At Blaithwaite we can accommodate up to 112 guests in our 3 buildings; Mainhouse, Stables, Ellrigg. The Barn is a large meeting space with a variety of uses. We also have field for camping with fantastic views over the open countryside.

About Us

Blaithwaite House originated in 1800 as a small farm. In 1969 Rev Dennis Donald opened The Main House as a Christian Centre and in the following years old farm buildings were altered to provide further residential accommodation.

Today Blaithwaite is still owned by the Donald family but is managed by In2venture Community Interest Company (trading as Blaithwate House), a not for profit organisation which is part of the Christian Charity In2venture (Registration 518891).

In2venture has over 25 years of experience in providing outdoor education for the benefit of young people making Blaithwaite an ideal venue for Church; youth group and school residential visits.

Set in 30 acres Blaithwaite House can accommodate 112 guests in 3 residential buildings: Mainhouse, Stables and Ellrigg. We also have an approved camp site. During your visit to Blaithwaite you can walk around the grounds and enjoy the lovely gardens, relax in the conservatory, make use of our games field or participate in a wide range of enjoyable, challenging and educational activities.

Christian Conference Centre, Christian Outdoor Activity Centre, Cumbria

Blaithwaite has played host to many church groups, youth groups, Christian unions, family holidays, retreats, adventure holidays and many other events since it opened as a Christian Centre in 1969. It has been owned by the same family since 1800 and we all thank the Donald family for letting us spend time at this beautiful location. With 30 acres, 4 woods, formal gardens, three accommodation buildings, a large converted barn and a camping field it provides a unique site that can support individuals.

Main House

This is a house full of character to come away and relax in and forget the stress of daily living. Comfortable accommodation is provided for up to 40 people in single, double and family rooms. The bedrooms, all with wash hand basins, enjoy views down the front lawn and rose garden or across the courtyard. The drawing room is suitable for meetings; small conferences; lectures, whilst the small lounge is comfortably furnished for those wishing to relax or watch T.V.

The two dining rooms and kitchen are well equipped for self-catering or catering can be provided. The main house has full central heating and is fully equipped with bathrooms and showers.


An ideal self-contained venue for small groups or for use as overflow accommodation from either the Main House or Ellrigg buildings. Twenty people can be accommodated in 10 twin bedded rooms with hand basins in each room. It has its own comfortable lounge with T.V., a well equipped kitchen for self-catering or catering can be provided, dining room, bathrooms with showers and is fully central heated. The Stables overlook the old Courtyard.


This is our specialist youth and student accommodation with space for 52 people in two equal dorms each with a leaders' room. Additional leaders and their families can be accommodated in the Main House or Stables buildings provided the rooms are available. The dorms have bunk beds with pillows, it is necessary for individuals to bring their own pillowcases and sleeping bags. Each dorm has its own separate showers / toilets with additional facilities adjacent to the foyer area.

There is a spacious kitchen area with a large fridge and chest freezer and as in the other buildings all crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils are provided for self-catering or catering can be provided. The combined dining / meeting room opens into a carpeted lounge with T.V. As in the Main House and Stables, Ellrigg has full central heating which makes it a comfortable place to stay throughout the year


Our registered caravanning and camping site is an ideal venue with views stretching over the open countryside to the Solway Firth.

The excellent facilities for campers at Blaithwaite include: toilets; hot showers; hot water for dish washing, kitchen facilities including a fridge and freezer; a barbecue and bonfire area, fresh water and waste disposal points. Guests on the camp site are welcome to use all the general facilities and participate in all of the activities on offer at Blaithwaite House.

The Barn

The comfortably converted, heated main barn is an outstanding multi-functional space ideal for games and group work. This versatile building can also seat up to 150 people for worship, lectures or any other communal gathering your group may wish to arrange during your stay at Blaithwaite House.

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