Lake District Independent Hostels : Former youth hostel near Keswick in the Lake District


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

Family run and friendly, 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. 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.

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Derwentwater Independent Hostel | Lake District Independent Hostels : Former youth hostel near Keswick in the Lake District


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Rooms & Beds:

88: 1×4, 2×5, 3×6, 3×8, 1×10, 1×22


All Year, 7am – 11pm.

Price per night:

From £21.00 (adult), £16.50 (child). Family rooms from £72 (for 4). Ask if you want a room for 2 or 3.


Advance booking recommended – especially for groups.


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.

This accommodation is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee and is on the C2C Cycle Route and the present or past youth hostel page.

News & Offers

Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival

The Cumbrian Group of Independent Hostels had a stand at the Keswick Mountain Festival last weekend. Big thanks to Sam and all at IHUK for their help and to everyone who came to chat at our stand. It’s a great festival so hope to see you there in 2017.

Go Herdwick!

Go Herdwick!

Go Herdwick is an exciting art trail along the route of the 555 bus from Keswick to Grasmere.

From 25th March until 4th September you will be able to spot over 50 beautifully painted “ewes” and “lambs” in all sorts of places.
The trail is a fundraiser for the Calvert Trust, who provide outdoor activity holidays for children and adults with special needs.
They will be selling maps of the trail to raise money for much needed renovation work at their Old Windebrowe site in Keswick.
For more information take a look at the excellent website:

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