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Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Barrow House, Keswick CA12 5UR, England (Formerly YHA Derwentwater)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 hotel reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

A big hostel compared to some we've stayed at. Great location, and facilities in the hostel good. Toilets weren't kept too clean, and had to prompt for washing up liquid in kitchen, but these are fairly minor gripes in an overall good experience. Kitchen gets quite crowded, as everyone eats and cooks in there - worth planning around this a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Having been encouraged by my good experience of staying at backpackers hostels in New Zealand, Derwentwater Youth Hostel marks my first return to a youth hostel in nearly 40 years. Where else can you stay in a former Stately Home for £21 a night when the local B&Bs are touting prices at £100 up? Take your own towel though! All... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

We were a mixed group of 7 in the area for the weekend as some of the party were completing the Keswick to Barrow and Fred Whitton challenges. The location of the hostel was perfect for our purposes and the setting was stunning - a highlight was spotting a few red squirrels around the beautiful waterfall behind the hostel while... More

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Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

We hiked along the Cumbria Way and spent a night at Derwentwater Youth hostel. Really nice and helpful staff. Food was good. Location is brilliant and facilities are great. Very good atmosphere. On a negative though: Tired interior, small wooden Bunkbeds, Toilets far from Dorm (in our case). Would stay there again but place could do with a makeover!

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McDonough, Georgia, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Had a great experience here. My friend and I were travelling aroung the UK, and we made a trip to the Lake District. We had a wonderful time, and the location of this hostel it great. It's outside of Keswick, so its really peaceful. Its only a couple mile hike to town, or you can hop on the ferry. There... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

I spent a weekend at Barrow House recently with friends and family. We had two family rooms between us which were spacious and comfortable. The bunk beds and bedding were what to expect from youth hostel accommodation, they were well worn but clean! The whole feel of the place was very relaxed, the staff were friendly and extremely helpful (for... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I discovered Derwentwater Youth Hostel when I saw their little sign on a gate at the side of the Watendlath Road (just below Ashness Bridge). The sign also advertised simply served drinks and cakes - it had to be good! I went through the gate and followed the path through the hostel grounds. The next wonderful discovery was a beautiful... More

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Address: Barrow House, Keswick CA12 5UR, England (Formerly YHA Derwentwater)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 25 Specialty lodging in Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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