Kettlewell Hostel, Whernside House, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QU

Call Saul & Floss Ward on 01756 760232


The Visit England Rose Award winning Kettlewell Hostel is a stylish Independent Hostel in the beautiful heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The hostel offers really good value, delicious home cooked breakfasts and evening meals including our famous 8 Hour Beef Stew and a great range of local ales, ciders and carefully selected wines. We can sleep up to 42 in eleven bedrooms, a lovely large dining room with a great secondhand bookshop, a well equipped self-catering kitchen, a cosy lounge with wood-burning stove for cold evenings, and a stylish garden to sit out in during the summer with a G and T. There is a good sized bike shed to keep your bikes safe and free WiFi throughout the building. Dormitory and private rooms available, some with bunk beds and all have shared bathroom facilities. There are fabulous walks right from the hostel as well as world class cycling routes including Tour de France and Tour of Yorkshire climbs to conquer. It is a short drive to Skipton, Hawes or Malham, to take in some of the other highlights of the area.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    42: 1 x twin, 1 x double, 4x3, 2x4, 2x6, 1x5/6
  • Open:

    All year. Reception 8-10am, 4-9pm.
  • Price per night:

    Beds from £25, private rooms for 2 from £59. Sole use from £400/night.
  • Booking:

    Email to hire whole hostel or via YHA website for individual bookings.
  • Directions:

    From Skipton travel north towards Grassington then follow signs to Kettlewell. In the village, cross two bridges then turn right in front of the Bluebell pub. Turn left at the village shop and the Hostel is the second building on right.
  • Public Transport:

    Bus number 72 from Skipton train station.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Yorkshire Three Peaks Settle to Carlisle Dales Way
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bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
4VisitEngland Quality Assured
yYHA Affiliated
9Best Price Guarantee


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A hostel for book lovers

September 21st 2021

Kettlewell Hostel nestling in the picture postcard village of Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales has many features that make it stand out from the crowd. One of it’s most unique and endearing is the fact that most of the communal areas have bookcases of second hand books. These shelves are not full of trashy holiday reads, but have a comprehensive range of ‘proper’ books. The sort that would sit comfortably in a quality second hand book shop.

What a perfect way relax after a busy day?  Browsing through this interesting and varied selection of books.  Deciding which to start reading that evening, which others you just can’t leave without buying.  The books are a great way of sparking off conversations with other hostellers too.  So when you’re packing to stay at Kettlewell hostel, here are two important tips:

  1. Leave space in your bag for at least a couple of books you just have to take with you.
  2. Pack some loose clothing!  After eating a delicious evening meal cooked by hostel owner Saul, your waistline may well be a centimetre or two larger!
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One of the best hostels around.

August 30th 2019

Recent guests at Kettlewell Hostel near Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales sing the praises of this award-winning hostel, “The food was delicious, the building immaculate and the atmosphere very warm and relaxing”.

Their full message is as follows: Dear Floss and Saul, Thank you for our wonderful few days at your lovely hostel. From the moment we stepped in to the building, the warmth and welcome were obvious – the simple act of showing us around the hostel and taking the time to chat means a lot . It is abundantly clear that you both love your hostel and your business. The food was delicious, the building immaculate and the atmosphere very warm and relaxing. As a volunteer manager at a few hostels during the summer months we have travelled much of the YHA network over the years. For me, it is difficult to think of any other hostel that comes close to yours – and that includes others that, like Kettlewell, have become independents. Thank you and we wish you every success and all the very best for the future.

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Kettlewell Scarcrow Festival

May 28th 2019

Each August there is a scarecrow festival in Kettlewell, it is a really great event when everyone creates a scarecrow for outside their house! 

Each August there is a scarecrow festival in Kettlewell, it is a really great event when everyone who lives in the area creates a scarecrow for outside their house!   As both Floss and Saul, owners of Kettlewell Hostel, are creative types they make a big deal out of it!
The hostel has a really nice little bookshop, so they make literary themed scarecrows.  In the first year they did the Giraffe, the Pelly and Me, then The Lion the witch and the Wardrobe (hence the lion in the Garden).  You may be able to make out a monkey in the background too.  In 2018 the whole street turned in to a huge circus, Kettlewell Hostel provided a full sized Elephant (currently protecting the bike shed!) and the Seal now sitting in the garden.  They replaced all 42 pillows in the hostel and used the old ones to stuff the elephant and seal !
Why not book some accommodation for the 2019 Festival and find out in person what this years theme turns out to be .

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

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A Few Days in Kettlewell

January 15th 2020

For Sandy and I, our goal was simple. To complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. We had last made the round of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough back in the summer of 1984 soon after we had first met. Now, 35 years later, it was time for another go!

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