Thorney How, Thorney How, Off Helm Close & Easedale Rd, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9QW

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Thorney How offers clean and comfortable guest accommodation in Grasmere, the heart of the Lake District. Family-run and welcoming it provides en suite, simple bed & breakfast and standard self-catering accommodation for individuals, families and groups. With a backdrop of magnificent fells, adjacent to the Coast to Coast path, local village and lake, the tranquil location provides the perfect base to explore the Lake District. The Main House, 26 beds in a gentleman's farmhouse, is charming with well proportioned rooms and fabulous views. There are 7 en suite rooms ranging from doubles to family 6-person rooms. Grasmere bunkhouse is ideal for groups of up to 16 with 4 bunk rooms each with shower facilities. All larger groups are automatically offered breakfasts and at least one evening meal. Parking, cycle store, drying room, licensed bar, restaurant and spacious grounds complete the experience. Free films Saturdays. No pets.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    42: Main House 26, 2xdbl, 1xtwin, 2x4, 2x6. Bunkhouse 16
  • Open:

    All year. Closed 10.30am to 3.30pm. Check in 3.30-10.30pm.
  • Price per night:

    Dble en suite B&B from £82. Family en-suite B&B from £100. 4 person budget rooms from £80. Larger catered groups please enquire.
  • Booking:

    Online booking recommended, Or by phone or email. First night's accommodation non-refundable payment required to secure.
  • Directions:

    Grid ref: 332084. Half a mile NW of Grasmere village.
  • Public Transport:

    National Express coaches stop in Grasmere. Local bus 555 to / from Windermere & Keswick. Train station at Windermere.
  • 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, is a Green Business Award Winner and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme, the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the IHUK signage page, the Cumbria Way, the present or past youth hostel page, the Coast to Coast Walk and the page of hostels with en suite rooms.

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


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
8Green Tourism Award: Gold
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
4VisitEngland Quality Assured
9Best Price Guarantee


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Latest Blog about Thorney How

News & Offers from Thorney How

Thorney How is opening for Autumn and Winter 2020 and is Good to Go.

July 20th 2020

Not everything will be the same as we are adapting to the new normal and following UK Government guidelines to ensure that both our guests and ourselves can stay safe. Our booking system is up to date and we have several discounted offers to help you decide when and how to stay with us. We look forwards to seeing you soon.

We’re also proud to have achieved the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark by VisitEngland. This is a new Covid-19 industry standard mark. It is a way of letting you know which businesses have made the necessary changes to help to keep everyone safe.

outside of Thorney How Hostels with the visitbritain good to go covid safe logo

Thorney How provides comfortable accommodation to families and outdoor enthusiasts in the Lakes.

May 16th 2019

Grasmere Bunkhouse is part of the hostel, guest house, bar and restaurant offering at Thorney How, an historic gentleman’s residence.

Thorney How offers B&B and Bunkhouse accommodation in the Lake District.   Previously a YHA hostel, established in 1932, it was one of the first Youth Hostels in the Lake District.  It is  now a family owned and run Independent Hostel, awarded 4 stars by Visit Britain.

The Lake District is a Unesco World Heritage site.  Its beauty is the result of thousands of years of industry and agricultural working on the spectacular natural landscape of mountains, valleys, lakes and woodland. It is a cultural landscape of international significance.  The beauty of the Lake District inspired artists and writers of the Picturesque and Romantic movements and generated ideas about landscape that have had global influence.

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Exciting new things are happening at Thorney How!

February 7th 2019

Thorney How in Grasmere has now introduced ‘Film Nights’ and Friday night ‘Pizza Nights’ for its guests. After a hard day’s walking or cycling you can now relax with a pint and a pizza or a merlot and a movie!

Proud of its green credentials and its Gold green tourism award, Thorney How have recently also acquired a new grass cutter.  As you would expect of such an eco friendly hostel,  the latest aquisition is not powered by electricity nor petrol.  Oh no, it is a completely sustainable, very attractive…….sheep!!!

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