20 of the very best new UK lodges and hostels for 2018 | Travel

From rustic hostels to stylish city-centre boltholes, we choose the very best newly opened lodges and hostels across the UK, plus a number of which are set to start out welcoming company this yr

Proper champion … the Fleece Hotel in Richmond, North Yorkshire

The Fleece Hotel, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Doubles from £150 B&B
Opens April
Bedrooms 14

With its baronial thrives and turrets, the red-brick Fleece (pictured above) has been a fixture on this market city since 1897. After a interval of decline, the resort closed within the early 2000s however will reopen in spring with a daring new look. The new homeowners have spent three years renovating the listed constructing to create a boutique resort, restaurant and cafe-bar. Guests are promised “deeply comfortable beds and high-spec bathrooms” and imaginatively ready, locally-sourced meals within the restaurant.

The Bay Tree, Broadstairs, Kent

Dining room at the Bay Tree Hotel in Broadstairs

Doubles from £59 B&B
Opened December 2017
Bedrooms 10

Margate is seaside Marmite – guests both love or hate its mix of chi chi regeneration and edgy decrepitude – however neighbouring Broadstairs stays valiantly and gloriously uncool. Take the city’s latest resort, the Bay Tree, on chalk cliffs overlooking Stone Bay, and not too long ago reopened after a £1m year-long refurbishment. There aren’t any gimmicks, no themed rooms, no cleverly named cocktails or artfully distressed furnishings – simply 10 great-value, good bedrooms, a comfortable library bar and an all-day restaurant. Eight of the 10 rooms have sea views however, for a breath of bracing sea air, guide room 5, which additionally has its personal balcony.

New Road Hotel, Whitechapel, London

New Road Hotel, Whitechapel, London, bedroom

Doubles from £169 B&B
Opens Late February
Bedrooms 80

There can’t be a warehouse left in Shoreditch which hasn’t been transformed right into a resort, condominium block or nightclub, so builders are having to look additional east. Whitechapel is the situation for this hip hangout, a former textile manufacturing unit with uncovered brick, large home windows, Hypnos beds and a loft suite with scorching tub. There’ll be a Marco Pierre White chophouse, a fitness center, and plenty of area for socialising.

Longstone Lodge, Isles of Scilly

Longstone Lodge Cafe, St Mary’s

Dorm mattress/double room £24/£60
Opens May
Sleeps 25

There are few funds stays within the Scillies, so this fashionable hostel is a welcome improvement. The homeowners of the Longstone Cafe on the primary isle of St Mary’s are including Longstone Lodge, with a combination of en suite bedrooms and dorms. The five-star Snowdonia hostel Plas Curig has apparently supplied the inspiration for the design, so count on this place to be a lower above customary bunkhouse lodging. There’ll be a communal kitchen and lounge, laundry and backyard. Outside there are communal gardens and a youngsters’s play space and It’s a brief stroll to the cafe for home-cooked Cornish and Scillian produce.

Artist Residence, Bristol

Doubles from £120 B&B
Opens November
Bedrooms 26

Artist Residence has bohemian lodges from Penzance to Brighton. In Bristol, a four-storey Grade I-listed Georgian manufacturing unit constructing between the centre and hip Stokes Croft will home a restaurant, bar and occasional store, plus a basement membership with native artists, musicians and DJs.

Hotel Indigo, Cardiff

Bedroom at Hotel Indigo, Cardiff

Doubles from £66 room-only
Opened November 2017
Bedrooms 122

This resort could also be a part of a serious chain (InterContinental) however the model prides itself on native theming. The newest opening wears its Welshness not simply on its sleeve, however on its carpets, partitions, headboards and toiletries. The Made in Wales rooms are crammed with Welsh craftsmanship, from Melin Tregwynt rugs to sheepskin footstools. Industry-themed rooms pay homage to Welsh mining and metal heritage, with black-and-white images, coal scuttle waste bins and miners’ lamps, whereas Music rooms have a good time heroes from Tom Jones to the Stereophonics. The icing on this very Welsh cake is the rooftop Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, with its skyline views.

Cow Hollow Hotel, Manchester

Cocktail bar at the Cow Hollow Hotel

Doubles from £120 B&B
Opened 25 January
Bedrooms 16

With its thriving indie boutiques, bars and galleries, the Northern Quarter is Manchester’s most enjoyable neighbourhood. And the most recent addition to town’s resort scene is in certainly one of its handsomely restored red-brick warehouses. The bedrooms nod to the constructing’s Victorian heritage (oak beams, marble fireplaces and authentic textile manufacturing unit doorways), whereas showcasing work by Mancunian artists. Netflix entry in bedrooms, Ren toiletries, and a complimentary prosecco hour every night present the ending touches.

