Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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Property Description

Temporary changes at YHA South Downs

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will likely not be in operation at YHA South Downs. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can.

Dorms are not currently available.

This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilet and shower facilities on corridors. For stays before 7th September 2020, private rooms using shared toilets and showers will be allocated a specific toilet/shower for sole-use. From the 7th September shared toilets and showers will be in operation with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.

Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.
Lounge(s) remain closed.
Drying room(s) remain closed.
The bar will remain closed.
Dining room(s) remain closed.
Meeting room(s) remain closed

We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

YHA South Downs is a refurbished Sussex farmhouse and barn buildings in an enviable location right on the South Downs Way, just a short stroll along a country lane from Southease Railway station.

Surrounded by the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, the site stands in extensive grounds, ideal for exploring by experienced or budding naturalists – or just a place to relax and unwind. It’s a great base for cheap family breaks close to traditional Sussex towns such as Lewes or Newhaven, which also has ferry connections with continental Europe. The culture of Brighton is also not far away and the great outdoors of the South Downs National Park is right on your doorstep.

Please note:
Check-in from 17:00-22:00
Check- out by 10:00
Cancellation policy is 1 day in advance
We accept payment by cash & credit card

We have one accessible bedroom on the ground floor of The Barn with accessible en-suite bathroom.

We also have:
Step-free access into hostel
Accessible reception desk
Portable induction loop
Ground floor bedrooms
En-suite rooms

We do not charge an additional temporary membership fee. Discounts are not available for members of YHA (England & Wales) or IYHF as part of this booking.

PLEASE NOTE: Wi-Fi is currently unavailable - Please contact the hostel directly to check prior to booking if YHA is a requirement. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 10.0

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 10.0

  • Atmosphere 8.0

  • Cleanliness 10.0

  • Facilities 6.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    28 Aug 2018
    I loved this place. Can't fault it. Perfect for hiking and so close to the station. I stayed in a female dorm that was spotless. They even provided ear plugs in a sealef bag, as some people may snore! I used the kitchen the first night to cook dinner, and everything was there you could need. In the morning I ordered a cooked breakfast the night before which was delicious. The staff were very helpful and friendly. I will definitely be back.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    01 Sep 2020
    YHA Southdowns is in a lovely location, easily accessible by train, and perfectly located directly on the South Downs Way. It's unfortunate that there is a loud road directly behind the building, which had traffic throughout the night, as I found it difficult to sleep. The staff were very helpful, but I was there while Covid 19 restrictions were still in place, so it's hard to comment on what it would be like in more normal times. I would definitely go back there again to explore the area more.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 8.6


    30 Aug 2019
    Relaxed easy going hostel, v close to Southease station, main road and the Downs trail. Interesting range of accommodation. We stayed in large tent, great . Breakfast excellent. Surprisingly few toilets/ showers. Would go again.
    England, Couple, 41+
  • 8.3


    16 Jun 2019
    The hostel is located near a train station and a road, so convenient but a bit noisy. I stayed at a female dorm, which was incredibly hot during the night, but otherwise alright. The bathrooms were OK, there were plenty of them but could've been cleaner. The thing that stood out with this hostel was the staff, they were incredibly helpful in every way. It's a nice place to stay a couple of nights if you want somewhere cheap, convenient located for walking and that serves decent food.
    Norway, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    21 Jul 2018
    Great location for walking on the South Downs Way
    USA, Couple, 31-40
  • 8.0


    22 Aug 2018
    Well located YHA in a Sussex farmhouse right on the South Downs Way. Friendly staff and good breakfast. Train to Lewes takes 6 mins from Southease station right next to the YHA.
    England, Male, 41+
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  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hot Showers
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Luggage Storage
Food & Drink
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games