There are over 30 National Trust bunkhouses, Basecamps and bothies in the Independent Hostel Guide, all in spectacular locations. The bunkhouses are ideal for groups and provide self-catering accommodation in the grounds of National Trust Estates, within National Parks or along unspoiled coastlines. Most bunkhouses provide sleeping in bunk-bed dormitories, a social area to gather and cook, showers, electricity and heating. National Trust bothies are often in isolated locations, and are the perfect getaway for those who really want to escape from modern life – fitted with wooden sleeping platforms, there is usually no electricity and water often comes from a hand-pump.
National Trust Bunkhouses and Bothies
Bunkhouse, National Trust Castle Ward, Strangford, Down, BT30 7LS
This traditional Bunkhouse is the perfect base to explore the stunning gardens, visit the beautiful shores of Stangford Lough or take the ferry to Portaferry. Sleeping up to 14 in three upstairs rooms, it is a great choice for groups & family get-togethers. The estate has walking, cycle trails plus play areas making this a particularly family friendly spot. It is also a huge hit for Game of Thrones fans as the original Castle Ward was the location for ‘Winterfell’. The retail shop has tons of brilliant HBO GOT memorabilia.
Bransdale Mill, Bransdale, Fadmoor, York YO62 7JL
Bransdale Mill is an eighteenth century Grade II listed water mill, converted by the National Trust to provide comfortable bunkhouse accommodation for 12.
It is full of historic character with flag-stone floors, wooden beams and a log burner. Situated at the head of an unspoiled and hidden valley in the North York Moors, 3 miles from the Coast to Coast walk. With no WiFi or phone signal, Bransdale Mill is an ideal base to get away from it all.
Outwood Kiln, Aldbury, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5SE
Located on the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate in the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this bunkhouse provides rustic, basic accommodation in two restored barns located amongst the woodlands and grassland of the estate.
A well equipped, self-catering kitchen, lounge and outdoor eating area make it perfect for self-catering groups whilst the nearby picture postcard village of Aldbury has two pubs and a shop. There is no mobile reception at the bunkhouse.
Gumber Campsite and Camping Barn, Gumber Farm, Slindon, West Sussex, BN18 0RN
A converted Sussex flint barn on a working sheep farm within the National Trust’s Slindon Estate, Gumber Camping Barn provides simple overnight accommodation & camping for walkers, horse riders and cyclists, just off the South Downs Way. A tranquil and remote location for you to get away from it all. Just five minutes’ walk from Stane Street, the Roman Road that crosses the South Downs Way at Bignor Hill. NO CARS. Not suitable for under fives.
National Trust Ysbyty Estate Office, Dinas, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0HF
This converted Grade ll stone farm building is the perfect base for enjoying the Snowdonia National Park. Part of the 8,000 hectare Ysbyty Estate, it offers spacious, well appointed group accommodation.
Local attractions include the Tree Top Adventure Course at Betws-y-Coed, Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, Zip World and Bounce Below at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog and the Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre.
Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7EE
South Shore Lodge is on the south coast of Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. It is a Victorian lodge, available to hire year-round by youth, community, special interest, corporate and school groups.
There is also some availability for hire by groups of families and friends. With its own garden, beach access, shower block and views of the Purbeck Hills, the lodge sleeps 24 in 5 rooms and is well equipped for self-catering. Access to Brownsea Island is by foot on a ferry from Sandbanks/Poole.
The Old Home Farm Yard, Stackpole, nr Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5DQ
The 150-bed, platinum eco-award-winning. Stackpole Centre is the perfect venue for large families/groups, special interest breaks and outdoor activities. It comprises four large houses, three cottages and a manor house. Close to wild woodlands and stunning beaches.
Lighthouse Road, Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NE
Foreland Bothy on the National Trust Foreland Point Estate on the Exmoor coast offers very basic accommodation, but rewards you with a fantastic location right on the South West Coast Path.
Treat it like camping but without the tent, so you need to bring camping mats, sleeping bags and cooking equipment. There is a composting loo but no hot water. The perfect location for a night or two for those who want to escape technology in this wilderness under some stunning dark skies.
Broadmoor, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6JZ
This National Trust owned bunkhouse in the Surrey Hills AONB sleeps up to 16 in 6 and 4 bunk dorms. Well equipped with a self-catering kitchen, large dining table and comfy seating around an open fire.
