Family Multi-Activity Adventure at Derwentwater

Lake District

Code: DBFMA

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Activity types:

  • Families
  • High Mountains
  • Newly Refurbished
From £285.00 - 7 nights

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Prices are per person

Holiday overview

Go Climbing. Go Paddling. Go Caving. Go Challenge Yourself!  Our Family Multi-Activity holidays offer something for all children over 8 years old.

Holiday highlights:

  • Climbing
  • Caving
  • Canoeing
  • Ghyll Scrambling

Great reasons to join us

  • Family friendly: significant discounts apply to all under 18's and grandparents travelling with you get a 10% discount  
  • Choice: enjoy a great variety of activites during the week. Adults usually choose to book our Guided Walking holidays running at the same time
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays – family-friendly evening activities cater for all
  • Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
  • Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without activities to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions

See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.

Accommodation

Freswater Bay refurbished for 2016

 

With the best waterfront of any hotel on Derwent Water, and splendid views of the surrounding fells, Derwent Bank offers a truly exceptional location.

 Green Tourism logo4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodation

Bedrooms

Derwent Bank has 32 bedrooms in the main building, plus 5 double bedded chalets in the gardens. Some of the rooms have views over the lake, whilst others face towards the mountains of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike. In addition, in the grounds there is the refurbished Coach House, a luxurious two bedroom apartment.

Classic bedrooms at Derwent Bank

Classic bedrooms – included in your holiday price

Comfortable accommodation with an en-suite bathroom, with either a bath or shower. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night. 

Premium Rooms at Derwent Bank

Premium bedrooms – from an extra £5 per person per night

Enjoy extra space or exceptional views, plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade.

Family Room at Derwent Bank

Family bedrooms 

We have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded rooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms and laundry facilities.

At Derwent Bank there is a large, comfortable lounge, an attractive dining room and a welcoming bar stocking local beer. The conservatory is particularly attractive and has superb views of the lake and the surrounding fells. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.

The house sits in extensive gardens with a sloping lawn down to the lake jetty. Outside there is a formal garden, a putting green and croquet lawn.

Also Derwent Bank has a Dandelion café with comfortable chairs, delectable local produce and a great cup of tea or coffee, making a fantastic place to relax, enjoy and unwind overlooking Derwent Water.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Breakfast at Derwent Bank

Breakfast:

The most important meal of the day. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. You could choose fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or anything in between.

Picnic lunch at Derwent Bank

Lunch:

Our famous self-select picnic lunches keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish. Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (typically soup, sandwiches etc).

Dinner at Derwent Bank

Dinner:

The relaxed, sociable dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring classic British cooking and local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

The bar at Derwent Bank

Bar:

All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

After your day’s walk or activity, your evenings are free for you to enjoy however you want. If you would like to continue interacting with our guides and fellow guests we often have extra activities available. Plus you always have the option to just relax in the bar.

Social activities:

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on wildlife or the island’s rich history from a local speaker or a team quiz.

Leisure Activities:

Many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays:

Our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking:

There may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility
Due to the layout and age of Derwent Bank bedrooms within the main house are not accessible for wheelchair users, with all accommodation being reached from stairs. We do have chalets in the grounds which are on the ground floor which can be used for wheelchair users, however mobility will be restricted in the room.

Arrival & car parking facilities

Designated disabled parking bays are available directly in front of the house. The surface of the main car park is graveled with a slight slope. If you need assistance with your luggage, please just ask a member of the team. To gain access to the main building, there are three steps. Once you are, all public rooms are on the same level.

Wheelchair accessibility

Once you have gain access to the house, all public rooms are accessible for wheelchairs. Our bedrooms in the main house aren’t accessible as they are on the first and second floors. If you require a wheelchair friendly room, we recommend our chalets which are situated in the grounds. 

More details on Derwent Bank accessibility ›

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

We intend to include the activities detailed below. However, the programme will remain flexible in order to manage the weather conditions, group dynamics and individual abilities of the children.

Arrival day: Your room will be available from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for tea between 4pm and 5pm to meet your leader and fellow guests. Before dinner there will be a holiday briefing. It is essential to attend this meeting as details of the week’s activities will be discussed, together with clothing and equipment requirements

Activity days:

  • Touching rock day - a full day of climbing and abseiling
  • Canoe journey - a full day on Derwentwater with a possible river trip depending on group ability
  • Underground adventure - a full day of caving
  • Adrenaline day - one session on the Via Ferrata and a kayaking activity on the lake or river depending on group ability
  • Challenge day - a run from the centre with a selection of challenges culminating in a descent of Stoneycroft Ghyll

On our 7-night holidays we include a free day to relax in the Country House or explore the area independently

Departure day: Depart after a leisurely breakfast


Safety first

Where appropriate, our holidays in the UK are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. This means we check that every one of our activity partners is fully qualified so that you don’t have to. We ensure that their procedures and equipment are correct and that they all have the necessary qualifications.

They are selected with care, not just with safety in mind but also for the ability to generate the right atmosphere. Instructors are usually young but with the maturity and life skills to manage and motivate; and if the weather does cut up rough, some of their centres have on-site activities so there is always something to do. Non English speakers should be accompanied by someone able to translate.

See www.aals.org.uk for details about the AALA.

