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 map of accommodation for school groups, the Wedding Venue page, the present or past youth hostel page and the C2C Cycle Route.

It has availability at Easter, Autumn Half Term, August Bank Holiday, Christmas, New Year and February Half Term.


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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A Georgian Mansion in the Lake District for your private use

February 13th 2020

With 88 beds, Derwentwater Independent Hostel can now be booked online for sole use. We welcome large groups such as family and friends reunions, schools and groups of young people, and weddings

Name a better place to celebrate your special event than in a grand Georgian mansion overlooking Derwentwater and surrounded by 17 acres of land to explore, complete with it’s own waterfall. We can cook for you or you can self-cater, or a mixture . From £895 per night for the whole hostel self-catering.


Imagine vowing eternal love to each other beneath the passionate rumble of Derwentwater Independent Hostel’s very own waterfall!

October 16th 2018

With 17 acres of grounds, complete with it’s very own Cambrian waterfall, engulfing the grand Georgian mansion where you will spend your wedding night! The hostel can accommodate up to 88 beds so all your guested can be accommodated and catered for (bar included).

Derwentwater Independent Hostel is perfect to accommodate wedding guests,  as it offers a flexible amount of beds in grand rooms containing original Georgian architecture, for a surprisingly pleasant price!

In addition, with large grounds bustling with wildlife, including red squirrels, it is a nature’s playground for children, grandchildren, and children-at-heart to enjoy! So we also recommend our hostel for your family and friend’s reuinion, or school group, with the option to self-cater or indulge yourself in our great reputation for homemade food!

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Join the house party at Derwentwater Hostel for New Year

October 9th 2018

The hostel is now taking individual and private room bookings over the New Year period. Sole use of the entire mansion is available over Christmas.

Meet people and celebrate New Year among like minded friends in this elegant Georgian house on the banks of  Derwent Water in the Lake District.  Book online line now,  before all the beds are gone !

Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park and World Heritage Site, Barrow House (Derwentwater Independent Hostel) is an elegant Georgian house overlooking the lake of Derwent Water. With 88 beds spaces across 11 bedrooms, a large bright dinning room, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen and lots of space to relax or run around, it is an ideal location for festive celebrations.

The entire hostel is available for a sole use booking at Christmas so why not celebrate with up to  family and friends in the elegant dining rooms and lounges with views over Derwent Water.  Accommodation for up to 88 guests, self catering and exclusive hire is from midday on day of arrival until 10am on day of departure is available for Christmas (£1250 per night – minimum 2 night stay).  Meals can also be booked. Use the contact form on this page to find out more.



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