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Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Barrow House | Borrowdale, 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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here Easter half term and had a great time. The staff couldn't do enough to make us welcome and our stay comfortable. We had a family room with stunning views across Derwentwater. The kitchen was well stocked, the lounge was comfortable and the showers and toilets were spotless. The grounds are home to an abundance of wildlife and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Stumbled across this lovely youth hostel whilst walking over Walla Crag, had intended to walk over to high seat but the weather was horrendous, so wet through and dripping we decided on the low level route back to Keswick. Although, we didn't stop at the Hostel, we couldnt resist a cup of tea in the Hostel, the man in charge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

What a wonderful stay we had this autumn, we full family went there, the staff was so so nice I would love to go again and again, visitors all got mixed, we had a lot of social chat in evening and self catering was also nicely equipped. We were bit shy of using shared facilities but these were plenty and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

It is definitely a family friendly hostel, so you cannot compare to the Waldorf Astoria. It's a clean stately old manor and the profits help fund an environmental education foundation. Very helpful staff who are happy to orient you to a meaningful outdoor experience. Ideal for birders. Did I mention that we had a cascading waterfall outside our window which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We were a family of 4 adults and two children. Location is excellent . receptionist is very cooperative. Room was meet and clean.self catering kitchen is nice and we'll equipped. Bathrooms were clean. The only tjthing which we notice is the heating system was not on.it did not create any problem as we requested the receptionist and he provided a... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my brief stay, the staff were all really lovely, and friendly. So very welcoming, ideal for couples, friends, families. Be prepared for no signal and a lot of fun, so much to do in the surrounding areas.

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Parkgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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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8 hotel reviews
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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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12 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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