Landpod Glamping at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe | Lake District

by Vanessa Wanders Miles

YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe is one street away from the town of Grasmere and yet is so peaceful. It’s a perfect hub for quality eateries, interesting history, and beautiful fells, tarns, and caves.

Visit Dove Cottage, home of Wordsworth, Allan Bank, Easdale Tarn, and Rydal Caves to name but a few. Many campers are passing through for a night as they brave the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route.

Why not try the Landpod glamping at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe? It’s a fun, posh, and eco-friendly alternative to camping. 

Disclaimer: Thanks to YHA (England & Wales) for sponsoring my stay. Although I was a guest, all opinions are my own.


Getting to Grasmere by car

Getting around the Lake District can be tricky without a car. Hire your own wheels with Discover Cars.

From the north, leave the M6 at Penrith (J40) and follow the A66 to Keswick, then the A591 turn-off that is well- signposted to Grasmere.

From the south, leave the M6 at junction 36 and follow the A590 for Kendal which veers onto the A591. Drive through Windermere, and Ambleside, towards Grasmere.

Getting to Grasmere by public transport

Windermere is the closest train station to Grasmere. You would need to get the London to Glasgow West Coast Main Line and change at Oxenholme near Kendal. CHECK TRAIN TIMES AND PRICES.

Get the bus from Windermere to Grasmere which takes around 30 minutes.</strong> There are three bus services but it is worth checking as there will be increased services over the more popular summer months.


Shared Facilities at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe is a Victorian mansion housing dorm but it also has a kitchen, dining room, two lounges for socialising, a play area, and a licensed bar to kick back and enjoy the evenings. Weekends got busier and the Friday night had a bubbly atmosphere in the shared lounge. We watched a tense game of chess over a Wainwright beer.

You can expect and cheerful welcome from reception as you check-in. In fact, this is the third YHA site I have stayed at and the teams are clearly happy with their work.

Parking at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

There is a small car park at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe as you enter the complex. This is for guests only and as spaces are limited and it is so close to the town of Grasmere, it is controlled by an ANPR parking system.

To help with your baggage, you can use the drop-off point at the top by the mansion. However, our landpods were nearer the car park so we just wandered up to check-in.



Types of accommodation

YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe has private rooms for 2, 4, or 6 people, shared single-gender dorms in the main house, and Howe Lodge.

There are steps from the main house to the front lawn which offer ample space for camping, tipis, and landpods and you certainly do not have a feeling of being on top of each other.

Landpod Glamping at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

I was thrilled to try out the eco-friendly landpod glamping at YHA Grasmere Buthaerkyp Howe – super cosy, waterproof, and elevated from the ground to avoid damage to the land.

The landpods sleep 4 people including a double bed, although, we were just 2 people so we could spread out a little more. There is a wooden seating bench and BBQ firepit outside, just remember to get your wood from reception for £5 to bring the campfire alive.

Each landpod comes with solar-powered electricity and has a light sensor over the doorway to avoid wasting power.

Did I tell you that you can even peel back your canvas roof and gaze at the stars? Happy days!


Food and drink at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

At YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe, you can start the day with a Breakfast Bap for £3.95 with either sausage, bacon or veggie sausage. Fancy a little something extra? They also offer muffins, fruit, cereal bars and drinks. Thankfully, YHA serves food that is locally (or British) sourced where possible.

Breakfast is served from 7:30 am – 9 am. You just order from reception and they will prepare it for you and serve it with recycled napkins.

For the evening meal, the menu consisted of 5 types of stone-baked pizzas starting at £7.95, and you can add chips for £2.50.

The hostel bar is at the reception area and will serve up a great selection of local ales, wines, spirits, and soft drinks until 10 pm. You can either get comfy in the sitting rooms or take your drinks back to your campfire.

Self-catered kitchen YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

There are self-catered kitchens in the main house and in Howe Lodge at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe. They are well-stocked with all appliances, cutlery, and pans.

Guests can store their food in the fridges, just remember to add your label with your name, room number, and departure date so the cleaner doesn’t scoop them in the bin.

Dining out near YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

As you are a stone’s throw away from Grasmere, there is a fabulous selection of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets including fine dining, hotel pubs, and tea rooms. I can totally vouch for 1760 Bar & Restaurant, Tweedie’s Bar, and Mathilde’s Cafe. Check the best places to eat in Grasmere.


Gardens at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe has extensive grounds which include meadows, woodland and the lawn in front of the hostel.

Behind the hostel is a set of stairs to climb into the woods giving you an elevated view through the trees. This overlooks the River Rothay which leads up to Easedale Tarn.

By the lounge window is a bug hostel providing hidey-hole for creatures and bird-feeding stations which were a big hit with the Blue Tits and Great Tits.

Red Squirrels at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

As soon as the lovely lady in reception told me about the red squirrels on the tree along the driveway, I found a rock to sit on a waited for the magic to happen.

I heard a scratching noise and saw two red squirrels running around a tree to a high branch, they scurried along the branch over the drive and stealthily made their way down to the monkey nuts in the box.

The red squirrel is the UK’s only native squirrel species, but they have been in decline since the introduction of grey squirrels from North America in the 1870s. Red squirrels are considered vulnerable in Britain so this was a complete honour to sit and watch their furry tails jump around the forest.


YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe has many eco-friendly processes in place and I have listed below the green credentials I found during my stay there.

  • Recycling bins – There were several recycling points around the site – inside and outside.
  • Water refilling station in reception installed with an award from Waitrose ‘Plan Plastic – the Million Pound Challenge’
  • Non-toxic cleaning products are used to sanitise the hostel.
  • Tea towels and dish cloths are washed and reused in the shared kitchen instead of throwaway options.
  • Drying rooms instead of inefficient tumble dryers.
  • Solar-powered lighting on the landpods.
  • ‘Bug Hostel’ to encourage insects to the wild areas.

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YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe has a marvelous location with easy access to local facilities by foot as well as being surrounded by breathtaking fells and rolling landscapes. This place ticks all the boxes! Are you ready to book your stay at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe?


Is YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe dog-friendly?

Dogs get the thumbs up at YHA Borrowdale. They are allowed in the dining areas and dog bowls are available for your furry friends.

An additional fee of £5 is payable per dog per night for the camping pod, cabin, and tipi accommodation which is payable upon arrival. Dogs stay for free if you are pitching your own tent. Pets are not allowed in the hostel rooms although assistance dogs are welcome throughout.

Are towels provided at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe?

Towels are not provided as standard but you can hire them at reception to save space in your bag.

Is there free WiFi at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe?

Part of the joy of glamping or camping is to switch off your phone. For those that might panic about connecting to the outside world, I got a good 4G in my landpod and you can head to the main house for the free WiFi.<

“There’s no wi-fi in the mountains, but you’ll find no better connection.” – Unknown

What are the opening times and check-in at YHA Borrowdale?

As per the YHA book terms, check-in time is from 5 pm until 10 pm. Check-out is at 10 am.

The main house is locked at 10 pm, and you are given a code to enter out of hours to access the facilities.




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