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Tanners Hatch Youth Hostel

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General

YHA Tanners Hatch is converted from two cottages dating back to 1642. It sits amid gardens and its own woodland campsite within the National Trust's Polesden Lacey estate.

This hostel and campground offer a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In the daytime explore the scenic Surrey Hills, let the kids run wild in the woods or take a day trip to Surrey or London attractions; in the evening relax in front of our open log fire or sit in the garden and enjoy the views across to Polesden Lacey National Trust estate as the sun sets. While camping you can collect wood and have a real fire, toast marshmallows and enjoy the remote woodland setting.


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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Mountain biking nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • off Ranmore Common Road Dorking, Surrey, England, RH5 6BE
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.2517°N 0.3789°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Woking: Rail Station Coach Stop — 9.0 miles
Guildford: Park Barn Egerton Rd Coach Stop — 9.8 miles
Hooley (Surrey): Brighton Rd Coach Stop — 10.2 miles
Train stations
Dorking West Rail Station — 2.0 miles
Box Hill & Westhumble Rail Station — 2.2 miles
Dorking Rail Station — 2.5 miles
Ferry ports
Weybridge Ferry Landing — 9.6 miles
Shepperton Ferry Landing — 9.7 miles
Ditton Island Ferry Landing — 10.0 miles
Airports
London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 10.7 miles
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 11.4 miles
London Gatwick Airport — 11.5 miles

Directions


Walking route from Box Hill and Westhumble train station, it is recommended to have a map for this route: turn left out of station and follow road to Badgen Farm, take the track on the left indicated by a YHA sign. Pass the farmhouse on your right hand side and take the first right along a bridleway by the side of a barn. Walk straight across the field to the gate on the other side and turn left onto the track. The hostel is approx 75 metres up on the right hand side.

By car: From A24 in Dorking, take the A2003 Ashcombe Road and turn right at the T-junction towards Ranmore and Effingham. At the top of the hill is Denbies Hillside National Trust car park, the nearest car park to the hostel – free to National Trust members or £2.50 per day. From the carpark cross over the road and turn left, walk along to Four Fox Cottages (on your right) and go through the gate by its side. Take the central track indicated by the YHA signs, the hostel is approx 20 minutes walk through the wood.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The hostel's location amid a network of woodland paths, cycle routes and along the North Downs Way, makes it ideal for all walkers and cyclists, from those with energy to burn to those seeking a country ramble or family bike ride. Nature lovers will delight in this rural location – spot deer grazing on the lawn or take a night time walk and listen to the owls hooting. The National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust and many other local organisations run year round programmes of walks, talks and events, for adults and children alike.

There are many historic houses and glorious gardens in the local area. Discover marble halls and a Maori meeting house at Clandon Park, year-round colour and gardening tips at RHS Garden Wisley; and just a short walk from the hostel is Polesden Lacey with fine paintings and furniture in the Regency villa, rose gardens and landscaped walks in the extensive grounds. Also within walking distance is Denbies Vineyard - England’s largest - with two restaurants, a gift shop, many events throughout the year and of course tours and wine tasting.

Children will love a day out at nearby Bocketts farm, a working family farm with many animals to see and activities to take part in, plus indoor and outdoor play areas with slides and trampolines.

Two miles east from the hostel is Dorking, an historic market town with a mix of high street and boutique shops. Stroll down West Street, world renowned for its fine antique shops and art galleries; or time your visit to go underground at Dorking caves, once used as wine cellars.

Ten miles west is stylish Guildford, a popular shopping centre with all the big names, and many independent shops, lining the cobbled High Street and narrow cross streets. Also here is Dapdune Wharf where you can discover Surrey’s secret waterway through interactive exhibits; climb aboard a barge and take a trip down the river, or hire your own boat or canoe from Guildford Boathouse.

Between these two centres are picturesque villages of tile-hung and timber framed cottages, spacious greens and commons, charming tearooms and cosy pubs.

Ten miles west of Guildford is Farnham and on the way there is The Hogs Back Brewery, an independent real ale brewery set in converted 18th-century barns. Farnham has many attractions - Birdworld, where you can meet a huge range of our feathered friends, and admission includes Underwater World, with tropical fish and crocodiles, and Jenny Wren Farm; Go Ape! in Alice Holt Forest, high wire forest adventure for all ages; and The Rural Life Centre, a museum of past village life displaying crafts and trades in ten acres of garden and woodland with an historic village playground for children.

