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YHA Holmbury St Mary

7.3

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General

  • Rural site in the Surrey Hills, 15 minutes' drive from Dorking
  • Surrounded by 4,000 acres of woodland and Hurtwood bike trails
  • Restaurant/bar on site; two pubs and village a 20-minute walk away

Hikes through the hills – pretty much a given for a UK youth hostel. But also theme parks, luxury driving experiences and one of the country's finest vineyards? Such are the diverse days out that await for guests at YHA Holmbury St Mary, a rural retreat in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Those coming along here with outdoorsy activities in mind will be well sorted. The site’s surrounds take in 4,000 acres of woodland; Holmbury Hill, Box Hill and Leith Hill are all popular local spots to stretch the legs, and the 153-mile North Downs Way is four miles away. There are some fab mountain bike trails in the Hurtwood around the site; if you’ve not been able to bring a bike it’s a cinch to hire one in the village or in Dorking.

Not planning to set foot in a hiking boot? No problem – there's plenty more to keep you busy in this part of Surrey. Take a drive of 15 minutes to Dorking for a train to take you to London in an hour or so if you really want a change of scenery.

Food is, of course, vital for any and all of the local activities, so it’s a fine idea to start your day with one of the breakfasts served on site and then put in an order for an evening meal too: supper club is served at 7pm, with last orders taken by 6. There are two excellent pubs in the village of Holmbury St Mary (a 20-minute walk) too, if but your legs won’t get you that far you’ll no doubt be chuffed to hear that there’s a fully-licensed bar on site serving up wines and beers.


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7.3

Overall rating based on 6 reviews

 

67% would recommend this site to a friend.

67% would stay here again.

 

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Tranquil friendly spot08/27/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Landpod camping pod
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Fantastic peaceful setting, was wonderful to wake up to birdsong and be in the middle of silent woods in minutes. Breakfast was hearty. Brian has a great manner, warm, welcoming and helpful, also the young man on reception in the evening was great. Other staff (spoke to less) also pleasant and helpful. Shower was good, toilets clean. Really nice to be able to get a nice coffee. I’d definitely come back.

    Disliked: 

    Kitchen isn’t great. Strange smell but also a bit pokey. Not the fault of hostel but other guests hadn’t cleaned up after themselves which made preparing food harder. In showers, I think the floor could do with a hard plastic mat to drain, it’s quite muddy and wet and nowhere for water puddles to drain to.
    Had problems with light in pod, but I think this will be sorted. Pod is very very comfortable. Had amazing sleep.
    Not a dislike - but if walking from Gomshall, be aware of how manically people drive on this narrow country road (quite nerve wracking)

From the manager...

Thank you for taking time to share your recent experience with us

I will definitely pass on your feedback to the team and to learn that you will be definitely be returning is the cherry on top, amazing. I can only commend my team for all their hard work ensuring you had the best possible stay with us

We will definitely look into if there's any improvements we can make to help our guests experience if self-catering

Happy hosteling

Best wishes, Dan

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Looking forward to staying again :)08/25/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomPaul W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Quiet woodland camping with great walks around. Good clean facilities and friendly staff!

    Disliked: 

    No bbqs, which is a shame, but with it being in the woods I guess it’s understandable.

From the manager...

Thank you Paul for your feedback and sharing your experience with us

It fantastic to read that we were able to provide a good clean facility and friendly atmosphere

No BBQ or Fires, in the interest of safety the majority of The Hurtwood and hostel grounds lies on a Peaty soil which allows fires to spread underground. This means that even though you may have been careful and put your fire out, it can still be alight underground and spread. We understand that this is disappointing so we do provide a fully equipped self-catering kitchen which all campers are more than welcome to take full advantage of.

We are delight to see that you would recommend us and return, until then we wish you all the best on your travels, happy hosteling

Best wishes, Dan

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No fires or BBQs allowed (our fault, should have checked the website)06/17/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Landpod camping pod
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Pods

    Disliked: 

    Lack of facilities for camping. Restricted access.

From the manager...

Thank you for your recent feedback

Why don’t you allow fires on the our grounds?
The majority of The Hurtwood and hostel grounds lies on a Peaty soil which allows fires to spread underground. This means that even though you may have been careful and put your fire out, it can still be alight underground and spread.

