YHA Stour Valley

Beds / Sleeps

What we have to offer

Please note: All prices are based on hiring the whole place per night.

Stour Valley is a simple but comfortable bunkhouse on an historic 1000 acre working Suffolk farm in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is set in peaceful surroundings on the edge of Constable Country, and is an ideal base for families, walkers, cyclists or a hen party with a difference! Opened in 2007, the timber clad building is fitted with a wide range of modern facilities, with underfloor heating throughout, and a wood burner – with logs provided!

There is a very well equipped self-catering kitchen/diner with a range cooker and large fridge (no freezer).

A maximum of 20 people to share rooms of 2 x 2, 1 x 4 and 2 x 6 beds.

There is parking on site for up to 10 cars.

Other facilities
The kitchen/diner seats 20 people. Access and facilities for people with disabilities. Large covered veranda, and fenced garden with barbeque area, tables and benches amongst the trees. Bike store and drying room.
This property is suitable for children under the age of three years.

Need to know

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

Exclusive Hire 2016 - 17 non member prices:

    Low season weekends (September - Easter - Friday to Sunday) £530
    High season weekends (Easter - September - Friday to Sunday) £620
    Bank Holidays (3 nights) £825
    New Year (4 nights) £1288
    Extra night - low season (please ring to check availability) £130
    Extra night - high season (please ring to check availability) £150

For midweek sole use bookings, please ring the hostel direct for availability and pricing.

All sole use bookings are for a minimum of 2 nights and a maximum of 4 nights.

The bunkhouse is unsuitable for stag parties or groups that are likely to be very noisy or drink heavily.

For any additional needs/requirements, please view our Stour Valley Accessibility Statement.

We do not allow pets in the bunkhouse, grounds or car park (with the exception of assistance dogs).

In the area

Close to the Stour Estuary, there are excellent opportunities for walking, cycling and bird-watching virtually on the doorstep, while boats, canoes and windsurfers (and wetsuits) are available for hire at nearby Alton Water, which also has a good cycle and walking route, with cycles for hire (seasonal).

There is easy access to quiet country roads and a bridle-path network for cyclists, with the Painters Trail proving popular to the west, or Shotley Peninsular to the east with the Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry (not in winter) providing an option to venture further into Suffolk or across to Essex.

For walkers, a farm track leads quickly to the Suffolk Coastal Path for a good day out with maybe a pub stop for lunch to the east, or head west towards Flatford and Dedham where there are excellent tea rooms, and the chance to hire a rowing boat and enjoy the tranquillity of the River Stour.

The bunkhouse is a good base for families of all ages. There is a wealth of local attractions such as Jimmy's Farm, or Colchester Castle. The beaches at Dovercourt, Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the Naze are all good for children, and on wet days Colchester Zoo and Sutton Hoo are both good options.

YHA Stour Valley Bunkhouse is privately owned, and run as part of our farm. We grow sugar beet, cereals and potatoes, with cattle and sheep grazing seasonally, and conservation is at the forefront of our land management. We are proud of the diverse range of wildlife to be found on the farm, and are delighted to be able to share the chance to see buzzards, egrets, barn owls, kingfishers or otters, as well as a huge range of migrating birds on the estuary in the winter.

There is a good Co-op store in the village with long opening hours daily, and Rookery Farm Shop, Jimmy's Farm and Suffolk Food Hall all sell a large range of locally produced meats and vegetables, as well as many tempting breads, cakes and other goodies.

Hostel amenities

  • Parking - private
  • Wheelchair
  • Bed linen provided
  • Cot
  • TV
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Water kettle
  • Kitchen utensils provided
  • Highchair
  • Private Garden
  • BBQ Grill
  • Wood stove
  • Shower
  • Separate WC
  • Children
  • Smoking allowed outside

Things to do

  • Water sports
  • Biking
  • 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 Stour Valley
Brantham Hall,
The Chase,
Nr Manningtee,
CO11 1PT



Please Note: Access via Newmills Lane is strictly prohibited - this is a private access road. Please access the Bunkhouse via The Chase

On A137 Ipswich - Manningtree Road
From Ipswich 6 miles south, pass the Bull public house, cross the railway and turn left after 200yds through white gates.

From Manningtree Station (2.4 miles)
North through Brantham village then turn right through white gates.

Train information:
Manningtree (London – Ipswich and London – Harwich Port)

Take the A137 towards Ipswich, cross the river into Suffolk and continue until reaching the village.
Leave the A137 and cross the old brick bridge to meet Factory Lane by the Torch Towing Garage.
Turn right.
Continue to the end of the road and follow through the right hand side of the car park.
Follow the path signed to Fishing Lake, then follow signed bridleway beside railway.
Cross the railway line at the top of the hill using footbridge, then take the bridlepath along the other side.
By the first house you come to continue along the road rather than the bridlepath, and the Bunkhouse is straight ahead on the edge of the farmyard.
Alternatively follow the instructions for arriving by car – this avoids the bridle path but adds a steep hill and about an extra mile.

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Number Of Guests

Children 4-13 yrs
Babies 0-3 yrs

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