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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"We had a fantastic time and we were so impressed with your pre-visit organisation, all the staff were helpful and friendly and great with the children, the food was excellent and the whole set-up was relaxed but very professional. We hope to see you next year."

Andy May, St Michael's Primary School, June 2019

Covid Secure Accommodation

We've worked extremely hard to ensure the hostel offers a safe and secure environment and to minimise the risk of transmission of the coronavirus.      The following information is to help you plan and prepare for your stay.

Face Coverings

From 8th August, the law requires that guests wear face covings in the public areas of the hostel, which include the entrances, corridors, lounges and brew room, but not in the dining room when eating 

Reduced Occupancy

We've limited the number of rooms we are using, and reduced our overall total occupancy.

Your Room

You can book a room for up to six guests from any number of households.   We've enabled under occupancy of our larger rooms, to allow you to book a large room if you choose.    

Arrival & Check In

Please sanitise your hands at one of the sanitiser points by the main doors, each time you enter the building.

Check in at reception will be contactless.   Your sanitised room keys will be in your room, along with a hostel information sheet.

Please follow the instructions on signage regarding social distancing of 1+metres.   There is a one way system on the main stairs - up the reception stairs and down the front stairs.   In corridors where it may not be possible to pass at 1+ metres distance, please allow others to come down corridors before entering.

Payment for your stay will be taken automatically from the card you used to book with.   This payment will be processed automatically on your day of arrival.

Please pay for all food, drink and shop purchases using contactless card payments.

A Secure Environment

Reduced Occupancy.     We want to ensure the hostel is a safe and secure environment, and to minimise the risks of virus transmission we've reduced the occupancy of the hostel and are no longer opening the hostel during the day to passers by for a brew and a cake.     Reducing the number of people you have contact with is key to reducing the risk of virus transmission.

Managing Illness.   Please do not travel if you are ill.    All bookings have free cancellation, up to 24 hours prior to arrival (up until midday on the day before check in), so if you are unwell, it is important you do not travel and cancel your booking.    If you experience new coronavirus symptoms during your stay, please contact NHS 111 and report your illness to hostel staff immediately.

Cleaning & Hygiene

  • We've increased our cleaning routines to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus.
  • We'll sanitise all frequently touched points in the hostel 4 times a day.
  • Do your bit by washing hands frequently.
  • Toilets will be cleaned 4 times a day to ensure they stay perfectly clean.
  • Between guests, rooms will be deep cleaned and all surfaces sanitised.
  • On departure we'll ask you to strip your beds, leaving the bedding in a single pile on one of the beds, and to leave the windows wide open for ventilation.

Toilets and Showers

Each room will be allocated a single dedicated shower, which is for the use of the guests in your room only.    Toilets are available for all, and will be cleaned 4 times a day, to ensure they stay clean, and to minimise any risk of virus transmission.    

Self Catering Kitchen

Unfortunately we are not permitted to re-open our communal self catering kitchen, but we will ensure you have access to a boiler for hot drinks and a microwave to reheat food.   Crockery, cutlery and glassware, fresh from the dishwasher, will be available on request from hostel staff.

Hostel Food & Drink

Breakfast.     We'll be offering a full breakfast service, served at your table.   Please preorder the evening before hand.

Evening Meal.      An evening meal will be available each day at 7.00pm, on a limited 2 course menu, which will feature our traditional home made specials, including vegetarian option, and a range of 12 inch pizzas, plus a choice of desserts.   As usual orders are taken up until 6.00pm each evening.

Packed Lunches.       Packed lunches can be ordered the night before for collection in the morning.

Hostel Bar.    The bar will be open at reception until 11.00pm each evening.

Dining Room

This large and spacious room is idea for social distancing.   Whenever you order food from us, either dinner or breakfast, we'll allocate a table for your meal, with at least 2 metres between diners, and to avoid having to move around the room, we'll serve to your table.

Lounges & Games Rooms

The lounges will be available for use, but with restricted occupancy, and we've had to remove all of the books and games.     Unfortunately we are not able to open the games rooms.    Remember to bring any games, footballs etc that you need, as we aren't able to lend out communal items at the moment.



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

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