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Thorney How Independent Hostel

3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Thorney How, Grasmere LA22 9QW, England
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Devon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here recently with four friends whilst we were walking the Coast to Coast trail. Everything seemed fine on arrival but, unfortunately, we had booked the same night as a stag party. They were very noisy until about 1 am. We complained in the morning and were told the warden had asked them to be quiet twice without success.... More

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digitaylor, Owner at Thorney How Independent Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Ruth We have already apologized to you in full with regards to your main comments and arranged compensation for your costs in lieu of your restless night. I'm happy to hear that this was appreciated. I'm not really sure what happened about the scrambled eggs. I don't think we have ever received anything but praise for these normally so... More

Brisbane
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

was travelling with a group of friends on the Coast to Coast walk and we booked a special deal with accommodation, breakfast, evening meal and packed lunch. This was excellent value. The evening meal was delicious and the service excellent. Sam, who looked after us, is to be commended for her people skills and attention to detail. We wish to... More

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digitaylor, Owner at Thorney How Independent Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Ann Thank you so much for your comments. It's especially beneficial to receive personal praise for one of our junior staff, one of several that we rely on a lot to look after our guests. It's great to know that they are performing well and for us to be able to pass this good news on to them. Thank... More

Park City, Utah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just spent several days in June at the Thorney Howe Hostel - what a lovely place. It is in a beautiful location, high above Grasmere and just under Helm Crag (a really fun day hike). The facilities are comfortable, clean and modern and the proprietors are wonderful. There was a film night when I was there, with BBQ, which... More

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digitaylor, Owner at Thorney How Independent Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Juno53 It's really wonderful to receive such a great review from someone that has stayed with us for more than a few nights and has really got to know the staff, the hostel and the local area well. Whilst we can often be busy, we do hope that Thorney How offers a relaxing and peaceful base from which to... More

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for a friends' birthday weekend as part of a big group made up of a combination of young families, singles and couples and had a great time. We also came for a similar event with many of the same people in September 2013. Location was great, really handy for some good walks and also for Grasmere itself,... More

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digitaylor, Owner at Thorney How Independent Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Kmmanley We're so glad that you enjoyed your stay and had such a great time together. A point of note for other travelers we do offer one large family room with a private bathroom priced with a basic breakfast included. For your own reference the pricing for this group event was agreed some time ago with the organizer and... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

loved this little place. such an idyllic location. Only a few mins from Grasmere town center (we had a car maybe a 15 min walk) Perfect for what we needed as we just went for 3 days hiking. They had a room set up with mattresses on the ground and you had to provide your own bedding kind of like... More

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digitaylor, Owner at Thorney How Independent Hostel, responded to this review

HI Monty2802 Thank you for your kind words. Great that you had such a good time and have taken the trouble to post a review here. However, due to the delayed nature of this review dated August 2013 we need to clarify that the accommodation described in this review is no longer available in 2014. All rooms currently advertised have... More

Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Stayed here for two nights as part of a group of seven cyclists on the weekend of the Fred Whitton challenge. Really enjoyed our stay... the accommodation itself was warm and comfortable with hot showers (important!). Plenty of room for people to relax - there is a bar, kitchen and lounge, all of which are great spaces to sit and... More

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digitaylor, Owner at Thorney How Independent Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you Helen Phew, what a busy weekend it was! We really appreciate your kind comments. Thank you for taking some time to write such a positive review. We are experiencing some glitches with our BT Business Broadband connection, hopefully they will be able to resolve this very soon. We look forwards to seeing you again soon and maybe at... More

Horley, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Taylor & Carolyn and family really did make me feel welcome I was a solo traveler met some brilliant people in the hostel and around grassmere. It is such a peaceful spot to stay in originally i was gonna stay at the Butharlyp Howe hostel but had no reservations in which I am glad this was more in the wilderness... More

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digitaylor, Owner at Thorney How Independent Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Tracy Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We do have a fitness centre right outside the door of course.... and a swimming pool just up the hill a bit! We look forwards to seeing you again soon. Kind regards Taylor & Carolyn, Owners More

Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Great location. Excellent service and food. Warm hospitality. This was the best place we stayed in during our round trip toward the north. Great place to stay. Excellent common room, even has a piano.

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digitaylor, Owner at Thorney How Independent Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Krishnakumar It's always very rewarding to receive such an excellent review. We're so pleased that you and your group all enjoyed your stay with us. It's always a joy for us to hear the piano being played too. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes Taylor & Carolyn More

Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I booked this hostel as it could accommodate dogs. It had a great little kennel perfect for my collie. The staff was super friendly and took time to show me round and tell me about the hostel. The place was spotless and really well organised, having excellent facilities. I took advantage of their free wifi in the relaxed dining/bar area... More

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digitaylor, Owner at Thorney How Independent Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you Marzia We really appreciate your kind comments. Thank you for taking some time to write such a positive review. We look forwards to seeing you again soon. For other travellers reference Happy Hour is currently 15% off on Fri / Sat from 6-7pm and applies to our draught ales, all hot drinks and single serve wines (175 ml... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We've stayed in many yha hostels but never an independent one previously and never with an 8 month old. This is a real gem of a place. Located far enough off the beaten track for school groups etc but only really a 10 min walk to the village along the footpath in a beautiful location. We stayed in a private... More

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digitaylor, Owner at Thorney How Independent Hostel, responded to this review

Hi Carol We're always very happy to welcome younger travelers and for them to have a great experience the Lake District for the first time! Glad you all enjoyed your stay. We appreciate that it can be stressful for parents bringing toddlers into a more public space, but hopefully our relaxed and informal environment helps. Thank you for taking some... More

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Address: Thorney How, Grasmere LA22 9QW, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grasmere
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Hotel Class:3 star — Thorney How Independent Hostel 3*
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Situated under Helm Crag in Grasmere, Thorney How is an independent, family run hostel with Camping Barn , offering simple B&B licensed accommodation. With the backdrop of magnificent fells, adjacent to the Coast to Coast path, local Grasmere village amenities and lake, the tranquil location provides the perfect place from which to explore everything Lakeland has to offer. The hostel provides 42 comfortable bunk style beds arranged across 2 buildings, plus up to eight sharing in the camping barn, situated in 2¼ acres of stunning natural grounds, and over 350 years of heritage. ... more   less 
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