What to bring

Day rucksack

Walking boots
Fleece

Waterproof jacket
1 pair of old trainers (for wet activities) and 1 pair for dry activities
Pair of slippers / indoor shoes
2 sweaters
3 T-shirts
4 changes of underwear
2 pairs of thick woollen socks
4 pairs of ordinary socks
2 pairs of trousers or tracksuit bottoms (jeans are not suitable)
Swimwear
2 towels
Nightwear
Woollen hat
Woollen gloves
Large black bin liner (to take home any wet clothing)
Tin of elastoplasts, tissues, toiletries
Drinks bottle or small flask
Sun hat
Hair ties to tie back long hair
Sun cream
Additional everyday wear may be included for use in the evenings.

Anyone who uses prescribed medicines (eg asthma inhalers) should ensure that they have this medication with them.

Specialist equipment for each activity eg wetsuits, lifejackets, climbing helmets, caving equipment and lamps etc will be issued as needed.

Local area

The Lake District is England’s premier national park with outstanding mountain scenery.

Keswick
The nearest town is Keswick, about two miles away. As a popular tourist destination it has a range of facilities including supermarkets, banks, a post office, pubs and cafés. It is also well known for its huge number of outdoor shops where you can buy an array of clothing and equipment for the outdoors.

During your visit to Derwent Bank you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Derwentwater Launch
Take a leisurely journey around Derwentwater on the ferry - a great way to see the surrounding mountains from a different perspective. The nearest stop at Nichol End is just a few minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. www.keswick-launch.co.uk

Theatre by the Lake
Situated by the lakeshore in Keswick, the theatre offers an excellent repertoire of plays in the main house and smaller studio theatre. The theatre’s popularity means that advance booking is recommended, especially in the high season. www.theatrebythelake.com

Honister Slate Mine
Go underground on the mine tour at this famous Lake District mine which is situated at the top of Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere. Here you can travel underground and learn about the history of Lake District slate production. Honister is around 30 minutes' drive from Derwent Bank, and can also be reached directly using the Honister Rambler bus. www.honister.com

Whinlatter Forest & Go Ape!
Relax at the visitors centre and cafe, or follow the excellent new mountain bike trail; one of the best in Britain. The high-ropes Go Ape course is great option for active teenagers. www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter or www.goape.co.uk

Derwent Water Marina
Hire a canoe or sailing boat and enjoy one of England’s most beautiful lakes. Just five minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. www.derwentwatermarina.co.uk

Grasmere
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank and is famous with its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum. Wordsworth’s birthplace can also be visited in Cockermouth; a pleasant market town to the north-west of Derwent Bank. Both Grasmere and Cockermouth can be reached by local bus from Keswick. www.wordsworth.org.uk

Lake District Wildlife Park
Well worth a visit for the whole family. You can watch the antics of the otters, apes and monkeys and marvel at the flying displays of eagles and vultures. www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk

Ullswater
About 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank is Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes. Enjoy its glorious scenery either on foot or by steamer. If you are visiting the Ullswater area you could also visit the superb waterfall of Aira Force or the country house and gardens at Dalemain. www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk or www.dalemain.com

Carlisle
Carlisle, about 45 minutes from Derwent Bank is the historic county town of Cumbria. Here you’ll find a good selection of shops, the cathedral, and castle. Of particular interest is the Tullie House Museum which is recognised for its exciting, varied events and exhibitions programme and is full of exciting interactive displays. www.tulliehouse.co.uk

Travel

Our address: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Penrith. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer:

We offer a reduced price taxi transfer between Penrith railway station and Derwent Bank every Friday and Monday. The pickup is at 4.50pm from Penrith railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Penrith station by 9.50am. This transfer only costs £10 per person, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 20 mile journey from Penrith to Derwent Bank can be made by taxi. Taxis cost approx £30 per journey (if pre- booked; taxis at Penrith station can be considerably more expensive). Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Derwent Bank Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

From Penrith - take the A66 past Keswick towards Cockermouth. One mile beyond the roundabout to Keswick and 200yds beyond the B5289 turning to Keswick, turn left off of the A66 signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley. Derwent Bank (not Derwentwater Hotel) is approx half a mile along this road on the left after the Derwentwater Marina and before the Nichol End Marina. Look out for our sign.

From Kendal - take the A591 to Keswick. To avoid the town centre turn right following signs to the A66 and Cockermouth, then follow the directions as above.

Reviews

Date & Rating Customer Review HF Holidays says
15 Aug 2016, 10:19 a.m.

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There was a booking mistake made by the responsibles of HF. As a consequence we had to stay some nights in a room that didn`t have the Standard we paid for.

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The staff and the leaders were doing a great Job. Only the Person who had made the activities at the house should have made more efforsts to integrate every child in the Group.
8 Aug 2016, 8:04 p.m.

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Generally good but we had problems with our telephone booking. It required several attempts to get it correct. All the final arrangements were most satisfactory.

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Accommodation and food exceeded expectations. Leaders friendly and competent. Our 2 grandsons thoroughly enjoyed their multi-activity days and wish to repeat the experience.
8 Aug 2016, 8:20 a.m.

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Very well organised. Information was good. Good accomodation, good food, walks were very nice.

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Superb location

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
5 Aug 2017 DBFMA - Multi Activity Adventures - Derwentwater 7 £286.00 £285.00 Book by 31 December & under 18's go for £285 was £709 - call Reservations to book Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person