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“Stunning spot, fabulous staff - we'll be back!”
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YHA Wasdale Hall
Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

Excellent YHA. A beautiful old building with some of the facilities newly refurbished, we had a brand new room with a double bed, right next door to brand new excellent showers!
And the staff - well they were just fantastic, friendly, obliging and definitely service with a smile.
We had no mobile reception and no internet, it was absolute bliss!
One of the last real tranquil, unspoilt spots in the UK, must be...
I would rather spend my time and money here than at any fancy Lakes hotel!
An utter gem...

Stayed: July 2014
Thank Naomi K
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Having last visited Wastwater one winter's day 24 years ago when it left a deep and lasting impression, I felt a return visit was timely! Arriving mid-afternoon on a warm and sunny day in 2014 with the blue of the sky reflected in the water, the house and grounds were deserted. I settled upon a rock at the waters edge and felt all was good with the world. The colours of the water, the acoustics, the lumpen fells; all were lovely and beckoning and the 'mad world' 'out there' was instantly forgotten.

I would have slept better the first night had I remembered my earplugs - very necessary if you're a light sleeper sharing an 8-bed dorm :/. Luckily, they're sold at reception so you don't have to make the 32mile round trip to the nearest large town - only wished I'd known that before but...seeing real life outside the Lakes is also a valuable and sobering experience.

The hostel is just lovely; well cared for and well managed with lots of space to curl up in with a book, map or drink - or even all three. Travel alone and you're sure to meet some like-minded and diverse groups of people and to enjoy new experiences.

The beds are comfortable and clean, the showers deliciously hot on aching limbs and the food wholesome and excellent value. The coffee is Fairtrade and would've got the thumbs up from my Italian Mother :) and all this catered for by kind and attentive staff. Alternatively, there's a good size self-catering kitchen and the hostel provides labels for food going in the fridge.

It's a bit of a trek to get to Wastwater but that only makes it all the more rewarding when you get there and, being in the south west Lakes, the valley isn't overrun with hoards of people. The perfect place to relax and enjoy nature in all its forms from a gentle stroll in the lush green woods to the windswept tops of fells. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Stayed in 'Yewbarrow'; 8 bunks with a view over the lake.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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wastwatermanager, Manager at YHA Wasdale Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2014

Hi,
Many thanks for your review. It's good to know that a previous visit many uyears ago left such an impression on you and you felt moved to come back again; hopefully it won't be so many years until you come back once more. We pride ourselves on the hostel and it's location, it really cannot be beaten, even if it is a bit of a trek but then that makes it feel even more special and there's good reason why people consider the view from the lake shore here 'Britians Favourite View'. The staff that work here also have great pride on the service we provide and the food we serve, hopefully making it feel a home from home.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Excellent service. Extremely clean. Very positive and helpful with directions to local attractions.

I would definitely recommend this youth hostel.

Awesome view with the lake right in from of you and also a view to the highest mountain in England.

Osman
Leicester

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

I wish to endorse the previous review by my friend Steve Clare (above) and confirm that this an amazingly beautiful and peaceful location by the magnificent Wastwater with surrounding screes and fells. The rooms comfortable, breakfasts and packed lunches superb and staff friendly, helpful and knowledgeable of the area.
The fact that there was no contact with the electronic world was superb as it meant speech became the means of communication.
Thanks to Bob and the staff.
PS will you send me the fiver you promised now I have written this ?

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Just returned from a fantastic weekend staying at the YHA Wast water. Every year six old friends (all former venture scouts from Ongar Essex.) travel to the lakes to get our yearly fix of this wonderful place. We are now into our 7th year staying at various hostels throughout the lakes. This is by far the best, congratulations to Bob and all his staff that made our weekend. Tucked away and overlooking Wast water the views towards Wasdale head are truly magnificent.
Sssshh don't tell everyone but it's a little piece of paradise !,

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

A group of us stayed at this Youth Hostel - it has the most amazing location, right on the lake, so peaceful and beautiful, the perfect place. We really enjoyed our stay, facilities were great with a good kitchen, beds were comfy, showers good, they had a games room and lots of space for relaxing. The puddings were a great pick me up after walking up Scafell Pike!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Having stayed at the Buttermere YHA -I thought the view there was pretty amazing....but YHA Wastwater beats that! At breakfast time, we would rotate who got to face the captivating view out of the dining room window! Great way to start the day.
Breakfast was filling and and necessary for a day of walking.
Rooms were clean and warm. Pillows and duvet were fluffy and maybe new? Slept really well.
Showers were clean and warm. Didn't have to queue at all.
Good drying room - plenty of space.
Staff and Geoff were very friendly.
The actual building and grounds were clearly well looked after and quite special.
Thank you for everything.
Georgina, Jemma and Kerry-Ann

Room Tip: Room 1 was a 6 person dorm - quiet.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about YHA Wasdale Hall

Address: Wasdale Hall Wasdale Hall, Nether Wasdale CA20 1ET, England (Formerly YHA Wastwater)
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Nether Wasdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Nether Wasdale
Price Range: £68 - £70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — YHA Wasdale Hall 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA Wasdale Hall (formerly known as YHA Wastwater) is a stunning half-timbered National Trust-owned house dating from 1829 and still retains many original features. Enjoy beautiful scenery from the grounds, which extend to the shores of Lake Wastwater, England's deepest lake. Within easy reach of England's highest mountain, walkers will be busy here. After a hectic day enjoy a delicious meal in our wood paneled restaurant with stunning views of the lake. All meals are home-cooked using fresh produce in the Wasdale Hall kitchens and served to your table. A range of local Cumbrian ales, fine wines, spirits and soft drinks are also available to accompany your meal. ... more   less 
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