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joester

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Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« on: 18:19:43, 25/01/10 »
Let us attempt to create a useful list of places Forum members have found favourable to get a cheap roof over their heads.
 
Think budget b&bs, independant hostels, bunkbarns, guest houses and cheap hotels.
 
I would suggest the following format:
 
- Name of Place and brief description of its nature (see above rough categories).
- Location and contact details (be succinct).
- Price pppn.
- Pre-book or turn up?
- Facilites, heating? hot water? showers? (be succinct).
 
Perhaps we'll start by breaking the country down into the same sections as the Forum does, we can mutate it by general agreement to make it more useful as it develops.
 
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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #1 on: 18:50:24, 26/01/10 »
Lake District:

Swirral (camping barn)  http://www.lakelandcampingbarns.co.uk/barnview.asp?ID=12
1/2 near Helvellyn YHA.
8 pppn
Pre-book
Unheated, one belfast sink with hot & cold water, no wash facilities, toilet in adjoining building.
Location superb!
 
High House - It's based at Seathwaite and is owned by K Fellfarers. It's not for individual bookings but for groups, but the location is fantastic.http://www.k-fellfarers.homecall.co.uk/ff.htm

Burnthwaite Farm B&B at Wasdale Head  great location, 20 min stagger to the Wasdale Inn for food and beer. Accommodation is cheap and cheerful  don't expect the ritz

Moorclose B&B, St Bees - http://www.moorclosestbees.co.uk/
Excellent value at 25 per person (no surcharge for 'singles) bed and breakfast in en suite room. Fresh, clean, comfortable very friendly hosts, super breakfast.

Chez Dolly
A fine residence apparently - I think Mods should be allowed preference O0
 

Peak District:

http://www.eltonholidays.com/bed_and_breakfast.html - Matlock, Derbyshire. This room was very large, it had a four poster bed with two big single beds. There was an area with a flat screen TV and a small seating area. It has its own private bathroom with shower and bath which is just outside the room. Plenty of choice for breakfast, and we were asked all the time if we would like more. We were charged 75 which I think was excellent value.

Devon

Dartmoor, Princetown accomodation. Bunk houses, camp site and B+B
http://walk-dartmoor.com/Princetown-Accommodation.php
 
North Wales:
 
Bryn Tyrch (bunkbarns) http://www.visitcapel.fsnet.co.uk/btfbunk.htm
Capel Curig, Snowdonia 6.50 pppn, Pre-book advisable
Unheated, washrooms, showers 50p for 4 mins(!), buildings a bit grim, but next to a good pub and in the heart of Snowdonia.

Llangollen Hostel is 4 star tourist board for walkers http://www.llangollenhostel.co.uk
En-suite double, triple, 4 bed and 6 bed rooms available Prices from 17 on weekends, cheaper during the week! Self-catering kitchen and dining room Cosy lounge with log burner Friendly staff and a great atmosphere Fantastic drying room

Snowdonia mountain lodgehttp://www.snowdoniamountainlodge.com/  in the ogwen valley 2 miles east of bethesda. plenty of bread , cereal, porrage , tea/coffee. everyone was very friendly , the place has yoga/wellbeing courses at the weekend but offer cheap rooms in the week. 55 per room per night , second night free. our room had a double and single bed.

Jesse James bunkhouse. Near Llanberis.
Run by a retired MIC and his wife. Lovely people, place is split into several little flat like sections with bunks, shower, cooking facilities etc. IIRC we payed bwt 13 pppn.
http://www.jessejamesbunkhouse.co.uk/
 
South Wales:
 
The Bunkbarn, Pantcefnyffordd, Penderyn, Brecon Beacons  www.thebunkbarn.com
16-22 Pre-book advisable
Fantastic facilities, showers, kitchen etc, waterfalls and a good pub nearby, short drive to mountains.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND :
 
Byrness .
Forest View Walkers Accomodation  website  www.forestviewbyrness.co.uk
7 Otterburn Green, Byrness Village, Nr Otterburn, Northumberland, NE19 1TS T.01830 520425
15 adults pre-book, all facilities. Privately owned former YHA hostel.

