Not everyone realises that there is a coherent network of hostels in the UK that all operate independently and are not connected with the YHA. Independent Hostels UK was established to address this and bring together a wide range of locations and accommodation types under one network.
“Independent Hostels UK is the UK’s official network of independently managed bunkhouses, hostels, backpackers, camping barns and group accommodation. With over 300 member hostels the network is comparable in size to the Youth Hostel Association in the UK (YHA plus SYHA).
Independent Hostels UK was established under grant funding from the government and is a self supporting membership body guided by a small committee of member directors.
IHUK works closely with other hostel networks worldwide including Scottish Independent Hostels, Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland, Swiss Backpackers, German Backpacker Network, Hostel in Italy, Backpackers Spain, Backpackers Hostels of Canada and BBH New Zealand. IHUK also shares detailed information about the accommodation with national organisations such as the Sustrans National Cycle Network and the Long Distance Walkers Association.
To find out more about all the great places to stay in the network use our online search facility. This has scalable maps showing bunkhouses, hostels, backpackers, camping barns and group accommodation in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Europe. You can search by name or location and you will quickly see that the accommodation listed offers great value with self catering, private rooms and flexible lengths of stay.
Full details of all the hostels in IHUK are available in IHUKs handbook, the long established Independent Hostel Guide, available for purchase now. “
We’d love to hear from you if you have memories that you are willing to share about Thorney How. Thorney How has been part of the YHA for around 80 years prior to our taking over the hostel as an Independent Hostel in February 2011. We’re that sure there will be many happy memories and we hope to create many more in the future.
Here are some postcard images that we have found circa 1950′s. If you have any other photographs from Thorney How that you are willing to share with others please let us know.
Three more interesting YHA properties are coming on the market in Cumbria. Included is this 220 year old mansion, grounds and woodland that is Derwentwater Youth Hostel.
You can read more in this article, that we’re also mentioned in, in the Westmorland Gazette.
We’ve recently made contact with the new owner, Amy, of Plas Curig Hostel in Snowdonia. See http://www.snowdoniahostel.co.uk
The YHA owned Capel Curig Hostel was sold recently and will continue as an independent hostel in the same manner that we are buying Thorney How.
The new Plas Curig Hostel will open at Easter 2011 after a refurbishment. They say:
‘Since 2010, Plas Curig Youth Hostel has become a family-run hostel offering clean, comfortable, homely, fun and most importantly cheap accommodation from which to experience the beauty of Snowdonia.’
Good luck with everything Amy.
Our house in Kentmere is already full of packed boxes yet we’ve still got so much to do.
The removal firm is now booked and we are hoping to get access to Thorney How a couple of days before hand to sort through stuff at that end and create some space for our own belongings before they arrive.
Meanwhile we have some business planning to do to ensure that we have everything in order. Carolyn and I will be entering into a business partnership and we will have to register the new business as Thorney How.
We’ve also been talking to many people in readiness for action as soon as we arrive such as setting up a new website, repairing the flat roof, doing a full site survey, preparing planning applications etc. etc.
One of the quirks of our bank finance was that we needed to demonstrate that Thorney How had Existing Use Registration allowing us to continue as a hostel and for us to live there. The Lake District National Park basically said that this was a no brainer as the YHA had operated there as a hostel since 1935 and had used the accommodation for their managers. The YHA have provided a statement to verify this and essentially the legal use cannot be challenged. The bank seems to be happy again now.
Next weekend we will be taking a short break away in Derbyshire, then we will be hopefully making final readiness for the move.