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Derwentwater Independent Hostel

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Soundproofing, bed sheets
Soundproofing, bed sheets
Soundproofing, bed sheets

Overview of Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Derwentwater Independent Hostel

2 out of 5

4.5/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.5/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast available
  • Business services

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick, England

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationDerwentwater3 min walk
  • Popular LocationLodore Falls3 min drive
  • Popular LocationTheatre By The Lake6 min drive
  • AirportCarlisle (CAX)63 min drive

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About this area


Located in Keswick, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is in a rural area and on a river. Theatre By The Lake and Cumberland Pencil Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's landmarks include Mirehouse & Gardens and Honister Slate Mine. Lake District Wildlife Park and Rookin House Activity Centre are also worth visiting. Discover the area's water adventures with kayaking and sailing nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with mountain biking and rock climbing.

What's nearby

  • Derwentwater - 3 min walk
  • Lodore Falls - 3 min drive
  • Hope Park - 5 min drive
  • Keswick Museum and Art Gallery - 6 min drive
  • Theatre By The Lake - 6 min drive

Getting around

  • Penrith Station - 25 min drive
  • Carlisle (CAX) - 63 min drive


  • Cafe Bar 26 - 4 min drive
  • Treeby & Bolton - 4 min drive
  • Pillar House - 5 min drive
  • The Oddfellows Arms - 5 min drive
  • Bank Tavern - 5 min drive

About this property

Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Lakefront hostel with restaurant and bar/lounge
This smoke-free hostel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/café. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a microwave in a common area, a fridge in a common area and laundry facilities are on-site. All rooms are soundproofed and offer climate-controlled heating and daily housekeeping.
Derwentwater Independent Hostel offers 11 forms of accommodation. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and hairdryers can be requested.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast available for a fee daily 7:30 AM–8:30 AM: GBP 6.75 for adults and GBP 4.00 for children
  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • Billiards/pool table

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Soundproofed rooms


  • No lifts

Guest services

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

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Heating (climate-controlled)


  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Shower

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Soundproofing

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 11 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 11 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

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

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: GBP 6.75 for adults and GBP 4.00 for children (approximately)

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
Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, debit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector

Property is also known as

Derwentwater Independent Hostel Keswick
Derwentwater Independent Keswick
Derwentwater Independent
Derwentwater Independent Hostel Keswick
Derwentwater Independent Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 2 out of 4 reviews
5 - Excellent 50%
Rating 4 - Good. 2 out of 4 reviews
4 - Good 50%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 4 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 4 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 4 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Quick trip with my young sons
Spent a couple of days here with my young sons. It was always just going to be a base as we were doing lots of activities. The grounds are lovely, great location, even the kids mentioned how nice the views were and how nice it was to see the waterfall from out room. My boys (aged 8 and 4) enjoyed a walk through the woods up the hill behind the hotel next to the waterfall, and also having the lake on the doorstep for them to play in. The room was as expected, and the staff were well organised, also in terms of covid, we had toilets close to the room and a designated shower just for our room which is clearly signed. Its a short drive into Keswick Centre if you shops, bars and activities. My only gripe is that they advertise free parking and wifi. Great, however on arrival they said wifi is only available very weakly in the reception area and nowhere else in the hotel, so I dont see this as a selling point. I know its not necessarily that kind of trip but wifi in the room on a night would be helpful especially when there is no phone signal either. At the same time, it wouldnt stop me going back.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2020

4/5 Good

Travelled with family and small children
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Good rate, amazing views, great staff, can’t ask more from a hostel
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
An awesome experience for the whole family!
Weather great location beautiful hostel clean staff amazingly friendly,. Food plenty of choices.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Friendly and excellent value
Lovely hostel in an old Georgian mansion overlooking Derwent Water. Basic amenities and perfect place to stay for walkers. Clean. Comfortable. Great breakfast. Simple bar. Hostel has large groups of school children - can be noisy! Fortunately we were at the other end of the building!
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2018