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Ontario, Canada
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This was our first stop on our vacation and we loved it! Our young daughter was not feeling well, the staff went out of their ways to help us when they could. The grounds were beautiful. The food was delicious. The bagged lunches were delicious and filling. Great experience!

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

I've just returned home from a field trip to Keswick with university, we stayed at the Derwent Water Independent Hostel for 5 days (mon-fri) The Hostel itself is lovely and clean with spacious dorms and amenity space. The food was great, cooked breakfast every morning, a substantial packed lunch and a three course meal for dinner. The hostel is set...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very clean rooms, friendly staff and fantastic location. You can choose from a private room or a shared dorm. Really good bathroom/showering facilities. Would highly recommend for short stays/adventure breaks.

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Thank Samstace
United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Location - Very good. There is a good 30-minute hike up the waterfall to Ashness Bridge right next to the hostel, and it is about 15-20 minutes into Keswick Town by car. Cleanliness - Very good. Was very impressed by the standard of cleanliness in the hostel! Every place from the rooms to the toilets to the communal areas were...

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed February 15, 2017

This hostel felt more like a hotel- comfortable & spacious bedrooms, immaculate bathrooms and the option of ordering cooked meals. The staff are very friendly and will give you tips about what to do and see. Derwentwater lake is immediately in front of the hostel and there is a waterfall and some good walking trails just behind it, so you...

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Thank Sonia G
Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 13, 2017

A large group of us stayed for the weekend in Feb 2017 and had a great time. The staff are really friendly, the rooms are good and the facilities excellent. We all came away thinking that we'd like to stay here again....highly recommend a stay here. Thank you Derwentwater hostel!

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Thank Marion C
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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Thank BenSpurway
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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Thank Neil F
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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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • 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: $54 - $133 (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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