Lake Buttermere

Properties to hire in the Lake District

Hire the whole hostel, cottage or house with YHA Exclusive Hire in the Lake District

Enjoy your own space in the Lake District

Would you like to enjoy the space of a whole YHA hostel and have the place to yourself and your loved ones? Book our Lake District properties exclusively, just for your group.

Get ready to make happy memories and experience a rural getaway exploring one of England’s most loved national park with family and friends. Some of our properties allow you to holiday with your four-legged companion too. Discover our unique places to hire in the Lake District. We’re sure you’ll have a holiday to remember.

YHA properties to hire in the Lake District

YHA Black Sail exterior

YHA Black Sail

Cleator, Cumbria, CA23 3AX

  • Sleeps up to 16 guests
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Buttermere exterior

YHA Buttermere

Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9XA

  • Sleeps up to 60 guests
  • 14 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Coniston Coppermines exterior

YHA Coniston Coppermines

Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8HP

  • Sleeps up to 27 guests
  • 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Ennerdale Camping Barn exterior

YHA Ennerdale - Camping Barn

Cleator, Cumbria, CA23 3AX

  • Sleeps up to 13 guests
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Ennderdale Main Building exterior

YHA Ennerdale - Main Building

Cleator, Cumbria, CA23 3AX

  • Sleeps up to 24 guests
  • 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Eskdale exterior

YHA Eskdale

Boot, Cumbria, CA19 1TH

  • Sleeps up to 35 guests
  • 8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Hawkshead Courtyard exterior

YHA Hawkshead - Courtyard

Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QD

  • Sleeps up to 30 guests
  • 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Hawkshead Main Building exterior

YHA Hawkshead - Main Building

Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QD

  • Sleeps up to 72 guests
  • 12 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Hawse End Bunkhouse exterior

YHA Hawse End Bunkhouse

Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UE

  • Sleeps up to 24 guests
  • 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Helvellyn exterior

YHA Helvellyn

Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0QR

  • Sleeps up to 64 guests
  • 19 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Honister Hause exterior

YHA Honister Hause

Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5XN

  • Sleeps up to 26 guests
  • 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
  • Assistance dogs only

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YHA Langdale exterior

YHA Langdale

Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9HJ

  • Sleeps up to 106 guests
  • 15 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Patterdale exterior

YHA Patterdale

Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0NW

  • Sleeps up to 86 guests
  • 15 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse exterior

YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse

Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX

  • Sleeps up to 20 guests
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Assistance dogs only

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YHA Wasdale Hall exterior

YHA Wasdale Hall

Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1ET

  • Sleeps up to 42 guests
  • 8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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YHA Windermere exterior

YHA Windermere

Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LA

  • Sleeps up to 50 guests
  • 16 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms
  • Dogs welcome

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Why book with YHA Exclusive Hire?

Get away together

Bring your family and friends with properties for a range of group sizes

Enjoy your own space

With sole use of the property, you can come and go as you please

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Young person discount

Bringing anyone under 26 years old? You'll get 5% off

Suitable for events

Perfect for birthday celebrations, anniversaries or annual trips

Best price guaranteed

Book direct for the lowest and fairest price

Cater to all tastes

Self-catering kitchen with utensils, crockery and cutlery

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Things to do in the Lake District

Welcome to the Lake District

Home to England's largest mountain, its deepest lake and now a World Heritage Site, the Lake District is the perfect holiday destination for families and activity seekers looking to explore.

The Lake District National Park comprises 885 square miles of mountains, lakes, woodland and open spaces, that has been inspired some of Britain’s most famous artwork and writings. Whether its discovering the landscapes by foot or bike, wandering round the quaint towns and villages, taking a wild swim, visiting the vast museums, or tucking into a hearty meal at one of the cosy pubs, we’re sure you will have a memorable time when visiting the area.

Aira Force waterfalls

Aira Force Waterfalls

Indulge in impressive mountain scenery and a 65ft waterfall that inspired many of Wordsworth's great works. See the National Trust website See the Visit Cumbria website

Indoor climbing wall

Ambleside Climbing Wall

Here at Ambleside Climbing Wall there's an indoor climbing wall, bouldering room, and cafe. There's also a room dedicated to climbing gear, which can be hired.

Ashgill Force

Ashgill Force

The highest waterfall in the area, the gill falls a spectacular 50ft into a pool in the wooded valley below.

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House exterior

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

From the leaf-shaped door handles to the carved wooden panelling, Blackwell is an important icon of Arts & Crafts architecture. Visit Blackwell's website  

Derwentwater boat trips

Boat trips on Derwentwater

Cruise the lake stopping at the lakeshore jetties where you can change boats, or enjoy the 50 minute trip around Derwentwater.



