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An independent, family run backpacking hostel and walker’s cafe/bar in Grasmere, in the heart of the stunning Lake District. Situated in 2¼ acres of stunning natural grounds, has over 350 years of heritage. Electric bike hire available.

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Rooms: 10 bed rooms 1x2, 7x4, 2x6 plus 8 person Camping Barn

From £79 per night with continental breakfast

Meals: Full English Breakfast £6.95, Continental breakfast £5.00, 2 course evening meals £13.00
Open: Year round
Address: Throney How Independent Hostel, Grasmere, , Cumbria, LA22 9QW
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Thorney How:

Situated under Helm Crag in Grasmere, Thorney How is an independent, family run hostel, bunkhouse and camping barn, offering a variety of choices for guests.  Whether you are looking for a simple B&B licensed accommodation or a walker’s cafe / bar or a self-catering accommodation, a bunkhouse or a camping barn, Thorney How will set you up with modern, cosy facilities and a very warm welcome. Formerly owned by the Youth Hostel Association (YHA), all the original charm has been maintained whilst the living and dining facilities have been upgraded.  

A grade 2 listed building, refurbished to include a range of energy solutions including wood pellet boilers and photo voltaics, charging points for electric vehicles and bicycle hire. All newly sourced appliances are A-rated or better.

Using the picturesque 2 1/4 acre site for a range of activities and events Carolyn and Taylor host events such as artist's residencies, working with the environment / technology and sustainability and film nights.  They also host weddings.  

Lucy Symons Photo:  Michael WhitesideLucy Symons Photo: Michael WhitesideReview by Lucy Symons "If you are looking for flexible, reasonably priced, comfortable accommodation and good disabled access where the owners couldn’t be more helpful, then Thorney How should be your destination of choice.  Taylor and Carolyn feel passionate about what they are doing and can provide a wide range of meals, celebratory functions including weddings.  Definitely the best place for individuals or a large group hoping to recreate Enid Blyton’s traditional clever adventures – there are even kennels for up to two dogs, so don’t forget Timmy!"

>>  Read Lucy's full review of Thorney How

Top green features of Thorney How:

  • Reduce and reuse wherever possible

  • Use local suppliers wherever able

  • Locally sourced, seasonal and where applicable organic foods are served

  • Electric bike hire available

  • Pellet boiler



Thorney How, Grasmere Independent Hostel
Nearest train station: Windermere

Directions from station:
From the A591 traveling north on approaching Grasmere go past the roundabout junction near to the Wordsworth Trust signposted Grasmere Village. Instead take the next left hand turn 1/2 mile further on also signposted Grasmere Village and opposite to The Swan Hotel. This is Swan Lane (B5287) leading to Broadgate. Follow this into the village for 1/2 mile – Easedale Road is immediately on the right. At a junction Thorney How Hostel is signposted (small brown sign) right 400yds.

Plan your journey by train

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Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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