Our beautiful 1790s converted barn is your home for the duration of your experience, purpose built to inspire, motivate and support imagination and idea generation. It’s a perfect space for hosting groups and designed for optimum performance.
Natural Leaders is based on Brookside Farm in Croglin, a picturesque fellside village between the Pennines and the River Eden, famed for its vampire legends. The four walls of the former barn, now our leadership HQ, have provided protection and nurture for sheep for more than 130 years & now provide a safe and comfortable space to spark ideas and inspiration to help you and your team grow.
Step outside and you are greeted with a stunning panoramic of the Cumbrian countryside and a 21-acre holding in the pastoral glory of Croglin Fell, where leaders from some of the country’s top companies and industries have been developing leadership skills using sheepdogs and herding techniques since 2014.
Our partners tell us that the location, and particularly the barn, is a home from home experience. Brookside farm is home to the Red Shepherdess and the Jackson family; there is a warmth and familiarity to the place that promotes calmness, tranquillity and space for self-development.
When with us you will be fully catered for with a delicious variety of home-cooked food that includes breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. We meet all dietary and allergy needs; even keto recipes are on the menu!
Places to stay.
Located in the stunning Eden Valley we are spoilt with the wonderful range of accommodation in the area – from top quality luxury hotels to bistro pubs and homely bed and breakfasts. Our accommodation partners have been quality reviewed and offer special guest rates for Natural Leaders visitors. The feedback rom our Natural Leaders attendees consistently references the importance of being given time to get together and build new levels of trust.
By car, use the M6 and take the 4th exit onto the B5305. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A6.
Continue onto the B6413, following signs for Plumpton. From here continue to Lazonby village and follow the road to the bridge. Go across the bridge into Kirkoswald. Turn right at the top of the hill and follow the country roads to Croglin. Cross a small bridge and turn right at the Robin Hood pub where ahead you will see the Church. Brookside Farm is just before the church.
There are two main stations that provide direct access to Croglin. Penrith and Lazonby Stations are the nearest rail stations with a short drive by bus, taxi or car, to reach Brookside Farm in Croglin.