YHA Buttermere entrance
Bed in a shared room from £13.00 per 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 £29.00 per 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 £15.00 per 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 £0.00 per 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 as a base for outdoor adventures.

    From £0.00 per 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
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: fridge/freezer, 3 grills, 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

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 and are shared with other people who may not be travelling together. They are usually more affordable than private rooms as you'll be booking a bed rather than the whole room.

A typical shared dorm room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest.

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

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our dorm rooms have en-suite facilities.

Private rooms

Want some privacy? With a private room, you'll be booking the whole room for your stay.

Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus a wash hand basin.

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our private rooms have en-suite facilities.

Landpods

Like camping but with a few added extras! Our Landpods sleep up to 4 people, on two double mattresses and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. All bedding is included, plus 15 tog duvets and LED lighting.

Landpods don't have heating, so are more suited to the those who like a traditional camping experience. Even in the colder months, it’s nothing a couple of warm, cosy blankets can’t fix! There is a bench and BBQ firepit outside, so make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

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

Pitch-up camping

Camping is sold per person and not per pitch. During the booking process, you will need to select the number of people who you wish to camp.

Set in wooded grounds, we have availability for a two-person tent to pitch on the grass. The campsite is open over the summer holidays and selected weekends throughout the year.

Guests have access to all the hostel's facilities including the self-catering kitchen, cafe, drying room and laundry, with 24-hour access provided via a door code when reception is closed. There is also a shower and toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

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

Hire the whole place

Planning an overdue get-together or celebrating a birthday/anniversary? Looking for a base for your group's next adventure? Make your special occasion extra special with YHA Exclusive Hire.

You can hire the whole building at YHA Buttermere and, with sole use of the property, come and go as you please. This property is a grand, historic house at the heart of the Lake District National Park. It offers quality accommodation and is perfect for a family walking holiday or as a base for outdoor adventures. Dogs are welcome too!

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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 for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a YHA classic breakfast and continental options as well as a delicious evening menu.

YHA Breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Buttermere

Start your day off right with our delicious classic YHA breakfast including a hearty cooked breakfast and continental options. For a lighter start, you can buy the continental breakfast separately. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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YHA evening menu

Evening menu at YHA Buttermere

Take your pick from today’s selection of hearty classics and delicious desserts. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

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

Reception opening hours: From 07:30 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests daily from 07:30 – 09:00. Meals are also available from 17:00 – 20:00.

Self-catering: Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.

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 at YHA Buttermere, except in our Camping & Cabins accommodation or when hiring the whole hostel through YHA Exclusive Hire. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.

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 has a library, and offers catering for groups, making it ideal for a school trip.

Book your YHA School Trip.

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 through YHA volunteering

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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