South England / South East England: Bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels

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South East England Bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels

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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  • Profile picture of Alpha Hostel

    Alpha Hostel

    Just 50m from Margate’s Blue Flag, safe swimming beach and next to the Viking way 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. Welcomes families and individuals as well as school and other groups with sole hostel use, classroom and catering available for 20+. Group self-catering also an option.

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    Old Brooder Bunkhouse

    The Old Brooder Bunkhouse provides quirky, very comfortable farm stay accommodation for up to 20 guests in four bedrooms for those who don’t have a big budget - with comfortable oak bunk beds and conventional beds; kitchen-dining area for 20 at rustic tables and an upstairs sitting room for all; plenty of showers; 20 adult road bikes; garden for outdoor games; and farm to explore.

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  • Profile picture of Wetherdown Lodge and Campsite

    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 tipis, yurts and secluded woodland pitches. The centre has large grounds with woodland trails and a cafe. Pubs, shops within 2 miles.

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    The Privett Centre

    Situated mid-way between Alton and Petersfield in glorious East Hampshire countryside (ANOB), the Privett Centre offers lowest 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.

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  • Profile picture of Henman Bunkhouse

    Henman Bunkhouse

    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 bed 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.

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    Kipps Brighton

    Kipps is situated in the centre of Brighton, with views of the Royal Pavilion. Perfect for exploring all of Brighton’s attractions including the beach, Brighton Pier, The Lanes and The Brighton Eye. Enjoy great value, comfortable accommodation with excellent facilities, including a lounge, games room & self-catering kitchen. Nightly events (eg pizza nights) are organised for you to meet the other guests and the friendly, helpful staff.

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    Octavia Hill Bunkhouse

    Converted from former farm buildings, Octavia Hill Bunkhouse is located on Outridge Farm on the National Trust Toys Hill estate. Sleeping 14 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 or train and bus (the bus stop is just 15 minutes walk away)

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    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.

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  • Profile picture of Travel Joy Hostel

    Travel Joy Hostel

    Travel Joy is centrally located between Chelsea and The Houses of Parliament and overlooks the Thames. There is bicycle dock and a 24-hour bus outside the door to Victoria Station, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Soho, Oxford St. & Camden. On-site European & Thai restaurant and tour/theatre-tickets desk. Free tea/coffee/soft drinks. Free WiFi. The hostel has a large bar, a great place to relax and socialise, with fellow guests. You can BBQ on the terrace or hang out in the common room.

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  • Profile picture of Palace Farm Hostel

    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 ANOB, 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.

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    South Downs Bunkhouse

    The perfect base for walkers, cyclists, horse riders or other parties looking to explore the South Downs National park. South Downs Bunkhouse is right on the South Downs Way where it crosses the River Arun and the Monarch’s Way also runs close by. On a working arable and dairy farm visitors will be welcomed by the Lock family to this newly opened barn which has been converted to an extremely high standard. The hamlet of Houghton is well provided with

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  • Profile picture of Kipps Canterbury

    Kipps Canterbury

    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.

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  • Profile picture of Slindon Bunkhouse

    Slindon Bunkhouse

    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 have 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 crisscrossing the estate.

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  • Profile picture of Chilterns Bunkhouse

    Chilterns Bunkhouse

    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 cafes. The mobile reception here is limited making it the perfect place to get away from it all!

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  • Profile picture of Harlow International Hostel

    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.

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  • Profile picture of Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre

    Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre

    Set in 65 acres of private grounds, in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre offers an extensive range of outdoor adventure and learning activities for groups and individuals as well as various on site accommodation options. The Grade I listed house provides full or part board catering for large groups. Dormitory style bedrooms sleep between 2-10 people. B&B for smaller groups and individuals is also available. On site are 6, 12 and 14 berth

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    Clink 261

    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.

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    Crystal Palace Lodge

    Located within the grounds of the world famous Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, The Lodge offers good value hostel accommodation. An ideal place to stay when visiting London. Specialising in sports bookings, group bookings and tour packages, residents benefit from discounted use of the National Sports Centre, with indoor swimming pool, gym, games room, tennis courts and more. Children and coach parties are welcome. Accommodation is in single and

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  • Profile picture of Gumber Camping Barn (formerly Gumber Bothy)

    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.

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    Clink78

    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 provided discounted attraction tickets. Kitchen, games area, TV/film lounge. Meet new people in The ClashBAR.

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  • Profile picture of Puttenham Eco Camping Barn

    Puttenham Eco Camping Barn

    A beautifully converted historic real barn. It relies only on natural heating and can be cool - but always with a warm welcome. There are three shared sleeping areas for a total of 11 people. Closed daytime from 10 am to 5 pm. People from 5 to 17 are welcome with a responsible adult. There is an excellent kitchen and two local pubs for food.

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  • Profile picture of The Barrel Store

    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.

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  • Profile picture of Cholderton Stonehenge Youth Hostel

    Cholderton Stonehenge Youth Hostel

    Situated on a delightful family owned farm, this four star Youth Hostel provides family/child friendly accommodation suitable for groups or singles who enjoy the countryside. The hostel is located 8 miles from historic Salisbury with its Cathedral, and only 5 miles from Stonehenge World Heritage Site. Cholderton also offers cooked breakfasts for a small additional fee if preferred. Entrance to the adjoining Cholderton Charlie’s rare breeds farm is free of charge to guests. It offers a range of daily activities

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  • Profile picture of Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshares

    Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshares

    Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshare are close to London Bridge in Central London. Backpackers enjoy budget short and long stay accommodation within walking distance of Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Dungeon, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern & the London Eye. The hostel has a guest kitchen & common room, free luggage room, a laundry service as well as a late guest bar with pool table. If you want to stay for longer you can rent rooms in Dover Castle house/flatshares.

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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.