YHA Tanners Hatch

YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills

Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BE
  • Recently refurbished
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins


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YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills is a centuries-old cottage a world away from the stresses of modern life. This country retreat is accessible only on foot and surrounded by National Trust woodland, phone reception is rare and there’s no WiFi or TV. While you’re on digital detox, spend idyllic hours wandering the fields and footpaths around the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nearby National Trust Polesden Lacey estate. 

Enjoy a barbeque in the garden in the warmer months, or warm up by the lounge’s log fire when it’s wintery. Lovingly restored, YHA Tanners Hatch is an eco-friendly hostel and pretty as a picture.

Why guests love YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills

  • Recently refurbished rural retreat
  • Unique, rustic hostel in the woods
  • Get away from the stresses of modern life

Accommodation at YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills

The hostel

YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills is a classic country cottage with low-beamed ceilings throughout and bags of character. There are 15 beds arranged across three bedrooms (one 7 bed and one 6 bed dorm with bunk beds, one private double room). All bed linen is provided. We have a lounge with real fire, sofas and armchairs which is perfect for cosying up in after a busy day. Our dining room has a woodburner, tables and wooden benches. There are sinks in the bedrooms. Toilets and showers are in a separate building outside.


There is camping available in the woods near the hostel for 14 people. There are outdoor showers, toilets and washrooms for campers to use which are shared with hostel guests. These are approximately 50m away from the campsite. Guests have access to the hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen. There are two fire pits on site which means you can bring your own wood and build a real campfire.

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.




  • Cycle store
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Lounge


  • Board games

Accommodation options

  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • BBQ area
  • Dining room
  • Self-catering kitchen

Need to know

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

Check in: From 17:00 - 21:00

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: The hostel is only accessible by foot. It is situated 0.75 miles from Denbies Hillside National Trust car park down an unlit and unsurfaced track, so please bring a torch. The postcode for the car park is RH5 6SR.

Dogs: Dogs can stay on our campsite. 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 Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills, however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout.

YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills

Map references

OS Map: 187

OS Grid Ref: TQ140515

Lat/Lng: 51.252025, -0.367452

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9542

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Want to rent the whole property to yourself? YHA Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills is available as an Exclusive Hire property every weekend of the year. Please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more information.


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.

This hostel is part of our Volunteer Managers programme. You can find out about becoming a Volunteer Manager and supporting our small hostels on our Volunteering site.


The date of the cottage is unknown but the name “Tanners” most likely originates from the Tanner (or le Tannere) family who owned this land between 1340 and 1530. The word “Hatch” refers to a gate in enclosed grounds, which in the Middle Ages were known as “Commons”. Historical records show five hatches on Ranmore Common, this being the only one associated with a building. It is possible that this would have been needed for those working on the land. It was rediscovered by YHA volunteers in 1943 and rebuilt by them 1944-46.

Meet the team

Andy Baillie is the manager at YHA Tanner's Hatch Surrey Hills. He rides a motorbike and his hobbies include walking, gardening and reading.

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