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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Reviewed November 2, 2016

The breakfast here is quite nice, with a buffet and good coffee. The rooms are nice as well. They are outfitted with bunk beds as a hostel, but they are clean and comfortable. There is a waterfall outback as well to add to the grounds.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Just got back from a weekend at DIH and felt I needed to write a review in appreciation of the amazing staff. The hostel was lovely, situated on the shores of derewentwater with great views over Skiddaw and the surrounding fells. The rooms were basic, but clean and functional. It's dorm accommodation so eat plugs are a must! The food...

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Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

37 of us stayed for the weekend. Beautiful spot, staff were helpful, flexible, good honest food that fills you up for activity. Onsite bar, lots of facilities and games. Hostel style bedrooms are what you'd expect; basic bunk beds, but clean warm and comfy. We'd go back. Love the lakes, especially Derwentwater, so much fun to be had!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 9, 2016

Excellent location, lovely building and staff could not be more accomodating! They were really helpful with dietry needs and gave us great advice about local walks. Great rooms and facilities. Was really quiet at night too. Only improvement could be a bit of dusting in the rooms and updating some of the showers. All in all couldn't recommend it more!...

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Reviewed September 12, 2016

4 of us spent a week in August 2016. We have stayed annually since 2012. Service is warm, friendly, highly knowledgeable and right for each individual. Some very fit outdoor groups use the hostel too, but we were advised gentle scenic walks nearby that were not too long for our then small children. The hostel is warm, not drafty, with...

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Reviewed September 3, 2016

I've been in this hostel for one night only, but I immediately fall in love with the stunning views on Derwentwater lake. This place is a real Victorian country house with full catering (very tasty) and a super relaxed atmosphere. I've been given a bed in the front room at the first floor and I could have spent ages looking...

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Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

First, thanks for TripAdvisor members for keeping their comments transparent and helping other visitors to pick based on their common wishlist. I had stayed here for two nights and two days during August bank holiday, and we loved our stay, cleanliness and their polite hospitality. Would recommend surely this place for easy access through bus/car and wonderful lake and waterfall...

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 13, 2016

For those wanting to stay in the Lake District, near Keswick, but not able to afford the prices, this is the place to go. Friendly and with all the facilities, this hostel is great. I stayed with my sister and two youngsters (aged 14) in a room for 4 in bunk beds. They do cooked breakfast and evening meal if...

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights at this wonderful hostel with our 10 year old daughter. The staff are the most friendly and helpful people you could meet and the hostel enjoys a fantastic spot overlooking the lake and you can catch the boat either direction around the lake just 100 yards from the hostel. Great facilities, lots to do, we used...

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Hatfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

The staff here are most welcoming and cater for all. We took a large group of children and the staff were tremendous in getting them through dinner. This hostel is away from Keswick in a quiet location however in easy distance to Keswick, Catbells (walkable distance), Nichol End Marine, Green Gables, Skiddaw. Excellent choice for everyone

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Parking
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Address: Barrow House, Borrowdale CA12 5UR, England (Formerly YHA Derwentwater)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Borrowdale
Price Range: $37 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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“Front rooms have best views over the lake”
  • Bunks. I've slept well each night
 of 5 bubbles 703cherryb, Sep 12, 2016 | Read review
“Choose from a dormitory or a smaller room with 4 or 6 bunk beds. Toilets and showers are shared - no en-suite.”
 of 5 bubbles jakemcgrattan, Aug 13, 2016 | Read review
“Bit away from the town so might not good for pedestrians who intend to stay out late. bring own towels, walking boots are must. nature is in abundance. Visit for more nights.”
 of 5 bubbles 828adila, Dec 6, 2014 | Read review
“The smaller rooms at the front of the hotel have superb views”
 of 5 bubbles simonc577, May 23, 2014 | Read review
“you can hire towels / but bring some soap as there are no dispensers in the showers”
 of 5 bubbles SteveatMDD, Apr 27, 2014 | Read review
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