Online Booking


For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Not sure how in the world this hostel managed to find the nicest people in the entire Lake District and hire them as staff. This place is nothing short of amazing. I've stayed in many hostels and hotels but I've never seen such nice and friendly staff. We stayed here for three nights and I was impressed by the staff's kindness and willingness to go out of their way to help us. The breakfast is delicious and the views from the dorms were unbelievable. The beds are comfy and cozy and the location is excellent as well. One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in!"

Online review, August 2014

Room/grounds hire

We are happy to receive enquiries about room hire and the use of our grounds. 

The following facilities might be of interest:

  • Large dining room with tall windows and a high ceiling. There are great views of the waterfall, red squirrels and birds from these windows. You can rearrange the furniture as you wish, from clearing out all the tables and chairs for a ceilidh, to putting the chairs in rows for a lecture or presentation. Without tables, this room can comfortably accommodate 70 chairs. For use as a dining room, we recommend a maximum of 60 people.
  • Lounge. This room is ideal for smaller meetings of up to 10 people. There are normally sofas in the lounge, but they can be rearranged to make space for a table and chairs.
  • Self-catering kitchen and dining room. This room has tables and chairs for accommodating up to 30 people. It has fantastic views of Derwent Water. There is a large white board on one of the walls.
  • Free Wifi, but its strength varies throughout the building!
  • Portable white screen and digital projector.
  • Our tables seat 6 people. Two tables can be pushed together to seat 8 people. They all have removable plastic tablecloths.
  • Simple homemade refreshments can be booked in advance.
  • Outside electric socket.
  • Ample parking and space for a coach to park/turn around.
  • Bus stop at the bottom of the driveway, with buses running to and from Keswick (7 min journey).
  • Small library of local interest books and pamphlets.


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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