The late Stanley and Emily Davies left their house and grounds to the Society of Friends (Quakers) in order that they might provide housing for older members of the Society and others in need of such accommodation. Gatesbield Quaker Housing Association was established to fulfil these aims. Gatesbield Quaker Housing Association Ltd is a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 formerly known as an Industrial & Provident Society (registration number 22990R). It is treated as a charity by HMRC (Exempt No. EW21479).
Gatesbield House and grounds are situated in some two acres of secluded gardens near to the centre of Windermere village, within walking distance of shops and buses, and about half a mile from the railway station.
The Association offers rented sheltered accommodation to Members and listed Attenders of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and non-Quakers sympathetic with Quaker principles that may include people of another religious faith or none.
Gatesbield has an experienced and enthusiastic team including: the Scheme Manager, four Assistant Wardens, Finance Officer, Cook and Maintenance Officer. Overnight emergency response is provided by St Gregory's Homecare.