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"As always, it has been a pleasure using the hostel."

Ben Keen, The Adventure Element director and outdoor instructor, April 2017

Covid Secure Accommodation

We've worked extremely hard to ensure the hostel reopens from 17th May, offering a safe and secure environment, for guests, visitors and staff, and that everything we do is focussed on minimising the risk of transmission of the coronavirus.

In line with the Steps in the Roadmap out of Lockdown, the services we provide will change at each step.    

Step 3 - from 17th May 2021

Private rooms, camping pods and camping pitches can be booked for parties of up to 6 people from 6 different households, or for larger groups from a combined 2 households.

What hostel facilities will be available at step 3?

Self Catering Kitchen will be open, but with strict limits on occupancy to maintain social distancing.

  • No more than 2 guests will be permitted to use the cooking part of the kitchen at anyone time.   We will ask you cook alone for your household, to allow a guest from another household to cook at the same time.
  • Guests will be able to use the dining area of the self catering kitchen in their household groups, but we have reduced the number of tables to enable social distancing.
  • To minimise the risk of transmission of the coronavirus, the kitchen will be well ventilated and hostel staff will santise all surfaces throught the day.   We recommend washing crockery and cutlery before and after use.

The lounges and drying room will be open with social distancing limits applied. 

What food will the hostel be serving at step 3?   

Evening Meals.     We will be serving a limited evening meal service, with a single sitting at 7.00pm, offering a range of stonebaked pizzas, as well as our homemade daily specials, and a choice of hot and cold desserts.    There are limited tables for dinner bookable on a first come first served basis.

Breakfast.     A full cooked breakfast will be served daily in two sittings at  7.30am and at 8.30am.    There are a limited number of tables for breakfast at each sitting bookable on a first come first served basis.  

Packed Lunches.       Can be ordered in the evening for you to take away in the morning.

Reception & Bar.   Reception will be open from 3.00pm to 11.00pm for check in, and also to buy teas, coffees, beers, wines, ciders and soft drinks.

Enhanced Cleaning.     We've enhanced our daily cleaning routines, in order to clean and sanitise all accommodation prior to your arrival.      With the focus on ventilation and sanitisation, we've now moved check in back to 3.00pm at the earliest, to give us the time required to prepare the hostel properly for you.   During the day we'll take time to sanitise commonly touched points throughout the public areas of the hostel.

Showers & Toilets - Each private room will have exclusive use of an allocated shower and all shared toilets will be cleaned 3 times a day.   Those staying on camping pitches and in camping pods will be able to use the ground floor campers toilets and showers.

Step 4 - from 21st June 2021

We'll update details on step 4 as we receive them, but we expect the self catering kitchen and games rooms to be open, and for larger group bookings to return.

We're awaiting details on when shared dormitory accommodation can open to allow you to book a dorm bed.





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.
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