Online Booking


For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"I am so glad to see that the hostel continues to grow and cater for its visitors. I've been bringing students to this beautiful house since 2002. It provides an excellent base for carrying out river studies within the Borrowdale Valley. Over the years hundreds of Essex students have been knee-deep in water collecting data, but however cold or wet we have got, a warm welcome has always been provided by the hostel. Students always remember this place: it’s often the first thing they mention to me after years have gone by and they are all grown up. A big thank you from a teacher and all the Thurstable as well as Moulsham students that have been here."

Paul Mason (teacher at Moulsham High School and previously at Thurstable School), 20th October 2014.

2017 Prices (from 1st March 2017)

Higher price is 1st March to 31st October. Lower price is 1st November 2017 to 28th February 2018.

Families and individuals

Prices per person per night (in single-sex dormitories):


£21 - £23

Under 18


Room prices per night (sole use of a room):

Family room

3 people £63.50 - £69.50

Adult room

2 people £50.00 - £55.00

Family room

4 people £72.00 - £79.00

Adult room

3 people £73.50 - £78.50

Family room

5 people £86.50 - £96.50

Adult room

4 people £95.00 - £106.00

Family room

6 people £102.00 - £114.00

Adult room

5 people £119.50 - £131.50

Adult room

6 people £143.00 - £157.00


Group prices per person per night from:


Under 18

Over 18

Adult group

Full board

£36.00 £43.50 £46.75


£16.50 £23.00 £23.00

Evening meal

£8.75 £8.75 £12.00


£5.75 £5.75 £5.75

Packed lunch

Junior - £5.00 Adult - £6.00 £6.00


How to book

If you would like to stay at Derwentwater Independent Hostel within the next 6 months you can use the online availability checker and booking system (to the left of the screen). Alternatively you can ring or email us. For bookings more than 6 months away please contact us by telephone or email.

Telephone: +44 (0) 17687 77246


Booking and cancellation conditions for families and individuals

We request full payment of one night in order to secure your booking. This deposit is non-refundable. The full booking balance will be due when you arrive at the hostel. You will be able to pay by cash, cheque, BACS, Visa Debit/Delta, Visa Credit, Maestro/Switch, and Mastercard (no charge).

If you cancel your booking you will be refunded all but your first night payment.

You can cancel at any time but we obviously prefer to have as much notice as possible!

Meal prices

Evening meal - 3 course £13.75
Evening meal - 2 course £11.25
Starter £3.00
Main course £8.75
Dessert £3.00
Under 10 evening meal (2 courses) £5.00
Under 10 breakfast £3.75
Breakfast £5.75
Adult packed lunch £6.00
Junior packed lunch £5.00
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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