A beautiful Victorian Gothic-style castle situated on 84 acres of National Trust parkland next to the river Manifold, with stunning views of Ilam? No, we're not talking about a top-flight country house hotel, but actually one of the YHA's most historic properties, a fabulous 17th-century manor house that enjoys a unique location just outside the picturesque village of Ilam in Derbyshire. It's a hostel, so has a mixture of private family rooms and beds in dormitories – 118 beds in all, in 25 different rooms – and all the facilities you have come to expect from the YHA: a games room, bar, lounge and self-catering kitchen. Inevitably it's the building that steals the show, but you're in the heart of the Peak District and the area is a gem, with loads to do for families in particular. There's the watersports centre at Carsington, you're just a few miles from the stepping stones at Dovedale and the limestone bulk of Thorpe Cloud, from where you can walk the spectacular three-mile gorge trail to Milldale. Plus, if all this doesn't appeal, you might be glad to know that it's just a twenty-minute drive from Alton Towers!
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This 17th-century manor house in Derbyshire is one of the YH's finest properties.
What to expect?
Expect to walk the halls of a Gothic styled castle with a real sense of its self and indulge either active activities or take the children to Alton Towers, and don't forget to enjoy the view of this National Trust Park.
Dormitory beds start at £10, private rooms from £29, family rooms from £25.
Open all year round.
How do I get there?
A fabulous – and unique – family-friendly hostel in the heart of the Peak District.
118 beds in 25 rooms.
- Private Rooms
- Country House
- YHA hostels