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017687 77246 or
contact@derwentwater.org


Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"This place has felt like home because of your kind hearts and welcoming character, which really made this experience incredible. Thank you."

Taylor, Encompass Trust Journey of Understanding Participant, November 2013

Frequently asked questions

What is a hostel? What is it like to stay in one? How has hostelling changed over the years? Here is some information about the Derwentwater Independent Hostel experience…

What will my accommodation be like? 

We have 11 bedrooms, varying in size from 4 bed spaces to 22 bed spaces. All of the beds are bunk beds, apart from 2 single beds. We recommend that children under 7 years old use the bottom bunk. Unless you have booked a private room, your room will be single-sex. There is a sink and mirror in every room (except Room 1 and Room 9 which has an adjoining toilet room). Some of the rooms have lockable cupboards (padlocks available to hire or buy from reception).

Is bedding provided?

Yes. There will be a freshly-laundered bedding pack on each bed. You can pick any unoccupied bed in your allocated dormitory. Then you will need to make your bed – this is more fun than it sounds! You can also help yourself to extra blankets.

Do you have ensuite rooms?

No. None of the rooms are ensuite. There are single-sex bathrooms (with toilets and showers) and some unisex toilets and showers. This means that you will not disturb your room-mates if you need the bathroom, and there should always be vacant toilets and showers.

Can I bring animals with me? 

Animals are not allowed inside the hostel buildings. However, they are allowed in the grounds if you clean up after them and keep them under control. When the Search and Rescue Dog Association stay at the hostel they keep their dogs in their cars and vans. Please keep animals on a lead when we have sheep in the grounds. The Greta Bank Kennels in Keswick allow you to take your dog out during the day - some of the families who have stayed at the hostel have kept their dog at the kennels during their stay. Greta Bank Farm, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4NS. Tel: 01768 772592

Can I store and cook my own food and drink?

Yes. There is a self-catering kitchen, which is shared between all of the guests. You can store food and non-alcoholic drinks in the fridges and on the shelves, but please make sure you label everything with your name and date of departure. Sticky labels and pens are provided. We are a licensed premises and so please do not consume your own alcohol on-site. A good range of alcoholic drinks is available to buy at reception.

Do I have to do any household chores?

You do not have to do any hostel chores, but please be considerate of the other guests. Please wash, dry, and put away anything that you use in the self-catering kitchen.

Can I buy meals at the hostel?

Yes. You can mix self-catering with the hostel meals, or leave all the catering to us! We offer hearty breakfasts (includes cereals, fruit, toast, cold meat and cheese, yoghurt, and the traditional cooked items), packed lunches (with yummy home-made flapjacks), and evening meals. Please order breakfasts and packed lunches the night before you want them (or as far in advance as you can!). Evening meals need to be ordered before 6pm (or 5pm for a 6pm meal). You can eat at 6pm or 7pm, but we can often make special arrangements if you ask in advance. We offer gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.

Do you have recycling facilities?

In the self-catering kitchen, reception area, lounge, pool room, and table tennis room there are recycling bins for glass, paper and card, and aluminium. There are also large recycling bins in the court yard. Please use them! Unfortunately we do not have on-site plastic recycling facilities at the moment. However, there are plastic recycling bins in the Otley Road Car Park in Keswick – please consider saving your plastic and depositing it in Keswick.

By what time do I need to vacate my room on my day of departure?

Please vacate your room by 10am. This allows us to clean the rooms thoroughly before the next guests arrive. Please ask us if you want to store your luggage at the hostel while you wait for your transport.

What shall I do with my bedding at the end of my stay?

At the end of your stay please strip your bed of its duvet cover, pillow case, and sheet. Please bring these down to reception and place them in separate piles. This really helps us!

Do you have towels?

Yes - just ask at reception. Towels are available to hire for £1.

Can I iron/press my clothes?

Yes - just ask at reception. You can borrow an ironing board and iron for free.

Can I wash and dry my clothes?

Yes - just ask at reception. You can buy washing powder for the washing machine and tokens for the tumble drier. There is also a large drying room for hanging up wet clothes and shoes.

Can I store my bike/s safely?

Yes. There is a big shed for storing bikes securely. Please ask at reception for the shed key.

Can I explore the hostel grounds?

Yes. Please feel free to roam in the grounds. You can play games on the grass, climb the trees, and walk by the waterfall. Sometimes sheep wander into the grounds too!

 

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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