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March 25, 2009
With Easter just around the corner and the sun coming out to shine, what better time to take the kids away for a cheap and cheerful trip to Ireland and The UK. www.hostelworld.com has developed a top 10 list of hostels in Ireland, England and Scotland with private family rooms which make the perfect base for a family break close to home!
Sleepzone Connemara, Connemara, Ireland
With an average rating of 88% from Hostelworld.com customers, Sleepzone Connemara is not only a gorgeous hostel but is one of the most spectacularly situated hostels in Western Europe. Rooms for families range from three to six bed and all have ensuite bathrooms. The hostel has its own tennis court, pool table and mini-supermarket and with the Killary Adventure Centre just next door, adventure activities and outdoor pursuits are available on its doorstep. If it is a relaxing holiday that the family are after, the serenity of the location of Sleepzone is an attraction in itself.
Private rooms from €12.00 pp/night
Valley House Holiday Hostel, Achill, Ireland
What better place to bring the family away than the scenic island of Achill. Valley House Holiday Hostel, a historic Victorian house is located on scenic wooded ground close to Blue Flag beaches with a 9-hole pitch & putt course and lake stocked with trout on the grounds. If weather permits there is a BBQ in the courtyard, perfect for the crisp spring evenings, alternatively there is a full self-catering kitchen, large dining room and residents lounge complete with pool table. With so much to do and see there is no excuse for boredom here!
Private rooms from €25.00 pp/night
Dingle Gate Hostel, Dingle, Kerry, Ireland
Nestled between the hills and mountains of Annascaul and Inch the Dingle Gate Hostel is situated in the heart of the Dingle Peninsula. Family run and purpose built the hostel has a friendly atmosphere with plenty of space for the kids to run around, large landscaped gardens and a games room kitted out with a pool and tennis table and its own kitchen, ideal for larger groups!
Private rooms from €18.00 pp/night
Neptunes Town Hostel Killarney, Killarney, Kerry, Ireland
Neptunes is Killarney's only purpose built holiday hostel located only a 5 minute walk from the bus and rail station and close by Killarney's 25,000 acre national park. The activities are endless with mountaineering, walking, cycling, water sports, fishing, pony trekking, tennis and golf - so there is no shortage of things to do for the family here! The hostel caters for everyone with private family rooms ensuite available along with an extensive self catering kitchen, a games room and satellite TV. This hostel is a great choice for the whole family.
Private rooms from €17.00 pp/night
Glendaloch Youth Hostel, Wicklow, Ireland
Set in one of Ireland's most picturesque spots in the deeply wooded glacial valley of Glendalough National Park lies Glendaloch Youth Hostel. A perfect spot for a family get away with fishing, rock climbing, pony trekking, walking forest trails and the Wicklow Way at your doorstep. Private ensuite family rooms are available in this hostel, along with a self catering kitchen, free internet and free parking making it the perfect family getaway close to home!
Private rooms from €23.00 pp/night
Newgrange Lodge, Newgrange, Ireland
Newgrange plays host to Ireland's most famous and oldest Neolithic passage tomb - older than the pyramids and as big a mystery as Stonehenge. Located close by with stunning views of the heritage site lies Newgrange Lodge; a perfect base to discover the beauty of the Boyne Valley and beyond, with the hostel even providing a packed lunch! With in room telephones and satellite television in each of the ensuite bedrooms along with a wide variety of rooms including private family rooms Newgrange Lodge is ideal for a short family break.
Private rooms from €27.00 pp/night
YHA Golant, Cornwall, England
Set in an estate with a further 14 acres of woodland to explore, YHA Golant is ideally suited to children. Overlooking the Fowey Estuary, it's just four miles from the sea and an excellent base for discovering the Cornish coastline. The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project are both nearby, as is Dobwalls Family Adventure Park for those with children who prefer a more adrenaline filled holiday. The hostel offers cots for the very young, a games room and restaurant meaning parents can relax, safe in the knowledge that the kids are fully catered for.
Private rooms from €17.00 pp/night
Smiddy Bunkhouse & Blacksmiths Backpackers Lodge, Fort William, Scotland
Located just 4 miles from Ben Nevis the area around this hostel is very peaceful whilst offering fantastic adventure opportunities for the whole family. The on-site residential mountain and river guide can organise rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and even skiing in winter. The small and cosy lodge sleeps between 12 and 14 people with rooms of 4 or 6 people making it perfect for families. Also available is a fully equipped guest kitchen, washing machine/dryer and a mini-supermarket.
Private rooms from €11.00 pp/per night
YHA Ambleside, Lake District, England
In the heart of the beautiful Lake District and with stunning views from its lounge YHA Ambleside is in one of the most picturesque places the UK has to offer. Ambleside offers far more than just its gorgeous location. It is based in a busy village on the shores of Lake Windemere meaning that guests can enjoy many watersports along with walking and climbing. Rooms range from 2-8 beds with the four and five bed rooms perfect for families.
Private rooms from €20.00 pp/night
London House Hotel, London, England
Located nearby the fashionable Notting Hill district, Portobello Market and minutes from Hyde Park London House Hotel offers great value accommodation in central London. If parents and children need their space the newly refurbished family rooms have their own plasma screen tv, air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Its location on a quiet street, but close by to tube stations makes this hostel perfect for a family break in a city with endless opportunities.
Private rooms from €38.00 pp/night
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