Location, location, location is what it’s all about when choosing a holiday. With more than 160 properties throughout England and Wales, YHA has more than a few hidden gems to be discovered up its sleeve – from medieval castles and bell tents to converted farmhouses, with breathtaking views and magic and mystery.
With great value accommodation including catering facilities available, you can make your family holiday suit your budget. If relaxation is what you're after, then YHA’s great value restaurants offer full English and continental breakfasts, a packed lunch service and evening meals, with kids eating free with every full price adult meal, all helping keep down the cost of a family break and freeing up time to make memories.
Here's our pick of YHA’s hidden gems in the South of England for families to discover.
YHA Beer in Devon is long-standing and much-loved, but few know that nestled in the grounds of this beautiful arts and crafts house are bell tents, perfect for a family weekend away.
Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set-up stress with the YHA Glamping experience at YHA Beer. These spacious tipi-like tents are fully kitted out with a double futon bed and three single futons complete with all bedding and can sleep four or five people. They also have eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day plus bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring.
The campsite overlooks the picturesque village of Beer and even has a sea view. It’s just a 10-minute stroll from the village where fresh fish is even available direct from the fishermen on the beach and there are barbecue facilities on site. Campers also have 24-hour access to all of the hostel facilities, including the bar and lounge area should the Great British weather decide to take a turn for the worst.
Bell Tents sleep five from £75. Private family rooms start from £39, and sleep four, five or six. Some rooms contain a double bed, and one is ensuite. Alternatively, hire the whole place, sleeping 38 from £234.