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

Call them on 01768 777246


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.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    88: 1x4, 2x5, 3x6, 3x8, 1x10, 1x22
  • Open:

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

    From £22.00 (adult), £17.00 (child). Family rooms from £76 (for 4). Ask if you want a room for 2 or 3.
  • 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

This accommodation is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the map of accommodation for school groups, the Wedding Venue page, the present or past youth hostel page, the Hostels with Camping map, the C2C Cycle Route and the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme.

It has availability at Autumn Half Term and New Year.


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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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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Derwentwater Hostel says “We’re Good to Go” having completed the VisitEngland Covid risk accreditation

July 27th 2020

Private bunk rooms and camping pitches are available with reduced occupancy in place to allow for social distancing.   We’ve also reduced our total hostel capacity to give everyone the space they need.

The Hostel Is Now Open with Private Rooms and Camping

We reopened on the 17th July with private bunk rooms and camping pitches.  You can read about everything we are doing to create a covid safe stay here.

Please note: under current government regulations a room can be shared by guests from a maximum of two households.   If your party is made up of people from more than two households, you will need to book multiple rooms.

For the first time ever we’ll be offering camping with use of hostel facilities.  You can book all these options  online.

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Camping at Derwentwater Independent Hostel

July 5th 2020

For the first time ever, during summer 2020 we’ll be offering four camping pitches in the hostel grounds.

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, close to the Coast to Coast route and the delights of Borrowdale, it makes a great base for individuals, families, groups and conferences. The hostel has plenty of space in & out for you to use and relax in.

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Derwentwater Independent Hostel is open for staycations in 2020

June 27th 2020

We will be letting private rooms only, which can be shared by up to two households, and all rooms will have their own dedicated shower facilities. We’ve reduced our overall occupancy and set up our booking systems to allow discounted under-occupancy of our larger bunk rooms – giving everyone more space. We’ll be increasing our daily cleaning routines to ensure everything stays clean and safe.

For the first time ever, we’ll also be offering four camping pitches in the hostel grounds.

We’ll be increasing our daily cleaning routines to ensure everything stays clean and safe.

Unfortunately our self catering kitchen has to remain closed, but we’ll be offering a limited breakfast & dinner service, and also making sure guests have access to a boiler for hot drinks and a microwave to reheat food.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming guests back to Derwentwater.

Find other accommodation re-opening here.

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