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


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA New Forest

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA New Forest. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can.


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilets and showers facilities with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.

Camping & Cabins

  1. Camping pods, landpods, bell tents and bring your own tent camping are now open at this site. Any other Camping & Cabin products remain closed.

  2. We're currently only able to offer shared toilet and shower facilities.

  3. Outdoor sinks are available, with cold running water for drinking and hot water for washing up.

  4. Bedding is provided for pre-pitched YHA Camping & Cabin products but all soft furnishings that can't be easily cleaned have been removed.


  1. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.

  2. The bar will remain closed.

  3. Dining room(s) are open to guests for the consumption of their own food.


  1. We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

Good to Go England

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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!

Please note that there is no heating in our Landpods.


Please note that camping is sold per person and not per pitch and so, 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 10 metres of the site.

Guests booking camping online must bring their own tents and equipment.

The camping area can accommodate 6 people.

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

Access to the camping facilities (showers, toilets and dining area with kitchen) is 24 hours.
This site is perfect for organised groups breaks.

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 user but must be positioned off the ground.

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, club mates, etc., 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. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website, or use our live chat service for more information.


Food and drink at YHA New Forest

YHA New Forest dining room

Eat with us

At YHA we pride ourselves on delivering a broad selection of delicious food at affordable prices, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure.

Continental breakfast

Breakfast at YHA New Forest

Get ready for a busy day exploring the capital with our delicious continental breakfast. Your breakfast includes croissant, fruit, your choice of yogurt, a choice of cereals, fruit juice and Fairtrade tea or coffee. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. In a rush? Breakfast is served from 7am – 9am and you can get up to 15% off breakfast as part of your online booking.


All day menu at YHA New Forest

We offer a fantastic range of stone-baked pizzas as well as delicious nachos, jackets and paninis throughout the evening. Pick from our menu or choose your own toppings. Vegan and vegetarian options also 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

Check in: 17.00 - 22.00

Check out: Before 10.00

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 or camping pods. 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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