Walkers can directly access the Greensand Way and other local routes and there are many bridleways and tracks suitable for cycling.
A great place for a group holiday in the countryside only 30 miles from London.
Watendlath, Borrowdale, Cumbria, CA12 5UW
Watendlath Bothy sits next to the tarn in the quiet, picturesque hamlet that shares its name. High in a beautiful valley, it offers superb access to the surrounding fells. Visitors should treat the Bothy as a stone tent, BYO equipment as for camping, such as cutlery, plates, sleeping bags & mats, matches.
The perfect choice for people looking to escape to one of the most remote-feeling places in the Lake District.
Wallington, Cambo, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4AR
Situated in the heart of the National Trust Wallington Estate, visitors to the bunkhouse will have free access to the mansion, it’s shops and café. Perfect for groups of families with lots of on-site activities including cycling and play areas or for walkers wanting a base from which to visit the Cheviots and Hadrian’s wall, both within an hour’s drive.
The bunkhouse is perfect for self-catering groups with a large well-equipped kitchen and large living/dining area. It sleeps 20 in four rooms.
Penrose Bunk House, Gunwalloe, Helston, Cornwall TR12 7PY
On the edge of the Penrose Estate, the gateway to The Lizard Peninsula.
Penrose bunkhouse is right next to the SW Coast Path and has great access to many local walks, trails and cycling routes. Penrose, is home to many rare species of wildlife as well as Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake, the Loe.
A perfect location to base your group for wildlife adventures, walking and activity holidays or a break away from it all. The bunkhouse sleeps 16 in three rooms and is well equipped for self-catering.
Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX
A traditional conversion of Victorian workers’ cottages in the centre of the National Trust Cragside Estate with fabulous views overlooking the lake.
Cragside bunkhouse sleeps 16 in 5 rooms with a well equipped self-catering kitchen, making it the perfect base for families or other groups wanting to explore this stunning part of the UK. Located in the heart of Northumberland, an hour’s drive to the coast, the Cheviots and Hadrian’s Wall.
Peppercombe, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5QD
Located in a quiet, tranquil, wooded valley with views across Bideford Bay towards Lundy, Peppercombe Bothy is effectively a stone tent.
A perfect stopover on the South West Coast Path which passes through the valley or for those who really do want to get away from it all. With access to it’s own secluded beach you will not be disappointed. There is no light or heating so bring your own sleeping, cooking and eating equipment and a torch!
Tower Windmill, Tower Road, Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8JB
Built in 1816 and last used as a working mill in 1914, this National Trust bunkhouse has panoramic views of the countryside and the Norfolk coastline.
A perfect venue and location for groups of family and friends to get together and explore the local beaches and miles of public footpaths. Featuring a well equipped ground floor kitchen, sitting/dining area, a third floor library and large enclosed garden. BYO bedding and linen.
Blaenglyn Farm, Libanus, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8NF
Dan y Gyrn bunkhouse is the perfect base for walkers, cyclists, families or groups. Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons it provides the ideal base to explore this National Park.
This comfortable, modern bunkhouse with amazing views is close to Pont ar Daf, the main access route to climb Pen Y Fan, so is great for walking groups. Ideal for families with a large garden for children to explore. Sleeping 15 in 2 rooms this well equipped bunkhouse is perfect for groups.
High Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria, Lake District. LA22 0JE
Situated in the heart of South Lakeland, in secluded woodland, just 4 miles from the popular tourist village of Ambleside, High Wray Basecamp provides an ideal base for groups wishing to explore the Lake District. Perfect for rambling, fell walking, climbing and water sports. The Basecamp ranger will happily advise on local walks and activities. The Longland block has 2 dorms each sleeping 8, while the Acland block has 2 dorms each sleeping 10 and a leaders’ room.
Llyndy Isaf - National Trust, Llyndy, Nantgwynant LL55 4NH
Owned by the Llyndy Isaf National Trust Estate, Llyndy Bothy is a simple stone tent providing rustic accommodation.
It is just 15 minutes’ walk from the famous Watkin path leading up to the top of Snowdon and 4 miles from Beddgelert.
The bothy has a cold-water tap, sleeping platforms for 6 and an outside toilet. Bring your own camping kit for an off-grid adventure.