Earby Friends of Nature House, Earby, Lancashire

Earby Friends of Nature House, Lancashire

Dorm beds £18/little one £12
Opens Spring
Sleeps 21

This small hostel (one twin, three dorms), in an previous cottage close to the Pennine Way, was in jeopardy final yr when the YHA determined it was not viable. But it should reopen in spring as an unbiased hostel, managed by the Friends of Nature, certainly one of Europe’s oldest environmental teams. There are new bathrooms and showers, and a revamped self-catering kitchen and eating space. The hostel has a grant to develop its lovely gardens, full with stream and waterfall, as a wildlife sanctuary. Earby is well-placed for the Pennine Way, Sustrans biking routes (the Pennine Bridle Way, Lancashire Cycle Way), the Forest of Bowland and the encircling Pendle space. The hostel is open between spring and October, and for sole use year-round.

Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, Highlands

The Summit of Ben Nevis is seen on the right

The hostel is well-placed for folks desirous to climb Ben Nevis, on the fitting. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Dorm mattress/double room From £14/£39
Opens Early summer season
Sleeps 72 beds

This pleasant, inexpensive base for hill-walkers and climbers desirous to deal with Ben Nevis opened in 1933, and was a bit drained. It closed for a revamp and can reopen in time for summer season, including non-public en-suite rooms (all with mountain views), a brand new residing area with log-burner and a communal kitchen (meals can be obtainable), drying room, laundry and bike storage. But it’s what’s exterior the door that places this hostel in a league of its personal: Ben Nevis, the Great Glen Way, a world-class mountain bike course and a few of Scotland’s most dramatic landscapes.

Seven Hotel, Southend, Essex

Restaurant at Seven Hotel, Southend, Essex

Doubles from £112 room-only
Opens Early February
Bedrooms 37

The seaside city of Southend-on-Sea will get its first luxurious boutique resort with the opening of the Seven Hotel on Clifton Terrace, in a contemporary constructing overlooking the ocean entrance and Cliff Gardens. There’s a slick, up to date really feel all through, with loads of metallic surfaces, polished brass and marble, and big floor-to-ceiling home windows which take advantage of the views of Southend Pier. Bedrooms are furnished in soothing tones of sea-green and grey-blue to replicate the muted colors of the Thames estuary. On the bottom ground is the Aurum restaurant (opened earlier this month), the place chef Simon Webb specialises in fashionable British delicacies, with an emphasis on Essex suppliers and produce (count on native cockles and seaweed on the menu, with fundamental programs from £18). The adjoining bar shares greater than 30 styles of gin, and snacks together with native Colchester native oysters at £2.50 every.

The Globe, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Dining room at the Globe Inn, Wells next the Sea

Doubles from £110 B&B
Opens May
Bedrooms 18

Since Stephen and Antonia Bournes purchased this Georgian teaching inn 4 years in the past, they’ve refurbished the bar and restaurant, opened a roof terrace and are including 11 bedrooms within the coach home. Three of those will likely be dog-friendly, three apart-hotel model with kitchenette, and a range easy-access and for households.The Globe overlooks an expansive inexperienced surrounded by Georgian buildings and is a brief stroll from the city quay. Just over a mile away are the golden sands of Wells seaside, the place company can guide unique entry to a seaside hut.

Hotel du Vin, Stratford-upon-Avon

Bedroom Hotel du Vin, Stratford-upon-Avon

Doubles from £99 room-only
Opens May
Bedrooms 46

Under new homeowners, the boutique chain goes robust, with two openings this yr, in Shakespeare’s home city and in Bristol. A Georgian constructing, as soon as the registry workplace, will likely be a 46-bedroom resort with the signature French bistro and in depth wine cellar. The Royal Shakespeare Company theatres and Shakespeare’s birthplace are inside strolling distance.

YHA, Bath

YHA Bath, exterior

Dorm mattress/double room £25/£40
Opens April
Sleeps 133

The YHA’s widespread hostel on Bathwick Hill, between town centre and the college, is to reopen after a £2.5m revamp. The Italianate Georgian mansion, which is constructed from native Bath stone and set in in depth gardens, has undergone an entire overhaul. Additions embrace a brand new reception and cafe-bar, cycle retailer, visitor laundry and 5 new en suite rooms in the primary constructing. Original options such because the wrought-iron staircase, Roman-style carvings and glowing chandeliers, have been retained. In March, work will start on the constructing of a brand new annexe which can convey the hostel’s complete variety of beds to 133 when the annexe opens in September. The new bedrooms will all be en suite, to cater for the YHA’s burgeoning and household market.

