Grenville House OEC is able to provide the experience that an extensive range of users are looking for. As they say ' the proof of the pudding is in the eating' so below is a cross-section of views from those who have used the Centre over the last few years. Many of those listed below have been regulars for many years, some for as long as twenty.

Contact details have been provided should further first hand information be required.  

Riverside Community Primary School 

Dear Kurt and Grenville House staff, 

This is just a quick note to say thanks for a fantastic residential experience last weekend.  As you know, this was Riverside’s first residential so I am so pleased that all the children responded to the challenges in such a positive way. This was largely due to the expertise of the centre staff, who worked (often one to one) with our children to encourage them to have a go and do their best.  As a result, the children came home feeling rightly proud of themselves and each other, and looking forward to tackling future challenges with increased confidence in their abilities to succeed. 

The kids wanted to write letters to you to show their appreciation of the experience, which I enclose.  Talking to the children, it is clear that this has been one of the most valuable of educational experiences that we have provided in their primary phase – it is all they have talked about this week.  It is wonderful to hear them talking; recognising skills and attributes in themselves which the experience has promoted.  We will certainly be looking at repeating the Residential next year and hopefully, we will make it an embedded part our curriculum for the future pupils of Riverside.  I’ll be in touch about dates! 

Lastly, an additional thanks to Kay and Cheryl...fabulous food and plenty of it (my waistline is proof of that).  When we come again, I will have to exercise some portion control if I am to struggle into a wetsuit at all!!! 

Will contact you soon to discuss next year – thanks again.

Lisa Meek, Deputy Head




Lady Modifords' Primary School, Walkhampton

Mention the words 'Grenville House' in our school and both the childrens' and adults' faces light up! Our time at Grenville House has always been a fantastic experience - from the professional, organised and fun staff, the 'homely' building and fantastic food, we cannot fault it! No effort is spared to give you an unforgettable experience. We would highly recommend it!

Dorne Brownlee, Class teacher


East Devon District Council & Torbay Council

The L&D Team have always found the welcome at Grenville House to be warm and genuine, enabling our delegates and participants to feel relaxed and comfortable as soon as they arrive.

We have used Grenville House for a number of different events over the past 3 years, below outlines how we have evaluated the centre:

Conference and Accommodation Facilities

  • Use of conference rooms only - always relaxed, informal, comfortable and clean.
  • Use of residential element - always comfortable and clean.
  • Food is particularly excellent - freshly cooked to perfection.

Indoor and Outdoor Activities

  • Investigative research regarding participants has been thorough enabling appropriate activities/challenges to be developed;
  • Bespoke indoor and outdoor activities have always been well thought out and expertly planned by the Centre Manager and his team;
  • Delivery and linking of management theory and models to the learning experience;
  • Working with and linking well with other programmes to add value to individual and team learning

Employees at Grenville House

  • Keen, willing and with a desire to please
  • Experts in their specialist field
  • Human! With a sense of humour and fun.

Sally McAuley - Learning and Development Manager - East Devon District Council


St Peter's Roman Catholic Primary School, Plymouth

Reflecting on our annual visits to Grenville House, I have no hesitation in expressing my personal and professional regard for the mission and ethos of this wonderful establishment. 

I must admit that prior to my first visit I had been sceptical about the benefits of such a trip, especially at the start of the academic year - we've had the first week in September booked for years!  However let me assure you that within hours of arriving at Grenville House my opinion had changed and I am now a confirmed advocate of Outdoor Education, and Residential visits.  Being with the children, in an environment which focuses on  their personal development, whilst encouraging them towards a caring and cohesive approach to communal living, has had a profound and positive effect on my relationship with the class and their relationships with each other.  I have also had parents tell me how much their children had 'grown up' whilst they were at Grenville House.  

We get to know each other in ways which help to break down barriers, bothto learning and socialising.  This might sound 'twee' but when you share with a child their joy at achieving that, which they thought they'd never experience, it is truly an uplifting moment for all.  It is at such times that I, as a teacher, was able to witness genuine lifelong learning.  I believe that children are only restricted in their ambitions by the lack of opportunity and Grenville House offers all children such a wide range of opportunities.  Each day the children are exposed to many new confidence building situations from open canoeing to bed-making, abseiling to floor sweeping and many more.

For the past three years I have had the privilege of accompanying our Year 6 class on their annual visit to Grenville House. The preparation for the visit always starts during the last few weeks in year 5 and for everyone involved it becomes the most important part of transition towards moving in the last year at primary school and heading onto Secondary School and ultimately adulthood.

