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As restrictions begin to lift across the UK following the Covid-19 pandemic, thoughts turn to being able to meet up with friends and family again, after months of challenging separation.

Holiday rentals look set to open from July onwards and many are already booking up fast, as more and more UK holiday makers focus on staycation breaks rather than trips overseas.

Many are also focusing attention on Christmas and New Year breaks too. After all, what better way is there of seeing off 2020 in style than booking a large holiday rental in the UK over the festive season, to share with loved ones?

But with many large holiday rentals in the UK already booked out for December, what are your options if you are still looking to get away with friends and family at the end of the year?

YHA hostels available to book for private hire

YHA is well known for its provision of affordable hostel accommodation in England and Wales. But did you know that you can also rent a YHA hostel for private hire?

These YHA Exclusive Hire options mean that you get the whole building to yourself, complete with fantastic self-catering facilities, which makes them an extremely cost effective way of gathering together friends and family for that much needed break.

Cheapest large holiday accommodation in England and Wales?

What’s more, not only do these big hostels accommodate large numbers of guests, hiring out a YHA hostel is one of the cheapest ways of booking large group accommodation in the UK.

Prices start from just £7.50 per person per night and hostels are available throughout England and Wales, in both remote, rural locations such as YHA Black Sail, right through to historic, city centre locations such as YHA Canterbury.

Peace of mind following Covid-19

From check in to check out, it’s important to all guests at YHA have a positive and memorable experience, especially following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Which is why YHA has gone to great lengths to ensure that guests feel safe and comfortable when they stay in a hostel.

Our Covid-19 guest safety measures include making it possible to conform to social distancing requirements within our hostels as well as encouraging contactless payments to limit cash transactions. 

We have also implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures – and we have hand sanitiser stations positioned throughout all our hostels.

And if you’re booking out a hostel for exclusive hire, we will ensure that you have contactless entry to the property on your arrival, avoiding the need to come into contact with anyone other than the members of your own party.

Best family holidays for Christmas and New Year 2020

Finding the perfect holiday accommodation for a large group is no easy task. Let alone for Christmas or New Year.

The list of requirements from everyone within your group can be as long as your arm!

So, what exactly can a YHA Exclusive Hire hostel offer your party? Apart from the choice of some of the best locations in the England and Wales, the properties themselves are all unique.

Sure, there’s consistency once you step inside but it would be hard to find another former Victorian rectory with stunning views and 25 acres of land like YHA Wye Valley.

Or a hostel closer with better sea views and easy access to the beach than YHA Treyarnon Bay on the north west coast of Cornwall.

Some hostels have huge open fires that you are more than welcome to gather round in the evening. And many will be decorated for Christmas and New Year, to make you feel even more at home.

Other properties have vast enclosed grounds, perfect for walking off Christmas dinner. Check out YHA Castleton Mews in Derbyshire for example, which offers a massive 27 acres of land for the kids to explore. As well as some of the best great accessibility for all – ideal for a multi-generational break, if someone in your party has difficulty accessing stairs.

Large pet friendly accommodation for Christmas and New Year

Pets are also well catered for in an exclusive hire property with YHA.

You are welcome to bring up to four dogs with you (but do get in touch if you have more in your party, as we understand the importance of all the family staying together over the festive season).

Many of our hostels have incredible walks from the front door, including access straight on to some of the UK’s best coastline, for example, at YHA Portland in Dorset.

Access to the countryside is something YHA accommodation can offer in spades, so why not spend the day out in the fresh air before heading home to a cosy evening by the fire?

Where are the cheapest large holiday houses in the UK?

So if you are considering booking a whole hostel for either Christmas or New Year, what is still available? And where could you escape to?

An 800-year-old medieval castle in the Forest of Dean

Alternatively, you might prefer an 800-year-old castle for 60 guests in YHA St Briavels Castle in St Briavels in the Forest of Dean. Featuring well-preserved medieval features and set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this quirky dwelling is the ideal location for a Christmas break away with a real wow factor. All for just £67 per person for 5 nights from 23rd December, 2020.

A Victorian folly in The Peaks

Fancy New Year in a Victorian folly with easy access to the Peak District? Then look no further than YHA Eyam, which resembles a tiny turreted castle, perched on a hillside with inspiring views. Plus a games room with a pool table. Sleeping 56 guests, this property is available for just £43 per person for a four-night stay.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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