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.
The Star Bunkhouse is a cosy warm bunkhouse with log burner, central heating and hot showers. Gorgeous country walks from the doorstep. Dog friendly. The self-catering kitchen has been upgraded with chefs/cooks in mind, so no excuses for a perfectly cooked Christmas dinner! The bunkhouse sleeps up to 20 people.
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse and Campsite provides secluded camping and a bunkhouse for group leaders, just North of Alston on the Pennine moors. Excellent facilities and a warm base with plenty of parking.
For the free spirits in your family, there’s the chance to spend a night or two in their hammocks when you stay at The Long Barn in beautiful rural South Wales. The sure way to add an extra dimension and more adventure to a weekend break or family holiday.
Tucked away in the middle of ancient woodland, more than half a mile from the nearest road, Shining Cliff Hostel is perfect for spending a night under the stars in a hammock. There is nothing more magical that lying under a leafy canopy, backlit by moonlight and the twinkling of thousands of stars. Add to this the surround sound of the nocturnal woodland creatures and you will have an experience you will never forget.
You will have sole use of this well-kitted out and luxury bunkhouse where you can cook and feast together in the kitchen and relax in the cosy sitting room with family games.
A jaunt down to the capital doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! The Publove hostels offer excellent lodgings for a budget price… And of course you have access to some of the best burgers in London.
Pindale Farm has an idea area for hammock camping. Its been used for years and once there were twelve scouts all hammocking at the same time.
If you are hoping to gather your extended family together this Christmas, Radcliffe’s Lodge is your perfect venue. This brand new, ultra modern, 5* hostel sleeps 48 across 9 rooms. With a large kitchen and huge lounge/dining room, there will be everything you need for your Christmas festivities. Situated on the quayside of the popular Northumberland harbour town of Amble there will be plenty to do or all ages. Little can beat a boxing day beach walk to blow the Christmas cobwebs away. Up to 4 dogs are welcome too. Special price: sole use from £3900 for 3 nights 24-26 December.
Carrs Farm has 2 .6 acres of woodland with benches to sit up to 32 people and two fire pit areas, the woodland is ideal for hammocks and camping. There is a compost toilet at one end of the woodland built inside a little log hut .
Shining Cliff hostel provides a magical setting for your school residential…a place where you can explore and learn together in a stunning off-road woodland hostel.
Offering residential courses Orielton in a varied range of subjects, this 130 bed Georgian mansion is perfect for school groups.
Skirfare Barn is quite the perfect place for gathering friends and family. This modern, insulated and toasty warm bunkhouse has lots of space and great facilities. It’s a great place to spend a couple of nights away with friends and family. Sleeping 20 across 5 rooms, the barn has breathtaking views across the Yorkshire Dales. The area is famous for its walking, climbing and cycling and there is local fishing, pony and llama trekking. So nobody is going to be bored.
The half term break is fast approaching, but trust the Sail Loft Self Catering Accommodation in Portsoy on the Aberdeenshire coast to have you covered. Bring the family for a holiday by the sea.
This ideal hammocking wood is part of Haggs Bank campsite which has its own supply of treated spring water, excellent facilities and secure bike storage. And if the weather gets too hard you can opt for a bed in the bunkhouse, a modern conversion of an historic mine building.
This Grade II timber railway viaduct, across the stunning Mawddach Estuary, is an essential route for many long distance paths, cycle routes and the train network. Well worth the biggest upgrade in its history. During the closure, it will not be possible to walk, cycle or get a train over the viaduct, and Transport for Wales will be providing a rail replacement bus service between Pwllheli and Machynlleth stations, and all stations in between.
Bored of doing the same thing? Want to get away from cooking the turkey? Well, why not come to Carrshield where you can get away from it all and maybe have a white Christmas
This summer we have been able to accommodate only small amount of guests at the same time. But from the 8th October, we will open all our doors fully again.
Shining Cliff hostel (the Hostel in the Woods) has availability over the Christmas period. A stunning woodland location to get-away-from-it-all with your friends and family.
Are stuck for something exciting and adventurous for the kids to do this October Half Term. Something they will remember for the rest of their lives but won’t cost the earth. Alstonefield Camping Barn may be just what you are looking for.
And Falmouth Lodge Backpackers is the perfect place to stay for a self-catering holiday. With availability throughout October you can book it for your sole use for up to 12 people. Bookings are primarily on a weekly basis with a Friday changeover, but six and even five day direct bookings may be possible. Great value at £400 per night.
Come kick the leaves and feel the atmosphere in the self-contained accommodation at Ninebanks this autumn.
With the nights getting shorter, the days getting chillier, Autumn is certainly on it’s way. Autumn is the perfect season to go foraging for foodie items such as mushrooms and blackberries, maybe wrap up a little warmer and head outside for a walk.
Hill Farm Camping Barn is making history as the first Independent Hostel to offer a kennelling service to guests’ dogs. So if you want to visit nearby Shrewsbury or a local attraction that doesn’t allow dogs all you need to do is chat to Louise and book a slot in her canine creche.
With stunning views across the Shropshire hills and over to the Welsh mountains beyond, Hill Farm Camping Barn, just 8 miles north of Shrewsbury, offers guests a taste of rural England.
Following on from our, buy a burger plant a tree we’ve got a little competition for you. Hostel guests will know our happy hour runs from 5pm-7pm, and again every pint bought will plant a tree. To celebrate we’ve got a competition for you all, follow the instructions in the photo and good luck! Draw is on the 30th of September so get snapping…
The Boarshurst Centre has Autumn availability for large groups of friends and families (sole use – 32 bed) including half term weekends starting 8th, 15th and 22nd October, so why not give us a try.
Shining Cliff hostel (the hostel in the woods) has just the 26th and 27th October left for sole use…
Perched at the top NW corner of Wales, Anglesey Outdoors is a great location for all school and university trips be it for outdoor activities, field trips or team building. Easily accessible.
Relax in front of Rookhow’s cosy wood burner in the middle of 12 acres of ancient oak woodland or venture out to the campfire to toast marshmallows.
Coasts to castles, forests and hills, we really do have everything for the family on our doorstep. Located in Dunbar, the Dolphin Inn is the perfect base for your adventure on Scotland’s east coast.
The original FSC. On the bank of the river Stour this centre sleeps up to 79 people! But bed count aside the Mill is known for its rich history, marking it as a site of cultural importance. ‘Willy Lotts’ house particularly, being built in the 1500s has been recognised internationally by its portrayal in the painting ‘hay wain’ by John Constables.
Has the recent weather inspired you to try wild camping this late summer?
Read more about the in’s and out’s of wildcamping in Snowdonia NP in our latest blog.
It has everything a perfect school residential needs. A secluded location with lots of outdoor space, 9 dorms sleeping 72 plus 3 teachers’ rooms, a huge hall that seats 100 and lots of small break out rooms. On top of this a whole range of outdoor activities can be organised on site. Finally all this is just 5 mins off the M5, just 30 mins south west of Birmingham.
Ideal walker accommodation in the highlands. In reach of the many wonderful lochs and hills that the rugged Scottish wilderness is known for.
At Ilderton Dod Barns, we have 2 yearling ponies with staying us, at least for this summer, enjoying the scenery. Perhaps your stead would appreciate the views from the fields outside our cottages.
Coast nature watching, craft workshops, golfing, paddleboarding or surfing, The Sail Loft self catering accommodation at Portsoy makes an ideal based for sea and land activities.