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YHA Wasdale Hall
Reviewed August 27, 2012

A group of us spent two nights in Wasdale swimming and walking. The Hostel is right on the lake side making swimming easy to access. The great drying room was a real bonus.
Food good as was the beer, and the staff were simply superb! This is a fantastic Hostel in a really beautiful place.

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Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Just back from a lovely break at Wastwater. The staff were amazingly helpful and couldn't have done more to make it a nice stay for us. I'm vegan and thought that there wouldn't be much they could provide for me but, as it turned out, I had the best choice of food I think I've ever had on a holiday. The staff rang me a few days before our holiday and offered a list of things to choose from. They also went to the trouble of providing soya milk and vegan custard and made us some really good packed lunches. We were given good tips on walks around Wastwater. The location is amazing! Also, lovely pubs about 20 mins walk away (take a torch if you're going to be out for last orders!). Will definitely be going again. Can't wait. The best service I've ever had in over 30 years of youth hostelling.

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3  Thank williamsmanchester
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Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

I feel priveleged to have stayed at the Wastwater YHA for a couple of nights.

The room was massive with a stunning view over the lake and scree slopes.

The youngsters running the place couldn't have been more helpful and the level of service we received was worthy of a much grander brand.

The place was easy to find, plenty of parking, games room, effective drying room, lovely beer and possibly the world's best sticky toffee pudding

Downside - the shower badly needed refurbishment but hey everything was so good.

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1  Thank tiberius_nero
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Stayed here with 6 friends for a weekend when walking Scafell Pike. We all arrived at different times on the Friday and the staff were so welcoming. We preordered our evening meal and I can honestly say it was fantastic - better than some hotel food I have tried. The breakfast was equally delicious. The hostel itself was clean, cosy and comfortable. And the location was stunning - right on the edge of Wastwater. Really cannot think of a negative......hmmmm apart from maybe finding it - but then again, even that little adventure added to a wonderful weekend

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2  Thank MaryPKnutsford
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We drove up from Birmingham and being an idiot had managed to leave my walking boots back at home!! Bob who was on duty was incredibly friendly and offered a pair of his for the next days hike. THANKYOU!!!!! He was very welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable about the area!!

The location is fantastic for Scarfell Pike and surrounding area. The Hostel itself is perfectly placed just above a lake which looks amazing in the morning and sunset. Plenty of free parking too. Rooms where average for a YHA but the house generally had buckets of character.

My only suggestion would be make sure you get some food sorted before the kitchen closes as otherwise you will have a long drive to the nearest takeaway! If out n about and you think youl try to find the YHA at night TAKE A GOOD MAP! Very hard to find it in the dark :)

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Jonbee_uk
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Walking in the Lake District in an English summer can be a bit of a mixed pleasure. During the four hours our walk in the Lake District took we managed to have sun and a seemingly force nine gale and for the last 20 minutes driving rain. So when we got the YHA Wastwater we were soggy and in need of a comfy shelter from the storm. Two combined families of three adults and four very energetic teenage and near teenage children piled in its warm interior.

The building is a wonderful Edwardian solid one set in the most fabulous location. The house means that there is a library and dining room that would not look out of place in a country house hotel. We split into boys and girls and stayed in the two bunk rooms which were very well planned and an adventure for the children. The beds were very comfortable and clean. We hadn't brought supper so had it in house - including a nice bottle of wine. The food was good but just a bit on the pricey side for what it was. My only criticism here would be the suggestion that a cheaper alternative - pasta or rice dish - would be a good idea for a place where many are travelling on a strict budget.

I didn't see the rooms designed for couples but understood they are available.

The children were very well catered for with a pool and table tennis table downstairs in the old cellar and games in the library. They also played football outside the next morning when the weather cleared.

The showers were great - just the thing after a tiring walk.

