YHA New Forest exterior
  • Recently refurbished
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins


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COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Freshly refurbished in 2017, YHA New Forest is set within beautiful grounds on the edges of the Hampshire village of Burley. Its peaceful position is close to the thatched cottages, tea rooms and cider farms which typify the area, and the coast is just a short journey away, making this a perfect spot for a family getaway.

The New Forest is great for all kinds of activity breaks, including walking, horse riding and pony trekking with plenty of routes for cycling holidays too.

Why guests love YHA New Forest

  • Situated in the New Forest National Park
  • Newly refurbished in 2017
  • Brilliant camping and cabins options

Accommodation at YHA New Forest

The hostel

Dorms are not currently available. 

This 33-bed hostel has a selection of dorm beds and private rooms available as well as some camping pitches, pods and bell tents.

There is a cosy lounge with an open fire and a spacious lounge for guests to wind down after a day’s exploring. There is a self-catering kitchen containing an electric domestic sized cooker and a gas commercial sized cooker with eight gas hobs, two toasters, two kettles, commercial sized fridge, small freezer, a range of kitchen utensils, and crockery and cutlery. Tea towels, cloths and washing up liquid are provided.


If you like glamping, then you will love an Airstream! This unique holiday experience has all the fun of sleeping under the stars but without the set-up stress. Plus you are protected from all the elements that England and Wales can bring. The Airsteam comfortably sleeps two people in a double bed with bedding, heating and USB charging points included for your comfort.

The Airstream is also equipped with a table and two chairs – perfect for dining al fresco in the warmer months. You are welcome to use hostel facilities including showers, toilets and self-catering kitchen during your stay.

Guests have year-round access to a shower shack and toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars. Please note that the Airstream interior and furnishings may differ from those pictured.

Bell tents

Get all the fun of camping but without any of the setup stresses with these beautiful bell tents - part of the YHA Glamping experience. These spacious tepee-like tents are fully kitted out with a double futon bed and three single futons plus 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. Premium bell tents sleep four and have the addition of a woodburner to keep you cosy. All bell tents include a BBQ fire pit.

There are two standard and four premium bell tents at YHA New Forest and guests will have use of a new toilet and shower block and the self-catering kitchen. Guests have year-round access to 1 shower shack and 1 toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.


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

The YHA New Forest campsite is set in the forest, just outside the traditional village of Burley and comes complete with an abundance of walking, cycling and activities on your doorstep. There is an open grass field for pitching tents and camping facilities are located within 10m of the site.

Guests booking camping online must bring their own tents and equipment. The camping area can accommodate six people.

Car parking is situated close to the campsite and hostel, approximately 10m away.

Guests have year-round access to 1 shower shack and 1 toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

Important information
The YHA New Forest camping area is only open during the Easter period. Campfires are strictly prohibited on the site. Portable BBQs may be used but must be positioned off the ground.

Camping pods

We have two deluxe camping pods available for guests to stay in all year round. These comfortable alternatives to traditional camping sleep three people in one double and one single bed. You're completely protected from the elements – the pods are even heated! Mattresses and bedding are all included for your comfort and each pod has its own individual decking area which is perfect for soaking up the sun during the warmer months.

Guests have year-round access to 1 shower shack and 1 toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.


These brand new Landpods, upgraded for 2019, are fully waterproof and sleep up to four adults. They are slightly elevated off the ground for a comfortable night’s sleep under the stars – you can even open the roof for a better view! With LED lighting these cosy pods include all beds and bedding. There is a table, bench and BBQ firepit outside so you can make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

The new larger Landpod sleeps up to 4 people, on two small double mattresses (one above the other) and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. They’re even tall enough to stand up in! There is no heating in our Landpods.

Guests have year-round access to 1 shower shack and 1 toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family or club mates join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future.

If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. Check availability for Exclusive Hire.


Food and drink at YHA New Forest

YHA New Forest dining room

Eat with us

YHA New Forest is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, and a pizza menu, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Breakfast baps

Breakfast baps at YHA New Forest

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start, so we are now serving delicious breakfast baps. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Pizza menu at YHA New Forest

Tuck into a vast range of delicious stone-baked pizzas when you pay a visit to the hostel. From margherita to ham & pineapple, we're sure we have a pizza topping for everyone to enjoy. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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  • Ambulant accessible
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Laundry


  • Board games
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures – drying rooms(s), meeting room(s), luggage/storage room(s).

Check in: 5.00pm to 10.00pm

Check out: Before 10.00am

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

Parking: There is free parking on site.

Pets: We welcome dogs into our camping and cabin accommodation. If you're bringing your own tent, you can bring your dog for free or there is a £5 charge payable on arrival if you are staying in our bell tents, camping pods or Landpods. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA New Forest. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the hostel.

Open every day?: Yes

YHA New Forest - Access Statement

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YHA New Forest

Map references

OS Map: 195

OS Grid Ref: SU220028

Lat/Lng: 50.82438, -1.687614

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9309

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

If you're looking to get the whole family together for a holiday cottage rental with a difference, this converted country home has plenty of room for everyone. Visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more information.

YHA School Trips

YHA New Forest makes a fantastic base for exploring and discovering Hampshire and its glorious surroundings for your next residential. Providing a full meals service and with space for up to 36 students and teachers, this hostel is great for any school trip.

Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your visit.


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.

You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website


Superseding Burley Youth Hostel, YHA New Forest has been in operation since 1959. A former family home, Cottesmore House was converted to take up to 36 guests at a time.

Fast forward to 2017, the hostel received a huge refurbishment. Improvements to the bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas wade to bring the hostel up to modern standards.

Meet the team

We are an awesome team of 4, who love our beautiful corner of the world and would love to share some of our favourite spots with you. We are here to help you enjoy your visit to the New Forest!

Manager recommends: Get on those walking boots and get exploring – The New Forest is a magical place with so much to see, a great place to visit all year round as the scenery constantly changes! Plus there’s loads of ponies, donkeys and cows to watch! 

Trip Advisor 2020 Travellers' Choice Award

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