A progressive independent commercial business, created by Act of Parliament. Our portfolio includes the whole of Regent Street and much of St James’s in London’s West End, prime regional shopping centres, Windsor Great Park, rural land and coastline, and the UK’s seabed.
Cumberland Lodge is an educational foundation and residential conference centre in the heart of Windsor Great Park. Its magnificent facilities are available to hire for conferences, meetings and special events, which helps to support its charitable and educational activities.
As a registered charity with a vision of more tolerant, peaceful and inclusive societies, Cumberland Lodge tackles social divisions by equipping and inspiring people to learn from one another and engage in constructive dialogue. The foundation was established in 1947 with support from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother), who was Patron until 2002. The current Patron is Her Majesty The Queen.
Cumberland Lodge works with students and practitioners, leaders and influencers, to break down silo thinking and foster learning and critical thinking through:
Subsidised study retreats for about 4,000 students per year, from universities across the UK, including NHS Vocational Training Schemes and the Inns of Court.
Cross-sector and inter-disciplinary conferences, lectures and seminars with high-profile speakers from academia and public life.
Mentoring schemes and scholarships for doctoral students and international students in the UK, to equip them leadership, communication, critical analysis and public engagement skills, and inspire them to use their work for the betterment of society.
Educational and cultural events for the local community, including workshops in schools, art exhibitions, informal seminars with guest speakers, literary events, Lodge tours and music recitals.
Cumberland Lodge itself is a former royal residence dating back to the 1660s, shortly after the English Civil War. It was historically home to the Rangers of the Great Park, including the Duke of Cumberland, second son of King George II, who took up the Rangership in 1746, and Prince Christian, who moved here with Princess Helena, daughter of Queen Victoria, in the late 19th century.
Cumberland Lodge is a distinctive venue for events, noted for its historic rooms, excellent food, modern conferencing facilities and exceptional quality of service. It is used by a wide variety of organisations for conferences, away days, retreats, professional development, and special events including civil weddings and civil partnerships. Self-catering lets are available for short leisure breaks.