Happy hostelling

Best wishes, Dan

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The woodland setting of the campsite, the kitchen facilities, welcoming …05/28/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The woodland setting of the campsite, the kitchen facilities, welcoming communal areas (inside and out), small number of guests even at full capacity.

    Disliked: 

    P

From the manager...

Thank you for sharing your recent camping experience with us

We are always delighted to read that you would recommend us and come to stay again, fantastic

We look forward to welcoming you again, happy hosteling

Best wishes, Dan

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Anonymous user

Friendly staff but very poor place05/14/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location

    Disliked: 

    Everything else! Car park too small, very poor amenities

From the manager...

Thank you for your recent feedback

Its disappointing for us to read that you wouldn't visit us again or recommend to a friend, I do hope that you may give us another opportunity in the future.

Our car park does have its limits and can hold roughly ten cars, although we are fortunate to have a large public car park next door which can hold a further 50 cars. We would recommend making use of this free car park when ours is full.

Please keep enjoying YHA and happy hosteling

Best wishes, Dan

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Lovely place in the nature with excellent facilities and friendly …07/31/2019

Reviewer's country: GermanyLukas M.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Lovely place in the nature with excellent facilities and friendly staff!

    Disliked: 

    Birds and Badgers can be a little bit noisy at night.

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Thank you Lucas for your feedback its greatly appreciated

Until the next time happy hosteling

Best wishes, Dan

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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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • Radnor Lane, Dorking, Surrey, England, RH5 6NW
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.1939°N 0.4225°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Guildford: Park Barn Egerton Rd Coach Stop — 8.5 miles
Woking: Rail Station Coach Stop — 10.4 miles
Gatwick Airport: North Terminal Coach Stops — 10.9 miles
Train stations
Gomshall Rail Station — 2.0 miles
Holmwood Rail Station — 4.5 miles
Dorking West Rail Station — 4.6 miles
Ferry ports
Weybridge Ferry Landing — 13.1 miles
Shepperton Ferry Landing — 13.1 miles
Ditton Island Ferry Landing — 14.3 miles
Airports
London Gatwick Airport North Terminal — 10.8 miles
London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 11.5 miles
London Gatwick Airport — 11.6 miles

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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 using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

If mountain biking's given you a taste for thrills, get more adrenaline pumping with a day of of rides and rollercoasters at Chessington World of Adventures (half an hour’s drive) or Thorpe Park (40 minutes). Want to be in control? Get behind the wheel of a powerful drive on the test circuit at Mercedes Benz World (35 minutes); there are also plenty of gleaming cars and other exhibits for those too young to reach the pedals.

Hoping for something a bit more countrified? Meet the animals at Bocketts Farm (20 minutes), try out ancient skills at the Rural LIfe Centre (40 minutes) or stroll around the Edwardian estate at Polesden Lacey (25 minutes). Green-fingered types may well also want to check out the displays at the RHS Garden Wisley (half an hour).

A few drinks on your hols? Head to Hogs Back Brewery (half an hour) for a beery tour or Denbies Wine Estate (20 minutes) to venture into the vineyards and sip some of the UK’s top wines.

Must see

  • Polesden Lacey (4.9 miles)
  • Denbies Wine Estate (5.4 miles)
  • RHS Garden Wisley (8.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Polesden Lacey (4.8 miles)
  • Hatchlands Park (4.8 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

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

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does YHA Holmbury St Mary have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is YHA Holmbury St Mary dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near YHA Holmbury St Mary? If mountain biking's given you a taste for thrills, get more adrenaline pumping with a day of of rides and rollercoasters at Chessington World of Adventures (half an hour’s drive) or Thorpe … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of YHA Holmbury St Mary?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  5 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  5 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Dogs
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

Reception
Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. between 07/04 and 19/12.

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Additional terms

Following any stay of 14 nights, guests may not stay in any other YHA accommodation for at least seven nights.

Please be aware that guests are not permitted to bring their own alcohol onto the fully-licensed premises. There is a small bar serving a range of beers and wines.

Evening meals are on offer from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and must be ordered by 6.30pm. The bar serves beer, wine and soft drinks until 11pm. Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 9am.

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