Pretty hostel in a beauty spot popular with Teessiders where you can stay for just £50 a night

A hostel just off Teesside with rooms for £50 a night has won one of the UK hospitality industry’s most prestigious awards.

The AJ Cote Ghyll in Osmotherley, North Yorkshire, just a 20 minute drive from the center of Middlesbrough, has won a 2022 VisitEngland Rose. The award, like the AA star system, is one of the benchmark awards in England for quality accommodation.

Three other places to stay in our area have been named to this year’s award-winning list of places to stay – a hotel and barn in Whitby and the Armada Guesthouse in Redcar.

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Unusual for a hostel with rooms from £50 a night to earn a rose, reports YorkshireLive. Cote Ghyll is affiliated with YHA but is privately owned and offers private en-suite rooms for overnight guests. Situated at the western end of the North York Moors, which surround Teesside, the building was once a linen and linen mill supplied by Cod Beck. Owners Helen and Jonathan Hill saved the mill from closing 10 years ago and still use the beck to the inn’s advantage.

As well as being a base for exploring the national park, Cote Ghyll is a center for outdoor activities, including water sports – one of Cote Ghyll’s main attractions is its on-site waterfall. Helen, who also owns the Cote Ghyll caravan park next door, said it was very unusual for a hostel to win a rose. “It’s absolutely brilliant. We’ve worked so hard to improve the hostel and bring it up to the highest standards. The staff have been brilliant and the price shows it,” she said. “We have great service, great modern facilities and everyone will be clean and comfortable.”

Jon and Helen Hill, owners of Cote Ghyll

A room with two beds (although bunk beds) will cost no more than £80 a night, even on a high season weekend.

VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said: “It’s great to see the Rose Awards back as we celebrate and congratulate accommodation businesses across England who excel in customer service and create exceptional experiences that inspire visitors to return time and time again.

“The awards are also a wonderful showcase of the breadth of exceptional accommodation across England, with visitors spoiled for choice. From stunning estates with camping on their doorstep to quintessentially English pubs with rooms From cozy B&Bs and self-contained cottages in glorious locations to quirky beach huts in picture-perfect seaside towns, there’s a stay to suit every taste and requirement.”

12 establishments have been named to the North Yorkshire list including the Armada Guest House, Redcar; Ascot House, York; The Atlanta, Scarborough; The Carriage House, Walkington, East Yorkshire; Constable Burton Caravan Park, Leyburn; Crag House Farm – Beacon View Barn, Whitby; Dalegarth Holiday Cottages, Buckden, Yorkshire Dales; Farfields Farm, Pickering; Franklins Apartments, York; Garden Cottage, Richmond; Saxonville Hotel, Whitby; Wheatlands Lodge, York and the YHA Osmotherley (Cote Ghyll.) Mill Granary Glamping in Darlington also received a Rose.


Linda G. Ibarra