The Journey: Winter 19

9 hostels for Exclusive Hire

YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills

Oh, the joys of a hostel to yourself! More than 100 of our properties are available for Exclusive Hire 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 nine to know about.  

YHA Dalby Forest

YHA Dalby Forest

Give me moor-moor-moor

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, making it ideal for an active winter break. What’s more, the Yorkshire coast is under 45 minutes away. exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/yha-dalby-forest

YHA Portland

YHA Portland

Mansion on the Jurassic Coast

This red-brick getaway sits on the Isle of Portland (connected to the mainland by a long spit of land) and overlooks some of Dorset’s finest seaside scenery: Chesil Beach, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and all. The hostel itself is a property with 33 beds and, for rainy days, a TV lounge with settees.  exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/yha-portlan

YHA Manorbier

YHA Manorbier

Close to the Welsh coast

The Pembrokeshire coastline is a stirring place to be at any time of year, and this modern property 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. exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/yha-manorbier

YHA Tanners Hatch

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 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. exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/yha-tanners-hatch-surrey-hills

YHA Black Sail

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 your doorstep, the myriad outdoor joys of the Lake District. exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/yha-black-sail

YHA Boswinger

YHA Boswinger

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. This one-time farmhouse – 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. exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/yha-boswinger

YHA Clun Mill

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. exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/yha-clun-mill

YHA Llanddeusant

 YHA Llanddeusant

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. exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/yha-llanddeusant-activity-centre

YHA Perranporth

YHA Perranporth

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. exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/yha-perranporth

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