Thorney How, Grasmere, Cumbria

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Big holiday hostel sleeping 16 to 42 in the Lake District National Park, for friends and walking groups

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Thorney How, Grasmere, Cumbria, sleeps 16-42 in 11 bedrooms.

Thorney How is a great location, take advantage of the wonderful Lake District scenery. Our staff are knowledgeable about the area and always ready to be helpful. All you need to bring is the get up and go!

Proving to be a popular group venue with regular return bookings including universities, schools, business groups, family celebrations as well as walking, cycling, kayaking clubs. As well as independent travelers, couples and families.

We have again achieved a Certificate of Excellence for 2015 from Trip Advisor.
“Fantastic setting, great facilities, delicious food.” Nov 2015
Guest comments have highlighted friendly, helpful staff, the quality of service, great food, drink and a superb location. You will also find hundreds of recommendations on our own website.

The gentleman’s style main house residence is charming with fabulous views onto the grounds with our resident sheep and the distant Fairfield / Helvellyn mountain range. During 2016 a total number of 42 beds are available 26 of these are in the main house in 7 rooms. These range from a private double en suite to a 6 person shared dorm with shared wash facilities. All are B&B.

Our separate self catering bunkhouse with 16 beds, 4 rooms x 4 bunks, sits directly underneath Helm Crag with excellent views of the Easedale Valley and distant mountain ranges. All facilities for dining and socialising are shared with other residents in the main house. The bunkhouse was upgraded in 2013 with a new independent entrance, plus 3 new shared unisex toilets and showers.

Typically we will have a range of smaller groups, families and individuals. Due to Thorney How being a larger property with several flexible spaces this is a very satisfactory arrangement.

Exclusive bookings are available with some restrictions. Thorney How staff will be present during your stay.

Larger groups 17+ will be offered catering. The minimum catering offer includes breakfasts plus at least one group evening meal. A guest kitchen is provided where light snacks and hot drinks can be prepared.

As a fully licensed premises we request that groups do not bring or consume their own alcohol.

Dogs are not permitted.


Self catering is available in our guest kitchen for smaller groups up to 16, with facilities for lighter snacks and hot drinks only.
The dining room can hold up to 40 seated or 60 standing at any one time in a versatile space. Other spaces are also available to extend the capacity.
The TV snug / lounge has an open fire, there is a larger lounge area by our reception. You will find a bar and log burner in the dining room.
Satellite TV with DVD player in lounge. Music and weekly Film screenings in the dining room. Live event streaming is also available on request.
Free Superfast WiFi is available in the public spaces of the main house. Most mobile signals are also available.
We do not have a separate games room. Indoor and outdoor games are available.
Central heating throughout the hostel and in all rooms. An open fire can be found in the lounge with a wood burning stove in the dining room.
Available as 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 bedded rooms. 1 double en suite, 1 twin. All other beds are bunk bed type. 2 x 4 person en suite.
All bed linen including a spare blanket is provided unless otherwise stated. You will need to bring a towel.
All bathrooms are shared except for the 3 newer en suite rooms. Total shower provision for the property is now 8 with a maximum of 42 people.
Disabled facilities are limited. The main entrance has been adapted. 2 ground floor rooms are en suite. Please read our access statement for details.
Thorney How is child friendly. A high chair and travel cot is available. We have cats, sheep, ducks and hens. Child minding can be arranged.
2.25 acres of woodland and garden with benches provide a quiet and private space. Free range animals including deer and other wildlife can be found.
We do not have a pool. Swimming / sauna & fitness studios are available within nearby hotels and the nearest public pool is in Keswick.
Parking is available for 14 vehicles in an off road private car park with security lighting. Access is via a narrow track passable with a minibus.
All buildings and grounds are strictly no smoking. We request that all smokers go off-site.
We do not accommodate pets. We do not allow dogs in cars or within the grounds. We have cats living at Thorney How along with sheep, hens & ducks.



From Grasmere village centre go up Easedale Road until you reach Goody Bridge. At a junction take a right and follow the road Helm Close 400 yards. Thorney How is on your left set back amongst trees.
Grasmere village is a 15 minute walk away from the hostel. Ambleside is 4 miles, Windermere is 8 miles, Keswick is 12 miles.
In Grasmere village centre. A 15 minute walk away.
In Grasmere village centre. A 15 minute walk away. Thorney How is fully licensed and offers evening meals. Please book ahead if you are arriving later than 6pm.

Booking Information

Per night rates: Bunk House (up to 16 beds self catered) £288 - £400. Whole Hostel (up to 42 beds includes partial catering) £1665 - £2000. Individual beds from £20. All pricing is indicative only, a full quote will be given when group details are agreed.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

LA22 9QW
United Kingdom
Windermere. The nearest mainline station is Oxenholme.
The 555 bus stops in Grasmere Village. It is a 15 minute walk form the bus stop. National Express coaches do not come into Grasmere village.
Manchester, Glasgow or Newcastle upon Tyne. There are also good train links from London.

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Thorney How, Grasmere, Cumbria

Taylor / Carolyn Nuttall

+44 (0)1539 435 597
+44 (0)7932 692 336
LA22 9QW
United Kingdom

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