This humble, wood-built, no-frills, youth hostel sits within a mile of ultra-posh properties with price tags that'd bring tears to a glass eye. It's also within striking distance of a direct train to London.
The sleepy, rural location is special but it's the warmth of the welcome from warden Nicola that nudges it into the five-star category as a great experience. She had our children happily foraging for firewood for a campfire which brought everyone staying there together within minutes. That pleasant atmosphere is something money simply can't buy. She also introduced us to the delights of snail racing (no creatures are harmed and all are set free!)
It's easy to see why it's a popular bolthole with Londoners looking to escape the hustle if the big smoke - one suspects it should be prescribed to stressed out denizens of the capital.
The accommodation is basic. Dormitories or family rooms. Ours had three bunks which were clean and comfortable. Children, I have observed, seem to love bunk beds. The washroom is a few strides outside the front door of your room - no real hardship in summer anyway. And crucially they are clean, odour-free and the shower works a treat. The place seems to engender the respect of those staying there.
The kitchen and common room are cosy and well-appointed. A selection of board games are available and again this helps bring people together. First time I'd played Monopoly/Guess Who in years. My daughter loved it.
The campfire experience was really special - my daughter declared it her best holiday. Not bad for a one-star property. Discovered by total chance, it's a 500-plus mile road trip for us to go there. Will we be back? I'd love to think so. Family room cost us £50 a night. YHA members would get that a bit cheaper.
Within striking distance too of Legoland...
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- YHA Jordans Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire