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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 accommodating us so well at Barrow House. The hostel is amazing and we had an absolutely fabulous time. Thanks to all the fantastic staff there. I certainly wouldn't hesitate in recommending you as a venue."

John Harrison, Group of families, May 2017

The hostel is currently closed due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

As a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak the hostel is closed until at least the end of June 2020 and this closure may have to be extended until 16th July or later if required by the UK Government.   

New Bookings

Book now for stays from 17th July 2020.       Our current tentative plan is to reopen from Friday 17th July 2020, if permitted by the UK government and if we are able to operate to the safe standards yet to be published.    This is why you can now book for stays from 17th July 2020 onwards.       At present we are only taking bookings for private rooms and have removed our shared dormitories from sale.

Book now with Free Cancellation.    To give you the peace of mind required to make plans for the summer holidays, we are enabling you to book via our website with free cancellation, up to 1 day before arrival.   For all new bookings we won't take a holding deposit at the time of booking, with full payment due on arrival.

Existing Bookings

If you have an existing booking, which then has to be cancelled because we are unable to open, we will offer to transfer your booking and deposit to a new date, or offer a full refund of any deposits paid.

Please do not hesitate to contact us  by email at reception@derwentwater.org if you have any queries.

 Welcome to Derwentwater Independent Hostel

An 88 bed hostel in the Borrowdale Valley, 2 miles south of Keswick, standing in its own spacious grounds between the Falls & the Lake.   Book a bed, a room 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, 88 bed spaces across 11 bedrooms, 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 autmn, winter & spring dates can be booked online, from just £795 per night.  For whole hostel hire boookings between April and the end of August contact us direct at reception@derwentwater.org 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.

We are also open for simple tea and cake for non-residents, from 12 - 4.30 pm, apart from days when there is a sole-use group. Please ring us if you want to check opening days, or to bring a big group.

News and Events

Read our latest newsletter here: http://www.derwentwater.org/news/september2019

Field Studies Council (FSC): we have teamed up with the FSC to offer field work and environmental education sessions in our grounds and the local area (transport available at cost), from KS2 to degree level. Please click here or get in touch for more information.

Click here to see a presentation of Barrow House history material from 1927 - 1932. Thank you to Judith Vincent (nee Stanley) for sharing these documents with us.

www.keswick.org has very good up to date information about events and things to do locally.

Keswick Museum has a varied programme of events and exhibitions. See their website for more details: http://keswickmuseum.org.uk/

 

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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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