The College is set in 60 hectares of its own land in the beautiful Lake District. Ellesmere has fantastic facilities for boarding, sports and the Arts. In addition to the academic programs, the College is a national leader in elite training for the sports of tennis, swimming, rugby and shooting. The Arena Arts program offers exceptional opportunities for students to excel in Art, Music and Drama.

There is a purpose-built Arts and Design centre; Music boasts a large number of practice rooms, 2 pipe organs of national importance (organ scholarships are available), and a recording studio. There is a 220-seat theatre and film-making is a popular activity.

A recent inspection report praised Ellesmere for the happiness of its students and the dynamic and innovative approach that it took to education.