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"What I liked most about working at the hostel was working as part of a fantastic team. Everyone was really friendly. I'm sure the two months wouldn't have passed as quickly as they did if I hadn't been surrounded by all these lovely people who really made me feel welcome and comfortable. I will really miss my friends at Derwentwater Youth Hostel. Thanks to all of you!"

Beate Fichl, student volunteer from Germany, February- March 2012.

Meet the team

 2nd anniversary of independence  
 Toasting our independence!   An evening stroll after work. We love being by the lake!

It is not just our guests who find inspiration in Barrow House and the Lake District environment. From exotic baking to fell running, climbing, crochet, and bird watching, our friendly staff members have a wide range of interests. Everyone loves making the most of our stunning location and wildlife-rich grounds: even the nettles have made it into some delicious home brewing experiments. Every day is full of mini adventures, whether they are mind-twisting forays into the heart of a cryptic crossword, or a peak-topping hike on the Lake District fells. Our senior assistant has even managed to scale every one of the 214 Wainwright Fells, using her afternoon breaks and days off. Thank goodness we have so many gorgeous home-made cakes to keep our energy levels up.

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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