Slindon Estate Yard, Top Road, Slindon, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0RG
This bunkhouse on the National Trust Slindon Estate has so much to offer all year round. In the winter months enjoy the benefit of the wood burner in the lounge, and in the summer enjoy a barbeque in the walled garden.
Perfect for all types of groups and families wanting to get together and enjoy the fabulous South Downs National Park, its surroundings and the miles of footpaths that criss-cross the estate.
Ilam Park, Ilam, nr Ashbourne, DE6 2AZ
The former 19th century stable block of Ilam Hall in the Peak District National Park close to Dovedale. Now managed by the National Trust and providing high quality group accommodation.
Each bunk has a locker, night light and plug socket. The sociable main living area has a large dining table with benches, an open plan kitchen and large comfortable sofas. Explore the limestone hills, dales, rivers and woodland of the picturesque White Peak.
Nr Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE16 6BG
This grade II listed stable block on the National Trust Gibside Estate is now a comfortable, well equipped bunkhouse sleeping 37 in 4 rooms, or 18 in 2 rooms. Up to 3 dogs welcomed by arrangement. Enjoy the cafés & activities on the estate during the day & have the whole park to yourselves in the evening. Within driving distance of the Northumberland coast, Newcastle, Durham, NT Cragside, NT Wallington & NT Souter Lighthouse.
Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6RA
On the National Trust Golden Cap Estate, this bunkhouse has been converted from an old MoD radar station and provides fantastic group accommodation for families, walkers or special interest groups.
With great views over Golden Cap, Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach it is the perfect base for a walking or beach holiday with Charmouth beaches only half an hour walk away. Stone Barrow Bunkhouse sleeps 8 in two 4 bed dorms and is well equipped for group self-catering.
Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NE
Owned and managed by the National Trust, Exmoor Bunkhouse is the perfect base for groups or families visiting Exmoor National Park. Located at Countisbury, the bunkhouse is close to the Watersmeet Valleys and the picturesque North Devon coastal villages of Lynton and Lynmouth.
Enjoy walking, horse riding or surfing on nearby Atlantic coast beaches. Larger groups can holiday together at nearby Butter Hill Barn, (also in this guide).
Dudmaston Estate, Quatford, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6QR
This new bunkhouse will be opening on the Dudmaston Estate in summer 2020.
Operated by the National Trust Dudmaston Bunkhouse is 4 miles S/E of Bridgnorth and will provide ideal accommodation for groups of up to 16 in 8 bedrooms. It has self-catering facilities, a large dining/meeting room & a soft seating area. The bunkhouse is perfect for groups of family/friends, walkers and clubs. Dudmaston has lots to offer with managed woodlands, beautiful walks, tranquil pools with plenty of wildlife.
Countisbury Hill, Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6NE
This cosy National Trust bunkhouse with woodburning stove & electric radiators, sits on the A39 at Countisbury, close to Lynton & Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast. Surrounded by the dramatic Watersmeet Valleys & Exmoor, it is close to the South West Coastal Path & Atlantic surf beaches. Perfect for families, groups & walkers, the barn is just along the road from Exmoor Bunkhouse (also in this guide), so it can be used as an overspill for larger groups. The Blue Ball, an old coaching inn, is opposite.
Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 6RT
On a National Trust estate one mile from Llandeilo, Dinefwr Bunkhouse sits in the heart of an 18th century park enclosing a medieval deer park, next to the historic Newton House. Quite the perfect holiday location for groups or families who enjoy walking or other outdoor activities.
This beautifully presented, characterful bunkhouse sleeps up to 16 in a 7 bed dorm and 2, 3 & 4 bedded rooms. It has a well equipped kitchen for self-catering.
Heddon Valley, Jose's Ln, Barnstaple EX31 4PY
Heddon Orchard Bothy is a four person hideaway located deep in the remote Heddon Valley. Close to the South West Coast Path and Heddon’s Mouth pebble beach on the Exmoor coast.
Embrace this remote rustic accommodation by bringing your own bedding/mats, cooking/BBQ equipment and a torch for the starlit walk to the toilet/washroom. The welcoming Hunter’s Inn Hotel is just 50 metres away.
