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Whether you’ve a question about the hostel or you want to know about events in the Lake District, we’d love to hear from you.

    Elterwater Hostel, The Lake District

    We remain open and are delighted to be able to accommodate  individuals and legally permitted social bubbles for the first time this Winter.

    We have put a number of Covid-19 Safety Measures in place. For more information please click here.

    Imagine climbing Loughrigg in crystal clear frosty air to gaze over Windermere and Grasmere in the winter sun, or for the more experienced, donning your crampons for the Climber’s Traverse on Bowfell in the snow. If a bit of shopping is more your thing, all the Ambleside shops will be glowing and sparkling with Christmas cheer. Every cloud has a silver lining, and even COVID will, for some of you who have always wanted to explore the Lakes after the crowds have left.

    Due to the restrictions on large groups, this year we will open to individuals and families for November and December weekends All prices include a delicious full breakfast to start your day and good food, including Nick’s famous sticky toffee pudding or a bottle of local beer will be available to welcome you back in the evenings. The hostel is warm and cosy, and there will be open fires at the Britannia Inn

    So for all of you who have missed your Lakes visit this Spring, or others that just fancy a break, why not book Elterwater Hostel for a winter get-away treat. We would love to welcome you to our seasonal paradise.  015394 37245

    Elterwater Hostel is situated in the heart of the Lake District’s iconic Langdale Valley.

    An ideal choice of accommodation for groups, individuals and families alike, the hostel provides simple, comfortable, warm and homely accommodation at a great price.

    Centrally located at the heart of Lakeland, in the peaceful village of Elterwater, and surrounded by the fells of the beautiful Langdale Valley, Elterwater Hostel makes a perfect base for cycling, walking and climbing trips to the Lakes, or simply a fantastic spot to escape to for a quiet break!

    Elterwater Hostel has 38 beds and caters to groups and individual bookings throughout the year. A variety of rooms, sleeping two, four and six people, as well as a spacious living and dining area, means there is something for everyone. Offering delicious home cooked meals, in addition to our large and fully equipped self-catering kitchen, the hostel is perfect for anybody visiting the Lakes.

    Formerly YHA Elterwater, but now operating as an independent family business, the hostel has been welcoming guests since 1939.

    “Friendly staff who aim to meet all needs. Good food and comfortable rooms.
    Attention to Covid protection excellent allowing us to feel confident to stay in hostel, yet just as relaxed as previous visits.” July 2020
    “Wonderful host, very welcoming and extra helpful. Felt COVID-secure and very private as they are taking less guests.” July 2020
    “Its over 50 years since I stayed in a hostel, so a bit apprehensive, regarding our 2 night stay. However from the moment my wife and I arrived, could not have been more delighted.”
    Tripadvisor Review Oct 2018
    “Elterwater Hostel offers great accommodation and food, and the Hostel team provide the best customer care, ensuring your stay is as memorable as the idyllic location,”
    Group Review, Sept. 2018
    “All in all, my stay in Elterwater Hostel was better this time as it ever has been. I would absolutely recommend the hostel and will be coming back!”
    Guest Review, Jan 2018
    “A fantastic place run by an amazing team. So attentive and thoughtful. Can’t recommend the hostel enough for schools and youth groups.”
    School Group, May 2018
    “Home from home. Couldn’t ask for more. Hot clean shower. Comfy bed. Will be back.”
    Guest Review, May 2018


    For more guest reviews, check out our Testimonials page, view us on Trip Advisor, or just go ahead and book now!


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    Christmas at Elterwater and Winter Availability

    We are delighted to announce Christmas availability for self catering sole-use at Elterwater Hostel. What better place to spend Christmas than in the Lake District surrounded by snowy mountains, good pubs and the great outdoors? The warm and cosy hostel can accommodate up to three households in eleven bedrooms, making it the perfect place for families to reconnect this festive season.

    For bookings outside of the Christmas window we are delighted to be able to welcome weekend guests in tiers 1 and 2, from January 2021. We have both catered and sole use self-catering options available. For general stays please book online, but for sole-use bookings please call us on 015394 37245 so we can discuss hosting your winter break in more detail. We are operating in a Covid compliant way in line with  "We're Good to Go" guidelines and we look forward to welcoming you!