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    Elterwater Hostel, The Lake District

    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.


    Coronavirus Step 4 Precautions

    While all legal restrictions have been removed from 19th July, Elterwater Hostel has decided to move more slowly to protect our staff, guests and the business.

    We are limiting the number of guests to a maximum of 24 (rather than the usual 38) to allow continued social distancing.  Staff will continue to wear masks in the public areas and we request visitors to do the same when not seated and eating or drinking.

    Our modern shared showers have been reopened with increased cleaning in place. Self catering facilities are also open but breakfast is included in the price to encourage table service and reduce the numbers using the kitchen.

    For the time being, all rooms are offered as private sole use rooms for individuals, couples, families or small groups up to 6, with the shared dorm rooms unavailable but to encourage sole travellers we have significantly reduced the cost of a single occupancy twin room.


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    “Another wonderful break at Elterwater Hostal, in a most beautiful and restful part of the Lake District. We were made to feel most welcome and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The Pandemic restrictions were diligently observed by the Hostel but weren’t disruptive. Andy’s local knowledge led us on a great walk from the Hostel, to Lingmoor Fell.”  October 2020
    “I love this hostel, this was my second visit and I just love the location for easy access to walks around the area. It’s comfortable and clean and the staff are really knowledgeable and are happy to give advice on local walking options. The breakfasts are great and you can also order a packed lunch and evening meal -very useful when you want to make the most of your day on the hills.” August 2020
    “The surrounding setting is exquisite and the lovely people who manage the hostel have created a comfortable and friendly atmosphere; always happy to answer questions and have a chat, they are accommodating and seek to look after all their guests. I had a good time here and will be returning again.” August 2020
    “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
    “Great to be back at Elterwater hostel during our family walking holiday this week. Welcome was as warm as we remembered and great to see Andy again. The whole hostel was spotless as usual and real thought had been put into the Covid procedures and how to make us feel comfortable. We had delicious meals for dinner and breakfast. We’ll be back again soon! Thanks to all the lovely team.” 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.” Oct 2018
    “A fantastic place run by an amazing team. So attentive and thoughtful. Can’t recommend the hostel enough for schools and youth groups.” 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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