Doors re-open at Earby Hostel

11th June 2019

Breathing new life into the historic Earby Hostel, Matt Oddy has re-opened the doors to Glen Cottage after an intense renovation, offering groups and solo-traveller accommodation in the heart of the town.

Earby Hostel has been through a turbulent few years, being sold by the Youth Hostel Association to Pendle Council in 2006 and then transferred to Earby Town Council ten years later. During the past two years various efforts have been made to keep the hostel open, including a grant to turn the garden into a woodland and wildlife sanctuary.

Now Matt as the new tenant of the hostel, with the support of his wife Emma and two children, have big plans to ensure that it stays open and thriving. “We recently moved to Earby and saw the opportunity to become the new tenant. When everything was confirmed I was excited about the possibilities, especially given my qualifications as a Forest School practitioner and the wildlife garden at the rear of the property.”

Matt has spent the past few months renovating the inside of the hostel, creating a cosy lounge, kitchen and communal dining room. There is also a large private car park, secure bike storage and muddy boot boxes for the guests who get out and explore the local countryside during their visit.

As a keen walker and cyclist himself, Matt is looking forward to welcoming guests who are travelling along the Pennine Way.

“We’re right on the Pennine Way, and we know that we will get a lot of guests who are staying with us on their walking or cycling holiday, so we wanted to make sure that they have everything they need when staying with us, from a hot shower to somewhere they can dry their boots, and a safe place to store their bikes.”

The local community has been enthusiastic in supporting Matt and the re-opening of the hostel, including the local pubs, cafes and shops. Matt and Emma are keen to show their support in return and will be recommending that their guests visit the local businesses during their stay at The Hostel.

Matt says “Everyone has been so kind and supportive of us opening the hostel again, so we’ll definitely be telling guests about the local facilities in the village.”

Since opening the hostel in April, Matt has welcomed walkers, hikers and cycling groups to the hostel. There are 21 beds split between 4 rooms, which can be booked by solo travellers and groups if private accommodation is preferred. The bike storage can store 25 bikes and there is a large private car park at the rear of the hostel.

Earby Hostel is proving popular with people walking and cycling The Pennine Way, The Pennine Bridleway, Leeds Liverpool Canal and the Yorkshire Three Peaks.


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