Derwentwater Independent Hostel, Keswick, Cumbria for Youth and Schools

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Large Group Accommodation in Derwent Water for Holidays in the Lake District

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Derwentwater Independent Hostel, Keswick, Cumbria, sleeps 20-88 in 11 bedrooms.

Derwentwater Independent Hostel sleeps up to 88 in 11 rooms.

Derwentwater is in a perfect setting in the Lake District. This 230 year old mansion is very popular with a huge variety of groups. School children leave at the end of their residential with memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Kathy and Dave, the managers here for over 25 years, can help you plan and tailor make your visit and activities. We work closely with local activity providers and offer specialist packages for Key Stage 2 and Secondary groups. Our experienced staff provide home-made food which all ages enjoy and appreciate and guarantee you a friendly, homely and comfortable stay.

Young people also really enjoy the large grounds for playing team games. We have 17 acres to explore including SSSI oak woodlands, wild-flower meadows, an impressive waterfall, hydro-electric scheme and an orienteering course and nature trail. The grounds are inspirational for poetry and art and great for team building, nature studies, stream dipping, biology field work and astronomy.

There is plenty of space for on-site parking for minibuses and coaches.

The flexibility of the building means we can accommodate 2 or more smaller groups at the same time with your own work area and there’s plenty of communal space for everyone to enjoy including a games room, table tennis room and lounges. The main dining room is a spacious and versatile room and is adaptable for a range of events from housing a planetarium to a rehearsal room for a school musical. So whether you are looking for a whole year group residential or a small A level field studies trip we can accommodate you.

Our location is ideal, just 2 miles from Keswick with stunning views over the lake and surrounding mountains. You can do so many activities locally you will be spoilt for choice. Many groups take the boat for a memorable start to a mountain day up Cat Bells or do water sports on the Lake and learn about Vikings and the Cumbrian environment.


Self-catering kitchen available for groups of less than 20.
Large dining room with views of waterfall. Also smaller dining area next to self-catering kitchen.
Lovely lounge, also games room and a separate Table Tennis room.
TV lounge and licensed for live music, Ceilidhs etc.
Free wifi. Limited mobile reception.
Pool, table football and table tennis.
Downstairs and most bedrooms have central heating, a few bedrooms have storage heaters.
11 bedrooms - 1x4, 2x5, 3x6, 3x8, 1x10 (all with washbasin) and a very grand 1x22 room with a part partition.
Included. Small number of towels available for hire.
Separate washrooms for males and females and also unisex shower area.
Contact the hostel to discuss requirements.
Large grounds, indoor and outdoor games, field for football and ball games. 2 x Travel Cots and 2 x High Chairs available free of charge.
Picnic tables. Orienteering course in grounds. Woodland and waterfall walks. Playing field at front of hostel with goal posts for football.
No swimming pool. Derwentwater Lake is walking distance for wild swimming at customers own risk - there are no lifeguards.
Good parking for cars, minibuses and coaches.
No smoking inside.
Not allowed inside the building, but dogs are allowed in the grounds.


Situated on the B5289, 2 miles south of Keswick. M6 junction 40 at Penrith A66 to Keswick then follow signs for Borrowdale.
Keswick, 2 miles away
Keswick, 2 miles away.
We are licensed and serve home made meals. Otherwise pubs in Keswick, 2 miles away.

Booking Information

Full board from £38.00 under 18, £44.50 adults. One free place for every 10 paying for full board. Bed & breakfast from £23.50 under 18, £30.00 adult

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Leader Rooms
Risk Assessment
Educational Focus
Presentation Aids
Outdoor Activities
Disabled Facilities

Getting here

Barrow House
CA12 5UR
United Kingdom
Penrith to Keswick (X4,X5,X50 - hourly) Keswick to hostel (78 - hourly).

Rental Rates

Under 18 full board (dinner,breakfast and pack lunch) from £34.80 a night. Over 18 full board (dinner,breakfast and pack lunch) from £42.30. 1 free leader place for every 10 paying participants on a full-board basis.

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Derwentwater Independent Hostel, Keswick, Cumbria

Tim Butcher

Joined us: 2008
+44 (0)1768 777 246
Barrow House
CA12 5UR
United Kingdom