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"The welcome at the Hostel is warm. The facilities are great - the drying room for wetsuits and soggy towels is a bonus. The food is plentiful (especially the breakfast) - except there were a few groans when the Sunday morning training session began with a 4 mile run - quite a challenge after bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato, mushrooms and beans! The COLT ladies had a wonderful room with a lake view which would have cost a fortune in a hotel. Having the kitchen facilities is handy for making early morning and late evening brews and the selection of beers and wine on offer is impressiveThanks to all the staff for looking after us so well. We hope to see you again later in the year."

Kelli Hirst, City of Lancaster Triathalon (COLT) club training weekend, April 2012.

Our history

The foundation stone of Barrow House (then known as Barrow Cascade House) was laid by Joseph Pocklington in 1787. Since then, the house has had an interesting variety of owners and uses, and we would like to share this history with you.

On this page we will gradually share all of the materials that have hitherto been stored in the History Box, deep in the cellar of Derwentwater Independent Hostel. It is a motley collection of maps, prints, images, and documents, all relating to Barrow House and its former occupants.

We have also included some links to extra sources of information. Please feel free to get in touch, ask questions, and become part of Barrow House history.

You can look at the archive catalogue by clicking here. A comprehensive survey of the house and grounds can be found by clicking here. 

Thanks to a visit by Judith Vincent (nee Stanley) we now have more information about Barrow House in the 1920s and early 1930s. Click here to see a presentation of the documents that she shared with us.

Barrow House Photograph Book c.1950s

The Barrow House Photo Booklet that Robert Graham made in the 1950s. 


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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