Skern Lodge Residential Accommodation Centre Devon

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South West

Appledore, Bideford, EX39 1NG

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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 beautiful North Devon coast, Skern Lodge offers schools, colleges and universities an ideal location for your residential experience.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

Whether you are looking for an adventurous activity programme or a geography field trip, our facilities, staff and location provide the ideal environment for your learning outcomes.

Courses are suitable for children aged from 4 to adult.
Outdoor activities are fantastic tools for personal development, promoting confidence, team working, understanding others, communication, understanding risk, making personal assessments, reducing environmental impact and many more.

Geography Field Studies Key Stage 2 - A Level
Fieldwork sites are in our local area and can include investigating the diversity of sand dune ecosystems at Braunton Burrows to studying Exmoor National Park fluvial processes. Classrooms and a wide range of field equipment are available as well as a computer suite with data handling software.

Colleges and Universities:
From Public Services, to engineering, our courses provide the experiential learning opportunities that can be applied to team work, leadership and management development skills. Providing students a chance to practice these soft skills in a safe, supportive environment and allow time for reflection and analysis and apply this learning to a work environment.

We have a variety of resources available allowing us to design relevant worksheet, log books, packs or pre or post course projects appropriate to your learning outcomes. Courses are designed specifically to the needs of the client and we will try and accommodate your group requirements as best we can.

Ask us for our Schools DVD. View it yourself and then use it with pupils and parents. We provide every parent with a briefing leaflet. In addition, we will visit your school to help brief and prepare your group if you wish - at no extra charge.

Available to download from the Schools and Field Studies areas of our website:

Course Leader Support Pack - to help you plan your trip

Guidance notes - during your trip

Parents leaflet

We welcome inspections and preview visits please phone or e-mail to make arrangements.

What makes us a great choice?

Set within 22 acres of grounds with the tidal waters of the Torridge estuary on the doorstep, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and inside the internationally recognised UNESCO Biosphere of Braunton Burrows.

Skern Lodge utilizes the locations and natural surroundings to enhance the experience for each young individual. Whether it's to discover coastal erosion, surf the waves or to learn something new about themselves through the challenges they have just faced on the high ropes, Skern Lodge has something for every individual.

With over 35 years experience supplying outdoor activity and educational programmes we pride ourselves in delivering tailor made courses that are led by qualified and experienced staff.

Group Sizes Catered For

From 1 - 250

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes, click away.

Risk Assessment Details

Risk assessments are available via our website through our teacher/leader log-in. Log-in details can be obtained by contacting Skern Lodge. We are required to run 3 drills per year, but often run one when requested by groups, but is not essential.

Education Officer Information

N/A, but we do have several staff available who are always happy to discuss your programme requirements.

Pricing Information

Prices vary throughout the year starting from £220 + VAT per person for a Monday to Friday, or £115 + VAT pp for a weekend. Free staff places available, please contact us for a quote.

First Aid Information

All staff at Skern Lodge are first aid trained. A qualified member of staff is also on duty through the night.

Available Facilities

3 Separate residential blocks - each with bedding provided, own lounges, meeting rooms, drying room and toilet and shower facilities.

Meeting rooms, shower and toilet facilities for day visitors.

Dinning room with seating for 120.

Full catering provided with fresh food including healthy, local options and any dietary requirements catered for. A sample programme is available to download from our website.


Computer suite with wi-fi access.

Shop providing toiletries, sweets and drinks, postcards, T-Shirts, sweatshirts and souvenirs.


Service wash laundry.

Games field.

Several free time games around site.

Dedicated night duty person.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

A number of the rooms are suitable for those who are wheelchair bound and have wet room showers.


Great at spotting individual needs and giving time to those who need that little bit extra. Lovely clean rooms. Everything was spotless. Stoke Fleming Primary School

Every single member of the team was outstanding. Marlborough House School

Thank you for being so accommodating with our booking. Very helpful staff and instructors. Wonderful trip again and looking forward to June 2017. Downside School

Best food I?ve ever had on a geography field trip. St Edwards School

Your flexibility and experience has been great - including extra activities and letting the children have an extra swim was really appreciated. Consistently of a high standard - friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Moretonhampstead Primary School

Just returned from 3 days school residential... wow!! Such a beautiful place, instructors were very patient, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I love watching the children conquer their biggest fears and the determination on their faces was amazing! Thank you. Bassetts Farm Primary School

Just been back to Skern with a group of year 6s. As always, it was a fantastic experience! Absolutely wonderful instructors, brilliant course director, excellent facilities, challenging activities. Can?t wait until next year's trip! Thanks to all at Skern, our staff, children and their parents loved it! Commonswood School

Great place to go outdoors
I have been privileged to go to Skern Lodge many times with school groups. The centre is geared to working with all age groups and employs both seasoned experienced hands who have taken many students I suspect adult groups through the Skern Experience and new staff who have joined to benefit from the training and great atmosphere that the place has. Over the years the accommodation has been improved and updated so that as much as possible is now ensuite. As though that weren?t enough we were able to swim in the heated pool at night and for the teachers early in the morning. Each trip is tailored to your requirements, we had discos at the end of the week, a bonfire and as the weather was good an open air cinema. TripAdvisor Review

Location Information

Set outside the picturesque village of Appledore, Skern Lodge is set in its own grounds and is ideally located for that remote residential. With the town of Bideford only 3 miles away and Barnstaple with its rail link only ten miles away, Skern is also accessible for arriving on public transport if required. The North Devon link road links you to the UK motorway network and you could be here from London in just three and a half hours.

Room Sizes and Facilities

The centre provides a range of accommodation from single, twin and dormitory style rooms sleeping 3 - 8. Many have on-suite rooms with others having shared bathrooms available. Each accommodation area has its own lounges and social areas for staff and students with TV.

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