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Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Being such a diverse group of religious and cultural backgrounds, we are quite the challenge to cater for, with vegan, halal, kosher, lactose-free and dairy-free diets all within the group, but Derwentwater as ever rose to the occasion! They even cooked rice every day to help the Indonesian group feel at home, as in Indonesia a meal is not a meal if it doesn't include rice!"

Lucy, Encompass Trust group leader, Nov 2016

Whole Hostel Hire - A Georgian Mansion for your private use

Would you like a Georgian mansion, a waterfall, 17 acres, and a view of Derwentwater for the weekend? It certainly makes a very special setting for a celebration, birthday, retreat, party or group event.

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You can book the whole hostel at any time of year, with prices starting from just £895 per night, with a minimum 2 night stay, up to £1995 per night at peak periods.       Contact us direct on for availability and pricing.

We really enjoy helping groups to customise their stay, so if you have any specific ideas for exclusive hire please email us at  or give us a call on 017687 77246 with an outline of the type and scale of the event you would like to organise.

Catering for Whole Hostel Bookings

The hostel can provide some or all of your meals during your stay, or simply make use of the self catering kitchen.


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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