YHA New Forest YHA
Set in a large, rambling house with a lovely garden, this 36-bed youth hostel is superbly sited on the edges of Burley, with the New Forest right on the doorstep – as well as a fine pub. They have a selection of dorm beds and private rooms available – ranging from 8-10-bed dorms to 4- and 6-bed rooms, along with glamping options that include three large pods that can sleep four people in one double futon and two single beds and are available all year year round and bell tents kitted out with a double bed and two or three single mattresses that can sleep four or five people. They have eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags, bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring. There are also two premium bell tents available that only sleep four and include their own wood-burning stove. Bedding is included with all glamping options, and the pods have their decking area – perfect for soaking up the sun during the warmer months. As for facilities, the hostel has a restaurant/dining room, a self-catering kitchen, shop, lounge, tv room, laundry, drying room, garden/grounds, parking, a cycle store and facilities for cycling, walking and watersports. Note the unsurfaced approach road can get boggy in wet weather. The hostel is also available for exclusive hire. Click here for details.
The Owner Says
In its peaceful setting just outside the traditional village of Burley, YHA New Forest is close to many local activities and the seaside, making it fantastic for a cheap family holiday or weekend break. The New Forest can be found just a short trip away, with plenty of activities available, including horse-riding, walking and a number of routes perfect for cycling. If you prefer to be in water than on land, there are watersports such as canoeing nearby on the Beaulieu River.
YHA New Forest also offers the chance to camp in the midst of the forest - with the option to book a number of family-sized pre-erected tents and all the necessary camping facilities within 10 metres of the campsite, the only thing missing is you.
Our favourite spot
Tents, families, groups, couples – yes. Campervans, caravans, trailer tents, dogs – no.
The local area
The footpaths and cycle trails around the picturesque villages of Brook, Cadnam and Bartley are among the least visited in the national park – perfect if you want a little peace and quiet. The Red Route bus service runs between all three villages, so you can walk in one direction and catch the bus back. If you fancy the cycle trails but don't have a bike, you can hire them from Forest Leisure Cycling (01425 403584) a 5 minutes walk from the site. Also within walking distance, Burley Manor Riding Stables (01425 403489), half a mile away, offer riding tours on bridleways around the New Forest Country Park.
Best local places to eat and drink
There's a hot and cold buffet breakfast (£5.25) in the hostel each morning from 7:30am–9am. They can also provide a packed lunch for the day and in the evenings there's a three course meal served at a set time and sold at a set price – a good old fashioned hosteling moment when you can socialise with other guests. An onsite bar serves drinks including Ringwood Brewery Ales (01425 470303) – the brewery is 8 miles away and has tours through summer. The White Buck pub (01425 402264) – a tudor-style building with a modern, gastro interior – is also just a hundred yards or so down the road.
Why stay with us?
Pods sleep 4 in a double futon and 2 single beds. Bell tents sleep 4–5 in a double bed and 2 or 3 single mattresses. They have eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags, bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring. There are also 2 premium bell tents that only sleep 4 and include their own wood-burning stove. Bedding is included with all glamping options. As for facilities, campers have full access to the hostel, which has a restaurant/dining room, a self-catering kitchen, shop, lounge, tv room, laundry, drying room and a cycle store. Campfires are not permitted.
34 bed hostel including a selection of dorm beds, private rooms, family rooms, en-suite rooms, as well as some camping pitches, pods and bell tents.
PriceBeds £18–£23 a night, private rooms from ££85, family rooms £95–£135, Pods £75. Camping from £13 per person, bell tents £65–£75 a night. The hostel is available for exclusive hire during the winter months.
Hostel and pods open all year; bell tents Easter–October.
Follow Lyndhurst Road, go past Burley School on the left and past the golf course for 1/2 mile to the crossroads. Follow the sign post to White Buck Inn and turn left into Cott Lane. Follow signs for the hostel.
It’s entirely possible to explore the wider locale without the use of a car. In high season the open-top New Forest Tour bus route links the national park’s major towns, villages and attractions. Alternatively, escape to the coast; Christchurch is a 45-minute bus journey away and the Blue Flag beach at Southbourne, a favourite amongst locals, is a little way beyond.
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