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.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Yorkshire and Lancashire and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

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

    All year. Reception 8-10.30am, 4-10pm.
  • 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

This accommodation is in a National Park, is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Three Peaks, the or near to the Settle to Carlisle railway, the present or past youth hostel page and the Dales Way.


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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Latest Blog about Kettlewell Hostel

A Few Days in Kettlewell

February 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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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.

Kettlewell Hostel near Skipton Yorkshire Dales

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

Kettlewell Hostel win Rose Award for excellent service

October 28th 2018

The staff at Kettlewell Hostel consistently  work hard to make it the nicest place to stay in the dales!

The Rose awards for 2019 were announced at the Independent Hotel Show in London.  Patricia Yates, director of VisitEngland, said at the event   “It is the human touch that these people provide that make visitors’ experiences memorable, ensuring repeat business and helping the industry thrive.”

Kettlewell Hostel consistently  work hard to make it the nicest place to stay in the dales!.   That’s an aspiration to warm your heart isn’t it?  If you look at the reviews they’ve received on social media you’ll find that everyone agrees. Everyone. Its all either 4 or 5 star reviews.

What makes it special? The basics are done right. A large dining room serves a well-considered menu of home cooked food supplemented with local ales. Pictures of this are all over the social which bodes well. The rooms are clean, modern and well appointed, with a range of small private rooms and dormitories. There’s also a bike store, which is useful as some of the best rides in the country roll past the front door. In the lounge there is a wood-burning stove and a lovely selection of toys and children’s activities. The reviews all talk, though, about the hosts friendly welcome and warm hospitality.  There’s also a thriving second hand bookshop on site!

Kettlewell Hostel is a handsome stone house in the beautiful landscape of Wharfdale, within easy reach of landscape highlights like Malham Cove and Great Whernside.  Well worth a visit !

Kettlewell Hostel win Rose Award for excellent service

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