Barrowburn Tea Rooms website at http://www.barrowburn.com/accommodation
great value. Good food and a very cheap camping barn. In the middle of nowhere!

SCOTLAND

Bay Cottage Balmaha - On The West Highland Way and close to Ben Lomond
 
Our 19th century cottage offers # 2 Family Rooms # 1 Twin Room # 1 Double Room # 1 Triple Studio Room, sleeps 3-4 people with its own patio area, # En-suite facilities available #  bedrooms have Satellite Television
Take a dip in the Hot Tub in the Garden! Rates: From 30.00 - 32.00 per person per night sharing.
Reduced rates available for children under 14.

# http://www.visit-lochlomond.com/lochlomond-555-scotland-Bay%20Cottage%20Balmaha.html

Bridge of Orchy Bunkhouse
 
Winter: - 1st October 2009 - 31st March 2010
15 Bed/Linen/Towels included (full payment required at time of booking)
Summer - 1st April 2010 - 31st October 2010
18 Bed/Linen/Towels
25 Bed/Linen/Towels & Breakfast
To book, call the hotel on 01838 400208, email the hotel on [email protected]
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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #2 on: 14:40:48, 28/01/10 »
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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #3 on: 13:59:02, 10/09/10 »
Clyngwyn Bunkhouse
http://www.bunkhouse-south-wales.co.uk/index.html
Pontneddfechan.
Bunk house 12-15 per night
B and B 25 per adult, 15 per child

B and B part is in the long house, shared bathroom with bath - huge tasty breakfasts & really large living room area with sofas & TV
Waterfalls walk starts from the farm
Bunk house pictures:
http://www.bunkhouse-south-wales.co.uk/bunkhousewales_interior.html
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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #4 on: 09:48:26, 16/11/10 »
Stratford on Avon;


Not necessarily in the heart of walking country but if you fancy a visit to Stratford on Avon area the Youth Hostel (YHA - Alveston, just outside SOA) was absolutely brilliant.


As a non member I paid 18 (15 for members) which included an amazing cooked buffet style breakfast.


Drying room, well-equipped self-catering kitchen, or you can buy an evening meal (about half pub prices).  TV room. Showers and loos were spotlessly clean. Various sizes of rooms. Car park.
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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #5 on: 19:16:35, 19/12/10 »
Peak District
 
- Royal Oak Bunkbarn (Hostel)
- Hurdlow, near Buxton
- 12 per person, per night, typical min 2 night stay (negotiable).
- Pre-book a good idea - very popular.
- Very posh for a bunkbarn.  More a series of hostel dorms.
Kitchen and ladies and gents washrooms with showers.
Superb food in the pub.
 
http://www.peakpub.co.uk/
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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #6 on: 12:33:47, 11/01/11 »
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Bridge of Orchy Bunkhouse
 
Winter: - 1st October 2009 - 31st March 2010
15 Bed/Linen/Towels included (full payment required at time of booking)
Summer - 1st April 2010 - 31st October 2010
18 Bed/Linen/Towels
25 Bed/Linen/Towels & Breakfast
To book, call the hotel on 01838 400208, email the hotel on [email protected]

I was surprised to see this...I like the Bridge of Orchy a lot and am there regularly, probably about once a fortnight during busy times,excellent coffee, cake, real fires and decent bar food, Duncan the manager is a top guy and very helpful. I can't fault the hotel. However, I feel the  the bunkhouse lets it down. It's not the most popular overnight among our clients on WHW and hillwalking groups.

Main gripes- no kitchen facilities or even space to use a stove.
Basic bathrooom facilities not adequate when busy.
No drying facilities.

