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#4 of 7 hostels in Keswick
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If you're looking for some peace and quiet then YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse is the perfect location for you. Standing in a traffic free valley, between Skiddaw and Blencathra, this former shooting lodge and shepherd's bothy, complete with coal and log fires, is the highest YHA bunkhouse in Britain. It offers simple but comfortable accommodation in the beautiful northern fells of the Lake District, surrounded by moors, valleys and breath-taking views. This unique 22 bed bunkhouse offers a truly rural retreat for walkers cyclists and those wanting to escape the pressures of modern living and get away from the crowds in the towns of the central Lake District.
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Books, DVDs, music for children
Highchairs available
Currency exchange
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Mountain view
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Martin H wrote a review Aug 2023
Bridlington, United Kingdom4 contributions
Amazing location and brilliant accommodation. After climbing Little Man and Skiddaw during Storm Betty with 70mph winds and driving rain it was a godsend to just have to drop over Sale How to Skiddaw Bunkhouse. Rustic but extremely comfortable with brilliant, hot showers and great food and drink, I would definitely go again. The reception we got from Fran, Jan and Ann was lovely and the rest of the guests were really friendly and we spent the whole evening chatting, a brilliant way to get away from the noise of life!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Leslie R wrote a review May 2023
Consett, United Kingdom2 contributions
The stay at Skiddaw House was the highlight of the Cumbria Way, following the climb out of Keswick over bare fells and seeing the hostel appear in an oasis of trees. A warm reception from Sue who runs it, a comfortable night's sleep and spectacular views, all made this a special place. It reminded me of staying in simple grade hostels in the past.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: I carried food there with me but in fact you can buy food and drink at the hostel.
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Georgia4321 wrote a review Apr 2023
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I know we were extremely lucky with the weather, but the whole experience of staying at Skiddaw House was a magical one for me and a chance to leave all your worries behind. No internet signal was a huge plus and our host, Sue, could not have been more welcoming and helpful. She looked genuinely pleased to see everyone and interested in everybody's story (she must have endless patience). it is a memory that will remain with me always. I hope this place manages to keep going in its simplistic manner for many years to come.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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John & Jacqui H wrote a review Oct 2022
What a fantastic experience at Skiddaw House, from start to finish. I can’t enthuse enough! A warm friendly welcome awaits, from Sue, the business owner, as you walk through the door. Nothing is too much trouble, you only have to ask. ‘The House’ has log burning stoves in the kitchen and lounge, plus very hot showers, which are great after a cold wet day on the fells. The beds are very comfortable, with duvets, spare blankets and hot water bottles – Nobody should be cold. There is a small well stocked shop for ALL your meals, including alcoholic and soft drinks. For those walking The Cumbria Way, it is a MUST to schedule a night here and go for the 6-day option. You are on holiday, why rush it, enjoy the experience and meet other like-minded folk. For those using baggage transfers, most companies will store your bag overnight, so all you need extra is a change of clothes and toiletries, as towels can be hired. Go for it: I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: On a clear night the sky is fabulous with thousands of stars and WOW when there's a full moon...
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John wrote a review Apr 2022
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We took a group of 12 people on a leadership course and it was life changing. Much of this was down to the inspirational remote environment and the very helpful support given by Sue who runs the hostel. Be prepared to roll your sleeves up and embrace its quirky nature and then you wont be disappointed. Well situated for a peaceful and remote walk up Skiddaw.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: Enjoy the walk in and lack of interference from mobile phone calls
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Carl B wrote a review Oct 2019
Beetham, United Kingdom17 contributions4 helpful votes
If you love the great outdoors and realise that you are 3.5 miles away from where you can park your car, won't miss your phone and want to stay in a beautiful wild place then this is for you! Brilliant atmosphere and very much for the hostelling enthusiast. I loved it. Lovely fire, dorms are fine, hosts are simply lovely and a wonderful array of books and don't worry they serve beer! You will meet fellow travellers with a tale or 2 and will be amazed with the natural surrounding beauty.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: Shared dorms or private rooms
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Response from SkiddawHouse, Manager at YHA Skiddaw House
Responded 19 Jun 2020
Thanks for your review - we hope to see you again when we can reopen.
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BlackbirdOnMigration wrote a review Sept 2019
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Loved this hostel which you can only reach on foot. Sweeping views out to the mountains and super quiet. Very simple facilities but it had all we needed and we bought the supplies for a simple but filling supper and breakfast from the friendly manager. Beds comfortable and hot water bottles available should you want some extra warmth (no heating in bedrooms). We loved it.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from SkiddawHouse, Manager at YHA Skiddaw House
Responded 10 Sept 2019
Thanks for the review; we're really pleased you liked the hostel and enjoyed your stay.
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gibbo09 wrote a review Aug 2019
Carlisle, England46 contributions37 helpful votes
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Stayed here for a couple of nights, fantastic location, hosts are tremendously helpful and I managed to sneak onto the bottom of the Cloven Stone Challenge list. I'd certainly recommend a stay here. I look forward to returning some time.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from SkiddawHouse, Manager at YHA Skiddaw House
Responded 14 Aug 2019
Thanks for your review and well done for doing our running challenge - hope to see you again for the Skiddaw House Skyline some time.
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Vaughan060 wrote a review Jul 2019
Notts26 contributions27 helpful votes
Recently stayed here for 1 night with an outdoor group. The location is fantastic with no neighbours for miles and the nearest road is over 3 miles away. The place was clean and comfortable and had a well stocked shop of various food and drink items. Would recommend to anyone planning a walk in the area.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from SkiddawHouse, Manager at YHA Skiddaw House
Responded 2 Aug 2019
Thanks for your review Vaughan, we're glad you enjoyed your stay here.
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Nicholas G wrote a review Jun 2019
Bath, United Kingdom814 contributions351 helpful votes
Last June in the heat they were worried about their water supply: this year there were yellow flood warnings out. We arrived wet and cold so hot showers and collapsing in front of the stove with a Cockahoop beer was very therapeutic. We went to bed with hot water bottles : took me right back to my childhood! Susie and Martin are helpful hosts and have a decent range of comfort foods to self cook.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from SkiddawHouse, Manager at YHA Skiddaw House
Responded 27 Jun 2019
Thanks for your review, we're really glad you enjoyed your stay and the hot water bottles. Unlucky you had to use them in June though!
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include books, DVDs and music available for children, currency exchange, and darts.
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Top room amenities include a fireplace, a view of the mountains, and an oven.