YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe is one street away from the town of Grasmere and yet is so peaceful. It’s a perfect hub for quality eateries, interesting history and beautiful fells, tarns and caves.
Visit Dove Cottage, home of Wordsworth, Allan Bank, Easdale Tarn and Rydal Caves to name but a few. Many campers are passing through for a night as they brave the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route.
Why not try the Landpod glamping at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe? It’s a fun, posh and eco-friendly alternative to camping.
Disclaimer: Thanks to YHA (England & Wales) for sponsoring my stay. Although I was a guest, all opinions are my own.
FACILITIES AT YHA GRASMERE BUTHARLYP HOWE
Shared Facilities at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe
YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe a Victorian mansion housing dorms but it also a kitchen, dining room, two lounges for socialising, a play area and a licensed bar to kick back and enjoy the evenings. Weekends got busier and the Friday night had a bubbly atmosphere in the shared lounge. We watched a tense game of chess over a Wainwright beer.
You can expect and cheerful welcome from reception as you check-in. In fact, this is the third YHA site I have stayed at and the teams are clearly happy in their work.
Parking at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe
There is a small car park at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe as you enter the complex. This is for guests only and as spaces are limited and it is so close to the town of Grasmere, it is controlled by an ANPR parking system.
To help with your baggage, you can use the drop-off point at the top by the mansion. However, our landpods were nearer the car park so we just wandered up to check in.
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ACCOMMODATION AT YHA GRASMERE BUTHARLYP HOWE
Types of accommodation
YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe has private rooms for 2, 4 or 6 people, shared single gender dorms in the main house and Howe Lodge.
There are steps from the main house to the front lawn which offer ample space for camping, tipis and landpods and you certainly do not have a feeling of being top of each other.
Landpod Glamping at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe
I was thrilled to try out the eco-friendly landpod glamping at YHA Grasmere Buthaerkyp Howe – super cosy, waterproof and elevated from the ground to avoid damage to the land.
The landpods sleep 4 people including a double bed, although, we were just 2 people so we could spread out a little more. Theree is a wooden seating bench and BBQ firepit outside, just remember to get your wood from reception for £5 to bring the campfire alive.
Each landpod comes with solar-powered electricity and has a light sensor over the door way to avoid wasting power.
Did I tell you that you can even peel back your canvas roof and gaze at the stars? Happy days!
EATING AT YHA GRASMERE BUTHARLYP HOWE
Food and drink at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe
At YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe, you can start the day with a Breakfast Bap for £3.95 with either sausage, bacon or veggie sausage. Fancy a little something extra? They also offer muffins, fruit, cereal bars and drinks. Thankfully, YHA serves food that is locally (or British) sourced where possible
Breakfast is served from 7:30am – 9am. You just order from reception and they will prepare it for you and serve with recycled napkins.
For evening meal, the menu consisted of 5 types of stone-baked pizzas starting at £7.95, and you can add chips for £2.50.
The hostel bar is at the reception area and will serve up a great selection local ales, wines, spirits and soft drinks until 10pm. You can either get comfy in the sitting rooms and take your drinks back to your campfire.
Self-catered kitchen at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe
There are self-catered kitchens in the main house and in Howe Lodge at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe. They are well-stocked with all appliances, cutlery and pans.
Guests can store their food in the fridges, just remember to add your label with your name, room number and departure date so the cleaner doesn’t scopp them in the bin.
Dining out near YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe
As you are a stone’s throw away from Grasmere, there is a fabulous selection of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets including fine dining, hotel pubs and tea rooms. I can totally vouch for 1760 Bar & Restaurant, Tweedie’s Bar and Mathildie’s Cafe. Check the best places to eat in Grasmere.
GROUNDS AT YHA GRASMERE BUTHARLYP HOWE
Gardens at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe
YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe has extensive grounds which includes meadows, woodland or the lawn infront of the hostel.
Behind the hostel is a set of stairs to climb into the woods giving you an elevated view through the trees. This overlooks the River Rothay which leads up to Easedale Tarn.
By the lounge window is a bug hostel providing hidey-holes for creatures and bird-feeding stations which were a big hit with the Blue Tits and Great Tits.
Red Squirrels at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe
As soon as the lovely lady on reception told me about the red squirrels on the tree along the driveway, I found a rock to sit on a waited for the magic to happen.
I heard a scratching noise and saw two red squirrels running aroud a tree to a high branch, they scurried along the branch over the drive and stealthily made their way down to the monkey nuts in the box.
The red squirrel is the UK’s only native squirrel species, but they have been in decline since the introduction of grey squirrels from North America in the 1870s. Red squirrels are considered vulnerable in Britain so this was a complete honour to sit and watch their furry tails jump around the forest.
HOW GREEN IS YHA GRASMERE BUTHARLYP HOWE?
YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe has many eco-friendly processes in place and I have listed below the green credentials I found on my stay there.
- Recycling bins – There was several recycling points around the site – inside and outside.
- Water refilling station in reception installed with an award from Waitrose with the ‘Plan Plastic – the Million Pound Challenge’
- Non-toxic cleaning products used to sanitise the hostel.
- Tea towels and dish cloths are washed and reused in the shared kitchen instead of throwaway options.
- Drying rooms instead of inefficient tumble dryers.
- Solar-powered lighting on the landpods.
- ‘Bug Hostel’ to encourage insects to the wild areas.
BOOK YOUR STAY AT YHA GRASMERE BUTHARLYP HOWE
YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe has a marvellous location with easy access to local facilities by foot as well as being surrounded by breath-taking fells and rolling landscapes. This place ticks all the boxes! Are you ready to book your stay at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe?
FAQs | STAY AT YHA GRASMERE BUTHARLYP HOWE
Is YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe dog-friendly?
Dogs get the thumbs up at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe. They are allowed in the dining areas and dog bowls are available for your furry friends.
An additional fee of £5 is payable per dog per night for the camping pod, cabin and tipi accommodation which is payable upon arrival. Dogs stay for free if you are pitching your own tent. Pets are not allowed in the hostel rooms although assistance dogs are welcome throughout.
Are towels provided at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe?
Towels are not provided as standard but you can hire them at reception to save space in your bag.
Is there free WiFi at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe?
Part of the joy of glamping or camping is to switch off your phone. For those that might panic about connecting to the outside world, I got good 4G in my landpod and you can head to the main house for the free WiFi.
What are the opening times and check-in at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe?
As per the YHA book terms, check-in time is from 5pm until 10pm. Check out is at 10am.
The main house locked at 10pm, and you are given a code to enter out of hours to access the facilities.
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