We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 26 Keswick accommodations

Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Barrow House, Keswick CA12 5UR, England (Formerly YHA Derwentwater)
Hotel amenities
Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
You added Derwentwater Independent Hostel to your Saves list
A recent review
5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
TravelLife19 Englewood, Florida
Write a Review

34 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (9)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
  • Mar-May only
  • Jun-Aug only
  • Sep-Nov only
  • Dec-Feb only
All months
Englewood, Florida
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
10 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
York, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Parkgate, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wakefield, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Watford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Caterham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
12 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Leicester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
4 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question
Owners: What's your side of the story?
Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.
Manage your listing

Been to Derwentwater Independent Hostel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Address: Barrow House, Keswick CA12 5UR, England (Formerly YHA Derwentwater)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, HostelWorld, Odigeo and HostelBookers so you can book your Derwentwater Independent Hostel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

16 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (17)
Pool/beach area (1)
View from room (1)
Room/suite (1)
Hotel & grounds (1)
Other (13)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay