What kind of groups do you take?
Our hostel is used by a very diverse range of groups for a variety of purposes. Always popular with walking, rambling, climbing and cycling groups because of our close proximity and ease of access to the famous Lakeland Fells. We can also provide the perfect facilities for groups of friends and families wanting a get together, or corporate or educational groups requiring accommodation from which to run team building or educational time away. All our communal areas are planned and equipped in such a way as to accommodate with ease the 24 people the hostel sleeps. We have a large comfortable common room with large LCD TV, DVD and many games and books. Our self-catering kitchen and dining area has 2 fully equipped kitchens, 1 commercial size and 1 smaller and of course seating for 24. We can also provide travel cot and high chairs should you have little ones in your group.
How far do we have to walk before we get on the mountains?
We are 80 metres from the Coast to Coast footpath and many other access points to the mountains are only a very short walk away. Experienced fit walkers can do Helvellyn, Fairfield and the Langdale’s easily in a good day’s walk, without using transport. Many other peaks and dozens of lower level walks are very accessible.
How far is it to the nearest pub?
400 metres; it’s the Travellers Rest and has real ale and is great for bar meals.
We do of course have several other pubs in the village just a mile away.
Can you send me information about attractions and local services?
We have an excellent stock of brochures here but our local information centres have a much wider stock and a knowledge of what is open when it's open etc. We have a PC in the Hostel to use, in order to check out local events and activities.
Is Broadrayne Farm a working farm?
Not really....but Sally and I do work very hard, if that counts! We own 10 acres of farmland that we lease to the local farmers who use it to graze Herdwick sheep. The Herdwick sheep we have around the farm are Broadrayne sheep by family descent and are 'hefted' to the farm, ie flocks with generational knowledge of their own territory on the fell, passed down from mother to lamb. We do not own or shepherd them now but they are run in the same fields and on the same mountainside, together with our neighbour's flock. We do have chickens (mixed varieties) and Runner ducks at the moment. They have right of way at all times on the drive and around the farmyard; please give them time to move out of the way when driving.
Can we bring pets?
No pets/dogs are allowed in to the hostel or on the farm at any time. Only registered service dogs will be allowed in to the hostel.
We do not allow pets/dogs to stay in vehicles on site, either during the day or overnight.
Can we bring children?
Yes they are very welcome! The youngest we have had so far was 4 weeks old however it is only fair that parents with very young children reserve a bedroom for their exclusive use. Please ring us if you intend to bring babies and small children. We can provide travel cots and high chairs.
We ask all parents to keep their children under control and closely supervised while in the hostel and around the farm.
Yes we have a large purpose built BBQ area, with a stone built BBQ and seating for 24 people on our hardwood benches. We can provide charcoal for a small additional charge, if required. All we ask is that you clear up and clean the barbeque after use.
Do we need a car?
It depends what you want to do while here; but if you are coming here to walk then no you don’t really. We are on the main bus route through the lakes (No. 555 bus), and most of the principal villages and towns can be accessed by purchasing a Stagecoach Explorer bus pass for a whole week. This gives unlimited travel on all stagecoach services through Cumbria. However, we are now offerering the rental of our new 2 seater electric car...a Renault Twizy! Prices from £10 per hour, insurance included. Walkers will find that they can go in a different direction every day or by taking the bus one way; they can do long linear walks without treading too much ground twice. Taxis too can be more economical than even a bus in some cases especially when full. Taking a taxi one way especially to the furthest point of your walk means you won't have to rush off the mountain to get the last bus back. This should also be remembered by those with a car, as you avoid car parking charges and you don't have to worry about the car been left in a remote car park. There is a local mini bus service that will take you and up to 8 bikes to any point in the lakes for a reasonable price.
Bike Storage & Cycle hire
We have a locked bike store right along side the hostel for your convenience. With bike washing facilities and a maintenance area. Mountain bikes can be hired from a local company who may drop off the bikes at the hostel. Bikes are also available to hire at both Grizedale and Whinlatter forest centres.
Do you provide a daily weather forecast?
