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017687 77246 or
contact@derwentwater.org


Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"It is three weeks since I left you at the crack of dawn to walk the next thirty two miles to Dalston on the Cumbria Way. Rain, wind and thick mist predominated as I rounded Skiddaw but after that I had a glorious walk, full of happiness. As ever staying in your hostel was an absolute delight ....the staff are all so welcoming and the ambiance perfect. I hope it is not too long before I am back."

Mary Pritchard, July 2019

The Hostel Is Open with Private Rooms For Up To 6 Guests per Room and Camping Pitches

We are open with private bunk rooms for up to 6 guests and camping pitches, and offering reduced occupancy of rooms to allow for social distancing.   We've also reduced our total hostel capacity to give everyone the space they need.

You can read about everything we are doing to create a covid safe stay here.

Please note: under current government regulations we can accept bookings for parties of up to 6 guests.      However, if you would like to book a room for a single household of more than 6 guests, please contact us direct.

For the first time ever we'll be offering camping with use of hostel facilities, available until 22nd October 2020.   Watch this space for news on camping at the hostel in 2021.

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

To give you the peace of mind required to make plans for the autumn & winter, we are enabling you to book via our website with free cancellation, up until midday on the day before arrival.   For all new bookings to stay up to the end of March, 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.

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 reception@derwentwater.org 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: http://www.derwentwater.org/news/september2019

Field Studies Council (FSC): we have teamed up with the FSC to offer field work and environmental education sessions in our grounds and the local area (transport available at cost), from KS2 to degree level. Please click here or get in touch for more information.

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.

www.keswick.org 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: http://keswickmuseum.org.uk/

 

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Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
Borrowdale
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246
Email: reception@derwentwater.org

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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