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YHA Castleton Losehill Hall
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Reviewed 24 September 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 1 night, had a single en-suite, was clean and tidy. This is a newly re-furbished hostel. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Large self catering kitchen and you can also buy meals from the hostel kitchen. There is also a bar. Ideal base for cycling/walking the lakes. Just one moan, there was noises from downstairs/kitchen area from 6.30 am, I'm sure I wasn't the only one who heard it.

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Reviewed 12 September 2012

This hostel is something special; the accommodation standard can only be compared to a two star hotel. Modern design, big en-suite rooms, new bedding, new fittings, huge modern kitchen and dining room, common areas, secure entrance and 24hr access into the building. Guests from one wing cannot get into the other wing, so be sure that your valuables will be safe even if you leave them in the room.

Big parking, beautiful grounds, great location and lovely staff - what else is there to say? We got all the information needed on local attractions at the reception and planned a great stay for the next day. The village is nice and there are pubs with real ale within 10-20 mins walking distance from the hostel. Caverns about 7 mins drive from the hostel, so even walking there is feasible. There is also a choice of 2 hiking trails on the highest peak and staff can help you with information on what route to take and how long it will take.

The rooms are great inside, very modern, the showers are comfortable and big, separate toilet and shower, comfortable beds on which you can actually sit in an upward position.

You can also relax in the garden and enjoy your meal outside at the picnic tables and there is a room for hire for group activities.

Overall, a great stay and would definitely come back.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

This is a decent YHA to stay at if you're lodged at Manchester only to find it's booked up on a Saturday night and the other hostels are too expensive. However, if looking up the train connections on thetrainonline.com, beware. There is a Castleton not far from Manchester, but it's not this one, that's near Rochdale! To get to this YHA you go to Manchester Piccadilly station and get the (probably) Sheffield train and get off at Hope, in Hope Valley. The train also passes through another village with a YHA in this area, Edale. The journey takes about 50 minutes and costs around £10.

From Hope station, you walk down a lane, about 100m, cross over the road and get a bus, the 272 I think, that takes you to Castleton, which is otherwise a good 50-minute walk away. In fact, you get off the bus at the stop just outside the entrance to the YHA, just outside Castleton, so look out for it; the YHA is on the right hand side of the road.

Then you walk up the lane - ignore the notice on the gate saying that access is now forbidden and you're to use another lane instead, so they say later at YHA reception - and you'll be there soon enough.

It's a nice hostel, all refurbished but with an eerie, old-style feel to it. You half expect to hear a ghost in knight's armour clanking around at night. Mad old books make up the shelves, with titles like Swans of the World, the Which Report from 1969, outlining the best automatic cameras and transister radios of that year, the Pocket Book of Flowers... Stuffed birds make up a walled cabinet in the 'library'. On the other hand, there is a flatscreen telly, though in common with other YHAs around this area, it only seems to access BBC channels.

Dinner in the dining room is very civilised, if a bit 'Seperate Tables'. In a group, how lovely it would be, but as a solo traveller avoid, for nothing will take your mind off the poor fish and chips; don't expect fluffy golden batter that breaks open to emit steam, no it's a hard bronze number. Fruit crumble also disappointing, not worth it when the pubs in Castleton do good grub, in particular the one on your right with black and white frontage, almost opposite the post office. The Cheshire cheese was it? Snickers bars on reception are a good failsafe to take if out hiking.

No cash machines in the village! The pubs have them but charge. But the post office does have one - but not for HSBC. It does offer cashback with any trivial purchase however, so that's helpful.

As for the YHA again, it's nice but despite the refit, the showers are rubbish - no pressure at all, it's only just functional. Bed are metal and cold should you rest your arm on it in the night. Fire doors bang too loudly in the morning should you want a lie in. Still, the ensuite rooms do have the loo separate from the showers. Kitchen is good though and plenty of fresh produce to be got in the village too.

No laundry! But at reception they just wash your clothes for you for £1.50 - and a damned fine job they did too - and you hang them to dry in the drying room, bone dry after just 7 hours overnight. No use if you need them washed in the morning of course.

Not much in the way of handout maps or guides at reception (though there is a map on the wall) for the amateur hiker, unlike at city YHAs, but Mam Tor is just up the hill, where sheep and goats look at you curiously. To be fair, most here are middle-aged hiking veterans in groups, or groups of teenagers, the solo guy is a bit out of place. Can you make it in your hardy, clunky Clarke's shoes? Just about, but maybe not if damp underfoot that day. Remember, it's easier to head uphill than down, the latter leads to 'let's hope this don't slip' moment which you don't need when you're tired and winding down. Another hike I also recommend is heading along the road past Hope again (get a bus) to Bambridge I think it is, alight at the garden centre,walk up Stone Hill, then Win Hill, down to the reservoir and the dam where the Dam Busters practised their raids all those years ago! Great stuff, and a pub with pictures of their Lancasters over the water too!

By the way, while you're staying at Losehill Hall, you come back to Castleton in your hiking travels! Following signs to Losehill Farm only takes you half way up Mam Tor again. There is a tourist centre in Castleton btw and the fiver spent on the Norman castle is okay, the Cavern is around £8 though.

Returning to Manchester? At Hope station there's around a two-hour gap from 10am to midday, so time your journey properly to avoid hanging around the station for two hours waiting for a train. Remember the station is just beyond Hope village.

Oh, the 'a' in Castleton is pronounced round here like the 'a' in 'Cathy', it's not pronounced 'Car-stleton'.

Room Tip: Find out if you are in the main building (nicer) or the annex when you book.
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

I stayed here this week, with two friends and our children...and had a great time. The hostel is great: lots of space, lovely grounds to explore, a big kitchen for self-catering and very good value well-cooked meals. Our rooms were all very clean, and en-suite facilities were very welcome.
The area is beautiful: limestone caves, Blue John mines, hills walks...

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

This is a new hostel. It was amazing. Lovely reception area, friendly staff, beautiful dinning room, gardens and shared areas. Our private room was perfect, everything we needed. Good location, we enjoyed walking into Castleton and exploring the area. Would definitely return.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Stayed here in a family room with ensuite facilities. Very comfortable and in a separate building away from school parties etc. breakfast was very good value and the area is stunning with fantastic walks, local pubs and the blue John mines.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

My wife and I stayed here recently and were very impressed. It was a lovely gothic building full of period features. We stayed in an en-suite room which was spotlessly clean. The staff couldn't do more to help us. I would deifnately recommend tihs YHA.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Castleton, Peak District National Park S33 8WB, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Hope Valley > Castleton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Castleton
Price Range: £27 - £102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Castleton Losehill Hall 4*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly refurbished Victorian Gothic Mansion and Cobbled Mews set in formal gardens and 27 acres of parkland in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Beautiful gardens, woods, streams to explore. Close to the spectacular Winnats Pass and Mam Tor, YHA Castleton Losehill Hall is ideally located for activity breaks. It's a great base for cheap family weekend breaks, with four caverns to explore on the doorstep. Surrounded by beautiful Peak District countryside, YHA Castleton Losehill Hall is perfect for walking holidays. Why not look at our other recently refurbished Youth Hostels? YHA members can enjoy free Wi-Fi in social areas at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall! ... more   less 
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