It’s a fantastic building which from the 1840s was Greenside lead and silver mine offices and workshops. It has been a hostel since the 1970s, but wasn’t used for the last 10 years and needed some (a lot) of love. We bought it a couple of years ago and have completely renovated it – it’s modern where it needs to be, harks back to its origins where it can, and has a few quirks here and there.
The idea is to provide an ideal place for groups of trekkers, climbers, runners, swimmers, cyclists and triathletes (and other groups) to come and have group accommodation without slumming it – it is the antithesis to the drab and functional hostels and bunkhouses that remind you of 80s school changing rooms and doctors waiting rooms…
Sleeps 28 in 4 bedrooms. All have bathroom facilities either in the room or immediately adjacent (see the layout above) – there is even a bath
All 28 bunks have full size single mattresses (not thin, short things you find elsewhere!) – you need to bring your own bedding – most people find a fitted sheet works well and bring either a duvet or sleeping bag, and a pillow or two
The commercial style kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, crockery, cutlery for up to 30. There is a cooker and hob(s), microwave (which is also a grill/conventional oven), slow/pressure cooker, rice cooker, 2 fridges and a freezer – there is even a dishwasher!
There is an amazing log burner – and there will be enough kindling and wood supplied for a couple of good fires should you wish – but you may also want to bring more
Dog friendly – but please let us know if any four paw friends are going to be staying at booking time – please keep off any soft furnishings & clean up after them
If the weather is kind there is outside space and seating for all – you can even have a fire (if you are sensible about it)
Awesome trails for hiking, biking and running right off the doorstep – great location for open water swimming too
We say it’s a ‘bunkhouse for grown ups’ because the decor and layout etc. is not stripped down and plain and so doesn’t resemble school changing rooms the way many hostels/bunk houses do – we don’t ban kids though (they’ll love it) – just please keep off any soft furnishings & clean up after them 🙂
Note: There are a couple of shops in the village for essentials – and the whole compliment of supermarkets in Penrith a 30 min drive away (you’ll also find that some of them do online delivery all the way to the Lodge). The village also boasts a variety good pubs and restaurants if you don’t fancy cooking one night