Watergate Farm, Loweswater, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0RU
Holme Wood Bothy offers basic accommodation in a spectacular secluded location, right on the shore of Loweswater. This stone tent provides a roof, kitchen and sleeping platform. Visitors must bring all camping equipment including plates, matches, sleeping mats & bags, food & water.
If you are looking for a remote and basic getaway with easy access to the lake, this bothy is your perfect choice. Great for canoeing on Loweswater.
Dalehead Bunkhouse, Upper Booth, Edale, Hope Valley, S33 7ZJ
Dalehead Bunkhouse is on a working hill farm at the remote head of Edale Valley. Providing basic but comfortable accommodation heated by log burner & infrared radiant heat. There is a kitchen with fridge/freezer, a lounge, dining room and plenty of parking. Please bring sleeping bags, pillows and towels.
Edale is popular with walkers, climbers, mountain bikers, hang-gliders or for enjoying the magnificent scenery.
Malham Tarn Estate, Waterhouses, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PT
On the National Trust Malham Tarn Estate in North Yorkshire, Ragged Robin Bothy & Meadowsweet Bothy each sleep 6 people on bunk bed platforms. Like camping but without the tent, you need to bring mats, sleeping bags and cooking equipment. There is one external toilet, cold water and no heating or lighting.
A perfect location for those who want to escape technology, enjoy dark skies or walk the Pennine Way.
Park Head, St Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7UU
With fantastic views out to sea and along the north Cornish coast to Trevose Head, the National Trust run Beach Head Bunkhouse provides great value basic self-catering holiday accommodation. The centrally heated, self-catering facilities and great location just 1.5 miles from the beach at Porthcothan and close to the South West Coast path make it the perfect base for family holidays and walking groups alike. A large, woodburning stove provides a cosy feel. Not suitable for very young children.
Dial House, Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8BW
This National Trust Grade ll listed flint cottage lies in the picturesque harbour of Brancaster Staithe on the North Norfolk Coast. With stunning sea views across the beautiful marshes. Groups of up to 22 or 48 can be accommodated (sole occupancy). Self-cater in the well equipped kitchen, or eat out in nearby pubs and cafés. The upstairs ‘snug’ has a TV and woodburner and there is a garden with seating. Perfect for sailing, walking, kite surfing, bird watching & the Norfolk Coast Path.
Countisbury Hill, Nr Lymouth, Devon.
Berry Lawn Linhay Bothy is a stone tent perched on top of some of England’s highest cliffs, with amazing views over the Bristol Channel, Watersmeet Valley and Exmoor.
Ideal as an overnight stop for walkers on the South West Coast Path the bothy welcomes up to two dogs and has no parking.
There is a pub in 500m and the seaside town of Lynmouth is 2 miles away.
Pipers Green Road, Brasted Chart, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1ND
Converted from former farm buildings, Octavia Hill Bunkhouse is located on Outridge Farm on the National Trust Toys Hill Estate. Sleeping 10 in two rooms it is the perfect base for families or groups of walkers wanting to explore this lovely part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This bunkhouse has plenty of communal space and a well equipped kitchen for those who want to self-cater. Easily accessible by car, train and bus (the bus stop is just 15 minutes’ walk away).
Buckden, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5JA
Town Head Barn is a converted barn, located in Upper Wharfedale, in the small village of Buckden. The accommodation sleeps 13 in 4 rooms including a single leader’s room with en suite facilities.
Close (just 3.5 miles) to the village of Kettlewell with pubs and shops and with easy access to Buckden Pike which at 702m high is just waiting to be climbed. This is the perfect location for groups or families wanting to get away from it all in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
National Trust Bunkhouses, Bothies and Basecamps
There are over 30 National Trust Bunkhouses, Basecamps and Bothies in the Independent Hostel Guide, all in spectacular locations. The bunkhouses are ideal for groups and provide self-catering accommodation often in the grounds of National Trust Estates. Often previously know as basecamps this accommodation is set in beautiful countryside within National Parks or along unspoiled coastline. Most bunkhouses have dormitories or private rooms with bunk-beds, a social area to gather and cook, showers, electricity and heating.
National Trust Bothies are often in isolated locations, and are the perfect getaway for those who really want to escape from modern life – especially if you like the idea of no electricity or heating, sleeping platforms without mattresses, water from hand-pumps, gas lighting and camp-fire cooking.