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Accommodation Details YHA Grasmere (Butterlip How)
Easedale Road, Grasmere LA22 9QG
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Comments by walkers who stayed at YHA Grasmere (Butterlip How) in Grasmere on The Coast to Coast Path
Good location and helpful staff. Sleeping in the annex could have been difficult if it had been raining. We had our own room although it was quite small, but it did have its own washbasin. Some friends visited us and we were able to invite them to the hostel evening meal - excellent food! Very clean.
Jenny and Alex Dunlop, left on 02 October 2012
Our mixed party of six gave the following out of ten:
Location 8.4
Welcome 4.6
Cleanliness 9.0
Comfort 8.8
Facilities 8.4
Breakfast 8.0
John, left on 22 May 2012
Our September stay here was an unexpected pleasure. After a day of hiking in the rain we arrived to a beautiful setting with a quiet room and a warm shower just down the hall.
The dinner AND breakfast were both delicious and plentiful.
We highly recommend staying here.
Barb and Bill Samsoe
Stevensville, Montana, USA
Barb Samsoe, left on 12 October 2011
Good: Washing machine, and drying room.
Not Good: Noisy school party, no mountain weather forecast posted
Ian Turnbull, left on 07 January 2011
The food and the common rooms were good; the stink in the drying room was evil!

Try and avoid the annexe, 4 of us were crammed into a tiny room when there were only 3 people in an 8 bedded room in the main building. At 25 for B&B, it is only 1 cheaper than some of the B&Bs we stayed in, so not really great value
anon, left on 03 September 2010
A hostel that looks like a hotel with a warm and patient welcome. The accommodation was fine, showers top rate and the drying room drying. We had the curry buffet, 4 types on one plate with all the trimmings, followed by desert. Heaven! the only disadvantage being the reduced appetite for the stunning buffet breakfast the following morning. Lots of space with a lounge just for the children. At 48.95 a room it was a match for any B&B.
We left 08/08/2010.
Bob Watts, left on 31 August 2010
Picturesque setting, comfortable hostel with friendly and helpful service. Good basic food and a grand Victorian sitting room to sit in and chat with fellow C2C walkers, and others.
Carol - Aug 2010, left on 19 August 2010
Despite my reservations from last year's stay (that a B&B might be better value), I did return this year, finding, after all, there wasn't a lot of choice elsewhere.

Again I enjoyed the lovely big house, spacious dorms, terrific view from the windows, friendly atmosphere and great location. I'd recommend it as a place to stay, if not to eat dinner.

The dinner was disappointing this time, quite poor, and I would suggest eating in the village unless the Friday buffet is still on the menu.

Internet charges were, to my mind, prohibitive.

Breakfast was fine and plentiful.
Gillian (Ottawa), left on 18 July 2010
Wow, what a fab youth hostel. It was more like being in a hotel. The meals were lovely too.
Amanda,Ian, Adam and Jason, left on 11 December 2009
A lovely old Victorian house right in the middle of Grasmere, with good facilities including a huge comfortable quiet lounge with big leather sofas.The dormitories were large and spacious too, so you end up sharing with a lot of people, though that did not prove to be a problem. Good drying room and good food - the Friday night curry buffet, all you can eat for ten pounds. The breakfast was also excellent.

Staff were friendly and helpful.

