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.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    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, has a pub within walking distance and is on the map of accommodation for school groups, the Wedding Venue page, the present or past youth hostel page, the C2C Cycle Route and the availability at Easter promotion.


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


Map showing the location of View Nearby Hostels

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.

Read More
derwentwater youth hostel walk
Latest Blog

News & Offers from Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Easter in the Lakes

October 24th 2019

Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a Georgian mansion in 17 acres of grounds with stunning mountain views. With private rooms, self catering facility’s and a cafe, it is served by the Keswick Steamer and makes a great base for individuals, families and group

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. Home-made food is available.

Veiw from Derwentwater Hostel showing easter eggs
Late Availability

Celebrate Christmas with up to 88 family and friends in an elegant Georgian house overlooking the lake of Derwent Water.

October 14th 2019

Derwentwater is available for Exclusive Hire at Christmas, 23rd to 27th inclusive (min 2 night stay) at £995 per night, for up to 88 people.

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  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.

derwentwater dining room ideal for Christmas lunch
Late Availability

Derwentwater Independent Hostel invites your group to celebrate and get together!

August 30th 2019

With beds for up to 88 people, we welcome large groups such as family and friends reunions, schools and groups of young people, and even weddings, where we can accommodate all your guests!

Name a better place to celebrate your special event than in a grand Georgian mansion surrounded by 17 achres of land to explore, complete with it’s own waterfall!

large group at derwentwater youth hostel

Contact Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Contact Derwentwater Independent Hostel - Call them on 01768 777246

Visit Website   Send Message
01768 777246 Visit Website   Send Message