There’s no better end to a day of outdoor adventure than an evening spent around a campfire or firepit. Stories shared to the crackle of the fire and the heady aroma of wood smoke. Sausages and marshmallows toasted as the star filled night sky descends. These are the things that memories are made of. All the independent hostels below have firepits for you to use or space for your campfire.
Accommodation with Campfires
Lowick Green, Ulverston, LA12 8EB
Within the old primary school at Lowick Green, nestled between Coniston Water (4 miles) and Ulverston, the bunkhouse has a lounge with wood-burning stove, large kitchen/dining room opening onto a patio with great views of the mountains and an outdoor area with campfire.All groups staying in the bunkhouse need to be doing an organised activity.
Glenbeg, Grantown-on-Spey, Moray, PH26 3NT
Glenbeg Bunkhouse & Bothy are part of the award-winning Cairngorms Activities Centre, situated just outside Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park. The well-equipped bunkhouse sleeps 25 in 3 bedrooms, while the cosy bothy sleeps 6 in one bunkroom.Outdoor activities are available. Aviemore, Speyside Way, Dava Way & the River Spey are all close by.
LLanmadoc, Gower, Swansea, SA3 1DE.
Situated on the Gower Peninsular, St Madoc Centre offer superb facilities for groups of between 40 and 81. Set in 76 acres of fields, woodland, headland and coastline, with tennis & volleyball courts, playing fields and a campfire area, it is ideally suited to schools, youth & church groups, corporate events, weddings and friends & family get-togethers. Optional outdoor activities and catered packages available for school groups.
Station Road, Askrigg, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3HZ
Low Mill Outdoor Centre, a not-for-profit charity, lies on the edge of the pretty village of Askrigg in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales.With good access to many walks, cycle routes, rivers, climbs and caves it is the perfect base for all types of groups; schools, clubs and friend & family get-togethers.
Nuthurst, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6RF
A former boarding school nestling in beautiful countryside, Gaveston Hall accommodates groups of all sizes. The 100 beds are spread across dorms, private single/twin rooms & chalets.Set in magnificent grounds with a football field, tennis court, woodland walks and fishing lake. Inside there are table tennis & pool tables and an indoor swimming pool. Room for coach parking.
Seathwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, CA12 5XJ
High House in Seathwaite, at the head of the beautiful valley of Borrowdale, offers comfortable bunkhouse accommodation. Popular with walking/climbing clubs and educational groups, early booking is advised. Group bookings only. Large common room with stove (coke/coal). Fully equipped self-catering kitchen, 2 washrooms/toilets and a shower. Drying room. Large grounds with tables, benches and firepit. Accessible by car. Club members may occasionally use a 3rd dorm unless exclusive use is booked (midweek only).
Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6NN
TEMPORARILY CLOSED 2023 WINTER Self-catered accommodation for up to 16 people to enjoy this remote area of the Cambrian Mountains. Intersected by walking and cycling trails, gentle woodlands, tumbling waterfalls and secluded lakes and rivers, perfect for any lover of the great outdoors. With peaceful sandy beaches, rocky bays and cliff top walks this undiscovered area of Wales truly has it all.
Islawrdref, Dolgellau, LL40 1TB
Kings Hostel offers groups a uniquely private and affordable place to stay amidst the mountains of Snowdonia. With fabulous walking and cycle routes on the doorstep, a short drive to the coast and all the attractions on the National Park close by, there is something for everyone. Sleeping groups of up to 42 on a sole use basis, this historic hostel is ever popular with schools, clubs and family and friend get-togethers
Ash Road, Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4HH
The Roost's cosy cabins are tucked away in a leafy corner of a village just south of Merthyr Tydfil, on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park. There are 5 cabins; 4 sleep 2 adults & 2 children. There are 3 well equipped inside-outside kitchens & 4 shower rooms. The en suite cabin with kitchenette sleeps 2 adults & 1 child. Book by the cabin (with private kitchen/shower room), or book the whole site.
Middle Ninfa Farm, Llanellen, Abergavenny, NP7 9LE
Turn back the clock, escape the rat race and spend a few days at Middle Ninfa. Surround yourself with nature and the magical sound of silence in the Brecon Beacons, where fresh air, mountain views, lush green scenery and wild life abound. Choose from the 6 bed bunkhouse or one of the private camping terraces, scattered across the mountainside. Why not bring a group and book the whole site? The bunkhouse and all the campsites have firepits for small campfires. We provide bags of firewood for £3 or guests are welcome to bring their own, but ask guests not to gather wood from anywhere in our area.
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Old School, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9TQ
Perfect for schools, education groups, family celebrations and groups of all kinds, Corris hostel is a haven from the stresses of the outside world with its caring staff & cosy wood fires. Enjoy the gardens with BBQ & campfire areas. Situated in Snowdonia National Park close to Cadair Idris, the Centre for Alternative Technology and just 3 miles from the new Dyfi Bike Park, a mecca for trail bikers. A real paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. CAMRA pub close by.
