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Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Barrow House, Keswick CA12 5UR, England (Formerly YHA Derwentwater)
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Rachjam Parkgate, United Kingdom
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 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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Parkgate, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've stayed in a lot of hostels and this is one of the best. Fantastic staff, friendly and helpful. Option of cooked meals, breakfasts and packed lunches. Location was great, there's a lovely circular walk from the hostel. The lakeside is less than a minute walk. Rooms were clean. Adequate toilets and showers. Self-catering kitchen was well-equipped. Will definitely stay... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The views from the grounds of the hostel are beautiful. It is ideally located for all the local sights and activities. My son & I went on a school trip (the school had booked the whole hostel). We visited Walla Crag, Catbells, Whinlatter Forest and did Rock Climbing and Kayaking whilst based here. The rooms are spacious and clean. The... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I reached the hostel by bus 78 from Keswick.The location of the hostel is amazing, very close to Derwentwater Lake, at the base of a forest, with a waterfall at the back, close to Keswick town and with great opportunity for various walks in the area. If you follow the footpath at the back of the hostel, you will see... More

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Caterham, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

It's a glorious view over Derwentwater to Skiddaw, as soon as you arrive, and it grows on you! Best take a hike up the waterfall and onto the open fell above where the perspectives enthrall: e.g. hike from Walla Crag to Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove (take poles and enjoy the boggiest section of the Lake District!) then turn... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This is an independent hostel set in a country house. Like all hostels the décor is simple and a bit battered but that should not detract from the delights of the property (original Adam fireplace in the dining room and some of the cornices give you a hint of what it was like). The views alone (particularly from room 7)... More

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Lovely setting, clean and perfectly functional. Really quiet too which was great for the children. Lovely views from every window. There were lots of other families staying here and lots of cyclists (there is a secure bike store). Parking is a plenty and lots of space for the children to run around outside. The communal kitchen had everything we needed... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Stayed here one night when cycling around Lakes District. Got into Keswick by bike quite late and it was a dark journey down Barrowdale Road out of Keswick until I found it. Nice surprise. Friendly staff, clean environment, didn't really have time to meet anyone but people seemed nice. Fair enough breakfast. If you are looking for a clean bed... More

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 hotel reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Friendly and relaxed youth hostel right on the edge of Derwent Water. You can reach it by an hours walk or by frequent buses from Keswick. The breakfast was basic but good, the rooms were nice and clean, the staff friendly and the lake a literal stones-throw away. The price was around £20 for a bed in an 8-bed dorm.... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Being a big old Georgian house this place extensive and felt all the bigger with only 6 people staying! All the staff were super friendly and helpful - Nicola and Alex being standouts - and the relaxed nature of the place Mae it a pleasure staying there. Would definitely recommend and would return. Only word of caution - if super... More

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The youth hostel is great when we went with school for our last ever year 6 trip we went to derwant water youth hostel for about 3 days and we all thought that this place was great. The service is great And everyone there is really friendly I would recommend this to snyone best hotel ever Thomas

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Address: Barrow House, Keswick CA12 5UR, England (Formerly YHA Derwentwater)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
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An amazing 220 year old mansion in a beautiful setting. Extensive grounds with its own spectacular waterfall and stunning views across the lake - great for family get togethers and special occasions. The perfect centre for walking, watersports, climbing & cycling. Only two miles from Keswick, the main tourist town in the Lake District. ... more   less 
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