However, I did feel by the time I had paid for my cup of tea on arrival, my non-members' surcharge and my rented towel, the cost of around 30 pounds sterling was up there with bed and breakfasts where tea and towels would have been included and you wouldn't have to share a room with eight others. Not cheap but comfortable and pleasant. I might try Thorney Howe next time. Or a B&B
GW Ottawa, left on 30 June 2009
Very nice .
Mary, left on 12 June 2009
Stayed here on the 8th of June. So far I'd been staying in B&Bs, so this was a bit of a come-down. After the best meal on the C2C at the Jumble Room in Grasmere, I had a very unpleasant night here - I had a fluey cold, the dorm was hot and noisy - the bloke on the bunk above me snored and prods to the underside of his mattress only served to change the pitch, and people were coming in at all hours, turning lights on etc. A fight almost broke out when someone came in in the dark and tried to climb into a bunk that was already occupied. However, most of these occurrences were somewhat unique, so if you are cool with youth hostels, you'll probably be happy here. Kitchen facilities good if you want to make your own breakfast and leave early.
Stephen, Tasmania, left on 19 August 2008
stayed here 10th May 2008 on our last night. A great place to stay in an ideal location.
Lyn Holt and friends, left on 12 May 2008
Great location and new rooms. Recommended. Peter and Kate, Australia.
Peter Ridding, left on 02 November 2007
Buttarlyp Howe is a very roomy YHA w a decent-sized family room though with nothing else than 4 bunkbeds. Showers old & smelly, though. Dining room very pleasant, breakfast good. Drying room nice & hot.
Gert and family, left on 20 October 2007
Left Tuesday 11th Sept. 2007

Good welcome and good clean accomodation.
Showers and laundery facilities Very Good.
Food was tasty, well cooked and served with a smile.
Stay was spoilt by teenage girls running around in the rooms overhead until midnight.
Dave Partridge, left on 13 October 2007
Excellent stay, nice tea for us when we got there, clean, great breakfast, internet, very good drying room and much needed laundry facilities, staff very helpful.
Aamnd and Jan Bangs Aug. 5, 2007
Amanda and Jan Bangs, left on 25 August 2007
A beautiful old building with a great staff. We stayed in a smaller facility in the rear of the main lodge and it was very nice. There is a great little bakery in the village that also serves a great espresso. It would be nice if at least one of the shops serving coffee and rolls would open earlier for walkers who want to get on the road.
Larry , left on 03 October 2006
What a fantastic hostel! Great value for money. Excellent food, wonderful lounge (plus additional lounge). Excellent showers. Complimentary tea/coffee. Brilliant!
The Jones's - Gloucestershire, left on 03 October 2006
Beautiful house and friendly staff. Here you can have a proper meal for a reasonable price. For our lunch the next day we bought some fresh rolls and scones at the Bakery in Grasmere (at the corner). We think this must be the best bakery of England.
Karl en Petra, left on 13 June 2006
Friendly and efficient staff (who even scraped us together some breakfast after we got up late!), and decent hostel accommodation. A few too many children for my liking though!
Ed Curl, left on 06 May 2006
What a spledid Youth Hostel !!
Efficient and friendly staff . Excellent food ,Superb garden and grounds and a lounge which would not be out of place in a 5 star hotel.
Mr w Kenny, left on 21 August 2005
Great value for money staying here. Accommodation and food fantastic - helpings more than generous - you won't be able to manage pudding! Lots of toilets/showers and other facilities. Only downside is that it is large and feels a bit like a hotel rather than a hostel.
Tess & Mick Starkey, left on 04 September 2004
Good accomodation, very clean and friendly.
Sandy Pearson, left on 24 June 2004
Clean twin room with sink, plenty of hot water for showers, great drying room in basement, meals in conservatory OK. Easy walk to Grasmere village.
Robin & John Willis, left on 20 October 2003
Large hostel so a little anonymous, but friendly staff. Very clean and good shower faclities. Not far from route and close to village.
adam weir, left on 13 August 2003
We are very glad we stayed at this youth hostel. Our experience was much different than Mr. Stones. There was almost no one there so the hostel was a quiet haven and this was the early part of July! And the meals werved were delicious! Great dinner! The staff were extremely helpful and was glad to find a place to send an E-mail home. Good value for a reasonable price.
w. Friel, left on 24 July 2003
Not a typical hostel atmosphere, with a lot of adult groups from coach parties and cars. Good food. May 2003
Sally and Michael Woodley, left on 14 June 2003


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