We post the weather forecast in reception every morning. We also provide free internet access in the hostel and have a list of websites in order that you can access your favourite weather site.
Where the car is park at the hostel and is it safe?
The car park is right outside the hostel front door; we are situated well back off the main road. Groups with expensive motorbikes and cars find this very re assuring. At the time of writing we have never had any problems. However we accept no responsibility for vehicles or their contents.
Can we park our minibuses and how big is the car park?
You can park up to two 16 seat minibuses here; any thing larger will have difficulty turning round. Please park in the designated parking bays, as our main hostel car park is small and holds 12 cars max.
Do you arrange tours or activities?
No, as there are so many companies doing it and most provide excellent activities or services. We are however happy to help you with our local knowledge and by arranging things yourself you will save yourself money too. Try the local shops and services page on Ambleside online.
Do we need to bring our sleeping bags/bedding?
Please leave your bedding/pillows/sleeping bags at home, as they are not allowed in the hostel. You will find that all the beds are ready made for your arrival complete with sheets, duvet and pillow. Under the bottom bunk beds are boxes containing spare pillows and blankets should you require them.
Do you provide towels?
No it is usual for hostel guests to bring their own towels but we do hire towels if you need to travel light.
Do you provide breakfast / evening meals?
This is a self-catering hostel, there are two self catering kitchens specially designed for ease of cooking whether it is for a few of you or for the whole hostel group. There is a large commercial cooker complete with a 6 ring burner and huge oven for large groups and a smaller domestic cooker for smaller groups and individuals. We have microwaves, toasters and kettles. There are also two fridges and a small freezer. We supply pots, pans, and kitchen equipment along with all the crockery and cutlery you need to eat with. We live on site and if you forget or need something please ask us we are here to help. We can provide a breakfast pack consisting of the basics; cereal, juice, milk & bread etc. for toast. If required these should be pre ordered on arrival. Good bar meals can be had 400 metres down the road at the Travellers Rest pub and they will provide a full English breakfast if asked the night before. There are also many restaurants and cafes in Grasmere Village a stroll away.
Is there enough seating for us all to sit down to eat together?
The dining area is adjacent to the kitchens. For exclusive use guests we have enough seating for you all (24 seats) to sit and eat together.
Do you have a fridge and freezer for all our food supplies?
Two fridges, one large, one small and a small freezer are in the kitchens and should you require more freezer space please ask.
Do you have a hostel shop or are there shops locally where we can purchase food?
The nearest mini supermarket is just over a mile away in the centre of the village, which is open until 10pm every day. This usually proves to be perfectly adequate for most people as long as you don't want cavier! The Co op do provide plenty of choice with regards to wine and beer with nearly an aisle devoted to this! Alternatives are mentioned in the link below. http://www.amblesideonline.co.uk/shopping/shopping.shtml
Can we use the Sauna?
Our coin operated sauna is very popular but as you would expect there are rules regarding its use. As the hostel is unsupervised our insurers require that we control who, how and when guests use the sauna. This is for health and safety reasons. We will be available to discuss this with guests upon arrival. Full directions on its use and who can use it are on the notice board by the sauna, Basically to use it no one under 18 and anyone with health problems and no one under the influence of alcohol. We also ask that users finish using it by 10pm.
What time can we arrive and what is check out time?
Check in is anytime between 4pm and 9pm. We will ask for an estimated time of arrival when you book, if you are delayed and likely to arrive outside these times please let us know. If you want to park your car in our car park and go for a walk earlier in the day that is usually fine, if we have space, but please identify yourselves and your car with us before heading for the fells. Check out is 10 am on the morning of departure and all bedrooms must be cleared of both guests and any possessions by that time. We allow late risers to use the kitchen and dining room until 11am provided everything is cleared away before they leave. Please ensure that all keys are returned. Any missing keys will, unfortunately, be charged for.
Can we leave our car here on the morning of departure?
We will always help where we can but as our car park space is limited it is not always possible. Please ask us on the morning of your departure. We do ask for a donation to Nurture Lakeland when cars are left on the morning of departure.