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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Being such a diverse group of religious and cultural backgrounds, we are quite the challenge to cater for, with vegan, halal, kosher, lactose-free and dairy-free diets all within the group, but Derwentwater as ever rose to the occasion! They even cooked rice every day to help the Indonesian group feel at home, as in Indonesia a meal is not a meal if it doesn't include rice!"

Lucy, Encompass Trust group leader, Nov 2016

The Hostel Is Reopening on Friday 21st May 2021

The self catering kitchen and lounges will be open from 21st May, but with strict occupancy limits and enhanced cleaning.

You can now book to stay from 21st May in private rooms, camping pods and camping pitches.   Each unit of accommodation can be occupied by upto 6 people from 6 different households.   For larger group bookings please contact the hostel by email using

You can read about everything we have done to offer a covid safe stay here.

Free Cancellation for Bookings to Stay Up Until 31st August 2021

To give you the peace of mind required to make plans for the summer, we are enabling you to book via our website with free cancellation on stays up until 31st August 2021, allowing you cancel for free up until midday on the day before arrival.   For bookings* to stay up to the end of August 2021, we won't take a holding deposit at the time of booking, and your card will be charged automatically on the morning of your arrival.

Bookings for After 1st September 2021

You can now book for all available dates in September & October 2021.   For these dates you will be charged a non-refundable confirmatory deposit, equal to the cost of the first nights stay, with the balance charged on the morning of your arrival.   Naturally, if UK Government restrictions prevent the hostel from being open at the time of your booking, your booking would be cancelled and your deposit would be refunded.

*Different terms and conditions apply to group and exclusive hire bookings.

Welcome to Derwentwater Independent Hostel

An 88 bed hostel in the Borrowdale Valley, 2 miles south of Keswick, standing in its own spacious grounds between the Falls & the Lake.   Book a bed, a room 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, 88 bed spaces across 11 bedrooms, 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 autmn, winter & spring dates can be booked online, from just £795 per night.  For whole hostel hire boookings between April and the end of August contact 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.

We are also open for simple tea and cake for non-residents, from 12 - 4.30 pm, apart from days when there is a sole-use group. Please ring us if you want to check opening days, or to bring a big group.

News and Events

Read our latest newsletter here: April 2021 Newsletter

Click here to see a presentation of Barrow House history material from 1927 - 1932. Thank you to Judith Vincent (nee Stanley) for sharing these documents with us. has very good up to date information about events and things to do locally.

Keswick Museum has a varied programme of events and exhibitions. See their website for more details:


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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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