YHA Hawse End

Beds / Sleeps

What we have to offer

Please note: All prices are based on hiring the whole place per night.

Located on the shores of picturesque Derwentwater, at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley, this is a traditionally built, stone cottage in the grounds of Hawse End Centre. The cottage is situated at the foot of Catbell's (which Alfred Wainwright described as "one of his favourites, which while modest in height, offers splendid views").

The nearby famous Lake District Town of Keswick can be accessed via a short cruise on Dewentwater, and the launch stop is conveniently close to the cottage. For those more active there is a Lakeside walk around Derwentwater which also takes in Keswick.

This is a truly stunning location, with Derwentwater only metres from the cottage door.

There is a self-catering kitchen area with domestic sized oven, hob, fridge, microwave, pots, pans, crockery & cutlery for 24 people.
A catering service can also be made available by prior arrangement, for breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals as required, offered at very reasonable rates.

24 beds: 4x4, 1x6 and 1x2 bed rooms. Rooms have adult size bunk-beds, and all bed-linen is provided.

In grounds for 8 cars.

Other facilities
Kitchen/diner with folding chairs and tables seating up to 16, and a separate living room. Patio with picnic tables, barbeque and views of the lake.
Centrally heated.

Please note - For just £1 per bed (based on full capacity) you can either start your break early and check in at 2pm (normal time 4pm), or you can have a leisurely morning and check out at 2pm (normal time 12 noon), subject to availability. (At Hawse End Cottage, with 24 beds, early check in and late check-out would therefore only cost an extra £24!) Please contact the YHA Exclusive Hire team on 01629 592 700 if you are interested in extending your stay in this way!

Need to know

If you don’t see availability online for the dates you require, please call us on 0800 0191700

In the area

This Centre is located amongst the Northern Lake District's mountains and lakes, so visitors are never short of anything to do! Keswick, can be reached via road and launch for shopping, cinema, museums, cafés, restaurants and the "Theatre by the Lake". There is also a pub within walking distance.

Outdoor activities (kayaking / canoeing / sailing / ghyll scrambling / rock climbing / abseiling / archery) can all be booked in advance, if required, for adults and/or children, and will be led by the Centre's experienced and well qualified Outdoor Leaders.

Hostel amenities

  • Parking - private
  • Bed linen provided
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Water kettle
  • Kitchen utensils provided
  • Private Garden
  • BBQ Grill

Things to do

Discounts on your stay

Why not take out YHA membership today to save £30 on your Exclusive Hire booking? Not only will you get a discount on bookings with YHA Exclusive Hire, but you’ll also get exclusive discounts every time you stay with YHA, high street shopping discounts, email newsletters and much, much more!

Find out more information about YHA membership and the fantastic benefits.

To get your £30 off discount code, simply log in to YHA.org.uk and go to the Member Benefits tab.

How to find us

Our Address

YHA Hawse End
Hawse End Cottage,
CA12 5UE.



From Penrith and the M6
Take Exit 40 and follow A66 follow road signposted for Portinscale, just west of Keswick junction.
Follow the road through Portinscale continuing for approx. 3 miles following signs for Hawse End Centre.
Pass the Derwentwater Marina and go straight on past two right hand signposts to Ullock and Stair.
The turning to the centre is on the left directly opposite the Swinside Lodge Hotel.
Follow this drive along to Hawse End Centre, the Cottage is further along the road.

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Stay Dates


Number Of Guests

Children 4-13 yrs
Babies 0-3 yrs

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