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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or
contact@derwentwater.org


Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Thank you for an incredible weekend! The guys had the best time and were really impressed with the facilities. I'm sure we will be using you again in the future. "

Eddie Lawless, Skylark Church group. May 2019.

Covid Secure Accommodation

We've worked extremely hard to adapt and prepare the hostel to offer 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.

Reduced Occupancy

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

Your Room

Your room can be occupied by guests from up to 2 households.   We've enabled under occupancy of our larger rooms, to allow you to book a large room if you choose.    If your booking includes guests from more than 2 households, you'll need to book multiple rooms.

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.

Wristbands.   To help you and our staff, know who is staying at the hostel, we'll give you wristbands to wear.   Red for hostel guests and green for campers.

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

You'll be allocated a large table in the dining room, which is your base for the duration of your stay.   We'll serve any meals you order to your table, and you can use it for board games, or just for leaving things on!!

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
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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