Oh, the joys of a hostel to yourself! More than 100 of our hostels for Exclusive Hire are open over the winter months. From historical cottages to mountain lodges – giving you, and your friends and families, free rein over accommodation in some of the most spectacular parts of the UK. Here are 9 hostels for Exclusive Hire.
YHA Dalby Forest
It might occupy a former school, but you can set your own timetable at YHA Dalby Forest. The eco-friendly, 21-bed hostel is located on the southern fringes of the sweeping North York Moors National Park. It’s ideal for an active winter break. What’s more, the Yorkshire coast is under 45 minutes away.
Close to the Welsh coast
The Pembrokeshire coastline is a stirring place to be at any time of year, and YHA Manorbier sits little more than a windswept stroll from the cliffs. It’s a sizeable hostel, which means there are two Exclusive Hire options: the 58-bed main building and the 14-bed annexe. Both give ready access to the world-famous coastal path.
YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills
Storybook cottage in the Surrey Hills
Fancy having the run of a remote countryside cottage? 15-bed YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills is a gem of a rural hostel, full of character and ringed by National Trust woodland. Go for brisk winter walks through the surrounding Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, then warm up back at the cottage around a log fire.
YHA Black Sail
Legendary Lakeland hideaway
Concealed at the head of the Ennerdale Valley, some 2½ miles on foot from the nearest road, this former shepherd’s bothy is a property like no other. Don’t expect electric sockets or mobile coverage – instead you’ll find 16 beds, a wood-burning stove and, on the doorstep of YHA Black Sail, the myriad outdoor joys of the Lake District.
Off-grid on the Cornish coast
Subtract the summer crowds from South Cornwall and you’re left with somewhere primed for an adventurous winter break. YHA Boswinger – sitting 10 miles south of St Austell on a beautifully remote stretch of coast – has sea views and 38 beds. The nearby Lost Gardens of Heligan are open year-round.
YHA Clun Mill
Walking base near the Welsh border
Set in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, characterful YHA Clun Mill serves up exactly what you’d hope for from a break in the colder months: namely a cosy living area, plenty of board games and quiet, eminently walkable valleys. It accommodates 23, and the adjoining village has shops and pubs.
Hard to spell, easy to love
A gift to groups who really want to get away from it all, YHA Llanddeusant is a 20-bed hostel in the Black Mountain range, the westernmost of the four hill-sets that make up the Brecon Beacons National Park. Energy to burn? Local activity company ARC Adventures offer weather-dependent outdoor pursuits year-round.
Clifftop stunner in Cornwall
The very definition of a spectacularly located hostel, YHA Perranporth perches at the top of a colossal Cornish sea cliff, granting deep views over the Atlantic and miles of golden beaches. Once an admiralty building, it’s now a 24-bed property readymade for adventure. It sits around 20 minutes’ drive from Newquay.
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