Maria Cumming - Year 6 Teacher/Trip Leader


The Stonehouse Gang (Youth Club), Birmingham

We have used Grenville House on a regular basis for over twenty years. Our youth club in Birmingham class it as their second home. Our usual stay has always been for a week with approximately 24 young people and we usually self cater, but of late we have chosen the option of two weekend visits which suits us better. We get involved in both wet and dry land activities with caving always a popular choice. During a weeks stay we have taken a day off in the middle to visit local attractions e.g Woodlands etc. A particular success was an overnight camp having canoed down the river Dart and barbecued our own food. An important plus is the flexibility of both the staff and the activity programme because at times the good British weather lets us down. The staff have always been, and still are, "child friendly" and very knowledgeable. More recently the staff have applied a student centred approach generating feedback about their own opinions on how well they behave and the skills they have learnt. With accreditation now essential there is also an opportunity to pass worthwhile awards. Despite having our own residential centre and having travelled abroad extensively we have yet to find a better "full package".

Lesley Franklin - Trip Leader




Devon Guides

Devon Guides use the facilities at Grenville House twice a year to host a weekend of celebrations for girls who have achieved the highest award for girls who are under 16. The staff at Grenville House are willing to be flexible with what facilities we require and the girls who attend these weekends always rate the instructors and activities very highly. The activities provided contribute to the success of our weekends, in promoting team building and comradeship to all those who take part; this venue is of a high standard and the accommodation is clean and comfortable, creating a homely atmosphere which enables all participants to be able to relax and enjoy each others company. We use the self catering option and find that everything we need is available and of a high standard in cleanliness and availability. The staff are always very open to suggestions from us should we have any further requirements. We would recommend Grenville House to anyone who wants to take a group away for activities which enable everyone to take part, no matter what their level of expertise is in anything on offer; it is a fantastic resource and we are proud to promote it. Thank you to all the staff at Grenville House, we look forward to many more years of using your facilities and working with you to ensure all who we bring with us have an experience they will always remember.

Kay Martin - Guide Leader



Longcause Primary School

Students from the Primary department of Longcause Special School have taken part in Residentials at Grenville House for some 12 years. Throughout that time they have had fantastic, relevant and dynamic experiences that provide vivid and long lasting memories. Old students revisiting the school frequently mention escapades they had whilst at Grenville House.

For many of our students, it is their first time away from home and that in itself provides staff with some challenging behaviours. However with a great mix of targeted water based activities, local visits and plenty of rest and recuperation, students seem to thrive.

Centre staff have proved very popular with students and it has been very satisfying to watch how instructors and staff have learnt to adapt to the specific needs of our students with the result that both seem to learn from each other. This flexibility and adaptability are a strength of both the centre and it’s staff.

The centre provides a safe, secure but friendly environment in which our students can flourish, with a great balance being struck between high expectations of centre staff and the needs of students from the school. 

In the time we have been visiting Grenville House, not one student has come away from the centre with a negative experience and it is both gratifying and salient that parents and carers regularly report to school that their child ‘seems to have grown up’ while they have been away. Grenville House is the best possible vehicle to develop and foster students self esteem and confidence and for that, as teachers, we will ensure that our booking is repeated year on year.

Steve Crowe - Trip Leader




Exeter Sea Scouts

Derek Morrison - Leader 19th Exeter Sea Scouts


Warberry Primary School, Torbay

"Having known and visited Grenville House for many years, I would highly recommend the centre as a place where the children are set personal and group challenges within a safe and caring environment. With the centre being a charity, money is constantly spent to improve the activities and maintain the equipment to a very high standard. All the activities are extremely well organised and supervised by enthusiastic and highly motivated staff. The accommodation and food are excellent. I would definitely recommend the catering service provided by the centre. In my experience the children always return to school more confident in their own abilities to tackle other challenges with greater independence. We intend to use the centre for many years to come."

Dawn Ryan - Teacher/Trip Leader



Pupils Under Pressure, Torbay

The Grenville House Activity centre has provided our pupils with some very rewarding experiences throughout the year. Torbay schools are so lucky to have such a fantastic centre close at hand providing such an exciting range of adventurous activities.

With friendly and knowledgeable staff, superb facilities, equipment that always appears to be in good order and the wonderful natural environment, each visit has provided both teachers and pupils with a very positive experience.

Tony Callcut, Partnership Development Manager



UWE Sub Aqua Club

Zoe Henderson - Social Secretary




Banbury Youth Centre

Banbury Youth Centre says” Grenville House, its staff and the range of activities supplied has provided all our groups with challenging, rewarding and exciting opportunities. Most of the young people in our groups have been 15+ years old and without exception every, young person and staff member here wishes to return year after year for the now famous ‘Brixham experience’. Many thanks to you all.”

Mike Beal - Youth Worker/Trip Leader