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Deepdale Stables Backpacker Hostel, Norfolk


It might be eco-friendly, says Will Hide, but there are few creature comforts

First impressions: brand new, it offers eight ensuite rooms (twins, triples and dorms) in a converted 18th-century stable thatís part of a working farm.

Why itís special: eco friendly ó solar heating, reclaimed telegraph poles and pantiles, and on-site recycling.

Hitting the sack: rooms are spartan. A bed, a locker, a bin and a chair: thatís your lot. Duvets, pillows and covers are provided, towels are not.

Sampling the fare: Dave, the chef, does a mean fry-up for less than £5. For lunch thereís a range of sandwiches (£2.60), baked potatoes (£3.20) and cakes (£1.50). In the evening, head a mile down the road for local mussels or crab salad and new potatoes (both £8) at the Jolly Sailors pub.

Access all areas: the two dorms, kitchen, lounge and laundry have been designed to be wheelchair accessible.

Added attractions: beaches and birdwatching near Scolt Head Island, sailing, coastal walks and windsurfing. Deepdale hosts a jazz festival in August.

Bottom line: dorm bed £10.50, twin £13.75pp.

What we think: ideal for those who are prepared to sacrifice some creature comforts for good value.

Need to know: Deepdale Stables (01485 210256, www.deepdalefarm.co.uk ), Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk

The Times - Journalist: Will Hide
29/03/2003