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Frontage of Elterwater Hostel with view to Loughrigg
Lounge area at Elterwater Hostel
Aerial view of Elterwater Hostel with Langdale Pikes in the background
Bottom bunk in a twin room at Elterwater Hostel
Self catering kitchen at Elterwater Hostel
Elterwater Hostel garden
Langdale Valley view
Mens washroom at Elterwater Hostel
Drying room for those wet days
En suite bathroom at Elterwater Hostel
Ladies washroom at Elterwater Hostel
Pub in Elterwater Village
Herdwick sheep - the neighbours at Elterwater Hostel
Lounge area at Elterwater Hostel
Aerial view of Elterwater Hostel with Langdale Pikes in the background
Bottom bunk in a twin room at Elterwater Hostel
Self catering kitchen at Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater Hostel, Ambleside, Cumbria, Lake District

Sleeps 10 - 38 11 Bedrooms 38 Dining

Comfortable hostel near Ambleside sleeping 38 and ideal for walking groups, family get togethers and outdoor activity holidays

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Elterwater Hostel, Ambleside, Cumbria, Lake District, sleeps 10 - 38 in 11 bedrooms.

Elterwater Hostel is an independent hostel offering holiday and weekend accommodation in the Lake District, situated just 3 miles from Grasmere and 5 miles from Ambleside. Available with exclusive use during the winter months (November to February inclusive) and midweeks at other times. Minimum of 10 people with catering - do ask for details - a really great value option.

Sleeping up to 38, Elterwater Hostel is ideal for family reunions and get togethers, school, university and activity club excursions, such as cyclists, canoeists and fell runners, as well as Duke of Edinburgh and similar outdoor training trips.

Accommodation comprises bunk beds in 11 bedrooms of varying sizes - 3 x six bedded rooms, 2x four bedded rooms (one en suite) and 3 x two bedded rooms. There are substantially upgraded male and female washrooms; plus 2 additional mixed showers.

There's a large dining and lounge area which can be set up for educational activities or just relaxing.

Full catering options are available with sufficient notice but we also have a large easy to use fully equipped self catering kitchen.

The hostel is located in the small village of Elterwater with a traditional lakeland inn within a few hundred yards serving a variety of food and many local draft ales.

This is a fantastic area for walks and exploring local fells, including Langdale Pikes, Loughrigg, Lingmoor to name a few. Coniston, Scafell and Fairfield range are all within easy reach too. The Cumbria Way is within 100 yards of the door.



WiFi included throughout the building with personal charging points (and individual lights) on each bed. Mobile telephone reception is variable.


Downstairs en suite room.

Dog Friendly

No pets allowed.


Large well equipped self-catering kitchen with 3 fridges, 1 freezer, 2 ovens, a microwave and multiple hobs as well as pots, pans, cutlery, crockery.

Dining Room

Large dining and lounge area. Table configuration to suit the number of guests. Comfortable and spacious for up to 30 but can seat 38 if required.

Sitting Room

Comfortable sitting area within the lounge/dining room for relaxing, playing games or reading. Ornamental fire. Bar facility open by arrangement.

TV and Music Facilities

No TV or music facilities.

Games Room

No games room, but board games available in the lounge area.

Heating and Open Fires

Oil fired central heating throughout with individual thermostats on the radiators for maximum comfort. Ornamental fire in the lounge area.


6 twin rooms with 1 bunk bed. 3 six bedded rooms with 3 bunk beds. 1 four bedded room with 2 bunk beds. 1 en suite with a double bunk and normal bunk.


Linen and duvets are provided with beds made up on arrival with crisp white linen. Please bring your own towels.


High quality mens and ladies washrooms with 3 toilet cubicles and private shower in each. 2 additional 'uni-sex' showers plus large en suite bathroom.

Children's Facilities

No specific facilities.


Garden area with outdoor furniture and deckchairs available. Views over to Loughrigg. Parking available offsite but access for unloading as required.

Swimming Pool

There is no pool.


Parking is available within easy walking distance. Please drive to the hostel to unload and staff will direct you to nearest available spaces.


No smoking indoors.

Booking Information

Bookings for this property can be made via the Book Now button, which will take you to the HostelWorld website to complete checkout. 

Sole use available from 1st November to 28th February annually and during the week outside school holidays. Smaller groups up to 15 guests available at other times.

Show Availability

Please contact the owner for availability dates

Weekly Price
From £8750
2 Night Weekend
From £2500
3 Night Weekend
From £3750
Midweek per night
From £1250


In Elterwater in the Lake District, near Ambleside and the upper end of Lake Windermere. Fantastic location for accessing great walking in the Langdale Valley.

  • The 516 bus from Ambleside stops in the village. Connect from Windermere using the 599 or 555 route.
  • Windermere - 8 miles from the Hostel - excellent service from the South to Oxenholme station which connects to Windermere. Limited direct bus service and taxis available from Windermere.
  • Ambleside.
  • Small Co-op at Chapel Stile.
  • Britannia Inn Elterwater within a few hundred yards.
  • Manchester Airport - 96 miles from the Hostel.

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