Dating from the 1880s, the country house has been developed over the years and is comfortably furnished with a very homely and welcoming feel. 


Facilities include a spacious lounge with library, TV and projector for movie nights, and a warming log fire for cosy winter nights. The dining room is large and still has the original wooden flooring (disco optional!). The Orangery is a delightful private conservatory space just off the dining room with comfy sofas, fabulous views and even a piano! We also have a flexible classroom/meeting room, ICT facilities, drying and kit rooms, and even a games room! 

"Those children who suffer badly from home sickness never once said they missed home." Jolene Byers, Richard Coates Middle School.


Accommodation is available for up to 55 people. With groups this is 48 participants and 7 staff. Bedrooms vary in size, and 6 is the maximum in any one room. Several bedrooms are en-suite, there are some singles, and we have an en-suite disabled access bedroom downstairs. 

Freshly pressed white cotton bedding is provided, although the first challenge may be to make your own bed (staff are exempt from this task!).

Here is our bedroom allocation list so you can see the layout of the accommodation.


Delicious home cooked meals are all part of the High Borrans experience. The day begins with a continental breakfast and a cooked option on activity days. This is followed by a packed lunch including our famous tray bakes and local Kendal mint cake (if it's good enough for the original Everest expedition, then it's good enough for us!). Dinner is a social affair and a chance to swap tales of the day's adventures. There are 3 courses and several menu choices. Favourites include our speciality steak pie, vegetable lasagne, cheesy pizza, sticky toffee pudding and jam roly-poly. 

But don't take our word for it, come and sample it for yourselves!

We'll even bake you a cake if it's your birthday!

"We feel completely at home here!" Paul Rickeard, Wallsend St Peter's Primary School


We have 5 acres of land, with woods, fields, ponds, wetlands and even our own lake! The Centre is surrounded by farmland up in the Cumbrian fells so you really feel like lords and ladies of the manor for a few days. There are several onsite activities in the grounds and it's also a lovely area to take a stroll after dinner or before breakfast (if you're up that early!). We have a secret woodland campfire circle with home made rustic furniture, perfect for toasting marshmallows and telling stories over a mug of steaming cocoa. 


Perfect for Forest Schools, environmental learning, training and outdoor courses, Elf Rigg is a private woodland space available to hire on a daily basis. Often used by schools and local businesses, Elf Rigg has it's own facilities including a covered classroom space, ablutions chalet (including toilets, shower and washing up area), and BBQ hut with a brick kiln and pizza oven! 


Camping in a hidden corner of the grounds at Elf Rigg is also available, either for Duke of Edinburgh groups passing through on their expedition, or as part of a residential at the Centre. 

Check out the campsite flyer for more information.