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

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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.


  • 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


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

Family Rooms for 4 and 6 from £96 still available for the summer holidays

July 26th 2022

There are still family rooms available on most nights at Derwentwater Independent Hostel, for summer holiday short breaks, or longer stays, all bookable at

If you prefer the idea of walking the fells, or paddleboarding on Derwentwater, to queueing at Dover or at airport security, then we’ve got the perfect lakeside holiday or short break for you this summer. Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a family favourite, standing in its own spacious grounds, between the falls and the lakeshore.

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Lakeside Tent Camping is Back at Derwentwater Independent Hostel

July 26th 2022

Limited tent camping pitches are available at Derwentwater Independent Hostel once again, for the school summer holidays, priced at £10 per person per night and bookable at Campers have full use of all hostel facilities.

Our tent camping pitches are located on the hostel lawn, between the grade 2 listed Barrow House and the lake shore, ideal for direct access to Derwentwater for swimming, paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking.

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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.


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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