Court Hill Centre, Letcombe Regis, Wantage, OX12 9NE
Call Reception on 01235 760253
OverviewJust 2 miles south of Wantage, and only a few steps from the historic Ridgeway National Trail, The Court Hill Centre enjoys breathtaking views over the Vale of the White Horse. Reclaimed barns surround a pretty courtyard garden, on the site of a disused rubbish dump! Offering accommodation to families, groups and individuals, a popular year-round destination. The centre offers evening meals, breakfasts, and picnic lunches. Meals are served in the beautiful high-roofed dining room which retains the impressive proportions and atmosphere of the old barn. There is also the option to self-cater. There is a small sunken lounge to relax in. Camping is an option. A meeting/classroom is also available. This accommodation is featured on our map of South of England and South East England and here is its own website.
Rooms & Beds:59: 1x15,1x9,1x6,1x5,6x4,1x2
Open:All year. To check availability please call 01235 760253.
Price per night:From £22.50. U18 £15.50
Booking:Essential 24 hours in advance.
Directions:From the M4 Jct 14, follow signs to Wantage. From Oxford A420 and A338 through Wantage. The Court Hill Ridgeway Centre is accessed from the A338 close to Letcombe Regis.
Public Transport:Train, Didcot Parkway 10 miles. Stagecoach, 32/A, X35,36 from Didcot Parkway to Wantage 2 miles. There is no direct connection to the centre.
Walks:Local Walks Long Distance Walks
Ridgeway National Trail
October 18th 2018
The Courthill Centre offers comfortable accommodation for walkers only a few steps from the Ridgeway Trail.
The Court Hill Centre on the Ridgeway
October 17th 2017
The Court Hill Centre (near Wantage) is just off the ancient Ridgeway path. It is an ex-YHA hostel that still offers hospitality to walkers travelling the path. Its a charming set of buildings, all wood beams and exposed bricks, arranged around a central grassed courtyard.
Although designated a National Trail in 1972, the Ridgeway has been used for up to 5000 years. I love that Britain has these sorts of places, in continuous use for thousands of years, by Bronze age people, Romans, Vikings, medieval and modern.
I’m reminded of the words of inspirational walker and writer Robert MacFarlane, who like me, loves this sort of road. “Paths are human,” they are formed of the habitual passage of feet. We walk them alongside the spirits of all those who have walked before. We add our footprints to theirs. We share the same views. If you walk the Ridgeway across the chalk of the North Wessex Downs AONB and The Chiltern Hills AONB, you can’t help but be aware of the history (and pre-history!) that you’re walking through. From the Uffington White Horse, past Wayland’s Smithy to Avebury Stones, it links atmospheric ancient site to dramatic vista. The path takes in the tops of high chalk ridges, tree lined lanes and hollow ways.
Dramatic, Atmospheric, steeped in ancient, ancient memories.
January 24th 2017
The Court Hill Centre was a youth hostel until April 1987 when it become an independent centre managed by a local Trust. The Court Hill Trust ensures that walkers on the Ridgeway Path continued to have a comfy place to stay near Letcombe Regis. The local community benefits from visiting guests and groups who come to enjoy the lovely chalk landscape around the hostel. If you would like to find out more about other ex-YHA hostels and camping barns that are now part of the Independent Hostel network you can look here.
September 9th 2015
The Courthill Centre offers comfortable accommodation for walkers only a few steps from the Ridgeway Trail. View details