Mabie Forest, Dumfries, DG2 8HB
You can do all this just outside our Celtic Roundhouse ? There are 16 rustic style futons which are set up as sofas during the day and beds at night around a huge wood burner to keep you cosy (logs provided).
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Lower Willings Farm, Bigbury, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4AP.
Bigbury Camping Barn is a purpose built bunkhouse on the beautiful South Devon coast. The barn sleeps groups of up to 16 across 3 roomsSurrounded by sandy beaches, footpaths, caves & coastal trails, it’s the perfect base for extended family holidays, get-togethers of friends, or for groups of walkers, surfers, wild swimmers, cyclists or outdoor enthusiasts.
Capel Saron, Tyn Y Maes, Bethesda, Gwynedd LL57 3LX
In Snowdonia National Park, just over a mile from the small town of Bethesda, Ogwen Valley Bunkhouse provides spacious, eco friendly accommodation for individuals, couples, families and groups. The large open plan communal area has a well equipped kitchen, a large dining table and plenty of comfy chairs. With underfloor heating, comfortable beds and a drying room guests invariably return. On Snowdonia Slate Trail & Lon Las Cymru .
Beck Head Farm, Witherslack, Grange Over Sands. Cumbria, LA11 6SH
Clyngwyn Farm, Ystradfellte Rd, Pontneddfechan, Powys, SA11 5US
Clyngwyn Farm offers exclusive use of the Bunkhouse for group accommodation, sleeping 19. Minutes away from waterfalls & the best walking in the Brecon Beacons. New fully equipped kitchen, big lounge, wifi and central heating provides the perfect year round stay. 3 bedrooms, 14 single beds and two sets of bunks. Outside fire pit & undercover BBQ area. Catering available & organised outdoor activities if required. Camping facilities.
Dyke Lane, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, OL14 6DL.
Bunkhouse accommodation for groups of up to 32 in a 17th-century stone farmhouse high above the Calder Valley. Facilities include a well-appointed kitchen, large communal lounge & indoor barn for activities. Outside you’ll find a BBQ, fire pit, campfire area, a field for games or overflow camping & parking for 8 cars. BYO bedding & towels.
Near Blue Row Cottages, Carrshield, Hexham, NE47 8AF.
After a day exploring what could be better than cooking and eating under the stars at the side of a river, we can provide the setting, you just need to book your stay.
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Blytheswood has two enchanting wooden cabins, hidden in ancient woodland on the edge of Dartmoor. Immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of forest life. Forget the stress and strains of day to day life. Spend an enchanting evening by the firepit, try out the outdoor shower and retreat to your cosy cabin, with it's comfortable bed for a great night's sleep. Dreams will come easily to the sound of the owls gently hooting.
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Strata House, Dryll, LL55 3NF
Ideally situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park yet just a 15 minute drive to the seaside town of Caernarfon, Lon Dryll is your perfect base for exploring North Wales. Under new ownership & completely refurbished, Lon Dryll offers groups of between 10-30 exclusive use of all its facilities. Guests will enjoy privacy, space & breath-taking panoramic views. Dogs are welcome.
Pentre Bach, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 7AJ
Situated between Waunfawr and Betws Garmon, Pentre Bach Bunkhouse provides alpine style, dog friendly accommodation and a campsite.The ground floor of the bunkhouse has a dining/cooking area while upstairs there are alpine sleeping platforms with mattresses for 16. Showers, toilets and washing/drying facilities, shared with the campsite, are just across the yard.
Camp Hillcrest, The Common, St Briavels, Gloucestershire GL15 6SH
Quirky bunkhouse in the Wye valley just off Offa’s Dyke. Sleeping 16 in 3 rooms, it can be booked by the bed, the room or sole use. The perfect base for walkers, cyclists, outdoor enthusiasts & the young at heart. Enjoy the pool table, cinema screen and 2 acres of grounds with hot tub, skate park, high rope course, fire pit, pizza oven and animals. Camping, flat and converted horse box also available.
St Nicholas Church, Felmersham Road, Carlton, Bedford MK43 7NA
Unique venue for sole use groups in an ancient, Gr I listed church, converted into an award winning Centre. Sleeps 36 in bunkrooms (+ 30 camping -Youth grps only - charges apply). Modern facilities, self-catering kitchen & breakout lounges. Situated in beautiful Bedfordshire countryside with amazing views. Easy access from M1/A1, but a world apart. Disabled access. Youth grp discounts.
Twiston Lane, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancs. BB7 4DF
With unrivalled views of Pendle Hill, Downham Camping Barn is a short walk from Downham village pubs & cafes.
