YHA Buttermere entrance
Bed in a shared room - from £32.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Iron and board
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room - from £69.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Iron and board
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.
Camping & Cabins - from £19.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Dog-friendly
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Iron and board
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in our Landpods.
Dogs:
Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our Landpods. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our Landpod accommodation which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole hostel during public opening hours.
Entire place - Whole hostel - from £349.00/night
  • Whole hostel

    8 bathrooms 14 bedrooms sleeps up to 60 guests

    YHA Buttermere is a grand, historic house at the heart of the Lake District National Park. This property offers quality accommodation and is perfect for a family walking holiday or a base for outdoor adventures.

    From £349.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Clothes airer
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Garden/grounds
  • Grill
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Iron and board
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lake view
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Toaster

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Buttermere and bring your dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture, or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.
Checking in :
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole property.
WiFi:
Free WiFi is available in social spaces.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: clothes airer, fridge/freezer, 3 grills, iron and board, kettle, microwave, 3 ovens, refrigerator, 2 toasters.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 60 people, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cooking basics: salt and pepper.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, bin bags, cloths, paper towels, sponges, tea towels, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the large dining room seats up to 60 people across 9 tables. There is also an additional table and 6 chairs in the kitchen.

A highchair is available.

Lounge

The lounge is located on the ground floor and seats up to 14 people. There are 3 comfy sofas, 6 chairs and a table. You can relax after a day of exploring with amazing mountain views across Buttermere.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of eight bathrooms, including a communal shower block which contains 3 showers and a toilet.

Toilets: 9

Showers: 8

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside is a large garden.

The garden is not enclosed.

Guests have full access to the garden, but will not be able to access the Landpods and surrounding grounds.

Outdoor amenities: benches, grass/lawn, picnic tables.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of 14 bedrooms.

First floor

Five rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

Two rooms that sleep up to 6 people each. They include 3 sets of bunk beds.

Second floor

One room that sleeps up to 4 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds.

Three rooms that sleep up to 6 people each. They include 3 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 8 people. It includes 4 sets of bunk beds.

Third floor

Accessed by a narrow, steep staircase. There are no showers or toilets on the third floor.

One room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes 2 single beds.

One room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and 4 single beds.

A cot is available.

Overview

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COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Set in an unrivalled position, overlooking the lake and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England, YHA Buttermere is a fabulous base for a holiday in the Lake District. There are fantastic walks to suit all abilities direct from the door, including Haystacks, made famous by Alfred Wainwright.

Gentle family walks around the shores of Buttermere and Crummock Water can be found and for the more adventurous, there is great wild swimming potential. Buttermere also offers great cycling routes, including gentle rides out towards the Loweswater Fells.

Why guests love YHA Buttermere

  • Overlooking Lake Buttermere
  • Grand, historic building
  • Great for walking

Accommodation at YHA Buttermere

Bed in a shared room

Dorms are not currently available. 

Dorm rooms have multiple beds, are typically more affordable than private rooms, and shared with other people who may not be travelling together. A typical shared room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest, secured by a padlock if required.

Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.

Some dorms may be en-suites, meaning that they have a bathroom in the room that you would be sharing with the other people in your dorm.

Private rooms

Don't fancy sharing a room? Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard for each bed, secured by a padlock if required, a reading light and a wash hand basin. Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.

Landpods

These brand new Landpods, upgraded for 2019, are fully waterproof and sleep up to four adults. They are slightly elevated off the ground for a comfortable night’s sleep under the stars – you can even open the roof for a better view! With LED lighting these cosy pods include all beds and bedding. There is a table, bench and BBQ firepit outside so you can make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

The new larger Landpod sleeps up to 4 people, on two small double mattresses (one above the other) and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. They’re even tall enough to stand up in! There is no heating in our Landpods.

Guests have year-round access to 1 shower shack and 1 toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

Camping

Set in wooded grounds, we have availability for a two-person tent to pitch on the grass.

Guests have year-round access to 1 shower shack and 1 toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

Facilities
Campers have access to all of the youth hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, cafe-bar, restaurant, drying room and laundry, with 24-hour access provided via a door code when reception is closed.

Parking
Parking is available in the main car park, just next to the camping area.

Opening times
The campsite is open over the summer holidays and selected weekends throughout the year.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you.

We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire.

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Food and drink at YHA Buttermere

YHA Buttermere dining room

Eat with us

YHA Buttermere is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, continental options, and a pizza and Supper Club menu for you to enjoy during your visit.

Breakfast baps

Breakfast menu at YHA Buttermere

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start, so we are now serving delicious breakfast baps and continental options. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Pizza

Pizza menu at YHA Buttermere

Tuck into a vast range of delicious stone-baked pizzas when you pay a visit to the hostel. From margherita to ham and pineapple, we're sure we have a pizza topping for everyone to enjoy. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Sausage and mash

Supper Club at YHA Buttermere

Join our nightly Supper Club. Share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a delicious two-course meal. This is the authentic hostel experience!

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Hostel facilities

  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Free on-street parking
  • Free parking on premises
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Library
  • Licensed bar
  • Meeting rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared laundry room
  • Shared lounge
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Seasonal opening pattern: YHA Buttermere is open for bookings all year round.

Hostel opening hours: YHA Buttermere is open to the public from Monday - Sunday, 07:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Reception hours: From 07:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Parking: Parking space for 18 cars on site. Additional free parking on road near base of Newlands Pass, 200m away.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in social spaces.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Buttermere. Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our Landpods. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our Landpods which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout.

YHA Buttermere - Access Statement

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YHA Buttermere

Map references

OS Map: 89

OS Grid Ref: NY178168

Lat/Lng: 54.540418, -3.271598

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9508

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

YHA Buttermere is perfect for geography, biology and history trips. There is also a range of adventure activities available. The hostel accommodates 70 people, has a library, and offers catering for groups, making it ideal for a school trip. Visit the YHA School Trips website to find out more.

Volunteering

Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.  

The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions. Find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website

History

YHA Buttermere was built by local author Nicholas Size who wrote The Secret Valley, an historical account of local resistance to the Norman invasion in the 12th century. The hotel was given to YHA in 1956 as a memorial to King George VI.

Meet the team

"I’m Chris, YHA Buttermere’s manager. I’ve tried to create a really friendly, informal and welcoming atmosphere at YHA Buttermere. I’ve been here for six years and enjoy advising our guests on all the great things to do in the Lakes. Being in Buttermere allows me to get out onto the fells; in summer climbing, walking and fell running; in winter I try to make the most of what the weather offers us. In a good winter, Buttermere offers some great winter walking and climbing and, if there’s enough snow, I’ll drag my snowboard out for some Lakeland shredding!"

Manager recommends: If you're on a walking holiday, the staff favourite is Rannerdale Knotts - for unbeatable views of the whole valley, finished off with an ice cream from Syke Farm. If you're looking for a rural retreat in a quieter corner of the lakes. Buttermere is great for both activity breaks and cheap family breaks.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award 2020 Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Rough Guides 2012

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