New youth hostel’s £2m revamp

Touch of Grandeur: YHA team member Mark Smith pictured in the Lounge Room at Losehill Hall, the new centre for the YHA in Derbyshire.
Touch of Grandeur: YHA team member Mark Smith pictured in the Lounge Room at Losehill Hall, the new centre for the YHA in Derbyshire.

AN HISTORIC Grade Two listed building which has been transformed with a £2m revamp is due to celebrate its official launch as a fantastic youth hostel centre.

Losehill Hall, at Castleton, was sold by the Peak District National Park Authority to the Youth Hostel Association who have given the Victorian Gothic Mansion a wonderful refurbishment and now run it as a learning centre and hostel.

YHA chairman Chris Damon said: “We’re really proud that through a partnership with the park authority we have retained this excellent centre.

“This great new youth hostel will offer fantastic facilities for young people to learn about the natural environment, culture and history of the peak District.”

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall replaces the nearby, outdated youth hostel in Castleton which is now closed.

The new hostel boasts 144 beds in 36 rooms and the majority have en-suite bathrooms and it is surrounded by beautiful gardens, acres of parkland, woods and streams.

It has been up-and-running for weeks but its official launch is due to take place with a ceremony on May 1.