Thorney How

Hostel in Grasmere

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8.2 out of 10

Once a much-loved hikers' YHA hostel, this ancient farmhouse off Easedale Rd has been renovated bit by bit since becoming independently run. All the cosy rooms in the farmhouse are now available on an en suite B&B basis, with dorm beds in the renovated bunkhouse (lounge and kitchen facilities shared with the main house). It's a fun, convivial, no-frills place.

It's about 15 minutes' walk from Grasmere.

Important information

Children 11 years or older will be charged as adults for room rates and meals. Mobile reception is intermittent and the property recommends printing a map or directions to aid in locating the property. Access to the bunkhouse, guest kitchen and dining area is fully closed between 10:30 and 15:30. Free parking is available from 15:30 on the day of arrival until 10:30 on the day of departure. The property kindly requests that guests bring just 1 vehicle per room booked. Advanced parking reservations are not possible. Towels can be hired by guests. Please note that smoking is strictly prohibited. Please inform Thorney How in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

Quick description

With free parking, free Wi-Fi and free weekend film screenings, this independent property offers simple B&B accommodation with adjoining bunkhouse under Helm Crag in Grasmere. There is a licensed bar on-site, and the property is surrounded by 2 acres of beautiful natural grounds. The property is part of the Lake District World Heritage Site. Grasmere village can be reached in less than 5 minutes’ drive, and the Wordsworth Museum is just over a mile from Thorney How. There are a variety of scenic walking routes to enjoy around the surrounding area. You can relax in the traditional lounge, with a leather sofa and open fireplace. Evening meals are served at around 19:00 and a bar is available from 15:30 until 23:00. Included in some rates is a simple breakfast with cereal, toast, tea and coffee. Full English options are also available for a surcharge. Rooms at Thorney How are simply furnished, with bunk beds and a seating area. Each has beautiful views of the National Park. Cycle hire with electric bikes are available.

Features of Thorney How


  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Family rooms
  • Free parking
  • Internet services
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Library
  • Hiking
  • Packed lunches
  • Cycling
  • Wifi
  • Snack bar
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Shared kitchen
  • Lockers
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Evening entertainment
  • On-site parking
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Books, dvds, music for children
  • Electric vehicle charging station

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Restaurant (à la carte)


  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safety deposit box
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout


  • Free WiFi available


  • Private parking