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    We’ve been a hostel for over 80 years, but that doesn’t mean we’re old fashioned. We’ve been updating the facilities to combine the charm and functionality of the original YHA Hostel with a relaxed, warm and comfortable environment. Other facilities include:

    • Accommodation for up to 38 people in 11 bedrooms, ranging from two to six beds in each
    • Available for single bookings or groups large or small –  Enquiries welcome
    • Two newly refurbished unisex shower rooms, in addition to gender specific facilities
    • Fully equipped self catering kitchen
    • Communal lounge/dining area
    • Excellent drying room
    • Cycle storage
    • Small shop selling maps, postcards snacks and drinks
    • Free wifi in public areas and some bedrooms
    • Just a two/three minute walk from a fantastic Lakeland pub
    • National Trust car park less than 100m away – free to National Trust members or £6.50 per day. There is also limited free roadside parking around Elterwater.
    • Fully catered accommodation options available
    • Knowledgeable staff willing to help you plan your time in the lakes

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    Winter Availability

    We are delighted to announce Winter availability at Elterwater Hostel. What better place to spend the winter months and kick off 2021 than in the Lake District surrounded by snowy mountains, good pubs and the great outdoors? We are welcoming guests in tiers 1 and 2 on a bed and breakfast basis for weekends during January 2021, with sole-use self catering options becoming available when government tier rules allow. We are operating in a Covid compliant way in line with  "We're Good to Go" guidelines and we look forward to welcoming you!