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YHA Hostel of the Week Archive: YHA Jordans
    08/03/2016 02:35

Hostel of the Week Archive: YHA Jordans

Hostel of the Week Archive: YHA Jordans

Want a silent night's sleep, apart from the occasional owl hooting? With its peaceful location and handy proximity to London, YHA Jordans can convert anyone to hostelling. This humble (but lovely) hostel sits in a village with a long Quaker history and boasts atmosphere money can't buy. Whether you're visiting LEGOLAND or sharing stories, you're bound to make memories.

The Hostel

Packed with character and personal touches, the spirit of traditional hostelling is alive and well at YHA Jordans. We still have free Wi-Fi though, of course! Our welcoming hostel was leased to YHA in 1933 by the Quaker Friends and our simple 22-bed building feels like a home-from-home. You can't get a more relaxed and tranquil setting - we're surrounded by woodland and the hostel boasts a sunny garden of hanging baskets, potted plants and places to sit. Take some time out for yourself just watching the wildlife outside, or share stories and toast marshmallows around our fire pit. For a tiny hostel, we're packed with personality and you'll find plenty of good books, cheery decor and a real sense of peace. We've got a petite camping area in our garden too - complete with a handy BBQ for guests to enjoy. YHA Jordans is self-catering only, but you're sure to make some new friends in the kitchen and we've got a little shop for all your basics. You can even BYOB for a memorable night under the stars. Come join us to discover the true meaning of cosy.

Outdoor Activities

Can you believe the best cure for urban worries is less than an hour away from London? YHA Jordans is blessed with the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty nearby and there's plenty to explore just outside. Get kids using their imaginations in our garden with birdwatching, snail racing and gathering firewood. You can also ask our manager about the many leisurely walks from the doorstep - expect magical woodland paths, rolling open countryside and muddy trails to explore. We'd recommend bringing your boots if it looks like rain! If you fancy following England's best-known river into London, the Thames Path National Trail isn’t too far and makes a great day out. YHA Jordans also welcomes travellers on two wheels, so you can tackle the Chilterns by bike. Try the Chilterns Cycleway for idyllic country lanes and on-road cycling; many routes link the fun attractions and market towns in our area. Or if you fancy more of a challenge, how about pedalling into London on the Grand Union Canal Path - Britain's longest canal path? It's perfect for burning off some steam.

Family Attractions

At YHA Jordans you can expect a warm welcome and lots of suggestions for things to do nearby. Alternatively, it's just a short walk to the train station if you fancy a day in the bustling capital. There's a wealth of interesting attractions near us, such as the home of English poet John Milton; the author of 17th-century epic "Paradise Lost". The Chiltern Open Air Museum brings history to life by rescuing historic buildings and rebuilding them in a rural setting - they've got some fab events planned for the spring too. If you believe small is beautiful, the Bekonscot Model Village and Railway is the world's oldest model village and sits just a few miles away from us. The bright lights of London are only 20 miles away too, so you get the best of both worlds. Want a magical experience for your Harry Potter fans? You can go behind-the-scenes of Hogwarts just 12 miles away at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. And if things couldn't get any more awesome, family favourite LEGOLAND Windsor is within easy driving distance too. Go on, don't pretend you're not excited about visiting.

Jordans History

The charming village of Jordans is fascinating in itself - it was a centre for Quakerism in the 17th century. You'll find one of the oldest Friends meeting houses in the country near YHA Jordans and it's known as "the Quaker Westminster Abbey". Surrounded by trees, it's been a place of reflection for over three centuries and is the burial ground of William Penn; an early advocate for democracy. Some residents here have been lifetime Quakers, but Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne also reside nearby - they have a mansion just outside the village! With a population in its hundreds, Jordans' community atmosphere is very strong (despite having no pub) and you'll find village fetes, sports days and locals tending their allotments. So what are you waiting for? Find out what hostelling's all about with a YHA Jordans adventure!

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