multi activity breaks are delivered by our specially trained, highly experienced and well qualified team of instructors. Structured programmes of exciting activities are developed to suit your needs. We have exclusive use of the reservoir for sailing, kayaking and canoeing, and easy access to the forest activity trails. With all activities on one site more of your time can be spent enjoying what the centre has to offer.

Accreditation and Awards

  • LOtC Quality Badge
  • Visit England 5 star rating
  • Visit England ‘Access for All’ Gold award winner 2014
  • AALA
  • AHOEC Gold
  • Trip advisor 5/5 rating

Group Sizes Catered For

We cater for up to 60 people.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Visitors can take photos /video /audio of any of our site, staff, or the group they have come with. The only restriction is that they should not film or photograph other guests that are not part of their own group.

Risk Assessment Details

All of our activities and facilities are regularly risk assessed; most schools and colleges are happy with our using our risk management summary (which can be downloaded from www.calvert-trust.org.uk/schools ), or we can email you copies of our risk assessments.

Our fire alarm system is tested weekly, and fire drills are conducted regularly.

Pre-booking and pre-visit tours are available and can be booked by calling us on 01598 763321.

Pricing Information

Our prices vary depending on the duration of your stay and the time of year that you chose to come. Prices range from £210 per person for a 3 night stay in low season, to £750 per person for a 7 night stay in high season. Prices are inclusive of all meals, accommodation, all activities and evening entertainments.

First Aid Information

The majority of our staff are trained first aiders.

Available Facilities

Our prices are inclusive, so there is no additional charge for use of facilities such as the swimming pool, dining room, Jacuzzi, sports hall, Acland room, children’s play area or for our evening entertainments. All meals are included in the cost of a break (unless you choose to come to self-catered).

We do have a shop where children can purchase sweets and drinks, and also souvenirs, from key rings and magnets to baseball caps and hoodies.

In the evenings the children can also purchase snacks, sweets and soft drinks from the bar.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Our award winning centre is specifically designed to be accessible to everyone, from our accommodation to our activities everything is designed with access in mind.

Facilities include; ensuite roll in showers for every room, H track ceiling hoists in some rooms, mobile hoists, profiling electric beds, medicine fridges, shower chairs, over toilet chairs, bedsides, bumpers, Def-guard alarms and much more.

We are accredited to the following National Accessible Scheme (NAS) standards:

Less mobile guests (M1)

Part-time wheelchair users (M2)

Assisted wheelchair users (M3a)

Independent wheelchair users (M3i)

Visually impaired (V1)

Hearing impaired (H1)

We have many accessible facilities, and a great deal of adaptive equipment available for our guests to borrow (free of charge) during their stay with us. You can find a lot more information about this on the accessibility pages of our website: http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/accessibility, or contact us to discuss your specific requirements.


Pupil's social skills and relationships with other pupils and staff have been developed in a way that would not have occurred in a school setting. Many students overcame difficulties quickly in this environment that usually would have caused distress. We had an amazing sense of achievement without any limitations; pupils challenging themselves. All the instructors were brilliant, they made a real effort to get to know and help pupils. The kitchen staff were the most accommodating that we have ever experienced on a trip away, they made the day so much easier. Thank you so much, you were fabulous. C. Sourlis, Ysgol Erw’r Delyn.

Students were all able to access a range of activities to place them outside of their comfort zone. I was blown away by all staff at Calvert Trust Exmoor, everyone was helpful and nothing ever felt too much trouble. The whole group felt like they were in a 'home from home'. The Instructors were always communicating with the students and offered the whole group reassurance when needed. Our visit would not have been the same without their input. As a gluten free vegetarian I was concerned the menu wouldn't cater for me, the catering staff went more than out of their way to cater for me, I have never eaten so well. What a dedicated, knowledgeable, wonderful bunch of staff! Elmwood and Penrose School

Our aims were most definitely met. We were fully supported from the moment we arrived; activities were suited to the needs of our children who have a range of special educational needs. The staff were a fantastic help with the children very patient had appropriate resources to support children kept them occupied. All of our experiences were special to us; the staff enjoyed their stay as much as the children. Castle Wood School

Location Information

Calvert Trust Exmoor is located about 10 miles from Barnstaple on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The centre is around two hours’ drive from Bristol and Plymouth and just over an hour from Exeter.

Accessible transport to and from Barnstaple (BNP) railway and bus stations and Tiverton Parkway (TVP) railway station can be arranged (at an additional cost).

Room Sizes and Facilities

Our comfortable accommodation is set around a secure and pretty courtyard, and comprises of en-suite single, twin and triple bedded rooms and apartments.

Booking information

When enquiring or booking please quote UKST1 for group discounts. Thank you

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