The Kettlewell Hostel – Two Years On

The Kettlewell Hostel 2017

Two years ago Saul decided to leave the Rohan family after 17 years and set up a new venture having bought a former YHA Youth Hostel in Kettlewell, in the heart of Rohan country.

Kettlewell Youth Hostel – Better Call Saul!

We are happy to report we have just received a lovely update from Saul…

Now that we are seasoned hands at running our lovely hostel, things have fallen into a yearly cycle of working and renovation, since we bought The Kettlewell Hostel in 2015 we have seen thousands of people come through here and life is pretty good. We have been delighted to have been given a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence every year that we have been here! (we are the highest rated hostel in the Yorkshire Dales!) thanks to the kindness of the reviews that we have been given. When we first saw the hostel we sensed that there was an opportunity for us to make a place that was not just about being the cheapest place to sleep in the area but about being an interesting, life enriching, welcoming place to base yourself for an active break. We have 42 beds in 11 rooms and as there are just the two of us to work here, the building itself has to work hard to make people happy!

The Kettlewell Hostel 2017

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, food is very much at the heart of what we do, we have developed a menu of really hearty fare including our now famous ‘8 Hour Beef Stew’ we make all the food ourselves to ensure it is the best it can be. Cooking is caring for others, said nordic artist Olafur Eliasson and we care a lot. All the meat that we use has to be good quality with provenance for us it has to be as we have to be as local as we can get. Food always tastes better when it is made with good intentions. We always have meat-free meals that are every bit as hearty as the meaty options, as well as great vegan options and gluten free alternatives at all times, I have left too many restaurants disappointed and hungry after a token vegetarian option. Honestly, after a decent run, or even just spending time out on the hills you really need something hearty to get you ready for the next day!

The Kettlewell Hostel 2017

Throughout the the year we get bookings from people who love walking and the outdoors, many come with their friends or colleagues, some then bring their families back to get their first taste of Hostelling, others bring their running or walking clubs to get a taste of what they saw whilst they were here! There are some amazing cycling climbs around here (just take a look in the 100 greatest climbs book and have a look where Kettlewell is. After a couple of days in the area will certainly see why people love this area place so much!

The Kettlewell Hostel 2017

Each winter we spend our time renovating the building, the place was pretty tired when we got here and we have found that we are simply too busy during the summer to make any improvements, but in winter we can happily get stuck into a good long decorating project! Hostels tend to encourage spending time in company with more emphasis on communal spaces rather than people spending time in their rooms, we have a lovely large, light dining room with nice furniture and an interesting secondhand book shop to browse, a really comfortable lounge with a wood-burning stove. Thought the year we often rent the whole building out to groups to use as a base for activities, which is great, or sometimes people use it as place for old friends to reconnect; playing games in the lounge on a snowy day with the fire lit is just bliss!

The Kettlewell Hostel 2017

One of the many pleasures of being here is that we get to share the place with folks doing what they love, there’s something great about being around like minded people, you can relax knowing that people around you are there because they love what they are doing, it rarely feels like a holiday destination, more like a home from home, a great place to head out from,. There is a world of difference visiting a place and waking up there, knowing that you can just head out of the door and get up a hill and than spend the evening with a good meal followed by decent pint in a friendly country pub, life is pretty sweet. I have always found that people are at their best when they are doing the things that they love to do, away from the pressure of work, or domestic life, they can properly relax and be their better selves for a while, although sometimes when the weather has been bad we have opened our door to some rather grumpy souls, but really, that is often nothing that some beef stew and a beer can’t fix! (and maybe some alone time in the drying room).

The Kettlewell Hostel 2017

If you might be interested in coming to stay here, please give us a call on 01756 760232 or email kettlewell@yha.org.uk find us on Tripadvisor, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook  you can also book direct by phone or via the YHA website. If you are part of a group we offer group meal prices which have been popular, drop us an email and we will do what we can to help.

Saul Ward – The Kettlewell Hostel

Rohan Heritage

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