Bretton Hostel, Bretton, near Eyam, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 5QD

Call Clare Palmer on 07792 385134


Perched at 1200 feet above sea level, Bretton Hostel (formerly YHA Bretton Youth Hostel) sits in three acres of meadows and small copses on Bretton Edge, near historic Eyam in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The hostel feels remote, surrounded by fields with glorious far reaching views over the gritstone edges and moors of the Dark Peak to the north and the White Peak’s limestone plateau to the south. The sense of space and tranquillity is immense, making it a perfect place for winding down in, or as a base for the fabulous outdoor activities the Peak District has to offer. Walks and cycle rides to suit all straight from the door, numerous climbing crags within a 10 mile radius of the hostel, paragliding on Eyam and Bradwell Edges, caving in Stoney Middleton and beyond. Tourist attractions in Hathersage, Castleton, Bakewell and Buxton are all within easy travelling distance. The hostel sleeps 17 in 3 bunk-bed dormitories, has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, living/dining room with french doors on to sunny south facing patio and ground floor washroom block housing 2 showers, 3 toilets/basins and a drying room. Bedding and linen are included, but bring your own towels. Cleaning equipment, tea towels and toilet roll provided. The hostel is heated by wood burning stove and infra-red radiant heaters, which, together with 16 solar panels, help reduce its carbon footprint. A new timber frame studio in the grounds provides additional recreational space to relax in and take in the views, or it can be used as a workshop space for group activities and courses. Secure bike store. On site parking for up to 8 vehicles. Available all year round for groups wanting sole use of the facilities. Individuals and small groups welcome from April to October on weekdays (Mon - Thurs only) and occasionally at other times by arrangement. Up to 2 dogs welcome with prior notice when booked for sole use, but must be kept on a lead whilst in the hostel grounds. Characterful 16th century Inn within 5 minutes walking distance. Local shops a short drive away.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Peak District and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    17: 1x8, 1x6, 1x3
  • Open:

    Groups (sole use): All year. Individuals: Apr-Oct (Mon-Thu). Arrive from 4pm, depart by 11am.
  • Price per night:

    Sole use from £252 per night (min 2 nights stay). More for large groups and weekends. Individuals: £25 one night, £21 two or more nights. Sorry, sole use bookings only at weekends.
  • Booking:

    Please phone or email.
  • Directions:

    Grid reference SK 200780. From the A623 (Baslow to Peak Forest) take the turning signposted Foolow. In Foolow turn left opposite the Bulls Head Inn and first right onto Bradshaw lane (signposted Bretton). Follow the lane to Bretton Edge. Turn left through wooden gate opposite white house (Bretton Mount) and down the field track to the hostel. From Sheffield take A625 and B6521 to Grindleford. Turn right onto B6001 (signposted Hathersage) and fork left up Sir William Hill Road. Just before it drops down into Eyam, turn right (signposted Bretton & Gliding Club). Follow the edge and 50 metres past the Barrel Inn, just opposite white house on left (Bretton Mount), turn right through wooden gate and down the field track to the hostel.
  • Public Transport:

    Nearest train stations Grindleford and Hathersage on the Hope Valley line. Buses to Eyam, Foolow and Great Hucklow from Sheffield, Chesterfield and Buxton
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Peak Pilgrimage
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2021


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
vWithin 5 miles of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement
9Best Price Guarantee


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Latest Blog about Bretton Hostel

Bretton Hostel and the Plague village of Eyam

November 5th 2018

In 1660 the village of Eyam was stuck by the plague and went into isolation. When the plague was at its height villagers buried their dead in the gardens of their cottages and four of these grave remain at Bretton Hostel, surrounded by the meadows and moors of the dark peak. Bretton Hostel and the plague village of Eyam are a ready made holiday, with a world of interest and education in the very fabric of the village, gorgeous countryside to explore and comfortable self-catering accommodation.

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News & Offers from Bretton Hostel

Get away from it all and spend a warm and cosy Christmas at remote feeling Bretton Hostel in the Peak District.