The communal kitchen is very well equipped and an added bonus was being able to buy delicious bread baked in a small bakery in the next village, a five minute drive away. There is also a well stocked village shop next to it. A bit of advice here - be prepared to queue for the bakery - there can be a bit of a line waiting to get inside!

The staff were all helpful, efficient and very welcoming.

We didn't really see the glory of the place until the next morning when its location right on the edge of the lake with a mountain soaring away on the other side was really revealed. ,

All in all, a great place to stay, enjoy the Lake District and the wonderful welcoming spirit that the YHA still manages to maintain.

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1  Thank MrsElizabethCairo
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We have just returned from a one night stay here. The location is amazing with Wastwater on the doorstep - literally. It was only a 5 minute drive to the Wasdale Head (free) car park from which we did Scafell Pike. The YHA itself has a free car park and the building itself is full of character.

We ate in the dining room for our evening meal which was fantastic, around £3.50 for a starter £8.50 for main and £3.50 for dessert. A pint of Guinness was around £2.95. So, around the same value for money as nearby pubs. The portions of food were plentiful and it was 'proper food', and although choice was somewhat limited, I'd rate the evening meal. We also had breakfast at £4.95 each. This again, was plentiful but one minor point was that the sausages were not of good quality, they tasted like a very cheap supermarket brand which was slightly disappointing after such a good evening meal. That said, there was a bowl of fresh fruit and lovely croissants and cereal. The lovely young lady that served us our evening meal and breakfast (I think it was Kirsty) was pleasant and worked really hard, manning breakfast and evening meal service single handed.

Our room itself was one with two bunk beds in it (sleeps 4), very compact size with a sink next to the window. Our view was to the front and overlooked the lake. A few bugs in the room (earwig, spider and woodlice), but not a massive issue as you are in the country and in a very old house. There are two showers upstairs and two downstairs, with only two toilets upstairs too. Needless to say it got a bit busy at times with some queues on, but this is to be expected at YHA's.

One thing that happened that was slightly annoying was that when we booked our room by telephone a few weeks ago with Bob, we asked for a private room for 2 of us. We were told that they didn't have rooms for two, but we could have a room for 4 to ourselves, but this was £50 which we paid over the phone. A few days later we emailed to say that we would possibly have two friends joining us, but weren't sure if this would happen, and if they did would it be extra as we had already paid for private use of the room for us two anyway. We were told that if they wanted to stay in our room it would be an extra £30. When we went to check in Bob served us and we were were told that we had paid £50 deposit. We questioned this and there had been a note on the system to say that there would be an additional £30 to pauy. I explained the above, e.g. that I'd made an enquiry about our friends staying with us (which they didn't) - at this point it was suggested that the remaining 2 beds could be opened to other guests! We had to explain that we had paid the £50 for sole use of the room for us two anyway. Whilst this was accepted, I felt it a little strange to have been charged £50 for private use of a room they to be suggested the remaining two beds be let out as a dorm room when normal dorm beds are only £18 each! I know for some people sharing is not an issue, but it was for us hence booking a room for the sole use of us two at an additional cost, that aside everything else was problem free.

That said, we would return again as it is in such a great location and very relaxing.

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Address: Wasdale Hall Wasdale Hall, Nether Wasdale CA20 1ET, England (Formerly YHA Wastwater)
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Nether Wasdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Nether Wasdale
Price Range: $38 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — YHA Wasdale Hall 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA Wasdale Hall (formerly known as YHA Wastwater) is a stunning half-timbered National Trust-owned house dating from 1829 and still retains many original features. Enjoy beautiful scenery from the grounds, which extend to the shores of Lake Wastwater, England's deepest lake. Within easy reach of England's highest mountain, walkers will be busy here. After a hectic day enjoy a delicious meal in our wood paneled restaurant with stunning views of the lake. All meals are home-cooked using fresh produce in the Wasdale Hall kitchens and served to your table. A range of local Cumbrian ales, fine wines, spirits and soft drinks are also available to accompany your meal. ... more   less 
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