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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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...

Thank Sonia G
Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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!

Thank Marion C
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 November 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.

Thank Vincent S
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reviewed 18 October 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...

Thank BenSpurway
Reviewed 16 October 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!

Thank Neil F
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 October 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!...

Thank Sadie64
Reviewed 12 September 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...

Thank cherry b
Reviewed 3 September 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...

1Thank Serena V
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 August 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...

1Thank Syed A
Blackpool, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 August 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...

1Thank jakemcgrattan

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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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)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Borrowdale
Price Range: ₹ 2,420 - ₹ 7,460 (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, 12 Sep 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, 13 Aug 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, 6 Dec 2014 | Read review
“The smaller rooms at the front of the hotel have superb views”
 of 5 bubbles simonc577, 23 May 2014 | Read review
“you can hire towels / but bring some soap as there are no dispensers in the showers”
 of 5 bubbles SteveatMDD, 27 Apr 2014 | Read review
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