Derwentwater Independent Hostel, Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UR

Call them on 01768 777246

Former youth hostel in Borrowdale in Cumbria

Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a Georgian mansion in 17 acres of grounds complete with its own waterfall. The glorious setting near the lake gives wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and is just 2 miles from Keswick. With some ensuite rooms, camping pods and standard bunk rooms the hostel makes a great base for individuals, families, groups, family parties, reunions and conferences. The hostel has lounges, games rooms and free WiFi. It is licensed and offers a full meal service with a good reputation for home made food. Many of the spacious bedrooms have lovely original architecture. The grounds are teeming with wildlife including red squirrels, with plenty of space for children to play, football goals, picnic tables and open water access to launch canoes and boats onto the lake. Borrowdale has something for everyone; walks along the lake shore, challenging mountains, water sports, mountain biking, climbing, gorge scrambling and tourist attractions. Friendly staff are happy to help you organise your days. The C2C route passes close by.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.

Details

  • Beds & Rooms:

    84 1x2, 2x4, 2x5, 3x6, 3x8, 1x22 + 3 Camping Pods
  • Open:

    All year. 7am - 11pm.
  • Price per night:

    From £27 (adult), £19.95 (child). Family rooms from £72. Camping pods from £50. Camping from £10pp per night.
  • Booking:

    Advance booking recommended - especially for groups.
  • Directions:

    Two miles south of Keswick on the B5289 Borrowdale road. Hostel entrance is directly off the main road, 150m after the turning to Watendlath.
  • Public Transport :

    Train to Penrith then X4 bus to Keswick. From Keswick take the launch to the Ashness gate jetty; 100m from hostel or bus 78 to hostel drive.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Trans Euro Trail LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike C2C Cycle Route
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available Easter 2023

Facilities

bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
jShowers
lShop
pClothes washing facilities
[WiFi
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
9Best Price Guarantee

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News & Offers from Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Dorm Beds Are Back and Bookable Now

February 23rd 2022

Our male and female shared dorms are back

After almost two years our shared dormitory rooms are now open again and beds in male and female dorms are bookable for 2022. We’ll continue to use Room 1, our grand Georgian room as the male dorm, and room 7 will be the female dorm most of the time. These two large spacious rooms have the best views in the house, looking out over the lawn across Derwentwater to Cat Bells, and Skiddaw.
Dorm beds are what define a hostel, offering the most affordable accommodation and we’re proud to be offering them once again.

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Stunning Lake District setting for your Feb half term holiday

February 3rd 2022

Plenty of reasonably priced rooms and super cosy heated camping pods, still available to book at Derwentwater Independent Hostel for the February Half Term. This might be your last chance to enjoy the peace and quiet before the spring weather brings the crowds to the Lakes. Come and enjoy bracing winter walks, before relaxing in front of the fire.

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The Best Hostel for Wild Swimming

January 6th 2022

There are few more dramatic places for wild swimming than Derwentwater, and Derwentwater Independent Hostel stands on the lake shore, overlooking the shallow sheltered waters of Barrow Bay, which warm quickly in the spring and summer months. And we hope this image speaks for itself.

There can’t be a better place in the world to wild swim than in Derwentwater, and Barrow Bay at the bottom of the hostel drive provides a sheltered bay, with shallow water which warms quickly in the summer and you’ve got Ashness Jetty to jump in from, making it ideal for family swims.
Or for the more experienced swimmers get geared up with wetsuits and tow floats and head further out into the lake.
And for the ultimate challenge there’s the infamous Frog Graham Round.  The Lake District National Park have a really informative page on a range of activities in and on Derwentwater.  And our website has a great page on the best swimming spots locally.

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Latest Blog about Derwentwater Independent Hostel

A Walk of Art from Derwentwater Independent Hostel

May 10th 2018

If you like to walk from the door, and explore more thoroughly the stories behind the landscape, then you might be interested in an 8 mile circular walk which starts and finishes at Derwentwater Independent Hostel, in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

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