Bretton Hostel, Bretton, near Eyam, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 5QD
Call Clare Palmer on 07792 385134
OverviewPerched 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.
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 Walks
This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is in a National Park, is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee, is an 'Eco Hostel' and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the IHUK signage page and the present or past youth hostel page.
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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.Read More
Twixmas and New Year has already been booked, but Bretton Hostel is still available for group bookings at Christmas.
September 6th 2019
Perched at 1200 feet on Bretton Edge, overlooking the historic village of Eyam in the Peak District. Bretton Hostel is modern and warm with glorious far reaching views over the edges and moors of the Dark Peak. Log burning stove, yoga studio and traditional county pubs an easy walk away. Group bookings only with 3 nights minimum stay over Christmas. Festive prices are different to other times of year so please enquire 0779 238 5134.
Sleeping 17 with reduced prices for groups less than 12. Duvets, pillows and bed linen provided. Well equipped kitchen. Lovely timber studio for additional space and workshops. A perfect place for relaxing and enjoying outdoor activities.
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.
Before and After 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
I first visited Bretton Bunkhouse about 5 years ago as part of a work team building weekend. My resounding memory of the place was the stunning views, perched as it is on a ridge with 360 degree views of the beautiful Peak District. Then secondly “Brown” – everything inside seems brown! From the window frames breaking up the views to the wood clad walls.
I returned this Autumn, for a weekend away with my netball team. Well what a transformation! The same awesome views but the inside of the bunk house 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. We had a fantastic restful stay at Bretton – recommended for any group who wants somewhere to stay in the Peak District. Julie Morris