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017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Just to let you and your excellent staff know how grateful we all were for the help and support we received during our first visit to the hostel - the food, service, accommodation and facilities were excellent. We look forward to visiting again."

P. Blackledge, Nov 2018


Book Now for 2023

You can now book online to stay at Derwentwater Independent Hostel, in private rooms, dorm beds and camping pods for stays up until 5th November 2023.

Limited tent camping pitches will be available to book for the following period:

  • Coronation Bank Holiday Weekend - 5th, 6th & 7th May 2023
  • Whit Half Term Week - 26th May to 3rd June 2023
  • School Summer Holidays from 17th July to 4th September 2023

Camping Pods will have a minimum 2 night stay and for stays including Saturday nights we also now have a minimum 2 night stay.

For larger group bookings please contact the hostel by email using


 Working or Volunteering With Us in 2023

If you are interested in working or volunteering at Derwentwater Independent Hostel in 2023, please do get in touch.        Accommodation for both roles is available at the hostel in single staff rooms.  Find out more using the links below:

Volunteering at DIH

Working at DIH

Welcome to Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Derwentwater Independent Hostel has accommodation for up to 92 guests and is located in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley, 2 miles south of Keswick, standing in its own spacious grounds between the Falls & the Lake.   Book a bed, a room, a camping pod or the whole hostel.

The Hostel is an ideal place to stay for groups, individuals and families. Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park and World Heritage Site, Derwentwater Independent Hostel occupies Barrow House, an elegant Georgian building on the shores of Derwentwater. The Hostel has friendly and knowledgeable staff, 80 bed spaces across 12 bedrooms, plus 3 camping pods, delicious homemade meals, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, a beautiful waterfall, easy access to the lakeshore and lots of open space and woodlands as part of the grounds to relax or run around. Book Now

Whole Hostel Hire - A Georgian Mansion for your Private Use

Whole Hostel Hire (Sole Use) for autumn, winter & spring dates can be booked, from just £895 per night.  by contacting us direct at for prices and availability.     Read More

DIH  Autumn aerial view

Derwentwater Independent Hostel is also a registered charity, aiming to provide enriching and adventurous learning-outside-the-classroom experiences for young people. Please look at our 360° Education + Adventure section to learn about the exciting opportunities for school and youth groups.



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Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246

Thank you to Geoff Williams, Rebecca Laff, Fiona McCarthy, John and Sam Snyder, and KTA for generously providing inspiring photographs.
Thank you to Lisa Bamford at Stoats and Weasels for designing our website, and to Sam Snyder for building it.
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