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A hostel for book lovers

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.

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Kettlewell Hostel

Christmas in the Brecon Beacons is still available.

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.

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christmas tree at star bunkhouse

We are a hammocking hotspot!

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.

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Woodland adventure

Whose dreaming of a big family Christmas on the coast?

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.

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lounge with tables at Radcliffes Lodge Boutique hostel on the Northumberland coast

Enquire for Autumn/Winter mid-week sole use deals, (min 2 nights).

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.

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Hammocking in England’s last wilderness

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.

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hammocking wood at Haggs Bank

Due to £25m Restoration Barmouth Viaduct will be closed until Mid December 2021

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.

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barmouth viaduct will be restored in 2021

Off-grid Christmas…

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.

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shining cliff youth hostel in the woods

Happy hour competition from Publove!

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…

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Step into the picture perfect Flatford Mill

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.

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School Groups will love Bell Heath Centre

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.

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rope bridge

Bring Your Horse on Holiday!

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.

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