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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"It is three weeks since I left you at the crack of dawn to walk the next thirty two miles to Dalston on the Cumbria Way. Rain, wind and thick mist predominated as I rounded Skiddaw but after that I had a glorious walk, full of happiness. As ever staying in your hostel was an absolute delight ....the staff are all so welcoming and the ambiance perfect. I hope it is not too long before I am back."

Mary Pritchard, July 2019

Recruiting Staff & Volunteers for 2022

We are now recruiting for hostel assistants and volunteers from February 2022, so please download and read the guides below if you are interesting in joining us.

Working at Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Volunteering at Derwentwater Independent Hostel

We hope to hear from you soon.

Winter Opening 2021/2022 

We'll be open 7 days a week for prebooked stays throughout November, December, January and February.     We are operating as self catering only for stays on Sunday to Thursday nights from 31/10/21 to 22/12/21 and from 9/1/22 to 10/02/21.

2022 Holiday Dates Bookable Now

You can book to stay in private rooms, camping pods and on tent camping pitches.   For larger group bookings please contact the hostel by email using

You can read about everything we are doing to offer a covid safe stay here.

Booking Terms & Conditions for All New Bookings.  

For all new bookings, through our own website, you will be charged a non refundable deposit equal to the cost of the first nights stay, and this is charged shortly after you book.     This deposit is non-refundable in the event of cancellation.   The balance is then charged automatically on the morning of arrival.


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 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.


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Read our latest newsletter here: Autumn 2021 Newsletter

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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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