YHA New Forest, the latest youth hostel to have the magic wand treatment by the leading youth charity, has been declared open by YHA Ambassador and British athlete and adventurer Sarah Outen MBE.
The 57-year-old hostel has had a £700k facelift which has resulted in new bedrooms, bathrooms and communal spaces throughout as well as the addition of three luxury camping pods in the grounds of YHA New Forest. The interior has been updated and given a fresh, contemporary look, while the bedroom layout has been reconfigured to create rooms better suited to modern families and school groups.
Even more young people and their families will be able to enjoy YHA New Forest thanks to a reconfiguration of bedrooms and the addition of the heated camping pods in the grounds. The youth hostel now boasts an additional 14 beds which can be used all year round.
Guests can choose from freshly baked croissants, pain aux chocolate, or bacon or sausage bap with hot drinks for breakfast. The hostel can provide packed lunches including a freshly prepared sandwich, cake, cereal bar, a bottle of mineral water, crisps and fresh fruit. The restaurant serves a unique menu of snacks, such as nachos and build-your-own pizzas.
YHA New Forest's transformation is part of YHA (England and Wales) ongoing investment programme, which has seen more than £37m invested in its network since 2011 - bringing brand new youth hostels to life and refurbishing others.
James Blake, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales) said: 'The newly refurbished YHA New Forest exemplifies the modern YHA of today - offering world-class accommodation in rural, coastal and city locations right across England and Wales.
'As one of our smaller, rural properties, I am delighted that we have been able to make such a significant investment in YHA New Forest. This demonstrates our commitment, as a leading youth charity, to ensuring that young people and their families can access life enhancing experiences that we know a stay at a youth hostel can bring.'
YHA New Forest is one of 160 youth hostels that YHA operates throughout England and Wales, operating at the heart of all of the communities in which that are situated in, providing a place to stay, social spaces for guests and local communities, employment opportunities and work with volunteers as well.