Youth hostel for sale in Haworth

Haworth, Yorkshire, BD22 8RT | Ref: 93809
For sale
This property is marketed by:
Sidney Phillips

VIEWING DAY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 8th JANUARY 2024 - call 01904 793333 to book.

Key Features:

  • Opportunity to acquire a unique freehold property currently operating as a 89 bed youth hostel with staff accommodation.
  • Preference for continuation of business as a YHA franchise, with options considered for an independent hostelling business, or change of use.
  • YHA is a national hostelling brand, charity and social enterprise with a 93-year heritage.
  • This property is trading and currently part of YHA’s network of over 100 hostels across England & Wales


YHA Haworth is located on the edge of the village of Haworth in the heart of the Pennines, West Yorkshire some 3 miles southwest of Keighley and 10 miles Bradford. It is a sought-after residential location along with the surrounding areas including Oakworth, Oxenhope and with the nearby villages including Cross Roads, Stanbury and Lumbfoot.

YHA Haworth is an outstanding example of a Victorian gothic mansion that was originally built by a local mill owner. The property appears to be constructed in the main of dressed stone with a pitched slate roof and offers extensive accommodation. It still retains many original features including a sweeping staircase, ornate painted glass, richly carved oak and plaster friezes. Despite the character of the property, it is not listed.

Haworth is a busy tourist destination being well-known for its association with the Bronte Sisters. Also, the nearby Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, the Pennines and Hebden Bridge.

Trade areas


The letting accommodation is arranged on the ground and first floor being 18 BEDROOMS offering 89 beds. 9 SHOWER ROOMS and 10 WC’s STAFF ACCOMMODATION Staff BEDROOM. BASEMENT.


Sweeping DRIVE leading to CAR PARK for circa 16. Large GARDENS with benched seating and views overlooking Haworth village. GARAGE.

The Business

This large hostel premises sits within the renowned Bronte Sisters region and attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year but is especially popular with educational groups and other organised groups in search of outdoor pursuits. It provides huge scope for development of the existing hostel business, an independent hostel or an alternative use.

Due to the diverse nature and unique locations of all our hostels, YHA adopts 3 main opening patterns. These patterns are determined by a number of factors ranging from the wants and needs of our guests to the trading environment and time of year. The opening patterns are F&I (Families and Individuals travelling independently), Exclusive Hire (taking over the entire, unstaffed hostel exclusively) and organised groups such as cyclists, walkers, and educational school trips. Each YHA hostel can adopt one or more of the above patterns during a trading year and will frequently transition between them throughout the season in order to maximise business opportunities.

The Business is currently operating a Trading pattern which places it on “Exclusive Hire” for groups or guests. Historically the hostel has been successful on a trading pattern that has seen a mix of families and individuals travelling independently, exclusive hire, and hire to organised groups such as cyclists, walkers, and educational purposes.


A full premises licence is held.


All mains are connected.