Testimonials

“After many years of organising activity visits, I feel the Manor is in a different league. Great instructors, top of the range kit and simply a great experience. I cannot recommend them more highly. Look no further.” Mark Hudson, Head Teacher, Kew House School

“The focus of our expeditions program is to influence and support the personal development of our pupils. The Manor House trip to Cornwall not only inspires and challenges our pupils but they have great fun and an adventure!” Tracy Handford, Head, Dame Bradbury's School

'We have been visiting The Manor House for nearly 20 years with our Year 6 pupils. With so many new regulations coming in concerning taking pupils away on school trips, we have been fortunate to stay with such a professional organisation. The Manor House provides pupils with a fantastic opportunity to spend time together trying activities that, for many, are a completely new experience. The level of instruction is superb, without forgetting the importance of having fun as well.’ Adrian Hathaway, Senior Teacher, Bishop Stortford College Prep School

WE LOVE MANOR HOUSE! A magical place where 8 year olds can go with their peers and teachers and know that they can be themselves, try new excitements, achieve mountains and overcome fears. I have been sending 8 year olds to Manor House for over 18 years. It is an exciting pirate ship (house) where these lucky children, some of whom have never been away from their parents, get to push start their adventure button and climb, canoe, surf, mountain walk in one of the most iconic places in the country – Cornwall. Haldrine Cove is a gem for climbing and I feel the most incredible experience. The kids also get their first taste of cleaning out the buses, carrying their own kit, laying the tables and making their own lunches.  The staff at the centre are extremely well trained and whilst delivering excellence always have a smile on their faces and help to ensure that the experience is a memorable one so that the children go forward with a strong desire to continue to fuel their appetite for adventure and to continue to push boundaries. This leads to an ability to have a go and give everything one’s best shot. Isn’t it good to know that independent-building all starts at little old Manor House! Dreams, whatever size, rely on doing! Magoo Giles, Principle, Knightsbridge School

The instructor course gave me a great advantage in the outdoor world, creating a fantastic foundation of high quality knowledge and best practice, of which I continue to build on 4 years later! Georgina Wilkinson

"Manor House instructor course was absolutely fantastic. I loved every minute of it. The course really did build up my confidence with Kayaking and Climbing. Since the course I have also gained a few more certificates." Kirsty Hubbert

"This time last year I started my journey to get my dream job. I made amazing friends, learnt a lot about myself and the world, discovered that the world should revolve around climbing. I eventually got my dream job and have had by far the best year of my life." Grace Baker

1 year on from doing the Intensive Instructor Training, I can look back and be sure now that it was effort and money well spent! Testimony to this was the shock of many teachers when I explained this was my first year and had been working in insurance/sales & marketing till Oct 2012, they were convinced I had been doing this my whole life... But that's not to say that I am believing my own propaganda, I've got good starting qualifications and a good base knowledge but the training and development never stops. Mark O'Sullivan 

If getting into the outdoor industry is what you want to do...then Manor House is the way to go. Great fun, a good strong team with loads of knowledge to offer. Tom Butel

Thoroughly enjoyed my 4 months down in Cornwall; learned a huge amount, not just about being an outdoors instructor but also about myself. Have been working in the outdoors industry for nearly a year now and this course helped me immensely. Steve Oddie

"In 2013 we employed two instructors who had recently completed your Trainee Instructor Course. We were very pleased with their standard of coaching and were able to continue mentoring them into experienced activity Instructors. This is of course an endorsement of the course you deliver and the quality of instructors you finish with. Steve Bean, Senior Instructor, Llain Activity Centre

"Hi Lesley, We are recruiting now for instructors next season and as we've had a very happy experience with four of your Outdoor Instructor Course graduates last year; I was wondering whether you might have any more who would be interested in working at Brenscombe this coming summer and whether you might be able to forward them my contact details or refer them to our advert on IOL. I'd definitely like to come an chat to your new recruits in 2014, please pencil me in. Kind regards," Jonny Ray, Training and Development Manager. Brenscombe Outdoor Centre

A Wonderful Time For All Involved. Thank You For Another Fabulous Week!Cameron House School

As With Many Past Years At Manor House, A Super Time, Strenuous Activities, Comfy Beds, Glorious Food And A Warm Welcome!Crosfields School

A Fantastic Trip Yet Again! Well Organised And Great Fun For All - Thank YouUnicorn School

Another Great Stay At The Manor House - Excellent Rock Climbing On The Sea Cliffs, Many Thanks To You All And See You Next Year!Garden House Boys' School

Thanks For A Superb Week. Great Activities And Food! Lovely Manor House.Sherrardswood School

As Usual - Well Organised, Great Help And A Lovely Welcome. As Ever, Much Appreciated.Hatherop Castle School

We've Had A Really Good Working Week With You In Sunny (!) Cornwall. Many Thanks To The Whole Team.Tonbridge School

Thank You For Everything. We Had A Fabulous Time - See You Again Next Year!West Hill Park School

Superb Accommodation And Delicious Food - Full Of Fun, Adventure And Team Spirit. A Perfect Way For The Girls To End Their Junior School Experience. Thank You!Francis Holland School Juniors

An Other Excellent Week! Challenging Activities, Great Fun, Good Food. Thanks Again To All Of The Instructors. See You Next Year!Bishops Stortford College

A Fantastic Team Building Weekend! Great Fun Had By All - We'll Be Back For The Next Challenge!Lloyds TSB Truro

A Great Weekend With Lots Of Challenging Activities. Thank You For Taking Us "Outside Our Comfort Zone" So Successfully! We Will Be Back!Bishops Stortford College MUM's!

Once Again An Amazing Experience For All. The Girls Are Already Planning Which Rooms To Have Next Year! Lesley Your Food Is Tops! Everything Was Outstanding As Usual!St Catherine's School

Thank You For A Brilliant Week! The Girls Have Had Such Good Experiences, The Activities Have Been Great. Food Was Excellent! See You Next Time!Upton House School

I Am Sooo Pleased That My Hen Weekend Was Here! It Has Been Incredible . . . . . . Well Maybe Not The Wetsuit Part! You Have Made This Weekend Unique And Unforgettable, Especially With My Photos! Thank You So Much! XClaire Bills' Hen Weekend

Another Great Activity Week! Thank YouLisa Edey Family Group

Excellent Week - Very Enjoyable Sea Cliff Climbing Day. We All Did Things We Didn't Think We Could Do! Thank You For Looking After Us So Well.Rafter Families

An Enjoyable And Tiring Week! Thanks For All The Instruction, We All Learnt A Lot As Well As Rekindling Old Skills. Good Food And Accommodation. We'll Be Back For Our Third Visit!Carroll Family

Fantastic Weekend, Rock Climbing Was Amazing And No Broken Bones! Food Amazing! You Were All Wonderful Thank You!Chelley's Hen Weekend

Thanks For A Brilliant Weekend! We're All Now Addicted To Surfing . . . And Massages! Thank You!Leisal's Hen Weekend

"My son Matthew Tinegate-Smith took part in the course during the winter 2016/2017. He was immediately drawn to the 'soft skills' training on offer and the clear, dedicated, professional approach of Manor House.

Testimony to this is the fact that Matthew found employment within the industry just three working days after completing the course! During the course he clearly grew and blossomed; it could be seen in his body language after just a few weeks." - Simon Smith

"Never have I experienced training of this level before. The intensity and style of learning given by this course hits so hard you get taken away in a rush of keeping up with it all, and before you know it you've excelled far beyond your previous skillset with an open door to the outdoors industry, I could not have asked for more from Steve, Lesley, or the rest of the instructors working there." Matthew Tinegate-Smith

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