I’m a huge fan of YHA youth hostels because they give you an opportunity to stay in an amazing array of places, from castles to lifeboat stations, country houses to mountain top bunkhouses. YHA Wilderhope Manor is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan Manor House in Shropshire. Owned by the National Trust and operated by YHA as a youth hostel, it had a £500k refurbishment a few years ago and even has a bridal suite with 4 poster bed and a roll top bath!

We went with a group of friends, all with children, and stayed in family rooms but dorm beds are also available. You can also book Wilderhope Manor for exclusive use making it ideal for a big get together.  Dorm beds currently start at £15 per night and a 4 person en suite family room is £73.50 for the whole family.   Check up to date pricing here.

Wilderhope Manor has a lovely stone terrace at the front of the building, the perfect spot for a drink from the licensed bar whilst the children play in the gorgeous grounds.

Wilderhope Manor is in miles of rolling countryside. There are walks you can do direct from the hostel and the field in front provided a natural playgound with blackberry picking for the kids.

Impressive from the outside, if you can tear yourself away from those views, then inside the hostel is comfortable with  an elegant Elizabethan dining room and a  lounge with leather type sofas around an original fireplace. You can cook for yourself or the hostel has breakfast, a packed lunch and dinner available.

Check out the view from our family room  window!


Whilst in the area, visit Carding Mill Valley, a beautiful National Trust valley for walks complete with mountain streams.  I promise you the blue skies on this photo are unedited!  We had a lot of fun geocaching as well as walking and stream splodging at Carding Mill.

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as Lord or Lady of the Manor, Wilderhope Manor is perfect and it comes at a budget price.  Whether with friends, family or on your own you’ll be surrounded by the green fields of Shropshire and the natural beauty of the area.



Where Jo Goes YHA Youth Hostel Reviews

St Briavels Haunted Castle/Brighton/Wilderhope Manor/Wye Valley/Port Eynon, Wales/

Danywenallt, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Where Jo Goes National Trust Reviews

Lacock, Wiltshire – Historic Harry Potter Village

Cornish Coastline

Ilam Park & Dovedale Steps, Peak District

Tyntesfield, Bristol

Ham House, Richmond

Tredegar House, Wales

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  1. April 6, 2017 / 9:16 am

    I wouldn’t have had a clue that youth hostels were in places like this – thanks for opening my eyes! #FarawayFiles

    • April 6, 2017 / 9:30 am

      We’ve stayed in some really unusual and fun hostels. Good for groups of friends.

    • April 6, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Keri it’s still sleeping in a bunk bed! But fab locations and being very child friendly make up for that (I can do it for one night!)

  2. April 6, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I love castle hostels!!! Pinned! I stayed in the Bacharach youth hostel as a teen and would love to stay in this one! #FarawayFiles

    • April 6, 2017 / 9:54 am

      Now I’m off to look at the Bacharach, sounds like one for my list!

  3. April 6, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    I am slowly coming to the realisation that hostels are not as I have always pictured them. That one in particular looks fabulous!

    • April 6, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      And such good value! It’s fun to have a Manor House for the weekend!

  4. April 6, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    This looks fabulous, I love a good hostel. Particularly a good family-friendly hostel, these days! #FarawayFiles

    • April 6, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      I haven’t tried hosteling with a baby but it’s great for meeting up with groups of friends with kids.

  5. April 6, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Jo, you’re making me see youth hostels in a completely different light! I was really impressed with your St Briavel’s review and now this! You’re making youth hostels the place to stay all on your own! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • April 6, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      I’ve booked two more! One in a converted lifeboat station that is so near the sea you’d have to be in it to be nearer. We find they are great for meeting up with groups of friends. I haven’t tried any hostels that aren’t YHA though. Thanks for hosting #FarawayFiles

  6. April 6, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Dont mind if I do! I quite fancy myself as lady of the manor. What a beautiful sunny stay you had at Wilderhope Manor too. Thanks for joining us on #FarawayFiles

  7. April 7, 2017 / 12:53 am

    I love the diverse places that YHA have accumulated for hostels. In my backpacking days, I tried to stay in as many different types of hostels as I could find, but families were never around.
    It’s great that they have tapped into this market and offer you your own safe environment to have the kids sleep.

    • April 7, 2017 / 9:09 am

      Yes, it’s great to be able to have a private room and even en suite. As a teen I did lots of YHA dorm rooms but as an adult it’s less appealing!

  8. April 7, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    I read some posts a year or two ago about YHA accommodation and I was really impressed. This one looks just as good – and what a view!

  9. April 8, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Oh my goodness this is so not what I think of when I think of a youth hostel. It is in such a beautiful setting too and wow to that weather. I love the idea of going with a group of friends and all the children, it is like instant fun for everyone. I bet it was a fun packed time.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  10. April 10, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Okay… This has totally defied all previous understandings I have of Youth Hostels. #FarawayFiles

  11. April 10, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Wilderhope manor looks lovely, and especially those views.

  12. April 11, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Seriously tempted to book a stay here. It sounds fantastic.#CountryKids

  13. April 12, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    Oh my goodness that is amazing value! I had no idea they did family rooms I always thought it was dorm rooms only so that’s good to know. I’m doing a monthly getaway feature will have have look at Shropshire! #CountryKids

  14. April 14, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    The most common thing that I am noticing with all of the country kids entry is the sunny weather! So much fun to go out and enhances the view.

    Such a lovely place to enjoy the weather. That fireplace is just so lovely and comfy looking too!


  15. April 26, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    What a beautiful place to take your family without breaking the bank! I could definitely bunk down there. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

  16. April 29, 2017 / 12:05 am

    I had no idea they had family options for hostels?! This looks like a great place to stay and surprisingly affordable. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  17. April 29, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    This looks a fantastic place to stay in Shropshire, and the views are superb. Great post. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  18. April 30, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I’ve never stayed in hostels, but this looks really interesting!

  19. May 1, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    It´s amazing when you could stay in a place like this at such an affordable rate … and enjoy miles of green countryside from your window! pinned! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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