Our popular hostel weekends are incredibly sociable, great value and get great feedback. This weekend we are in Ambleside in the fabulous Lake District and we have taken exclusive use of Old Brathay a lovely 16th Century stone building. Old Brathay is situated in the 300 acre Brathay Estate and has great views. You can take a look at THIS VIDEO OF THE BRATHAY ESTATE to whet your appetite.
Ambleside is a major tourist resort and is very popular with walkers and climbers and is a great base for exploring the Lake District. We are on the outskirts of the village, tucked away from the touristy part with the added bonus of being able to walk in to explore though you may want to factor in the price of a cab in the dark or take your head torch to navigate your way.
Early Bird: On early bird price until 1st March when the price increases by £15
|Member Campervan Place||£149.00|
|Member Dormitory Share||£164.00|
|Member Dormitory Share - FEMALE||£164.00|
3 nights hostel style accommodation, 1 cooked breakfast, 1 breakfast with hot items and 1 continental breakfast, 3 evening meals, 2 packed lunches, tea & coffee throughout, 2 guided walks and the services of a Spice host.
Guests: Guests & Non Members who are new to Spice are welcome to book at a £36 supplement though they may prefer to join to obtain the member rate and any deals that may be available at the time of booking/joining. Please call your local office to enquire about booking as a guest.
Covid/Infection Guidance: As a matter of respect to other members when attending events, we ask that you take the following guidance into account. People with symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and who have a high temperature or do not feel well, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with others. Those who are asked – or choose to test – and get a positive COVID-19 result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days following the day of their positive result. Normal Spice Terms & Conditions apply.
Travel Insurance: It is also recommended that when travelling on holiday or attending Spice weekends away in the UK or overseas that you have adequate travel insurance in case of emergency, cancellation, etc. Travel insurance is an important aspect to booking a weekend or holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances. We also strongly recommend a personal travel insurance policy that includes COVID-19 cover. While we cannot recommend specific insurance policies as everyone’s requirements are personal to them, Spice have linked up with market leader Staysure Travel Insurance which you may like to take a look at.
Lauren 07852 366055
We have upgraded our accommodation for this visit to the Old Brathay building, a lovely old, stone built property sleeping 32 across 8 dormitory rooms taking between 2 and 6 people in bunk beds across the 2 floors of bedrooms. There is large dining room, a self catering kitchen, a games room and social rooms on the ground floor. The views from the building are lovely across the grounds of Brathay Hall and its 300 acre estate; Old Brathay is a little bit closer to walk into Ambleside village too which is a bonus.
Bedding is provided so unless you have a favourite pillow or comforter you don’t need to carry your bedding with you.
We can’t guarantee which size room you will be in however the smaller rooms will be allocated to the early bookers or couples wherever possible. If you have to have a bottom bunk (for medical reasons), please let us know at the time of booking as most people would prefer a bottom bunk but there are almost as many top bunks as bottoms that we need to fill!
Campervans: There are 6 grasscrete pitches with electric hookups for campervans on the Brathay Estate which are a few minutes walk away from our group accommodation with a tap nearby for fresh water. Please note there are no showering or toilet facilities (nor disposal for chemical toilets) - you will need to utilise the ones in our Spice exclusive accommodation at Old Brathay a short walk away. Tents are not permitted and the site is on sloping ground, so level-up wheel ramps may be required.
These weekends are very much about throwing yourself in to the Spice Spirit and helping out where needed especially cleaning up after meals and before we depart on the Monday morning.
We will be mucking in and cooking/organising breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday morning with a continental breakfast on the Monday morning. There will be one of Lauren's lovely buffets organised for our Friday night arrival and with hot meals on the other nights. We can pop in to the beautiful Ambleside village in search of a nice hostelry and if we are lucky some live music, though we are within walking distance of the village of Ambleside itself this is via small country lanes so you might want to factor in a taxi trip for getting back (or even there) as the roads can be busy.
Walking: being located in Ambleside there are plenty of options and our walk leader will pick the best walks based on the weather and conditions on the day.
Non Walkers: For the non walkers there is plenty going on within driving distance. The village itself offers plenty of attractions with lots of shops, tea-shops, outdoor clothing suppliers. Within driving distance Rydal Hall Gardens, Grizedale Forest, Windermere and plenty more places to keep you interested. The Windermere lake ferry terminal at Waterhead Pier dates back to 1845. Nowadays ferries can be taken to Bowness and Lakeside pier near Newby Bridge, Wray Castle and Brockhole Visitor Centre.
In the summer months you can take a horse drawn carriage from the centre of Ambleside for the 1 mile to Waterhead Pier. As well as the ferry and cruise services you can hire motor and rowing boats or feed the ducks and swans.
A short ferry ride from Waterhead is Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre. Set in 30 acres of gardens it offers boat hire, bike hire, tree top trek, laser clay shooting and archery as well as special events. Facilities are excellent, including plenty of places to eat and drink. Accessibility is very good.
Parking: there is onsite parking close to the building with an overflow car park down near Brathay Hall itself.
Full joining instructions will be sent out approximately 1 week ahead of the event.