Autumn Breaks in the Lake District: Staycations in Hostels, Bunkhouse and Camping Barns

Autumn staycations in the Lake District

Independent hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns are found all over the Lake District. They are in the most popular tourist areas as well as tucked away in quiet, undiscovered spots.  In the current staycation climate they make perfect places to stay.  Somewhere warm and cosy for you, your family and friends to base yourself for a night, a weekend break or a longer holiday this Autumn.

Each hostel, bunkhouse or camping barn is unique.  They each reflect the character of their owner, their particular corner of the Lake District and the type of person who stays there.

So whatever draws you to the Lake District you should  find some accommodation below to suit your needs and your purse.

Autumn Breaks in the West Country: Staycations in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset

Autumn Staycations in Devon and Cornwall.

Grab the chance of a great value break in Devon and Cornwall this Autumn.  Independent hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns offer flexible, relaxed accommodation to individuals, couples, and families at prices that won’t break the bank. Book for a night, a mini break or a longer staycation.  Whatever your interests, there will be somewhere for your Autumn staycation. Perhaps you fancy visiting a bustling seaside town, or staying amid the rugged wilderness of the moors.  Or a few nights at a magnificent tudor mansion might be what you are looking for.  Don’t let winter sneak upon you without booking an autumn staycation in this glorious part of the UK.

Helping in the time of Corona Virus

Furloughed staff at the head office of the Independent Hostel network have been working with volunteers in their village to produce scrubs for local care homes and hospices

Bed linen donated by the people of Matlock Bath has been repurposed as cheery scrub tops and scrub bags for local care workers.  Organised by the head office of the Independent Hostels network from designs adapted by a talented neighbour.  These cheery and stylish scrub tops are sewn by volunteers in the village including staff on furlough from Independent Hostels UK.   The scrub tops and scrub bags are now in use at a local hospice and care home.

New Hostels

From rustic country hostels to chic city-centre boutiques, here are some of the best newly opened hostels around the UK.  Some are set to start welcoming guests this year, so check the opening dates before you get too excited.

Travelling on a budget or exploring the wilder areas of the UK’s National Parks, hostels and bunkhouses are popular ways of seeing the UK on a budget.

Hostels and bunkhouses on the Coast : Accommodation by the Sea

Accommodation on the Coast

In the UK there are over 150 hostels and bunkhouses by the sea.  All around our beautiful coastline, from the wild seas of the Cornish coast to the white sands of the Hebrides you will find a whole variety of  bunkhouses and hostels to choose from.  Offering self catering accommodation  with friendly communal kitchens, dining and sitting areas, hostels and  bunkhouses provide the some of the most cost effective places to stay on the coast.

All the bunkhouses and hostels featured in the map above are within walking distance of the coast.  Perfect for quiet early morning walks along the beach before breakfast or for a leisurely stroll in the evening to see the sun set over the sea. What’s more for those with young children you can’t beat having a beach on the doorstep, without the hassle of loading everybody and everything into the car!   Coastal bunkhouses and hostels also often have easy access to the coastal paths and provide great bases or stop-overs if you are doing a walking holiday.


Hostels and bunkhouses by the sea provide great accommodation for inexpensive family seaside holidays
Hostels and bunkhouses by the sea provide great accommodation for inexpensive family seaside holidays

Each bunkhouse and hostel by the sea is unique.  They come in all shapes and sizes, from just 4 or 6 beds to  over 100. Some are in modern purpose built buildings, whereas  others have been converted from former schools, barns, fisherman’s cottages or country houses.  You will even find quirky hostels.  Stay in an old  windmill (run by the National Trust) on the Norfolk Coast to name but one of the many unusual hostels and bunkhouses you will find by the sea.

Some hostels and bunkhouses by the seas offer extra accommodation in yurts or  bell tents, while others allow camping in their grounds.  Why not take time to explore the map above?  Take your cursor around the coast of Britain and see for yourself all the wonderful places you can stay.

Remember hostel and bunkhouse accommodation can  be booked for as short a period as one night. So it is perfect for stop-overs to break your journey or for a touring holiday.  But many guests prefer to stay for longer to make the most of the idyllic locations so many of these hostels and bunkhouses are in.

Hostel and bunkhouse accommodation often includes small private rooms, which are perfect families or couples.  While large family gatherings and groups of friends often book the whole hostel or bunkhouse out on a ‘sole use’ basis.  So they can enjoy having the whole building and all its facilities to themselves.


Stunning Rhossilli Bay, on The Gower Peninsular, is withing walking distance of 3 seaside hostels/bunkhouses
Stunning Rhossilli Bay, on The Gower Peninsular, is withing walking distance of 3 seaside hostels/bunkhouses

The South Wales and Pembrokeshire coast features over 20 seaside hostels and bunkhouses.  For example the Gower Peninsula, home to Rhossili Bay, is within walking distance of  three bunkhouses by the sea while the Pembrokeshire / Ceredigion Coast boasts eight hostels/bunkhouses by the sea.

Hostels or bunkhouses by the sea, low cost accommodation of family holidays
Hostels or bunkhouses by the sea, low cost accommodation of family holidays

You are never far from the sea in Cornwall and Devon and there are 14 coastal hostels in the west country.  You can stay in the centre of the captivating town of St Ives, with its choice of beaches and many original and artisan shops. Or visit the Eden Project, dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, and stay at Edens Yard just down the road in St. Austell.   Famous for its surfing, the north Coast has some great hostels in traditional seaside holiday towns like Bude, Ilfracombe and Minehead.

If you are looking for a holiday by the sea with a difference why not  visit one of our many islands? You will find  wonderful hostels on Anglesey  and on Jersey and the Isle of Man and the Isles of Scilly.

There are several bunkhouses by the sea to choose from in Norfolk and Suffolk.  Deepdale Farm has a range of hostel, bunkhouse and glamping accommodation and the Brancaster Cente, run by National Trust, is great for groups holidaying by the sea.

Brancaster Activity Centre, Bunkhouse by the sea
Brancaster Activity Centre in Norfolk, Bunkhouse by the sea

There are independent Hostels and Bunkhouses on the Northumberland Coast, where you can combine bucket and spade days on the beach with visits to the many castles. For the Harry Potter fans among us Alnwick Castle is top of the list of places to visit when staying on this dramatic coastline.

Hostels and bunkhouses by the sea in Northumberland
Hostels and bunkhouses by the sea in Northumberland

If you fancy really getting away from it all, you can take a weekend or week long escape to a seaside bunkhouse or hostel on one of the enchanting Scottish Islands.  There are a surprising number of  hostels and bunkhouses on remote and accessible islands from  Mull and Arran,  the Hebrides to the Orkneys and Shetlands.

Colonsay backpackers lodge, a hostel by the sea

The Isle of Colonsay where you can stay at Colonsay Backpackers Lodge by the sea

Click on the location pins on the map above to  find out more about the accommodation and get in touch directly with them. To find out availability at several hostels and bunkhouses you can contact them using our Enquiry Service.

Please remember that our hostel and bunkhouse accommodation on the coast does get booked up quickly, especially in the school holidays.  So don’t be disappointed, start your search now and book your hostel or bunkhouse before it’s too late.