This is an excellent hostel, made all the better by the warm and friendly staff. The restaurant/bar has fantastic views and the whole hostel is very clean and well run.
It is quite a long way from Boness on Windermere, close to the spread out hamlet of Troutbeck. It's a good mile or more walk into Troutbeck to the pub, so you can't really pop out for a pint. But then you don't need to as the bar is friendly and there a lots of games for the kids to play.
We did the walk down to the lakeside activity centre, which we thoroughly recommend. It's about 2 and a half miles each way, long enough to get kids out - but not too long to get them grumbling. And once you're down there - there is a great adventure playground, treetop trek and a good cafe.
The only slight downsides are that the hostel could do with a bit more comfortable seating space - the lounge area felt quite crowded when we were there, and some of the 4 bedded rooms are on the small side. But I'm sure we'll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy panoramic views of the lake and mountains from one of the most spectacularly situated YHAs in England. Overlooking England’s largest natural lake, YHA Windermere offers the chance to stay in an idyllic countryside setting only 2miles from Windermere and its many attractions. An ideal base for anyone wanting to escape the crowds and perfect for activity breaks and family holidays – children love the large wooded grounds with trails and wildlife. Relax with a drink on the terrace and enjoy good quality food from our newly refurbished restaurant and bar. We're now home to some colourful new tipis and bell tents too, so you can wake up overlooking the fells! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- YHA Windermere Lake District