Further afield in Surrey are the well known attractions of Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures; Basingstoke Canal Centre with interactive exhibits, boat trips and picnic areas; Mercedes Benz World with simulator rides and interactive challenges; and Brooklands museum with the history of British motorsport and aviation.

Day trips to London are within easy reach, just 25 miles away with easy access from Dorking rail stations; visit the city attractions then come back to the cosy ambience of Tanners Hatch.

Must see

  • Polesden Lacey (0.5 miles)
  • Denbies Wine Estate (2.1 miles)
  • RHS Garden Wisley (5.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Polesden Lacey (0.4 miles)
  • Box Hill (2.8 miles)

Cycle routes

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Terms and conditions

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Additional terms

YHA (England and Wales) trading as YHA whose registered office is at Trevelyn House, Dimple Road, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3YH (registered number 00282555) ('we' or 'us').

1. General

1.1 In these terms and conditions "Camping Barns" means the accommodation in 'stone tents' as further described in our most recent brochures as published from time to time; "Customer" means any customer who makes or is making a booking with the YHA; "Group" means a group of 5 or more people staying at a Youth Hostel (in England and Wales) or a group of 9 or more people staying at a Youth Hostel outside of England and Wales under the group membership scheme; "Escape to" means the rental of an entire Youth Hostel by one Group; "Flexi/Explorer Packages" has the meaning given to it in our most recent brochures as published from time to time; "Writing" means letter, fax or email; "YHA" means the Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales); "you" means the customer submitting a booking; "Youth Hostel" means a youth hostel run by the YHA;
1.2 The contract for the supply by us of accommodation and (where applicable) other related services (“Contract”) will be formed when we accept your order and we receive from you the appropriate deposit in cleared funds.
1.3 Your contract cannot be amended unless confirmed by an authorised representative of YHA and yourself.
1.4 These conditions and any matters referred to by us, form the entire understanding between you and us and supersede any prior promises, representations (unless fraudulent) or undertakings.
1.5 Any omission or error in any sales literature, web page or site, order form, quotation, price list, order acknowledgement, despatch note, invoice or other document issued by us may be corrected by us without liability. We will advise you of any changes at the time of booking or as soon as is reasonably possible thereafter.
1.6 The provisions of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 are expressly excluded from the Contract so that no third party may claim any rights under this contract.

2. All bookings are subject to availability and YHA reserves the right to decline any booking at its discretion.

3. Condition removed

4. Group Bookings
All Groups must have a minimum leader / participant ratio of one leader for every ten participants. Mixed sex groups must have leaders of both sexes. Group leaders accompanying the Group are responsible for the discipline and behaviour of their Group. Group leaders are responsible for all damage caused by their action or the actions of those in their group. If any Group is given sole use of a Youth Hostel(s) it shall not offer for sale to the general public or publicly advertise the sale of Youth Hostel facilities or services without the prior written agreement of YHA.

5. If you change your booking – non Group bookings
5.1 Changes requested from the date your booking is made will be treated as cancellations (see clause 7 below).
5.2 If you wish to change a confirmed reservation (e.g. changes in dates of visit or changes in numbers of people booked) such changes are subject to the availability of a suitable alternative and are subject to any additional costs incurred in making changes to accommodate your request.
5.3 We will inform you of the amount of any additional costs when you request your changes and shall agree such costs with you.

6. If you change a Group booking
6.1 Subject to availability, you may change a Group booking to a different location or date up to 6 months before your arrival date.
6.2 If less than 6 months before your arrival date, you wish to change a Group booking such a change shall be treated as a cancellation and shall be subject to our standard cancellation charges below (see clause 7 below).
6.3 A Group booking can decrease its numbers by up to 10% up to 28 days before arrival, without incurring cancellation fees. Thereafter any additional decreases in Group numbers will be subject to our standard cancellation charges. Changes are subject to availability.
6.4 All changes shall be subject to the availability of a suitable alternative.

7. If you cancel your booking
7.1 All cancellations are subject to a cancellation charge.
7.2 Cancellation charges for all Group bookings, where less than 56 days notice is given are set on the sliding scale below. (For non-group cancellation charges see clause 7.4). All cancellation charges are calculated from the day written notification is received by YHA. These charges are based on how many days before the date of the first night of your stay we receive your cancellation notice. These charges are based on the total cost of your stay.

