YHA Holmbury exterior

YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6NW
Bed in a shared room from £13.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron and board
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room from £25.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Heating
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.
Camping & Cabins from £12.00 per night

Amenities

  • Dog-friendly

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Dogs:
Dogs can stay on our campsite. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole hostel during public opening hours.
Entire place - Whole hostel from £0.00 per night
  • Whole hostel

    8 bathrooms 11 bedrooms sleeps up to 30 guests

    In 4,000 acres of woodland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills is a compact but cosy property with idyllic, countryside surroundings. The perfect rural escape for families, groups and solo travellers.

    From £0.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Garden/grounds
  • Hair dryer
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Iron and board
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Toaster
  • Towel(s)

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills and bring your dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture, or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole property, expect the reception, bar and restaurant areas. The hostel manager lives onsite, in a separate building within the hostel grounds.
WiFi:
Free WiFi is available in social spaces.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The small kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: kettle, microwave, oven, 2 refrigerators (with freezer compartments), toaster.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 30 people, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: bin bags, soap, tea towels, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the dining room seats up to 30 people across 6 tables, 8 chairs and benches.

A highchair is available.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of eight bathrooms.

Toilets: 8

Showers: 6

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside is a large garden. The garden is enclosed with bushes.

Guests have full access to the garden.

Outdoor amenities: benches, picnic tables.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of 11 bedrooms.

Ground floor

One room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds.

Five rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

First floor

One room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds.

Four rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

Our beds are slightly shorter due to our room size. If this is a concern, contact the hostel for further information.

A cot is available.

Overview

YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills stands in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the very edge of 2,000 acres of open access countryside and woodland. The youth hostel has large grounds, perfect for playing, relaxing and camping.

It’s also ideally suited as a base to explore the Surrey Hills, or walk the North Downs Way and Greensand Way. The rural location is only 30 miles from central London and major London airports, while nearby attractions include Mercedes-Benz World, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventure, Box Hill and Legoland.

Why guests love YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

  • Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Large grounds, perfect for playing, relaxing, dining and camping
  • Just 30 miles from central London

Accommodation at YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

Bed in a shared room

Dorms are not currently available. 

Dorm rooms have multiple beds and are shared with other people who may not be travelling together. They are usually more affordable than private rooms as you'll be booking a bed rather than the whole room.

A typical shared dorm room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest.

Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our dorm rooms have en-suite facilities.

Private rooms

Want some privacy? With a private room, you'll be booking the whole room for your stay.

Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus a wash hand basin.

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.

Pitch-up camping

Camping is sold per person and not per pitch. During the booking process, you will need to select the number of people who you wish to camp.

Set in over 4,000 acres of breathtaking woodland scenery, our campsite is the perfect place to bring family and friends on an amazing walking or mountain biking holiday. Camping is offered for tents only, all year round come rain or shine. London is just 40 minutes' drive away and so there really is no excuse not to come and camp in these picturesque, unspoiled grounds.

Campers have full use of the hostel including the self-catering kitchen, bathrooms,and lounge, with board games available to keep you entertained. With 24-hour access once you've checked in, you're free to make use of the facilities any time you like.

There is an outside basin with hot and cold water if you wish to wash the mud off your boots before coming in.

Don't forget your torch for after dark toilet trips - we really are in deepest, darkest Surrey here! Our campsite is only accessible by foot, so no vehicles or trailers can be brought to the site. BBQs and fires are strictly prohibited.

Hire the whole place

Planning an overdue get-together or celebrating a birthday/anniversary? Looking for a base for your group's next adventure? Make your special occasion extra special with YHA Exclusive Hire.

You can hire the whole building at YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills and, with sole use of the property, come and go as you please. This compact but cosy property has idyllic, countryside surroundings - the perfect rural escape for families, groups and solo travellers. Dogs are welcome too!

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Food and drink at YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

YHA Holmbury dining area

Eat with us

YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills is serving a range of tasty food options for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a YHA classic breakfast or a lighter continental breakfast option.

