YHA Grinton Lodge YHA
The YHA snagged an absolute beauty in Grinton Lodge, a 200-year-old former gentleman's shooting lodge standing high above Swaledale. The views from most of the rooms are breathtaking – right across the heather-clad moors and down the dale – while the building has retained much of its rather grand period detail, including castellated walls and a set of antlers mounted in the lounge. Most of the rooms follow the usual hostel configuration, sleeping 2 to 8 people, and while showers and toilets aren't en-suite there are enough to go around at busy times. Some of the rooms and bathrooms are actually pretty nice – certainly better than you have any right to expect at these prices – and the self-catering kitchen, lounges and dining room have all been upgraded, and there's certainly no institutional feel at what is one of Yorkshire's best budget accommodation options. They also let you camp in the grounds, while in a bosky grove next to the mansion there is a series of wooden camping pods (sleeping up to 4) – you'll need to bring all your own gear to use these, but you can use the facilities inside the hostel too, including a full meals service. The nearest pub is a 15-minute walk downhill in the hamlet of Grinton; Richmond is ten miles away, or there are wonderful off-road bike routes straight out of the door.
The Owner Says
Situated on the southern slopes of Swaledale, YHA Grinton Lodge offers spectacular views over the North Yorkshire hills from its former shooting lodge location. For those on a walking or cycling holiday, the Coast to Coast walk passes close by to the hostel, as well as many other routes showcasing the areas wildflower meadows. If you are in need of a cultured day out then historic Richmond is only 10 miles away and is well worth the effort. After a day full of activities put your feet up and relax in the bar, which serves a selection of delicious meals and drinks.Grinton Lodge also offers the opportunity to camp. With traditional pitches and YHA's brand new camping pods, you can truly experience Yorkshire's great outdoors.
Sleeps 81, including private rooms, family rooms and en-suite rooms. Plus camping and camping pods.
Beds from £10 a night, private rooms from £29, pods from £39.
Opening TimesOpen all year. Reception Times: 07.30-10.00, 17.00-23.00. Hostel Closing Times: 23.00.
From the east: leave the A1 and follow signs to Richmond. Grinton is 10 miles east on the B6270. Grinton Lodge is 3/4 mile due south. From the west: leave the M6 and travel to Leyburn on the A684. Turn left in Leyburn over the moor road to the hostel.
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