No. of days Amount you must pay
More than 56 days: Deposit
55 – 42 days: 30% of the total cost of your stay
41 – 28 days: 60% of the total cost of your stay
27 – 15 days: 90% of the total cost of your stay
14 days or less: The total cost of your stay

7.3 Cancellation charges (whether for Group bookings or non-Group bookings) for cancellations more than 56 days in advance vary according to the booking. If you cancel a Escape To, Camping Barn, Group Bookings, multi-hostel booking, walking or activity holiday YHA will retain the deposit paid pursuant to clause 3.1. If you cancel an all inclusive package (Flexi / Explorer package) YHA will retain 10% of the payment made pursuant to clause 3.1.

7.4 Cancellation charges for non-Group bookings are based on how many hours before the first night of your stay we receive your cancellation notice. The first night of your stay is defined as starting at 5pm. Cancellation charges are based on the total cost of your stay and are applied using the sliding scale detailed below.

Notice given Amount you must pay
Up to 24 hours 10% of the total cost of your stay
24 hours or less Full payment for the first night of your stay
No notice of cancellation Full cost of entire stay

7.5 Promotional offer Terms and Conditions apply throughout the offer period for stays of one night or more at any participating YHA (England & Wales) and all reservations are paid in full prior to arrival. Any additional products or services included in this offer cannot be cancelled. No amendments or refunds can be made and offers are non-transferable. Offers are available at selected locations only and are subject to availability. Advertised rates are inclusive of VAT. This does not affect your rights should YHA cancel your booking wherein the clause set out in clause 8 applies.

8. If we change your booking
In the unlikely event it becomes necessary to change your booking, in total or in part, YHA will inform you as soon as is reasonably possible of any necessary changes. You shall have the choice of: accepting the changed arrangements; or purchasing another booking from YHA (and paying or receiving a refund in respect of any differences); or cancelling your booking and receiving a full refund of all payments made.

9. Delay or Failure to Perform
We shall not be liable to you if we are prevented or delayed in the performing of any of our obligations to you if this is due to any cause beyond our reasonable control including (without limitation): an act of God, explosion, flood, fire or accident; war or civil disturbance; strike, industrial action or stoppages of work; any form of government intervention; a third party act or omission; failure by you to give us a correct delivery address or notify us of any change of address.

10. Our liability to you
10.1 YHA shall ensure that the accommodation and /or other services you order from us are in accordance with these terms and conditions and shall be performed by us with reasonable skill and care.
10.2 Where an element of your booking is not provided as stated in clause 10.1 you must notify us within 28 days of the alleged breach. We shall then investigate the matter and if we have not delivered the services in accordance with clause 10.1 you shall be entitled to: a full refund of the cost of your order (or, where appropriate, the relevant section of it) less any fees charged for changes requested by you; or a free stay to the equivalent value of the services complained of, where such dates are agreed in writing by us.
10.3 We will not be liable to you by way of representation (unless fraudulent), common law duty or under any express or implied term of the contract for: any losses which are not foreseeable by both you and us when the Contract is formed arising in connection with the supply of the services or their use by you; any losses which are not caused by any breach by us; business or trade losses.
10.4 Our entire liability in connection with the Contract will not exceed the purchase price of the services booked less any amendment charges paid to us.
10.5 Except in relation to death or personal injury caused by our negligence YHA’s liability remains, at all times, limited to the value of the services booked, excluding any amendment charges paid to us.

11.Behaviour

If your behaviour is deemed to be unacceptable or causes damage your booking may be terminated and you may be asked to leave YHA premises. Your membership card will be retained pending further enquiry. No whole or part refunds will be made under these circumstances

12. Governing Law and Jurisdiction
The contract is subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

13. Your Information
We shall only store and use the information you supply to us for the purposes of carrying out our contract with you and and to collect valuable feedback about how satisfied you were with the services provided. If you do not wish to receive requests for your feedback, please let us know by writing to us at the address noted above.

In the event that your membership is withdrawn or you are notified that you are no longer able to stay at YHA (on the grounds of unacceptable behaviour), your personal details will be shared with all hostels to ensure that you are not permitted to stay in the future.

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