YHA South Downs

Beds / Sleeps
East Sussex

What we have to offer

YHA South Downs received a £3million renovation which saw the Sussex farmhouse and barn buildings fully modernised and was official opened by the Queen in October 2013 - so you truly feel like royalty when you stay at YHA South Downs.

Situated on the South Downs Way and just a short walk along the country lanes from Southease Railway Station giving great access to nearby Lewes, Newhaven; and continental Europe via ferry connections, or travel a little further afield to Brighton or London for great days out.

Staying a little closer to home, the South Downs National Park is on the hostel doorstep - the world is almost your oyster when staying at YHA South Downs.

Bedroom layout
The area on hire consists of 5 bedrooms accommodating 26 people:
3 x 4 bed rooms - 2 rooms are en-suite
1 x 6 bed room - en-suite
1 x 8 bed room - shared bathroom

Dining room/lounge
There are two lounges in the building, one with a TV and a sitting area and a one smaller cosy lounge.

There is a self catering kitchen with 2 hobs and ovens, a microwave, kettles, 2 fridges, a freezer and a range of cooking utensils and crockery. Tea towels are provided.

Washing facilities
3 of the bedrooms are en-suite and there are 2 other bathrooms on the same floor as the rooms. Please bring your own towels.

There is full central heating throughout.

Refuse & Recycling
There are large bins and recycling facilities outside main gate. Please follow instructions given on arrival.

Car parking
There is a free car park a short distance from the hostel and disabled parking available in the court yard

YHA South Downs welcomes dogs! Add a dog to your booking at check out and bring your four legged friend along with you.

Need to know

If you don’t see availability online for the dates you require, please call us on 0800 0191700

YHA South Downs operates an on-site café which may be open to customers during your Exclusive Hire stay.


At YHA South Downs we strive to cater for everybody. Our bedrooms are on the first floor. However, we have one accessible bedroom on the ground floor of The Barn (a separate building) with accessible en-suite bathroom. If you let us know in advance we will be happy to make this room available.

We also have:

  • Step-free access into hostel
  • Portable induction loop
  • En-suite rooms

For more information please download the full access statement here (96KB)

In the area

Newhaven Fort (4 miles), Lewes (5), Brighton (12), London (61)

Hostel amenities

  • Parking - private
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Bed linen provided
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Gas
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen utensils provided
  • Patio/deck/Terrace
  • Central heating
  • Shower

Things to do

  • Sightseeing
  • Biking
  • Mountain biking
  • Wild life viewing
  • Hiking

Discounts on your stay

Why not take out YHA membership today to save £30 on your Exclusive Hire booking? Not only will you get a discount on bookings with YHA Exclusive Hire, but you’ll also get exclusive discounts every time you stay with YHA, high street shopping discounts, email newsletters and much, much more!

Find out more information about YHA membership and the fantastic benefits.

To get your £30 off discount code, simply log in to YHA.org.uk and go to the Member Benefits tab.

How to find us

Our Address

YHA South Downs
Itford Farm,
East Sussex,



By Rail:
Southease station, with links to London Victoria via Lewes, is less than 200m from the front door, along a country lane.

By Coach:
Coach parking is available on site.
The entrance to YHA South Downs is on A26 between Newhaven and Lewes.

By Car:
Car parking is available on site.
The entrance to YHA South Downs is on A26 between Newhaven and Lewes.

Take a virtual tour

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Stay Dates


Number Of Guests

Children 4-13 yrs
Babies 0-3 yrs

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