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YHA South DownsLewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS
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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.
Opened officially by HRH the Queen in 2013, YHA South Downs is a uniquely refurbished Sussex farmhouse in an enviable location right on the South Downs Way. Perfect for anyone wanting to walk in the rolling Sussex countryside, the hostel is surrounded by the hills of the South Downs National Park, and enjoys substantial grounds of its own.
The lively town of Brighton is just a 25-minute train journey away too, with Southease station literally on the hostel’s doorstep, meaning visitors can easily enjoy the best of both worlds.
Why guests love YHA South Downs
Accommodation at YHA South Downs
Bed in a shared room
Dorms are not currently available.
Dorm rooms have multiple beds, are typically more affordable than private rooms, and shared with other people who may not be travelling together. A typical shared room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest, secured by a padlock if required.
Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.
Some dorms may be en-suites, meaning that they have a bathroom in the room that you would be sharing with the other people in your dorm.
Don't fancy sharing a room? Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard for each bed, secured by a padlock if required, a reading light and a wash hand basin. Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.
Private en-suite rooms
Enjoy your own space with a private en-suite room. Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard for each bed, secured by a padlock if required, a reading light and a wash hand basin.
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.
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.
YHA South Downs also offers camping facilities on a limited number of dates. Campers will get the full use of the hostel's facilities. Please contact YHA South Downs directly for more information and to book.
Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set up stresses with these beautiful bell tents - part of the YHA Glamping experience. These spacious tipi-like tents are fully kitted out with a double futon bed and two single futons plus all bedding and can sleep four people.
They also have eco-friendly solar lighting, a log burner and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day plus bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring. All bell tents include a BBQ fire pit.
There are two premium bell tents available at YHA South Downs which are available to book for stays between May and September.
If you love the great outdoors but not the elements that come with camping, these pods could be right up your street. We have four wooden pods which are heated and include bedding.
Two Standard Pods sleeping two (on twin beds) and two Large Pods sleeping four (on one double and two single beds) are available in the grounds of this hostel and guests in these pods will have access to all the youth hostel's facilities. Each pod also has an individual decking area.
Food and drink at YHA South Downs
- 24-hour access
- Ambulant accessible
- Coach parking on premises
- Contactless payments
- Cycle store
- Dining room
- Evening meals
- Free parking on premises
- Group meals
- Intermittent mobile coverage
- Large garden/grounds
- Licensed bar
- Meeting rooms
- Minibus parking on premises
- Near bus stop
- Near ferry port
- Near train station
- Outdoor play area
- Outdoor seating
- Packed lunch
- Self-catering kitchen
- Shared drying room
- Shared lounge
- Shared TV
- Vending machines
- Water refill station
- Wheelchair accessible
Hostel need to know
Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - meeting room(s), luggage/storage room(s).
Seasonal opening pattern: YHA South Downs is open for bookings all year round.
Hostel opening hours: YHA South Downs is open to the public from Monday - Sunday, 07:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.
Reception hours: From 07:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.
Café opening hours: The Courtyard Café is open to the public from Monday - Sunday, 07:30 - 22:00. Breakfast is served daily from 07:30 - 09:00.
Parking: There is free parking onsite for cars and coaches a short distance from the hostel entrance. There is parking on the central courtyard, closer to the hostel, for disabled guests.
WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.
Dogs: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our camping pods, Landpods and bell tents. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our camping pod, Landpod and bell tent accommodation which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA South Downs. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout.
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YHA School Trips
YHA South Downs has state of the art facilities for schools in a traditional Sussex farmhouse and associated buildings with acres of land for on-site activities. The hostel provides delicious meals as well as a library and classroom.
Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.
At YHA South Downs we have one meeting room available for hire.
Capacity: Up to 40 delegates depending on seating configuration.
Available Equipment: Phone, projector, flipchart, pens, extension lead, data cables, clock, coat rack
Accessibility: The meeting room is on the first floor and has step-free access via a platform lift. The closest accessible WC is located on the ground floor of the same building. There are marked accessible bays available in the car park. For more information please see our access statement.
Air conditioning: There is no air conditioning in this meeting room. There is central heating and windows in the roof which can be opened.
Meeting rooms available from: £75
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.
Originally opened as YHA South Downs in 2013, the farmhouses and outbuildings can be dated all the way back to the 1300's. Previous farms have been known to be on the same grounds for over 1000 years.
The buildings have been converted into modern and stylish accommodation in a prime spot along the South Downs Way. The unique design and layout of the buildings give this hostel a distinctive look and feel.
Meet the team
The circular walk from YHA South Downs along the river Ouse encompassing Rodmell and Southease is a great walk for all ages. In Rodmell you can visit Monk’s house, the home of famous author Virginia Woolf and swing into the lovely Abergavenny Pub for refreshments and food. Continuing the walk from Rodmell, you will pass through Southease village and its 12th Century Church, one of only 3 round tower churches in Sussex. The village is mentioned in the Doomsday book as a thriving community with one of the largest Herring fisheries in the district at the time. Modern day Southease has a population of around 50 and the fishery is long gone but you can chill out on the village green and catch some sun if you like. From Southease, it is a short walk back across the river over the Grade II listed cast iron bridge built in 1880 to the hostel. Stop into the Courtyard Café for a coffee and cake ... you deserve it.