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Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Overview of Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Derwentwater Independent Hostel

2.0 star property
Lakefront hostel in Keswick with restaurant and bar/lounge

9.0/10 Superb

4 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Shared kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick, England, CA12 5UR

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park
  • Lake District National Park - 23 min drive
  • Ullswater - 34 min drive

Getting around

  • Carlisle (CAX) - 61 min drive
  • Penrith Station - 25 min drive
  • Aspatria Station - 27 min drive
  • Wigton Station - 30 min drive


  • Treeby & Bolton - 4 min drive
  • Pillar House - 5 min drive
  • The Oddfellows Arms - 5 min drive
  • Laura In The Lakes - 5 min drive
  • Bank Tavern - 5 min drive

About this property

Derwentwater Independent Hostel

When visiting Keswick, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a great choice to consider. You can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge, and the coffee shop/cafe is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. Other features include a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers say good things about the bar and breakfast.


Dutch, English

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

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

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 11 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 11 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

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

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free on-site self-parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:30 AM–8:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge

What to do

  • Pool table
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Kayaking nearby

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Built in 1787
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas


  • Dutch
  • English

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Heating (climate-controlled)

Sleep well

  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Hairdryer (on request)

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


On-site venue – This restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. Reservations are required.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 6.75 for adults and GBP 4.00 for children (approximately)

Children & extra beds

  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector on site.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Derwentwater Independent Hostel Keswick
Derwentwater Independent Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Does Derwentwater Independent Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Derwentwater Independent Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Derwentwater Independent Hostel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Derwentwater Independent Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Derwentwater Independent Hostel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Derwentwater Independent Hostel?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 11 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Derwentwater Independent Hostel and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as boat tours, hiking and kayaking. Enjoy amenities such as a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Derwentwater Independent Hostel?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Treeby & Bolton (2.2 mi), Pillar House (2.2 mi) and The Oddfellows Arms (2.2 mi).
What's the area around Derwentwater Independent Hostel like?
Derwentwater Independent Hostel is located by the river, a short 3-minute walk from Derwentwater.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


8/10 Very good

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.
Anthony, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Good rate, amazing views, great staff, can’t ask more from a hostel
3-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

An awesome experience for the whole family!
Weather great location beautiful hostel clean staff amazingly friendly,. Food plenty of choices.
Irene, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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!
Nick, 2-night trip
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