YHA Windermere exterior
Mid-week stays
20% off

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This hostel is part of our latest hot deals. Offer subject to availability and cannot be used with any other discount. Valid on mid-week stays at selected hostels between 27th June - 21st July 2022. Use the above promotional code at the checkout. Book via yha.org.uk before midnight 7th July 2022. YHA members and save an extra 5% with our members only code. See full terms and conditions.

Bed in a shared room from £15.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Lockers
  • 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

  • Beach view
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Disabled access rooms available
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • 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
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Cot available
  • Dog-friendly
  • 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 premium bell tents, Landpods and tipis.
Heating:
Heating is supplied in our premium bell tents and tipis.
Dogs:
Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our Landpods and tipis. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our tipi 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 £199.00 per night
  • Whole hostel

    9 bathrooms 16 bedrooms sleeps up to 50 guests

    YHA Windermere is one of YHA's most breathtaking Exclusive Hire properties. The hostel has original features including grand fireplaces and incredible views over the surrounding area. The perfect spot to get away from it all.

    From £199.00 per night

Amenities

  • BBQ area
  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Clothes airer
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Disabled access rooms available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Dryer
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Garden/grounds
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lake view
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair accessible

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 our rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Windermere - Tipis 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, except the bar and restaurant areas. The hostel manager lives onsite in a separate building within the hostel grounds. There may also by other guests staying in Camping & Cabins accommodation - these are situated in a separate area of the grounds with their own facilities.
WiFi :
Free WiFi us available in shared 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, grill, kettle, 2 microwaves, 2 ovens, refrigerator, stove, toaster, tumble dryer, washing machine.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 30 people (available for up to 50 on request), kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, sponges, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the dining room seats up to 50 people.

A highchair is available.

Lounge

The lounge is located on the ground floor and seats up to 20 people. There are comfy seats, books, board games and vending machines.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of nine bathrooms.

Toilets: 9

Showers: 9

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

Outdoors

Outside is an extra-large garden.

The garden is not enclosed.

Guests have full access to the garden.

Outdoor amenities: BBQ area, benches, cycle store, grass/lawn, patio, picnic tables.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of 16 bedrooms.

Ground floor

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

One room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds.

First floor

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

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 8 people. It includes 4 sets of bunk beds.This room has disabled access.

One room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

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

One room that sleeps up to 3 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a single bed.

Two rooms that sleep up to 2 people each. They include 1 set of bunk beds.

A cot is available.

Overview

Overlooking England’s largest natural lake, YHA Windermere offers the chance to stay in an idyllic countryside setting only two miles from Windermere. The hostel is an ideal base for anyone wanting to escape the crowds, and perfect for activity breaks and family holidays, while children will love the large wooded grounds.

Relax with a drink on the terrace and enjoy good quality food from our restaurant and bar. We're now home to some colourful new tipis too, so you can wake up enjoying panoramic views of the lake and mountains.

Why guests love YHA Windermere

  • Stunning panoramic views of the lake and mountains
  • Superb camping and cabins options
  • Great base for exploring the Lake District

Accommodation at YHA Windermere

Bed in a shared room

If you're happy to share, dorm rooms have multiple beds - ideal for budget breaks.

Private rooms

Like your own space? Private rooms offer the hostelling experience with more privacy.

Landpods

Enjoy the camping experience with some upgrades for added comfort in our Landpods.

Premium bell tents

Get all the fun of the great outdoors without the set-up in our beautiful bell tents.

Tipis

Try one of our tipi tents for all the fun of camping without the hassle of set up.

Pitch-up camping

Bring your own tent and get closer to the great outdoors. You can't beat camping!

Hire the whole hostel

With YHA Exclusive Hire, you can take the entire building for you and your group.

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Food and drink at YHA Windermere

YHA windermere dining room

Eat with us

YHA Windermere is serving a range of tasty food options for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a YHA classic breakfast or a lighter continental breakfast option as well as a delicious evening menu.

YHA Breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Windermere

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 Windermere

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

  • BBQ area
  • Breakfast
  • Contactless payments
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Extra-large garden/grounds
  • Free parking on premises
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Intermittent mobile coverage
  • Lake view
  • Licensed bar
  • Luggage store
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor seating
  • Packed lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared laundry room
  • Shared lounge
  • Shared TV
  • Sole use
  • Vending machines
  • Water refill station
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 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: There is parking at the hostel.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

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

YHA Windermere - Access Statement

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YHA Windermere

Map references

OS Map: 90

OS Grid Ref: NY405013

Lat/Lng: 54.403862, -2.917495

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9352

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

YHA Windermere offers educational geography packages in association with the Field Studies Council. There are also a range of action and adventure activities to be enjoyed in the surrounding area to provide an activity break to your educational visit. The hostel provides group catering and has classroom facilities. Book your YHA School Trip.

Volunteering

We are very grateful for all of the help and support that our generous volunteers give to YHA. We are proud of our “Investors in Volunteering” accreditation and have a wide range of opportunities available across the country, all of which will provide great learning or social experiences and help us to create even more opportunities for young people.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, visit new places, gain experiences and have fun. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on the volunteering website.

At YHA Windermere, we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:

Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.

History

The existing building at High Cross has been a hostel for over 75 years. Thought to be one of the first buildings in the country to be made of concrete, it was built in the late 1920s and opened as a hostel in 1935.

Originally intended as a private guesthouse for clergy, the present building replaced an earlier wooden building on the same site that was dramatically destroyed by fire in 1915. The owner, vowing that this would never happen again, designed his second house as a more sturdy construction of solid concrete. Known until recently as High Cross Castle, the building derives its name from a stone cross in the grounds.

Meet the team

Andy Partridge is the manager at YHA Windermere: "I have been working for YHA for about 10 years, worked at various sites and managed four hostels. I love what I do and I believe this shows in the way our hostel is run. YHA Windermere is a beautiful hostel, it is a tranquil, conformable and relaxing place to be. I love running, walking and exploring the amazing National Park."

Manager recommends: Windermere is the gateway to one of the most iconic valleys in the Lake District: Langdale. Both Great Langdale and Little Langdale offer amazing walks, climbing, mountain biking, picnic spots and great pubs. A full day linking the two valleys is highly recommended, taking in Blea Tarn and finishing in Elterwater.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award 2020 Walkers and Cyclists Welcome

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