As an alternative, try the By The Way in Tyndrum
http://www.tyndrumbytheway.com/Main_Intro.php
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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #7 on: 14:05:56, 21/03/11 »
Mid-Wales
 
The Meeting Place at The Thomas Shop  (self-catering)
- Penybont (nr Llandrindod Wells)
- 72 per night based on 6 sharing.
- Pre-book (probably),
- Exclusive use of a very cosy old building attached to a museum/craft centre.
One up one down with kitchenette and wet room.  Delightfully unusual.
A warm welcome.
 
http://www.thomas-shop.com/self%20catering.php
 
 
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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #8 on: 10:51:37, 27/06/11 »
'Vrienden op de Fiets' provides cheap and reliable accomodation for walkers (and cyclists).  These families charge 19 euro pppn (around 17) and for this price you get your own room and bed with sheets for the night and a breakfast in the morning.  Bathroom facilities are generally shared, but even that's not always the case.  15 families in the UK and Ireland already joined this organisation that is extremely widespread and popular among touring hikers and cyclists in the Low Countries.


In the UK, you will find them in Bewdley (near Birmingham), Colchester, Dunferline, Hilston-Dorset (near Dorchester), Nairn, Newburn (near Newcastle), Ruislip, Sale (near Manchester), Sheffield, Tywyn (Wales), West Ayton Scarborough and West Kilbride, in Ireland in Castletownbere and Dun Laoghaire (near Dublin).


http://www.vriendenopdefiets.nl

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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #9 on: 19:08:23, 11/07/11 »
Bala
 
This Bunkhouse is the best I have ever been in:
 
http://www.bala-backpackers.co.uk/
 
17.50 a night, however, checkout the price list to see choices/rooms available.
 
Very modern:
Big single beds(not bunks), excellant mattresses
Quality carpeted rooms
Modern kitchen
Very clean modern washroom, a second available when very busy
Outstanding showers
Large dining area
Very competant owner.
 
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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #10 on: 09:51:02, 06/12/11 »
cartreff , capel curig .  http://www.walesdirectory.co.uk/holiday-cottages2/WALESORO.htm  just stayed there last weekend . 4 bedrooms ,(3 doubles and a twin) 2 of the doubles are en suite . plus the is a main bathroom with a LARGE bath :) . large kitchen , 2 living rooms. 5 mins to tyn-y-coed pub . cafe next door that sells pizza at night. all for 350 for 2 nights .

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« Reply #11 on: 11:37:45, 23/12/11 »
http://www.beaconsbackpackers.co.uk/ which is part of The New Inn at Bwlch between Abergavenny and Brecon. What great place to stay, we were made very welcome. The bunkhouse does not have a kitchen for guests to use, however, good solid pub grub can be purchased at the bar and a basic cereal, toast and tea/coffee breakfast is provided as part of the accommadation cost, a cooked breakfast can be provided if requested. Thats' the formalities out the way, this is a fantastically cosy welcoming place to stay, we had booked late due to a change of walk plan but had planned an evening meal provided by ourselves, although we had not realised we didn't have kitchen to warm our food we nevertheless asked the owner if the chilli could be warmed up in the pub kitchen. this was agreed and indeed a free large bowl of chips was provided, this was followed by a cake all of which waseaten in the pub. We had also planned our own electric mulled ribena, again the pub's hospitality extended to warming the ribena and allowing us to drink it in the bar. We acknowledged the hospitality by reducing the contents of the electric lemonade barrels as best we could and also requested a cooked breakfast baguette. The pub is very cosy and welcoming, we sat by the fire all night warming and drying our boots, the owner and the blokes running the pub and bunkhouse are very, very friendly and somehow nicely create a very informal atmosphere, it was like visiting an old friends house where you know you can make yourdself at home and not get in the way. Without a doubt I would go back O0 O0 O0 O0 O0
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Re: Cheap and Reliable Accomodation
« Reply #12 on: 12:06:12, 23/12/11 »
I'll second that, if I'm ever after accomodation in the area, it'll be my first choice simply because they made us so welcome they deserve to be top of the list for effort alone  O0
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« Reply #13 on: 21:01:15, 12/01/12 »
Staitondale village hall near Ravenscar
Not to everyones standard but has all the facilities you need shower toilets kitchen etc.
Was perfect for a group after walking the Lyke Wake Walk and very cheap.
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« Reply #14 on: 15:57:34, 07/05/12 »
Grasmere Hotel in er Grasmere. 53 for a single room and the 15 four course dinner is a must. Churchill B&B in Betwys Snowdonia, around 40..