Thorney How offers a range of pleasant, sociable and welcoming environments for its guests to enjoy.
The flexible accommodation can cater for individual bookings, family rooms, small groups and large groups. Corporate enquiries welcome, please call to discuss your needs. Up to 42 bunk style beds are arranged in a total of 11 bedrooms ranging from 2 beds to 6 beds per room, including some twin and double beds.
Also available from 2016. 1 x double en-suite. 2 x family en-suite – max 4 beds. All other wash room facilities are shared. Bed linen is provided unless otherwise stated. The main gentleman’s style residence and 350 year old farmhouse is charming and has well proportioned, comfortable and warm rooms with fabulous views onto the grounds and the distant Fairfield / Helvellyn mountain range. The main house has 7 rooms and up to 26 bed spaces.
The main gentleman’s style residence and 350 year old farmhouse
Thorney How’s Victorian heritage is enhanced by several literary references and visits by William Wordsworth and his associates.
Local information states that the lane running along the north boundary of Thorney How is known as Flashing Lane (referring to a short cut).
Thorney How was acquired by the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) in the 1930’s and has the distinction of being the first property that the YHA fully owned.
Thorney How remained in the ownership of the YHA as a working youth hostel for nearly 80 years until 2011. During their ownership the YHA made changes to the property by converting the barn into a dining room, adding shower and toilet facilities, building an extended reception area.
A second more modern building – the Bunkhouse – was added to house additional bed spaces. Records indicate that the Bunkhouse was once a single storey farmers cottage.
Thorney How was sold by the YHA in February 2011, it was reopened as a family run Independent Hostel at Easter 2011.
The Bunkhouse has been upgraded by its present owners in 2013 with additional showers and a biomass fueled heating system.
Clean & comfortable
Easy guest accommodation
Thorney How is surrounded by two and a quarter acres of unspoilt, private and secluded grounds providing a relaxing setting at the end of your day out, or somewhere to spend a few hours sharing a drink and something to eat with friends.
The grounds of Thorney How, Grasmere, offer huge potential and we have been working with landscape architects and an arboricultural specialist to draw up plans as part of our recent successful application to the Lake District National Park.
In 2014 we hope to introduce some sheep alongside our free range hens, ducks and three cats. You will also occasionally find red and roe deer, red squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs, frogs and toads, owls, buzzards, woodpeckers and tree creepers to name just a few wild animals and birds.
You will find meals served in the restaurant featuring fresh grown items depending on what’s available.
Our woodland areas feature a wide range of traditional trees and wild flowers. The woodland is managed by ourselves and provides logs to be used in our wood burning stoves.
Please feel free to spend time exploring and enjoying the grounds and spotting the various wildlife that finds it’s way into the grounds. We ask that you to observe the private areas and to take care when being close to any of the animals.
Known historical links with Grasmere’s most famous resident, William Wordsworth, and his associates have been found with reference to Thorney How and the grounds in their writing.
Please note that we do not allow open fires or BBQ’s within the grounds.