• 78 hostel bed spaces across 12 bunk bedded rooms.    Rooms vary in size from 2 bed to 16.   Two rooms are ensuite and all of the other rooms apart from one have a wash hand basin.    All tap water is suitable for drinking.
  • There are toilets and showers throughout the building.
  • Free Wifi, although speed and bandwidth is limited by our rural location.
  • On-site car and coach park.
  • Sweets and drinks available to purchase at Reception.
  • A large drying room.
  • A washing machine and tumble drier. Please purchase tokens at Reception.
  • Towels available to hire. Please ask at Reception.
  • Hairdryer and iron available to borrow. Please ask at Reception.
  • Interesting display boards in the rooms and corridors.
  • Large self catering kitchen and dining area, with views of Derwent Water. The self catering kitchen contains 2 microwaves, 3 ovens, 3 fridges, 1 freezer, 2 sinks, lots of storage space, washing up equipment, recycling bins, tables and chairs to seat 25 people, 2 high-chairs, and all the cooking utensils and crockery that we think you will need!
  • An attractive lounge with a large fireplace (open fires available in autumn & winter), comfortable sofas, a selection of books and magazines, a toy box, several games and jigsaws, and fantastic views of Derwent Water.
  • A large lounge with pool table and inspiring views of Derwent Water and the surrounding fells.
  • A small television lounge.
  • A table tennis (ping pong) room. Please ask at Reception to borrow table tennis bats and balls.
  • Large grounds with wild meadow, woodland, stream and waterfall.
  • Hostel hydro-electric scheme - group tours available, subject to staff availability. 
  • Projector, screen and flipchart stand.
  • Whiteboards in two rooms.
  • Photocopying, printing and fax facilities (for a small charge).
  • Selection of outdoor and indoor games (free to borrow).
  • Local maps & information leaflets.
  • Orienteering trail (click here to download the maps).
  • Indoor red squirrel trail.
  • Lake access for launching small watercraft.
  • Superb mix of habitats within walking distance.
  • Keswick Launch jetty (Ashness Jetty) near the hostel.

Classrooms/meeting rooms

The two dining rooms double up as classrooms, with whiteboards and screens available for both. The large dining room can seat around 60. The small dining room can seat 30. The lounges and games rooms can also be used as meetings rooms. Please ensure that you have booked a meeting room in advance.

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
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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