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Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Thanks again for all your time and efforts in providing the boys with an amazing, action packed week of opportunity. "

Verulam School parent, July 2019


Autumn Term School Group Availability

We have the following dates available in the autumn term for schools.   Please contact us direct on for enquiries and pricing.

  • week commencing Monday 11th September 2023 - 2 nights
  • week commencing Monday 18th September 2023 - 2 nights
  • week commencing Monday 2nd October 2023 - 2, 3, or 4 night stays
  • week commencing Monday 9th October 2023 - 2, 3, or 4 night stays

Accommodation available for groups of up to 90, with sole use always available.

Family & Individual Bookings for Summer Holidays 2023

You can now book online for bed, private room, camping pod & tent camping bookings, to stay at Derwentwater Independent Hostel, up until 5th November 2023.

Limited tent camping pitches will be available to book for the School Summer Holidays from 17th July to 4th September 2023

 Volunteering With Us in 2023

If you are interested in volunteering at Derwentwater Independent Hostel in 2023, please do get in touch.        Accommodation is available at the hostel in a single room for long stay volunteers.  Find out more using the link below:

Volunteering at DIH

Welcome to Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Derwentwater Independent Hostel has accommodation for up to 92 guests and is located in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley, 2 miles south of Keswick, standing in its own spacious grounds between the Falls & the Lake.   Book a bed, a room, a camping pod or the whole hostel.

The Hostel is an ideal place to stay for groups, individuals and families. Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park and World Heritage Site, Derwentwater Independent Hostel occupies Barrow House, an elegant Georgian building on the shores of Derwentwater. The Hostel has friendly and knowledgeable staff, 80 bed spaces across 12 bedrooms, plus 3 camping pods, delicious homemade meals, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, a beautiful waterfall, easy access to the lakeshore and lots of open space and woodlands as part of the grounds to relax or run around. Book Now

Whole Hostel Hire - A Georgian Mansion for your Private Use

Whole Hostel Hire (Sole Use) for autumn, winter & spring dates can be booked, from just £895 per night.  by contacting us direct at for prices and availability.     Read More

DIH  Autumn aerial view

Derwentwater Independent Hostel is also a registered charity, aiming to provide enriching and adventurous learning-outside-the-classroom experiences for young people. Please look at our 360° Education + Adventure section to learn about the exciting opportunities for school and youth groups.



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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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