This map shows bunkhouses, camping barns and hostels in the South and South-east of England. Many are within a couple of hours drive or a short train ride from London. Whether you require self catering accommodation for a stop-over in Kent on the way to the continent, or if you are exploring the South Downs or the New Forest, hostels and bunkhouses provide the ideal accommodation. City hostels in Canterbury, Brighton and London are ideal for exploring these cities or enjoying the nightlife. Camping barns and hostels provide ideal accommodation on the South Downs Way, the North Downs Way and the Ridgeway.
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Palace Farm Hostel
Palace Farm Hostel is a relaxing and flexible 4* hostel on a family run farm. Situated in the village of Doddington, (which has a pub!), in the North Kent Downs AONB, the area is great for walking, cycling (cycle hire available £10 a day) and wildlife. The accommodation consists of ten fully heated en suite rooms sleeping up to 39. Duvets, linen and continental breakfast included.More details
South Downs Bunkhouse
Perfect for walkers, cyclists, horse riders & others wanting accommodation in the South Downs National Park. The Lock family provide a warm welcome to this beautifully converted barn on a working farm on the South Downs Way. Equipped with microwave, fridge, toaster, kettle & BBQ in the courtyard. Houghton and Amberley have pubs and cafés within walking distance. Secure bike storage/ washing facilities. Horses welcome.More details
Octavia Hill Bunkhouse
Converted from former farm buildings, Octavia Hill Bunkhouse is located on Outridge Farm on the National Trust Toys Hill Estate. Sleeping 12 in two rooms it is the perfect base for families or groups of walkers wanting to explore this lovely area 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)More details
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 which comprises of 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 village of Aldbury has pubs and cafés. The mobile reception here is limited making it the perfect place to get away from it all!More details
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 groups or groups of families wanting to get together and enjoy the fabulous South Downs National Park surroundings and the miles footpaths criss-crossing the estate.More details
Puttenham Eco Camping Barn
Eco project on North Downs Way offers simple overnight accommodation in a beautifully converted historic barn. Self-catering (or local pubs for food within walking distance); three shared sleeping areas; garden with picnic bench and cycle shed. NO CARS ON SITE, even for off-loading. Nearest railway stations: Wanborough 3.5 km, Guildford 7 km.More details
The Barrel Store
Located in the heart of Cirencester, the newly converted Barrel Store provides stylish self-catering accommodation for up to 43 guests in 14 rooms. The rooms are designed to be simple but stylish and almost all are en-suite. Within easy reach of many well-known Cotswold attractions and accessible to transport links, the Barrel Store is perfect as a base from which to explore this fantastic area. Exclusive hire available, get in touch for details.More details
Court Hill Centre
Just 2 miles south of Wantage, and only a few steps from the historic Ridgeway National Trail, Court Hill Centre enjoys breathtaking views over the Vale of the White Horse. Reclaimed barns surround a pretty courtyard garden. Offering accommodation to families, groups and individuals, the centre offers evening meals, breakfasts and picnic lunches. There is a beautiful high-roofed dining room which retains the atmosphere of the old barn. A meeting/class-room camping and self-catering available.More details
Perfect for backpackers, visitors or small groups looking for self-catering budget accommodation in Canterbury. A short walk from the town centre and Canterbury Cathedral. A great base for day trips to Dover, Leeds Castle and local beaches. There is a dining room, TV lounge, garden, a fully equipped kitchen, a small shop & cycle hire.More details
One of London's best established backpacker hostels, Clink261 offers simple, comfortable, self-catering accommodation in the centre of London. King's Cross is a creative, upcoming area close to the British Museum, Covent Garden and Camden Market or a short tube ride to Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square. Guests are invited round the corner to Clink78 for entertainment and good value drinks at the ClashBAR.More details
Wetherdown Lodge and Campsite
An award winning eco-renovation in the heart of the South Downs National Park right on the South Downs Way National Trail. The perfect base for walkers, cyclists, business away-days and family get-togethers. The Lodge offers well appointed self-catering accommodation while the campsite has yurts and secluded woodland pitches. The centre has large grounds with woodland trails and a café. Pubs, shops within 2 miles.More details
Perfect for groups wanting to walk or cycle around Leith Hill or beyond. 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. This is a great place for a holiday only 30 miles from London but in stunning countryside.More details
Harlow International Hostel
