Top hostel is officially open

Castleton YHA, minister Tim Loughton and local MP Andrew Bingham get medieval with young guests Calum O'Day, Maayir Kahn and Rhys Schofield.

Castleton YHA, minister Tim Loughton and local MP Andrew Bingham get medieval with young guests Calum O'Day, Maayir Kahn and Rhys Schofield.

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A FLAGSHIP youth hostel was officially opened by Tim Loughton MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families this week, following a £1.5 million refurbishment that has taken 12 months to complete.

A special ceremony took place on Tuesday at Losehill Hall in Castleton.

The Grade II-listed Victorian Gothic mansion is the latest development by the Youth Hostel Association, and is already proving a hit according to centre manager Alistair Boyd.

He said: “It’s just fantastic, there’s an awful lot gone into this.

“We now have 27 acres of land of brilliant grounds to work in and can offer things we have never been able to before.

“Not only this, but we have lots of indoor open space as well.

“The old site in the centre of the village was a lovely building but we were victims of our success and we outgrew it.

“The guests love the new site and it’s proving very popular already.”

The building was previously owned by the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) as an education centre.

It is now an environmental learning, residential and activity centre for young people and holiday-makers, offering a full programme of both indoor and outdoor activities.

It has 144 beds in 36 rooms, the majority of which are ensuite, and the YHA is expecting over 30,000 guests in their first year. Prices begin from £18 a night.