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

Call Clare Palmer on 07792 385134

Formerly Bretton Youth Hostel in the Peak District

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. Free WiFi but no TV. 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 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 May to September 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:

    Sole use: All year. Individual beds/rooms: May-Sept (Mon-Thu). Arrive from 4pm, depart by 11am
  • Price per night:

    Sole use (min 2 nights stay) from £252 per night. More for large groups and at weekends. Individual beds: £25pp one night, £22pp additional nights. Sorry, only sole use bookings 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 Trans Euro Trail Peak Pilgrimage
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aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
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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Bretton Hostel on the edge of historic Eyam

March 4th 2021

Gorgeous views of the Peak District from the windows and wonderful walks from the door.

Just on the edge above the historic village of Eyam, which was featured as one of the best days out in the Peak District, the inspiring history of this community can be found throughout the village. There’s also nearby Castleton with a plethora of caves and caverns to explore, Ladybower reservoir provides jaw dropping views perfect for photographers and walkers and Hathersage’s heated open air swimming pool is a treat. A wood burning stove awaits your return for a cosy evening in. There’s nothing better than a comfortable hostel to relax in so, when it’s allowed, come stay at Bretton.

Bretton Hostel in the light

Stella’s Kitchen…The most surprising and delightful place to eat in the Peak District.

May 3rd 2019

A group of friends who needed a treat set out to Bretton Hostel to have a Peak District Adventure.  We booked a meal at Stella’s kitchen across the fields and Stella welcomed us into her home with amazing Afro-Caribbean cuisine.

A group of friends who needed a treat set out to Bretton Hostel to have a Peak District Adventure.  We knew the hostel to be an pleasant short walk from the famous village of Eyam where courageous villagers quarantined themselves when Plague struck.  Our visit to this village did not disappoint – we learned so much about the sacrifices made and the suffering of the Eyam community as they were struck down by disease.

In the evening, on the advice of a friend, we had booked a meal at Stella’s kitchen.  We had been told that our host would serve us a three-course meal in the conservatory adjoining her house, but we did not know much else about what to expect!

Our meal was fantastic.  Stella welcomes you to her home with amazing Afro-Caribbean cuisine, cooked to her own recipes and served with a liberal pinch of her wonderful hospitality and humour.  We were treated to salt fish and courgette fritters as a starter, with dipping sauces to accompany them.  The main course was a huge buffet of deliciousness: Sweet Potato and Chick Pea Curry, Abakwa Chicken, Fish Curry, Rice and Beans, Fried Plantains…and then there was dessert of mango crumble!!

You are invited to take your own wine or beer with you, Stella provides water and a delicious fruit punch.

After a fascinating day looking round the very traditional village of Eyam, the contrast and colour of Stella’s kitchen was a complete joy.  So wonderful to enjoy vibrant fresh ideas which flourish alongside a village that celebrates the tradition and history of Derbyshire.  What a lovely adventure we had and Bretton hostel made it all possible.

Stellas Kitchen on Eyam in the Peak District

Bretton Hostel formerly part of the YHA

November 23rd 2018

The iconic Bretton Hostel has been refurbished after changing from YHA to Independent ownership. Read on to find out how it has changed

Bretton Hostel has always been a beloved hostel which is unsurprising considering the stunning views; it is perched on a ridge with 360 degree views of  the beautiful Peak District. But while Bretton Hostel was under the YHA’s ownership, the interior did not match the amazing views. The decor was mostly brown and the views were blocked out by bulky window frames and wood clad walls.

Since the hostel became independent to the YHA, it has undergone a massive restoration and is virtually unrecongnisable. The same awesome views but the inside of the hostel has been totally updated. It now feels light and airy. The bathrooms and kitchen have been modernised and there is a separate studio making the living space more than adequate for a large group of guests.  The living room still retains its wood burning stove so was really cosy  after a hard days hiking out in the Peaks. The most stunning addition is the log studio in the grounds with large double glazed windows making you feel  part of the landscape – perfect for group activities like yoga or meditation. The modernisation has been achieved sympathetically and with an environmental awareness with lots of eco friendly touches.

It really is a special hostel.

Bretton Independent Hostel exterior with Indepdent Hostels logo on the wall. There are also picnic tables nearby.

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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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