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“Excellent, small hostel”
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Looe, United Kingdom
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“Excellent, small hostel”
Reviewed 16 February 2013

This is an outstanding hostel. It's very small but very well equipped, spotlessly clean and well maintained. This hostel owes its success to its manager and is a model to aspire to for some of the other hostels we have used. We visited in February and were warm despite the cold weather.
Note that this is a hostel, not a hotel. It is self-catering only. You can take your own alcohol if that's your thing.
It is ideally placed for Dalby Forest, so close you can walk or cycle there and avoid the outrageous Forest Enterprises car parking charges. So good for all the mountain bike crew as well as the robust walkers.
There is a great variety of walking country all around Lockton, enough to keep a keen rambler happy for days and days. There is a stop n the NY Moors Railway a few miles off at Levisham Station (you need to check the operating schedule to be sure of getting your dates right). There is a pub in easy walking distance although not in the village itself.
It is a short drive north of Pickering where most of everything is available.
No TV or music which suits us just fine.

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

I stayed here in March 2011 with two kids aged 11 and 13. The location is very rural, so a car is a must really, but as long as you have one then the amenities of Pickering and Whitby are just down the road and the Moors are on your doorstep.

There were only two other guests there besides us, and we had a large family room to ourselves which had plenty of space and storage. Beds were comfortable, room temperature was perfect.

There's a huge lounge with dining tables and comfy sofas and a fireplace that's lovely and cosy on cold evenings.

The kitchen is huge and extremely well-equipped, and bathroom facilities are clean and spacious. There's lots of information readily available about things to do in the local area but as you'd expect for the location, this is mostly nature/hiking/cycling related -- you wouldn't come here for the night life!

Parking is adequate and secure, staff are helpful and friendly but without getting in your face too much.

No nonsense about mixed genders as some youth hostels can be -- as a single dad with an autistic daughter I've had life made hard for me in the past by some establishments with very rigid rules on male/female only room sharing. No such problem here.

The whole place is on one floor and rather disabled friendly. The building itself is full of character and simple charm.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Property: YHA Dalby Forest
Address: Old School | Lockton, Pickering YO18 7PY, England (Formerly Lockton YHA)
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Pickering
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Pickering
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Dalby Forest 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peacefully located in the North York Moors National Park, this refurbished North Yorkshire accommodation is a former school with many 'green' features - perfect for a relaxing eco holiday or cheap family break. Nearby is Levisham Station, one of the stops on the North York Moors Steam Railway, great for access to linear walks over uncrowded moorland. Cropton Forest and Dalby Forest Drive will keep walking and cycling holiday enthusiasts happy. ... more   less 
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