Self catering accommodation in the Borrowdale Valley in the Lakes


Hawse End Centre, Hawse End Centre, Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UE

Hawse End Centre, at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley and directly across Derwentwater from Keswick, has stunning views and access to lakeside, mountains and Keswick (via launch or lakeside walk). The house is a large, comfortable, country mansion, ideal for groups. It has a well equipped and spacious self-catering kitchen with a professional catering oven & hob, a large dining room, lounge, games room, classroom and extensive grounds leading down to the lake shore. The Cottage for individuals, families and groups has a basic self-catering kitchen, living room and a patio with picnic tables and views of the lake. Two yurts with stunning views and transparent domes for star gazing, are on a wooden platform close to the house. These felt and wood structures have electricity, tables and chairs (optional) and mats for sleeping. Picnic tables, a gas barbecue and water are also on the platform with toilets close by. A catering service can be made available by prior arrangement. Outdoor activities can all be booked in advance and are led by experienced and well qualified outdoor leaders.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.
Hawse End Centre | Self catering accommodation in the Borrowdale Valley in the Lakes

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Rooms & Beds:

House 49: (9 rooms). Cottage 24: (6 rooms). Yurts: 24 (2×12)


All year.

Price per night:

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Please book by phone or email. Deposit required.


4 miles outside of Keswick.

Public Transport:

Trains at Penrith (18 miles). Keswick Launch passenger ferry from Keswick to Hawse End. Service buses within walking distance in high season.

This accommodation is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available only to groups, has a pub within walking distance and is on the C2C Cycle Route and the present or past youth hostel page.

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Hawse End Centre

Hawse End Centre

…an amazing location with extensive grounds…

We hold a number of outdoor centres, like Hawse End near Keswick, as part of our network. They often have a lot in common. Run by the local authority for youth group or school trips or for adult groups seeking lead adventure activities. They are often in an old re-purposed building refurbished to a high standard in a beautiful area. 

The Hawse End Centre raises these features to a very high degree. It is housed in a converted country mansion, steep roofed and slate-built in the Lake District vernacular with spacious and elegantly proportioned rooms including games room, classroom and lounge. Whoever built this house chose an amazing location with extensive grounds right down to the waterfront. It Looks across the lake, past its islands to pretty Keswick and the mountains beyond. A near neighbour is Catbells, a mountain described by Wainwright as  “one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb together, a place beloved.”

Because of its favoured location, the centre offers qualified instructors and well-organised adventures in whole range of activities: Sailing, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Orienteering, Caving, Mountain Walking, Ghyll Climbing and the list goes on.

Consider it strongly for you next group visit, or of you’re a smaller gang visit their website  and consider the cottage or yurts they’ve got on hand. 

Night one on the Sea to Sea

Night one on the Sea to Sea

Take a launch to comfort.

Here’s an idea, why not have an alternative form of transport at the end of Day One traveling East on the Sea to Sea cycle ride.   From your finish in Keswick swing down to Crow Park and pick up a launch to Hawse End.  Here the Hawsse End Centre will provide you with accommodation isolated on the Lakeside in a comfortable country mansion.

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