YHA Breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

Start your day off right with our delicious classic YHA breakfast including a hearty cooked breakfast and continental options. For a lighter start, you can buy the continental breakfast separately. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Hostel facilities

  • 24-hour access
  • Breakfast
  • Contactless payments
  • Cycle hire
  • Cycle store
  • Free parking on premises
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Intermittent mobile coverage
  • Large garden/grounds
  • Licensed bar
  • Outdoor seating
  • Packed lunch
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared lounge
  • Sole use
  • Water refill station
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Reception opening hours: From 07:30 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests daily from 07:30 – 09:00.

Self-catering: Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills, except on our campsite or when hiring the whole hostel through YHA Exclusive Hire. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.

Bike hire: Guests can hire bikes and book cycling activities before they arrive through our partners B1ke. For local cycle repairs or maintenance, our local bike shop is Head for the Hills in Dorking, six miles from the hostel (call +44 130 688 5007).

YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

Map references

OS Map: 187

OS Grid Ref: TQ104450

Lat/Lng: 51.194147, -0.420847

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9323

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills is a perfect rural retreat and a great base for activity breaks and geography field trips. The hostel provides group catering and lounge facilities, making it suitably equipped to deal with school parties.

Book your YHA School Trip.

Volunteering

Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.  

The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.

Find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel through YHA volunteering

History

YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills is celebrating 80 years of service. Architect designed, purpose built, with funds from the Carnegie Trust, the hostel first opened on Monday 13 July 1935.

Howard Leslie Vicars Lobb, a 26 year-old architect and a member of the newly formed London Regional Council, designed the hostel. With its long low lines, facing east and west, the building was intended to be in harmony with its chosen site, among the broad and gently sloping hills, broken by heavy-laden beech trees, near Dorking in Surrey.

Everything was made for simplicity, with men downstairs, women above. Two rooms, for 24, in 12 double bunks, were portioned into cubicles of four double bunks, to give a sense of privacy. Under each window, between each pair of bunks, built-in lockers could also be used as seats. The lounge, or common room as it was called, opened on a sun terrace with space outside for camping and games. In the common room, with windows on three sides and a low open fire, Prunella Potts painted a cheerful frieze of characters including walkers, cyclists, herself, the architect and the builder.

On Wednesday 15 July, Lord Allen of Hurtwood, a prominent political figure, officially opened the hostel. The hostel was the south of England’s demonstration hostel.

These hostels would be in places “much frequented by visitors or within easy reach of a large population” designed to show people what a well organised hostel was like. Other demonstration hostels were Thorney Howe How, Grasmere, now an independent hostel, the early farmhouse version of Once Brewed and the former Oxford Youth Hostel.

Requisitioned and closed for much of the war, YHA Holmbury St Mary reopened in 1946. During its long career as a youth hostel it has been extended twice, its bedrooms have been subdivided, new windows fitted, and a fire escape built, but in essence it remains the hostel Lobb designed, with a well lit, open social space at its heart.

Lobb’s sister, Gwen, managed Holmbury with her husband, Ralph Langford. Lobb designed a second youth hostel at Ewhurst Green and in his later career he designed big public works like the Hunterston A nuclear power station, in Ayrshire, the motorway service areas at Frankley, on the M5, and Leicester Forest, on the M1, and racecourse buildings at Newcastle, Newmarket, Goodwood, and Doncaster.

Meet the team

Hostel manager: "As the manager of one of the oldest hostels in the network, celebrating over 80 years of service, I am privileged to work for YHA. The rustic woodland garden and simple but charming hostel is set on the edge of Hurtwood, where you can find 4000 acres of woodland and all this with London and Brighton around 30 miles from the hostel. Hurtwood provides fantastic mountain biking, with trails from Holmbury hill and Pitch hill. Locals have named a few, like ‘Barry knows better', 'Yoghurt pots', 'T4' and 'Proper bo’, there’s definitely plenty of cycling that can be done for all abilities. But, if cycling isn't your pursuit, walking to Leith hill and taking in the highest point in Surrey from the tower is definitely worth a trip or if its just shopping that’s your bag a quick dash to Dorking or Guildford and a train later you can find yourself in the centre of London... happy hostelling!"

Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Rose Award 2019 LOtC Quality Badge

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