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"On behalf of the large group from Serpentine Runners, I would just like to thank you for making our recent stay so enjoyable. The friendly welcome, the amazing home-cooked food, the relaxed atmosphere - it was just the perfect base. It is absolutely brilliant that you have kept this remarkable old house open for simple accommodation. We'll be back!"

Serpentine Runners, Jan 2019

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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