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Youth Hostel Association (YHA) Faces the Sale of a Third of Their Hostels

In a surprising move, the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) has put 20 of its youth hostels up for sale, leaving the hostelling community in shock. These hostels have played a significant role in introducing many people to independence and fostering a love for the countryside through experiences with friends, clubs, or school trips.

For some, the sale of these hostels presents an opportunity for property renovation. However, others see it as a chance to buy and operate a hostel, seeking an escape from the rat race and a new way of life.

This simultaneous sale of a large number of hostels is unprecedented. Alongside the 20 YHA hostels, 13 independent hostels are also on the market. Situated in some of the most breathtaking areas of England and Wales, these properties offer individuals, couples, and families the prospect of a complete lifestyle change. It’s an opportunity to break free from the monotonous nine-to-five job, bid farewell to tiresome commutes, and escape the pressures of urban living.

Running a hostel business is not for everyone. It requires being a people person and embracing challenges. Each day as a hostel owner is unique, with new and inspiring individuals to meet.

However, owning a hostel business also brings many rewards. Owners can be their own bosses, infuse their personality, enthusiasm, and passion into their business, and witness its flourishing success.

Several properties on the market include manager’s quarters, while others offer the potential to create a wonderful rural home. It’s a chance to work from a historic building in an idyllic corner of the country.

Prospective hostel owners can find support in various forms. The YHA operates a franchise scheme that welcomes ex-hostels, and the Independent Hostel network, supporting over 320 hostel and bunkhouse businesses, offers advice and welcomes new members.

Sam Dalley, director of Independent Hostels, is committed to ensuring that all the hostels on the market continue to operate successfully. She emphasises the importance of hostels in the outdoor industry, providing flexible, self-catering accommodation for people of all ages. The hostel model, with shared facilities, is one of the most sustainable forms of tourism.

May hostels continue to offer hospitality, camaraderie, and affordable self-catering accommodation to individuals, couples, families, groups of friends, schools, and clubs for years to come.

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcockhttps://businesslancashire.co.uk/
Sam Allcock is a highly regarded digital entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in online marketing for some of the World’s biggest brands. He has extensive knowledge and experience in SEO and digital marketing. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.
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