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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Thank you for accommodating us so well at Barrow House. The hostel is amazing and we had an absolutely fabulous time. Thanks to all the fantastic staff there. I certainly wouldn't hesitate in recommending you as a venue."

John Harrison, Group of families, May 2017

Weddings and large parties

We don't have a civil marriage license, but we can certainly host a party! You are welcome to decorate the hostel as you wish, and bring your own entertainment. There have been some beautiful ceremonies in the grounds, and we offer a few different options for large parties:

1. A smaller event, for up to 65 guests, using the hostel dining room as the main reception room, with the hostel providing full catering and bar services. Our dining room cannot comfortably seat more than 65 people. You can decorate it as you wish!

The main dining room      The self-catering kitchen  

The main dining room (left) can seat about 65 and the self-catering kitchen (right) can seat about 25.

2. A larger outdoor event, for up to 120 guests, using a marquee or tipi on the lawn, with outside caterers of your choice providing a celebration meal in the marquee. We can provide a bar in the marquee and the hostel. We have 88 beds in total, so we can accommodate that number for bed and breakfast. We can only accept bookings for this kind of event in April, May, June, July, August or September.


Tipis on the lawn, and marquees on the terrace or the lawn: lots of options!

3. A self-catering event for up to 88, where you book the hostel on an exclusive hire basis, and organise all your own food and entertainment.

Hopefully you will be able to visit the hostel in person so that we can discuss the options with you, and help you plan the event in greater detail.

A few more details

Our exclusive hire price is per night, for the whole hostel, rather than per person. Any meals are then charged per person, on top of the hostel hire price. We can also provide a bar. We are a licensed premises and so guests are not allowed to bring their own alcohol onto the premises. The hostel hire includes:

  • Overnight accommodation for up to 88 people (minimum 2 night stay)
  • Exclusive use of the hostel from midday on arrival to 10am on day of departure
  • Use of the grounds to pitch a marquee or tipi, for up to 100 guests
  • 30 amp electrical connection for marquee/tipi, suitable for lighting and music
  • Temporary event notice to enable outside entertainment
  • Hostel staff will be present on site throughout your stay


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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