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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or
contact@derwentwater.org


Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Once again we thoroughly enjoyed our Easter stay at the hostel. Thanks for looking after us so well as usual."

David Parker, 3rd Gateshead Boys Brigade, April 2019

Cancellations & Booking Transfers due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

We have made the very difficult decision to close the hostel, until at least the end of April 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.    

Bookings upto and including 30th April 2020.     If you have a booking to stay with us before the 30th April 2020, we will be contacting you shortly to arrange a full refund or to transfer your booking to a  later date.

Bookings for May & June 2020.   If you have a booking for May & June 2020 we are continuing to operate to our normal cancellation booking terms and conditions, which means that all deposits paid to secure your booking are non-refundable in the event of cancellation.    However, we value your business and we do not want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to come and stay at Derwentwater Independent Hostel.   Therefore, if you need to cancel a room or bed booking as a result of the coronavirus, you will be able to make a one off transfer of your booking to a new date in 2020 (or 2021 in the case of group bookings), and we will transfer your deposit payment to this new booking.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us  by email at reception@derwentwater.org

 

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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