Hostels in Great Britain are an affordable royal treat
Save money at British castles, abbeys, and manor houses turned hostels
Hartington Hall is actually a youth hostel, one of the Youth Hostel Association’s flagship properties.
The YHA has transformed many such National Trust manors, abbeys and even castles into affordable accommodations in stunning urban and country locations.
Take St. Briavel’s Castle in the Forest of Dean. Built as a hunting lodge in 1205 by King John, it may be the the only hostel with a moat.
Atop a cliff 199 steps up from the town of Whitby, Abbey House, a 19th century, 22-bedroom mansion, holds commanding views of the sea, its harbor and the medieval ruins of a famous early Christian abbey next door.
Having just undergone a $4.3 million retrofit, the flagship YHA property blends modernized ensuite bedrooms with intact period fireplaces and beamed ceilings. Guests can relax in the tea room or licensed bar; dine on locally sourced and creatively prepared meals, or just play games and watch television.