Popular with walkers, cyclists & DofE groups the recently refurbished barn sleeps 12 (BYO camp beds or roll mats). There’s a basic kitchen, sitting area, hot shower & WC. Photovoltaic cells provide power for limited LED lighting (but not for phone charging) and there is a wood-burning stove with fuel available to purchase. Outside there is a gas BBQ & fire pit and space for tents.
Gateham Grange, Alstonefield, Ashbourne, Derbys. DE6 2FT
Close to Dovedale, the Manifold Cycle Trail, Carsington Water, Alton Towers & the Roaches Rocks (great for climbers). Ideal for quiet group get-togethers, families, cyclists, walkers, DofE, scouts, schools and team building. Camping in the comfort of a remote cosy barn with log burning stove, toilet & water. No electric and no distractions. Stands in a meadow, off the beaten track with great views. BYO camping equipment.
Porter Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Matlock, DE4 4LS
Mount Cook's freshly made over firepit space is perfect for groups. It is cosy and tucked away so free from winds. A special slice of Autumnal papradise.
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Fenns Farm, Wetton Road, Butterton, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7ST
Fenns Farm Accommodation can offer guests accommodation to suit all budgets. It consists of four properties, Waterslacks Camping Barn sleeping 15, Wills ‘Glamping’ Barn sleeping 6 and two holiday cottages, Fenns & Foggs Barn both sleeping 7. All the accommodation is situated on the edge of the Peak District village of Butterton, in walking distance of the local pub and the Manifold Valley.
Breadalbane Street, Oban, PA34 5NZ
Perfectly situated in the heart of Oban, the gateway to the Isles, just 10 mins’ walk from the bus, train & ferry terminals, this friendly hostel is a great place to stay and unwind. The fabulous sociable lounge has a real fire, pool table, free WiFi, comfy sofas and unlimited free hot drinks. The kitchen is fully equipped, perfect for cooking your favourite meals. Large dorm beds come complete with bedding including 2 comfy pillows. The hot powerful showers are legendary! Knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you make the most of your time in Oban.
Beili Neuadd, St Harmon, Rhayader, LD6 5NS
This bunkhouse has gardens with gentle scenery and a gorgeous fire-pit for you and your friends to gather around. The centrally heated barn sleeps 16 in three en suite rooms and includes a fully equipped kitchen-dining room and drying room. There is also a self-contained annexe that sleeps 4.
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Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
The John Hunt Base is situated in the High Peak on the site of Hagg Farm (also in this guide). The base offers comfortable, family friendly accommodation for groups of up to 18. It is ideal for sightseeing, hill walking, trail running and biking as well as quieter pursuits such as photography. There is a picnic area, wildlife garden with fire pit and a playing field with climbing boulder. Activities can be arranged including climbing, stream scrambling, caving & on-site high ropes.
Old Station House Main Road Darsham Saxmundham, Suffolk. IP17 3JU
Darsham Country Centre is in the old railway station. Affiliated with the Woodcraft Folk, the Centre provides affordable self-catering accommodation for groups of up to 24. It is perfectly situated for exploring the beauty of the Suffolk countryside & visiting the area’s many tourist attractions. Suffolk’s Heritage Coast & the market town of Saxmundham are only 5-6 miles away. Overflow camping for up to 15.
Orchard House, Mohope, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 8DQ
Ninebanks has added gravel terraces, chimineas, barbecues and a lovely firepit to the front of the hostel so that people can enjoy this lovely setting with views across the valley. You can share time together, listen to the curlews calling or watch the stars wheel overhead. And when you’ve had enough, turn your steps to the cosy sitting room and enjoy the woodburning stove.
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Rookhow, Rusland, nr Grizedale, Ulverston, South Lakeland, LA12 8LA
Bring your marshmallows, head torches and a sense of adventure to Lake District's Rookhow bunkbarn where you'll have 2 campfires & 12 acres woodland to yourselves.
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Jackass Lane, Alderwasley, Derbyshire. DE56 2RE
Shining Cliff hostel has a stunning woodland fire pit that nestles up against the base of Shining Cliff crags - an awesome location!
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Cotefield Farm, Olllerbrook, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire. S33 7ZG
Overlooking Mam Tor, at the start of the Pennine Way, Edale Barn is a traditional camping barn; a stone tent with a wooden sleeping platform. Close to Kinder Scout, Jacobs Ladder, Kinder Downfall & Hollins Cross. Adjoining the barn, but with external access, is a cooking area with a mains water tap and a chemical toilet. There is no heating or electricity. BYO sleeping mats/bags, cooking equipment and torches. Pubs serving meals are an easy walk away.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
Situated in the Peak District’s Woodlands Valley on Snakes Pass, Hagg Farm, and the small self contained John Hunt Base, are available for hire by groups of friends, clubs, cultural organisations and families.