Discover the home of John Ruskin.


Brockhole Visitor Centre

Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere.  See the house first created by William Gaddum, a silk merchant from Manchester, as his family's 'summer house'.  Brows

The Cathedral, in Little Langdale Quarry

Cathedral Quarry

A network of quarries above Little Langdale - best known for the main chamber, which is 40ft in height and lit by two windows. Visit the Visit Cumbria website Walkers, see the National Trust Hod


Climbing in Borrowdale

Shepherd's crag is a unique climbing ground! The buttresses provide good pitches for both beginner and tiger. The rock is generally excellent.


Climbing in Buttermere

There are fantastic multi pitch climbs on the quick drying Grey Crag to suit all abilities.


Climbing in Coniston

Close by there is skilled scrambling on the famous Pudding Stone - on this large boulder alone there are 30 different challenging routes.  Not much further away there are classic climbing and scr

Climbing in Keswick

Climbing in Keswick

For an accessible road-side route try Little Chamonix for an entry level climb.


Climbing in Langdale

Raven Crag, Gimmer Crag and White Ghyll are just a few of the numerous rock climbing spots which line the Langdale valley floor, providing some of the most spectacular rock routes in the UK - come and

Rock climbing

Climbing in Wasdale

Follow in the footsteps of the Abraham brothers and climb to the top of Napes Needle - a classic hard/severe climb with stunning mountainside views straight down to Wasdale.

Coniston Boating Centre, view of jetties

Coniston Boating Centre

To see Coniston Water and the stunning fells hire a motor boat, canoe, rowing boat or sailing boat and explore. Take a break at the Bluebird Café right on the edge of Coniston Water. Visit the w

Coniston Launch Cruises

Coniston Cruises

Enjoy a beautiful boat cruise on Coniston Water, staying on the boat for the full cruise or getting off at a jetty to explore.  Or just use the service as a ferry to get between where the differe

Cross Bay Walks

Cross Bay Walks

The walks cross several estuary channels, some some fast running, so it's best to use a guide across the dangerous sands.


Cycling around Hawkshead

YHA Hawkshead is a fantastic location for road and mountain bikers, be they novice, families or experienced. Grizedale Forest The forest is a mecca for mountain bikers in the north west and YHA Ha


Cycling in Borrowdale

Cycling around Derwentwater is a great day in the saddle. Admire the ever changing and breathtaking views across Derwentwater and stop off at the cafe at Grange and Keswick to keep you going.


Cycling in Buttermere

The Fred Whitton Challenge is a famous endurance event taking place in early May each year. It’s a 112 mile ride over all the principle mountain passes of Lakeland.

Couple cycling in the Lake District, Cumbria

Cycling in Coniston Holly How

The circular route around Coniston Water is perfect for easy, relaxing rides.  Take on the high altitude buzz of Hardknott and Wrynose passes from the hostel.  The Fred Whitton Challenge aro

Cycling, road racing

Cycling in Eskdale

The fantastic Hardknott Pass circuit takes you over one of the highest and hardest cycle passes in Britain, then cycle down the Duddon Valley and return to the hostel via Birker Moor.

Cycling in Keswick

Cycling in Keswick

From YHA Keswick there is a cycle route to suit everyone, whether you’re looking for a gentle ride following the River Greta along an old railway track to tackling the famous 112 mile Fred Whitton cha

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

Visit the barely-changed home of famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. You'll find plenty to inspire you in the museum too.

Glenridding Sailing Centre from on Ullswater

Glenridding Sailing Centre

Hire out a sailboat, canoe or kayak for use on Ullswater.  A range of courses are offered. Visit the Centre's website for more details.

Go Ape

Go Ape

Go Ape has several locations across the UK where you can climb and fly through the trees. If it's adrenaline fuelled family fun you're after then look no further.

Go Ape

Go Ape Grizedale

Fly 200 metres across the top of the Grizedale Beck and marvel at the forest canopy from 18m up a Douglas Fir. Visit the website

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Enjoy the wonderful aroma of freshly baked gingerbread and sample the delights inside the tiny shop.

Mountain Guide instructs a group of young people

Highpoint Mountain Guides

Navigation, rock climbing and mountaineering courses for skills training, guided activities or just having some group fun. Visit the website

Holker Hall

Holker Hall

Set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills.

Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine

For underground tours and the popular Via Ferrata. Edge along ladders and bridges to reach a summit viewpoint over Buttermere. Visit the website

Keswick Adventure Centre

Keswick Adventure Centre

Offering multi-activity courses in everything from ghyll scrambling and zip-wires to raft-building and waterrollerz.