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YHA Coniston Holly How
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Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Good value for money, nice staff”
Reviewed 9 May 2013

This was my first time visiting a YHA so I didn't really know what to expect. The rooms were small and functional as I expected (we stayed in a 4 berth which comprised two bunks and a wash basin). There were clean and plentiful shared showers and toilets, a large canteen, bar, a reading room/lounge and a games room. Also a large well-stocked kitchen if you wanted to cook your own food. The food was competitively priced and pleasant. In particular the cakes and puddings which are freshly made were very nice. The staff were polite and very helpful. This won't be the best room you'll ever stay in but if you want a cheap stay in a beautiful location then this is a great option.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 April 2013 via mobile

An excellent family friendly YHA. The staff care. The food is great. The rooms are clean.
All in all a fantastic place to stay. A credit to the staff.
Thank you for a brilliant Easter break.
Paul, Claire & the 5 brats.

  • Stayed March 2013
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YHAConiston, Manager at YHA Coniston Holly How, responded to this review, 21 April 2013
Thanks for your review - it was a great atmosphere over Easter with all the families. Everyone from guests to staff played a part in making it a success. We're planning more free family evening activities over half term and the summer holidays. I think big screen Wii tennis could be a hit. The best way to keep in touch on events is through social media. We'd love to welcome you all back some time!
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

I was running a trip to the lakes for a weekend of diving and needed accommodation for 13 people. The YHA's seemed like a good option and was proved right. From the time we arrived to when we left we felt at home and very welcome. The beds pretty comfortable and sturdy for bunks and the food was excellent - just what was needed for days out in the hills and under the lakes. The only complaint I would have is the snoring of my friends but cant blame the hostel for that! - Seriously the only thing I would say is the room only had 1 plug for 12 beds so take a 4 way extension

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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YHAConiston, Manager at YHA Coniston Holly How, responded to this review, 11 April 2013
Thanks for your review, Ian. We're really pleased you all enjoyed yourselves - our staff thought you were great fun. I think you are the first diving club we've had here - there's loads to dive as you discovered - Coniston Water, Hodge Close Quarry, Bannishead Quarry, and there's a scary account of someone diving a shaft in Coniston Coppermines on a mining website!
We are hoping to get more sockets in the rooms hopefully when the hostel gets refurbished. We definately want to welcome you back - how about a Christmas meal and disco!
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

A comfortable hostel in a stunning location, with a choice of walking to suit all abilities and with the lake a stone's throw away for water sports enthusiasts. The staff are friendly and the generous portions of food are delicious and good value. There is plenty of room to relax after a day on the fells and a games room for the kids. A well stocked bar selling local beers is the icing on the cake. All in all, a great place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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YHAConiston, Manager at YHA Coniston Holly How, responded to this review, 19 February 2013
Thanks for your review Jane. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us - we are really pitching Holly How towards families and those who want to enjoy the great outdoors. The Winter Warmer offer has been very successful and I am sure there will be more promotions in the future. We look forward to welcoming you back again sometime.
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Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 January 2013 via mobile

This is a nice hostel in an ideal location for walkers/climbers who want to explore the beautiful surroundings. It was clean and tidy, the staff were friendly and the breakfast was nice. My only small criticism is that there's a lack of plug sockets in the rooms - you end up 12 people trying to share one plug, which is problematic if everyone wants to charge their phones and/or cameras - I would suggest bringing a small multiplug. Otherwise it's very good and I would recommend staying if you're visiting the area on a budget.

  • Stayed January 2013
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YHAConiston, Manager at YHA Coniston Holly How, responded to this review, 28 January 2013
Thanks for your review. I agree entirely about the power sockets and I hope that when our fantastic hostel reaches its turn in the YHA refurb queue that these will be high on the agenda. However I am glad that you enjoyed your stay - the snow experience is one we won't forget for a long time!
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

For the second year running we booked in with Phil and his crew at Holly How for our club annual dinner and once again it proved a great success. They catered wonderfully well for 50 of us (we got the place to ourselves with that number) for the weekend with the excellent dorm accommodation, plenty of parking, all the facilities you need to get out on the hills on foot, bike or whatever and loads of room for our Saturday evening sit down "do". The evening meal menu choices had been excellent and once again all the grub (not forgetting the big breakfasts!) was greatly appreciated by our hungry mob. A few barrels of fine local beer at the bar also helped. I would without hesitation recommend this place for any club needing a great spot for an event such as ours. Andy Golborne, LMC Social Secretary.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Wetherby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Once again we ended our club kayaking calendar with a stay at YHA Coniston Holly How and once again we were not disappointed! The staff are friendly and very helpful and make you most welcome.This year we arrived to find new comfy beds throughout, a flat screen T.V in the dining hall and new sofas in the lounge. The food is really good and much cheaper than the pubs in Coniston with a reasonable choice to suit everyone's pocket and tastes. This is by far our favourite hostel and we will definitely be returning next year! Well done Phil, Kirsty & the team, & keep up the good work.
From Lower Wharfe Canoe Club.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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YHAConiston, Manager at YHA Coniston Holly How, responded to this review, 6 November 2012
Thanks for your great review! We are always looking at ways to improve Holly How and I am sure these developments will continue. Next year we are hoping to open up a new camping area, split up one of our larger rooms and potentially open a family annexe!
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Property: YHA Coniston Holly How
Address: Far End, Coniston LA21 8DD, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Duddon Valley > Coniston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Coniston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — YHA Coniston Holly How 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 150 year-old Lakeland slate country house, part of the YHA Youth Hostel network. The Coniston mountain range is on the doorstep and Coniston Water is just minutes away on foot. A the end of the day, relax with a local beer in our comfortable lounge before a hearty meal in the bar / restaurant. Donald Campbell's restored powerboat Bluebird is coming home to Coniston in 2012 and the valley is also being used for the filming of Swallows and Amazons children's book. ... more   less 
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