December 4th 2020

Bretton hostel sleeps 17 in 3 bedrooms and is available between 23 – 27 December for sole use by up to 3 households. Minimum stay of 3 nights (maximum of 4). Prices from £300 per night.

The Hostel, at 1200 feet above sea level, sits in three acres of meadow and copses, surrounded by fields with glorious far reaching views across the Dark and White Peak. Come and enjoy numerous walks and cycle rides from the door. Afterwards, cook a festive meal in the large self catering kitchen and relax in front of a wood burning stove. The perfect place for your family and friends to Christmas Bubble together!

bretton hostel in the snow at christmas

Plenty of availability for a winter break – take a weekend or a week at Bretton Hostel with its fabulous far reaching views across the Peak District

September 24th 2020

Bretton Hostel is still open and welcoming sole use group bookings* subject to the latest Government guidelines

It is complicated keeping up with who can stay with us, but we are doing our best! We want you to feel completely relaxed when you come and visit, so we have put some precautionary procedures in place and can reassure you that we are following current government guidance to minimise the impact and risk of COVID-19 during your stay. Please see the Covid-19 Alternative Arrangements tab on our website for more details

Under current rules the numbers staying at the hostel will be significantly smaller than our usual size of sole use groups so our pricing structure has temporarily changed. For weekend or full week prices please email or phone Clare on 07792385134 for more details.

* We’re very sorry, but we will not be taking bookings from individuals or small households for the foreseeable future.


Bretton Hostel is welcoming visitors from one or two households.

July 21st 2020

We want you to feel completely relaxed when you come and visit, so we have put some precautionary procedures in place and can reassure you that we are following current government guidance to minimise the impact and risk of COVID-19 during your stay. For the time being Bretton Hostel will only be available for sole use group bookings from one or two households. During this phase of lockdown, two bedrooms will be available – Eyam Edge, which sleeps 6 and Bretton Clough, which sleeps 8. Because we anticipate that groups from 1 or 2 households will either be family groups and/or smaller than our usual size of sole use groups, our pricing structure has temporarily changed. Please email or phone Clare 07792385134 for more details.

We have put in place various measures to help protect the health and safety of our visitors and cleaner. These include:

Leaving a minimum of 72 hours between bookings to allow plenty of time for a thorough clean and sanitisation of the hostel using BS EN certified cleaning products
When two households are staying they will be allocated a separate shower/washroom for each household

Visitors are asked to bring their own pillows and bedlinen/sleeping bags to help reduce the risk of spreading any virus through changing bedding and laundering. Duvets will be available if required.

Group sizes will be limited to 12 to ensure there is sufficient space for 2 households to be able to socially distance in the communal rooms.

A number of non-essential items have been temporarily removed, like books and jigsaw puzzles etc to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination on hard to clean objects. Sorry if the hostel looks less cosy than normal! You are of course welcome to bring your own.

We have also decided to remove most kitchen basics which would normally be available for guests such as salt, pepper, tea, coffee, kitchen towel etc. We do provide washing up liquid, tea towels and toilet roll. We also provide liquid hand washing soap, but not hand sanitiser. Visitors may want to bring their own supplies of both and should, in any event, bring their own wash towels

We hope this will reassure you that we are taking all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of Covid-19 being present at Bretton Hostel.

What we ask from you, the visitor

It is the responsibility of all visitors to be aware of the government guidance on travelling to, and gatherings in, self-catering accommodation and the guidance on what to do if you develop Covid-19 symptoms during your stay. When you make a booking, you are agreeing to keep to the relevant government guidance in place at the time of your stay.

Please do not travel if anyone in your group feels unwell or has any Covid-19 symptoms: cough, fever, loss of smell and/or taste. If this is the case, please contact Clare on 07792385134 to discuss your options.

When there are 2 households staying, we ask both households to maintain social distancing within the hostel at all times. Please also help to keep our wider community safe and remember to socially distance when out and about in the area.

And finally…. but of equal importance, we ask that you enjoy your visit, stay safe and alert, and delight in all the opportunities that are available to you in this wonderful part of the Peak District.


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