YHA Tanners Hatch YHA
Hidden deep in the Surrey hills in National Trust woodland, close to Polesden Lacey, this hostel is accessible only by walking or cycling and is all the more attractive for it. It's a beautifully converted 17th-century cottage that is well-equipped for self-caterers, with wood-burning barbecues in the beautiful gardens and an open fire inside. Just don't rock up expecting any en-suite luxuries – all the toilets and showers are in a separate building outside, although they do have a self-catering kitchen and dining room, a lounge, drying room and a cycle store.
Accommodation is in two dorms, one with 6 beds, the other 7, and there's one private double room. There are also two fabulous two-bedroom safari tents (sleeping 4 to 6 people) that really make the most of the location – and come complete with mattresses, bedding and a wood-burner. Or there's camping in the nearby woods for up to 14 people – and campers can use all the hostel facilities.
The cottage is surrounded by footpaths and bridleways that meander into Surrey's gorgeous countryside, and there is no end to the exploring you can do from one of the YHA's best hostels for walkers. You should probably come expecting to self-cater in the evening though – the nearest places to eat out are an hour's walk away.
This hostel is also available for exclusive hire. Click here for details.
The Owner Says
Set in the Surrey hills, YHA Tanners Hatch is the perfect setting for a relaxing rural retreat. Found in the midst of National Trust woodland this picturesque self-catering cottage is ideal for a countryside break. Surrounded by a network of footpaths and bridleways, the hostel is excellent for walking and cycling holidays. Locally, both Polesden Lacey, a beautiful regency mansion with superb gardens, Denbies Wine Estate, England's largest vineyard, and Bocketts Farm offer great days out for everyone.
YHA Tanners Hatch also offers the chance to camp. Situated in the woods on the National Trust's Polesden Lacey estate, the campsite offers a relaxed and remote spot, perfect for those evenings sat around a real fire, toasting marshmallows. Open all year round, the campsite offers shared outdoor showers, washrooms and toilets with access to the hostel facilities.
Hostel beds plus camping and glamping in a beautiful countryside location close to London – perfect for cycling, walking and mountain biking.
Beds from £13.
Open all year. Reception open 8.30am–10am & 5pm–9pm.
From Box Hill and Westhumble station, turn left out of station and follow the road to Badgen Farm – take the track on the left indicated by a YHA sign. Pass the farmhouse on your right side and take the first right along a bridleway by the side of a barn. Walk straight across the field to the gate on the other side and turn left onto the track. The hostel is 400m up on the right. By car – take the A2003 Ashcombe Road off the A24 in Dorking, and turn right at the T-junction towards Ranmore and Effingham. At the top of the hill is Denbies Hillside National Trust car park – the nearest car park to the hostel – which is free to National Trust members. From the car park cross over the road and turn left, walk along to Four Fox Cottages (on your right) and go through the gate by its side. Take the central track indicated by the YHA signs, and the hostel is about 15 minutes' walk through the wood.
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