Harlow International Hostel is in the centre of a landscaped park and is one of the oldest buildings in Harlow. The town of Harlow is your ideal base for exploring London, Cambridge and the best of South East England. The journey time to central London is only 35 minutes from the hostel door and it is the closest hostel to Stansted Airport. National Cycle Route 1 passes the front door. Meals can be provided for groups. There's a children's zoo, orienteering course and outdoor pursuits centre in the park.More details
Gumber Camping Barn (formerly Gumber Bothy)
A converted Sussex flint barn on a working sheep farm within the National Trust's Slindon Estate. It provides simple overnight accommodation or camping for walkers, horse riders and cyclists, just off the South Downs Way, or 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. Sorry but NO CARS. Not suitable for under fives.More details
Cholderton Stonehenge Youth Hostel
Situated on a delightful family owned farm, this 4* youth hostel provides family/child friendly accommodation for groups or individuals. The hostel is located 8 miles from historic Salisbury with its cathedral, and only 5 miles from Stonehenge. Cooked breakfasts are available from the Ewe Tree Café and packed lunches & evening meals can be pre-booked. Guests get free admission to Charlie's rare breeds farm and large indoor play barn, just next door. Or why not explore the tree top trail, zip wire and woodland walk in the grounds.More details
Just 50m from Margate's Blue Flag, safe swimming beach and next to the Viking Coastal Trail for walkers and cyclists. The beach is perfect for sand castles and water sport. Visit the area or stop-over on the way to Europe. Facilities include; two lounges, a dining room, and large self-catering kitchen. Families and individuals welcomed as well as school and other groups with sole hostel use. Classroom and catering available for 20+. Group self-catering also an option.More details
Old Brooder Bunkhouse
Comfy, farm self-catering for 20 singles in four bedrooms. Mix of oak bunks/conventional beds. Relax in cosy sitting room; BBQ, ping-pong, croquet & badminton in the garden; explore the farm, picnic in a meadow. 20 bikes included to explore quiet country lanes, or kayak down the River Stour, Go Ape, visit castles, print workshop courses.More details
In the centre of London in a 200 year old courthouse, Clink78 combines original features with modern interior design to create a friendly unique hostel. In the heart of King's Cross, with easy tube access the whole city. The friendly team will happily help with your itinerary and provide discounted attraction tickets. Kitchen, games area, TV/film lounge. Meet new people in The ClashBAR.More details
The Privett Centre
In glorious East Hampshire countryside (AONB), the Privett Centre offers low cost, comfortable, short-stay accommodation in a unique rural setting. It has been designed to accommodate small to medium-sized groups who like to have the place to themselves. Outside a large paddock and asphalt playground provide secure and spacious recreational and parking space. It is available for weekday, weekend and day use all year. The Privett Centre is an ideal residential setting for family & friends' get-togethers.More details
This maps of South England / South East England shows the locations of bunkhouses, hostels and camping barn, which provide self-catering accommodation, all part of the UK’s largest hostels and bunkhouse network IHUK.
This map shows the Bunkhouses, Camping barns and hostels in the south and south east England covering the counties of Essex and Hertfordshire to the north, Kent, Sussex and Hampshire to the south, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Dorset to the west and of course London. The area includes the North Downs, the South Downs National Park and the New Forest National Park as well as south east England’s natural landmarks such as the white cliffs of Dover and the Isle of Wight. As well as all the attractions the capital has to offer, the area is replete with visitor attractions from Legoland and Brighton Sealife Centre to a vast number of castles and stately home, best known of these being Leeds Castle and Dover Castle in Kent and Windsor Castle and Highclere (home of Downton Abbey) in Berkshire.
The nightlife of London’s West End faces stiff competition from that of Brighton. Whist the seaside town also boasts a magnificent pier as well as the royal pavilion and the famous Brighton Beach. Further down the coast Bournemouth also challenges Brighton with its beach and historic grandure. Further east, Canterbury is dominated by the UK’s oldest cathedral the seat of English Christianity. Whilst many visitors to and from the European continent come via the port at Dover, Kent is the perfect place for an overnight stop on the way to the ferry. The traditional seaside town of Margate is not only home to the UK’s “original pleasure park” Dreamland but also the Turner Contemporary Gallery of modern art. Outdoor enthusiasts can find fantastic walking on the South Downs Way, the Kent coast line and of course Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Further north walkers might want to tackle the Ridgeway National Trail through the Chilterns, possibly England’s oldest road. Whist wildlife watchers will revel in the delights of the Stour Valley estuary and the RSPB reserve there.
Isle of Purbeck
The Isle of Purbeck on the Jurassic coast with the coastal town of Swanage, makes a great area for an overnight stay.