The Ginger Peanut, Bampton, Devon


Doubles from £75 room-only
Opened December 2017
Bedrooms 5

This restaurant-with-rooms opened within the village of Bampton, close to Tiverton in rural mid-Devon, firstly of December however is already beginning to make a reputation for itself. Chef Peter Mundy is on the helm within the intimate eating room, serving well-executed domestically sourced dishes similar to seafood chowder, roast duck breast with fennel, and rhubarb crème brûlée. There are 5 easy, however comfy twin or double en suite bedrooms to select from, and a pantry the place company may also help themselves to tea, espresso and selfmade biscuits. Breakfast isn’t included however £10 a head will get you a full cooked breakfast on the Ginger Peanut eating room or a neighborhood cafe. Bampton is a brief drive from the gorgeous village of Huntsham, and Huntsham Court stately home. The huge open areas of Exmoor nationwide park are about 11 miles away, and the restaurant will present packed lunches.

The Fife Arms Braemar, Aberdeenshire

Fife Arms PC18 Valentine’s. Posted 17 July 1920. Hotel only releasing this image of the hotel to press. “As the construction is still ongoing, we don’t have any specific images of the hotel finished at this point. “

A 1920s postcard of the Fife Arms, a former searching lodge

Prices to be confirmed
Opens This summer season
Bedrooms 46

The empire of art-world energy couple Iwan and Manuela Worth stretches from New York to Bruton in Somerset, home to the Hauser & Wirth gallery. This summer season they’re venturing into lodges, with the Fife Arms in Braemar. The former searching lodge will reopen as a resort with a restaurant celebrating Scottish produce, a cocktail bar and a spa.Interiors are by Russell Sage Studio, whose initiatives embrace the Savoy Grill, and Zetter Townhouse, and can keep true to the constructing’s Victorian heritage. There will likely be a liberal smattering of world-class artwork, together with work commissioned for the resort.

The White Horse, Dorking, Surrey

bedroom at The White Hart, Dorking

Doubles from £105 B&B
Opened December 2017
Bedrooms 56

Charles Dickens is claimed to have stayed on the White Horse whereas writing The Pickwick Papers. It’s uncertain whether or not he’d recognise this place after its £4m makeover, although. The inn reopened this month with 16 new bedrooms and an entire renovation of the downstairs bar and restaurant. The resort has its personal deli, stocking Surrey produce, freshly baked sourdough bread and the resort’s personal sausages. Attractions close by embrace the Denbies Wine Estate, and National Trust properties Polesden Lacey and Box Hill.

The 1823 Spinning Block Hotel, Clitheroe, Lancashire

Restaurant at the 1823 Spinning Block Hotel

Doubles from £75 room-only
Opens Easter
Bedrooms 38

This is the most recent in a collection of developments that have turned the Holmes textile mill right into a gastronomic hub. Businesses to this point embrace Bowland Brewery and Beer Hall – with the longest bar in Britain – the Bowland Food Hall, a restaurant and a gelateria. Expected to be absolutely open by Easter, the resort is “opulent industrial” in model, and a bistro specialising in seafood and grills will add to Clitheroe’s foodie scene. A pool, spa and fitness center are additionally deliberate.

George Best Hotel, Belfast

Exterior with work going on at The George Best Hotel, Belfast

Doubles from £99 B&B
Opens September
Bedrooms 63

Following the success of Hotel Football in Manchester and the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, Belfast is planning its personal football-themed resort, celebrating its most well-known son. The George Best Hotel will likely be operated by Signature Living Group (additionally behind the Shankly, which additionally has plans for a Liverpool resort themed on Everton legend Dixie Dean), with memorabilia donated by the Best household, together with a signed shirt and his silver Northern Ireland cap. The resort will likely be on the positioning of the previous Scottish Mutual constructing, with a bar, restaurant and George Best Museum.
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Kettner’s Townhouse, Soho, London

Kettner’s Townhouse Hotel, bedroom

Doubles from £170 room-only
Opened 16 January
Bedrooms 33

Kettner’s has been a Soho establishment because it opened in 1867, as London’s first French restaurant, internet hosting everybody from King Edward VII – who courted mistress Lillie Langtry right here – to Oscar Wilde and Robert De Niro. After a two-year closure, it has reopened as a resort, restaurant and champagne bar, below the Soho House banner. The group has put its distinctive stamp on the Romilly Street constructing, whereas retaining authentic options such because the mosaic ground within the champagne bar and the mirrors within the eating room. Bedrooms channel “French boudoir”, with chandeliers, floral wallpaper and iron bedsteads. Rooms vary from “tiny” to an opulent panelled suite.

The Cow, Dalbury Lees, Derbyshire

The Cow, Derbyshire, exterior

Doubles from £130 room-only
Opened December 2017
Bedrooms 12

This pub close to Derby has seen one thing of a reinvention, opening simply earlier than Christmas as a “boutique country inn” with 12 bedrooms and a comfortable bar/restaurant with wood-burners and uncovered beams. It plans to be the primary of a “pedigree herd” of Cow lodges and inns. The bedrooms are in pale neutrals, with good TVs, espresso machines and Molton Brown toiletries.

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