£2.5 million is being invested in YHA Bath, the single biggest hostel investment in a Youth Hostel in the South West so far.
As part of the investment the popular Youth Hostel, which is based on Bathwick Hill, has received planning permission to build a new bedroom annex, which will bring the total number of beds to 133; an increase of 12 beds. The bedrooms within the annex will all be en-suite and a further five en-suite bedrooms will be created in the existing building. Additionally, there will be 11 double bedrooms to cater for the families and couples travel market.
The main building, a stunning listed Italian-style mansion set in large private gardens, will undergo a total refurbishment and upgrade bringing it up to the standards expected from visitors. A new cycle store and guest laundry will also be created, and all bedroom doors will have secure electronic key access for greater peace of mind for the many school groups that stay at YHA Bath each year.
The Youth Hostel is currently closed ahead of work starting in January and will re-open again in April 2018 following the refurbishment of the main building. Construction of the annex will begin in March and is expected to be ready to welcome guests in November.
YHA will also be investing significantly in its camping and cabins offering in 2018, making it the largest campsite operator in the UK.
The camping and cabins provision at 19 Youth Hostels will be upgraded.
Ten sites will be getting premium bell tents, including YHA Treyarnon Bay, YHA Penzance, YHA Eden Project, YHA South Downs, YHA New Forest, YHA Wye Valley, YHA Jordans, YHA Brecon Beacons Danywenallt, YHA Truleigh Hill and YHA Stratford upon Avon. Each premium bell tent features a log burner stove and comfortably sleeps four people on one double futon and two single beds. They also include flooring, all bedding and basic furniture to ensure a comfortable and cosy night’s sleep.
As well as premium bell tents, YHA will also be investing in standard bell tent accommodation (no log burners) at 12 Youth Hostels in 2018.
Premium bell tents are available from £89.99 for four people. Guests also have use of the Youth Hostel self-catering facilities throughout their stay.