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Thorney How

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Hypo-allergenic bedding, in-room safe, soundproofing
Hypo-allergenic bedding, in-room safe, soundproofing

Overview of Thorney How

Thorney How

3 out of 5

3.7/5 Good

Guests rated this property 4.4/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Restaurant
  • Business services
  • Bar
  • Housekeeping

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationGrasmere Garden Village17 min walk
  • Popular LocationHelm Crag17 min walk
  • Popular LocationSt Oswald's Church17 min walk
  • AirportBarrow-In-Furness (BWF-Walney Island)77 min drive

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About this area


Located in Ambleside, Thorney How is in a rural area and in a national park. Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount are local landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Lake District National Park and Lake Windermere. Go Ape Grizedale and Rookin House Activity Centre are also worth visiting. Kayaking and parasailing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with hiking/biking trails and mountain biking nearby.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Grasmere Garden Village - 17 min walk
  • Helm Crag - 17 min walk
  • St Oswald's Church - 17 min walk
  • Easdale Tarn - 1 min drive
  • Dove Cottage - 3 min drive

Getting around

  • Windermere Station - 23 min drive
  • Manchester Airport (MAN) - 106 min drive


  • Green's Cafe & Bistro - 14 min walk
  • Lewis's Cafe & Bistro - 15 min walk
  • The Jumble room - 16 min walk
  • Baldry's - 16 min walk
  • Chesters by the River - 6 min drive

About this property

Thorney How

Eco-friendly hostel with restaurant and bar/lounge
We're Good to Go certified by Visit Britain. A UK-wide industry standard to reassure customers that our business adheres to Government and public health guidance. There will be restrictions on guest numbers and limited guest facilities with some areas closed to guests. Any room or combination of rooms simultaneously booked can only be used by members from two household groups. You will not be allowed onto the property if you do not meet these guidelines. Thorney How guest accommodation offers B&B en-suite rooms in the main building or standard self catered rooms in our Bunkhouse. Superb rural location in Grasmere, the heart of the Lake District. Evening meals and bar facilities available. Thorney How is a family owned and run traditional Lakeland residence with 2 and a quarter acre private grounds. You will also find rare breed sheep, free range hens, ducks and 3 cats. Thorney How is a Grade 2 listed building and has a Visit England 4 Star Hostel rating.
Thorney How offers 11 forms of accommodation with a safe. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Cots/infant beds (complimentary) are also available. Renovation of all guestrooms was completed in February 2017.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Programme, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available

Food and drink

  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • Access to nearby health club

Family friendly

  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Soundproofed rooms


  • Front-desk safe
  • Library

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • Renovated guest rooms – February 2017
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Heating (climate-controlled)
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding


  • Shower


  • Safe
  • Soundproofing

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Check-in from 3:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:30 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 3:30 PM - 10 PM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
This property is closed to guests 10:30 AM-3:30 PM.
This property does not provide towels in all room types. Towels are available for a surcharge.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Free cots (infant beds)

Payment types at the property

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Cash deposit: GBP 10.00 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between GBP 2.75 and GBP 9.75 per person (approximately)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including stag and hen parties
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
Alcohol is not permitted at this property

National rating

This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitEngland, the National Tourist Board for England.

Property is also known as

Thorney How Hotel Grasmere
Thorney How Hotel
Thorney How Grasmere
Thorney How Hostel Ambleside
Thorney How Hostel
Thorney How Ambleside
Thorney How Hostel/Backpacker
Thorney How Ambleside
Thorney How Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Thorney How Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Ambleside

Frequently asked questions

Rating 5 - Excellent. 5 out of 15 reviews
5 - Excellent 33%
Rating 4 - Good. 5 out of 15 reviews
4 - Good 33%
Rating 3 - Okay. 2 out of 15 reviews
3 - Okay 13%
Rating 2 - Poor. 2 out of 15 reviews
2 - Poor 13%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 15 reviews
1 - Terrible 7%




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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2019

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Quiet, peaceful , lovely room and great shower. Food excellent
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Thoroughly enjoyed every minute! The owners and staff couldn’t have been more accommodating and kind. Highly recommend Thorney How!
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Rustic Charm
Fabulous place to stay with lots of character
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2018

3/5 Okay

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Grasmere B&B
The B&B is in a wonderful location, within easy walking distance of Grasmere village. Management and staff were certainly friendly. However we found our double room was cramped and the ensuite bathroom particularly so. We had difficulty in finding a place for our 2 suitcases without tripping over the cases in the night. We were very surprised to read a note asking us to strip the bed of the bed linen after our 2 night stay. Although breakfast was certainly included in the B&B price, we discovered that only a very basic breakfast was actually included in the quoted price nd we were rather irritated that a proper continental breakfast attracted a higher charge and a cooked breakfast an even higher charge. This left a sour taste after an otherwise pleasant stay. Taking the small room and complicated and highly priced full breakfast arrangements into account, we found this B&B to be expensive and would probably not recommend it to others.
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2018