Online Booking


For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Being such a diverse group of religious and cultural backgrounds, we are quite the challenge to cater for, with vegan, halal, kosher, lactose-free and dairy-free diets all within the group, but Derwentwater as ever rose to the occasion! They even cooked rice every day to help the Indonesian group feel at home, as in Indonesia a meal is not a meal if it doesn't include rice!"

Lucy, Encompass Trust group leader, Nov 2016

Exclusive hire of the hostel

Would you like a Georgian mansion, a waterfall, 17 acres, and a view of Derwent Water for the weekend? It certainly makes a very special setting for a wedding, party, or group event, with performing red squirrels almost guaranteed!

We really enjoy helping groups to customise their stay, and so the best way to proceed with an exclusive hire idea is to email us at with an outline of the type and scale of the event you would like to organise.

The cost of hiring Derwentwater Independent Hostel will vary depending on the scale of the event you would like to organise, but as a starting point, here are our basic prices for exclusive hire per night (food and drink available at extra cost, depending on what you require):

Whole hostel (88 beds) exclusive hire guideline price per night 2018























December (except Christmas)


Christmas (23rd - 27th December) - self catering only


New Year


Prices are per night, based on a minimum two night stay. Meals can be booked separately with breakfast for £5.50, an evening meal from £9 and packed lunches for £6.00. We can also recommend local musicians and ceilidh bands. You can have sole use from midday on day of arrival to 10am on day of departure. If you would like to discuss exclusive use of the hostel then please email us at

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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