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

Call them on 01768 777246


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.


  • 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 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 New Year 2021 / 2022 Available February Half Term 2022 Available Easter 2022 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2022 Available August Bank Holiday 2022


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
pClothes washing facilities
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
9Best Price Guarantee


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News & Offers from Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Derwentwater Hostel peeping out from behind its Independent Hostels sign

June 2nd 2021

Family run and friendly, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a Georgian mansion in 17 acres of grounds with stunning mountain views. Just 2 miles from Keswick, it makes a great base for individuals, families, groups and conferences.

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Camping Pods Have Landed At Derwentwater Independent Hostel

May 18th 2021

We think these are the best located camping pods in the Lakes

Our new four person camping pods are here and ready for you. These are simple camping pods, in a woodland setting looking out over the hostel lawn and up to Cat Bells and Maiden Moor. What could be better than sitting out on your own deck and watching the sun set, then retreating to the warmth of your heated pod, for a comfortable nights sleep, before being woken to the sound of woodland birdsong.

We’ve chosen simple camping pods, without bathrooms or a kitchen, to offer an alternative, for those who want to enjoy the outdoor feel of camping, but with the comforts of beds, lighting, heating and somewhere to charge your phone! It’s just a short walk up to the hostel for toilets, showers, lounge, games rooms and the self catering kitchen.

With two single beds and a double bed sized futon at the rear, our pods are perfect for families or groups of up to four adults. Bedding isn’t provided, but for those who are travelling light, or forget, a bedding pack can be hired at £5 per person per stay.

Summer prices for camping pods, start from £50 per night. BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

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Hostel Exclusive Hire

March 24th 2021

Combine All Your Missed Celebrations Into One Big Family Weekend

It’s almost a full year now since the beginning of the first lockdown, and for many that means a whole year of family gatherings missed.

So what better way of marking the emergence from lockdown, than planning a single family weekend at Derwentwater Independent Hostel, to get all your friends and family together, and mark all of those missed birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties and weekends together, that we previously took for granted.

The hostel is available for Exclusive Hire for Autumn and Winter weekends from just £795 per night, with accommodation for up to 88 people, with the option to self cater or let the hostel team provide you with lovely homemade celebration meals.

Prices for Autumn/Winter 2021/22 for Exclusive Hire will be:
September & October £1,450 per Night
November & December (excl Christmas & New Year) £895 per night
Christmas £995 per night
New Year £1,495 per night
January £795 per night
February £895 per night
March £1,450 per night

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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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