It has been a long time coming, but we’re happy to announce the hostels on these pages are open now and taking bookings. Some are offering reduced rates for exclusive use, at others you can hire a private room and enjoy shared areas with social distancing to keep you safe. There are hostels and bunkhouses in some amazing locations and they offer great value for money. Look no further for a staycation cure to your lockdown blues.

Here are the latest updates on rules for groups and shared accommodation


You can book a hostel or bunkhouse for sole use of a group consisting of any number of people from an extended household. OR.  For six adults from any household and their children (plus one adult carer if required).

These same groups can hire a private room in a hostel.   Showers can be en-suite or with a dedicated shower.  Toilets can be shared as long as they are cleaned regularly.  Shared facilities (kitchens, dining rooms, lounges) can be open with  physically distancing in place.

At the moment (in Alert Level 1 ) an extended household in Wales is three Welsh households and their support bubbles which have permanently joined.  Any three households from England or Scotland can combine to form an extended household while in Wales without breaking Welsh law.

Once Wales reaches Alert Level 0 (predicted as possibly 7th August) there will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet indoors in Wales including in holiday accommodation.

All businesses are required to carry out a risk assessment and take reasonable measures to manage the risk of coronavirus at their premises.  Face coverings will remain a legal requirement in indoors public places in Wales.


There is no restriction on the number of people permitted to stay in hostel and bunkhouse accommodation in England or the groups they can visit in.

Hostels and bunkhouses will be implementing mitigation measures to ensure guests safely.


The Scottish Government have published a road map for re-opening .

All areas are now in level 0.  From the possible date of 9th of August Scotland may go  “Beyond Level 0” where  there will be no household / number caps and physical distancing requirements will also be removed.

Bedrooms (with allocated shower) can now be shared by people from different households (with some social distancing measure in place).

Sole use bookings of a whole hostel or bunkhouse

Separate households do not have to physically distance from each other within accommodation when it is booked for the exclusive use of the group.  Self contained accommodation can be let to 8 adults (and their children) from 4 households.

For hostels letting by the room, where an unlimited number of households can stay in the accommodation. 

Shared facilities (kitchens, dining rooms, lounges) are treated as indoor public spaces where people from separate households can socialise, provided that they physically distance.  10 adults (and their children) from 4 households can gather indoors at a staffed hostel.

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