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Cannerheugh, Renwick, Penrith, CA10 1LA
3 quirky Czech wagons have been transformed into large, sturdy glamping units, each with a king-sized bed. Separate wagons provide a kitchen and shower/WC’s.
Everything is off-grid and solar powered. Situated on a working regenerative farm down a long (and bumpy) track in rural east Cumbria. 25 miles N/W of Penrith and 9 miles W of Alston. Surrounded by stunning scenery, rolling farmland (through which you are welcome to walk) and a host of bird and insect life this is a real rural escape.
Alltsigh, Inverness. IV63 7YD
Perched right on the banks of Loch Ness, the Lochside Hostel has fantastic views up and down the loch and can give you direct access to the water’s edge. Why not go for a dip in Scotland’s largest water body? Take a walk to watch for wildlife? Or even hunt the elusive Nessie?The Great Glen walking route passes the front door, and the End to End cycle route is nearby. Drumnadrochit is just 12 miles away by boat.
Murthwaite, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4LP
Stay Howgills, a converted stone barn in Ravonstonedale in the rugged Cumbrian Hills. The Barn sleeps 14 in 4 rooms, and the Bothy sleeps 2. Superbly equipped and well heated, guests are sure of a cosy, comfortable stay. Situated down a long farm track with stunning views, perfect for walkers and cyclists. Wainwright’s Pennine Journey passes by and the Pennine Bridleway is close.
Kington, Herefordshire. HR5 3NN
In rural Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border, Dunfield House provides accommodation for groups of up to 96 with sole use of the house, stables, parkland & swimming pool. Both accommodations can be hired separately or as sole use. The Stables sleep 23 and has a self catering kitchen. The Main House provides fully catered accommodation for 73. A great choice for school, youth, music or church groups, training courses & family get-togethers.
Joiners Cottage, Preston, Chathill, Northumberland. NE67 5ES
Nestled in the hamlet of Preston, The Joiners Shop Bunkhouse is just 5 miles from the Northumberland coastline & 7 miles from Alnwick famed for its Castle & Gardens. The charming 19th century building takes groups of up to 18 with one double bed and 16 single pine bunks arranged in sections of 3’s & 5’s. Fully equipped kitchen, spacious dining area, lounge with fire & hot showers.Close to NCN Route 1, Seahouses, Beadnell and the famous coastal castles.
Loch Fyne Lodge, Inverneil, Ardrishaig, Argyll, PA30 8ES
If you enjoy spectacular views and watching wildlife in modern comfortable self-catering accommodation then you’ll love Argyll Backpackers! Located on the banks of Loch Fyne, just minutes from Cycle Route 78 in the hamlet of Inverneil, it’s perfect for island hopping to Arran and Islay. Stock up on supplies from Tarbert or Ardrishaig / Lochgilphead.
Staylittle, Llanbrynmair, SY19 7DB
Welcome to the edge of Hafren Forest. Choose from catered, self-catered exclusive group accommodation, or B&B with optional dinners.The bedrooms offer simplicity and comfort, for a peaceful sleep. When booking B&B you have exclusive hire of your bedroom.Unwind in the spacious lounge or enjoy breathtaking views in the dining room you won’t be disappointed. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts or for those who just want to sit back and relax.
The Dod, Powburn, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 4JL
Ilderton Dod Barns, in Northumberland National Park, include The Barn (6 permanent beds plus sofa bed and space for cot and Z beds) & Cuckoo Cottage (king-sized bed plus sofa bed and space for a cot/Z bed). On a working hill farm down a 1.5 mile private track. Located close to The Pennine Way and The Sandstone Way with many other footpaths & bridleways on the doorstep. The perfect base for walkers, mountain bikers & horse riders (fields available).
Week Farm, Bridgetown, Dulverton TA22 9JP
Enjoy Exmoor National Parks wonderful dark skies with complimentary logs for your campfire when you stay at Exmoor Bunkbarn
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There’s no place like by the campfire or firepit. Whether with friends or soon-to-be friends, there are few better places to swap stories and reflect on the day than sitting around the fire pit or the campfire. Gathering firewood is a great activity, children love it. Even better there’s the satisfaction of cooking some sausages or toasting marshmallows on the fire you have just made. School and scout or brownie groups often make good use of the very same firepits. Using the opportunity of the hostels’ campfire for bushcraft lessons, learning how to start fires and safely put them out. Campfires are the perfect way to extend a fun-filled day, providing focus and warmth as the evening turn to night.
Toasting marshmallows is a great activity when sitting around campfires. Why stay at a hostel with campfires?
Campfires are a great way of bringing people together. Even if you are total strangers a night around the fire will make you feel like you’ve been friends forever. They provide a focal point for people to gather and be hypnotized by their dancing flames no matter if you are young or old, fires fascinate us all.