Burnham Deepdale backpacker hostel owner returns to the helm to see business become ‘world class’
The owner of a backpacker hostel and campsite which was once listed among the best in the country has returned to the helm as he leads a charge to see it become “world class”.
Jason Borthwick will take over Deepdale Backpackers and Camping, in Burnham Deepdale, having leased the site out for the last seven years.
In 2007, the hostel - which was built by his parents in the 1980s - was described as an “ecofriendly backpackers haven”and “one of the best backpackers hostels in the country” by travel guide publisher Lonely Planet - high praise he hopes to reclaim.
A £250,000 package of improvements and upgrades will kickstart the new chapter, with new showers and toilets and electric hook-ups among the plans.
“Despite the beauty of the local area, none of us thought Deepdale would become the site it is today,” Mr Borthwick said. “Over the years, we added the backpackers hostel, opened the visitor information centre, and extended the camping facilities.
“For various reasons we leased out the facilities some seven years ago. However the time is right for us to take back the helm now.”
A refitted visitor information centre, tree planting programme and extras including bike hire are also included in the vision for the new team, which will be led by Chris Haycock.
Mr Borthwick said: “It’s fantastic being back in control of our own destiny at Deepdale. Now we can make the decisions, implement the innovations we’ve been considering over the last few years, and with the new team really make Deepdale world class again.”
A schedule of events is also in the works, including conservation weekends, the Deepdale Christmas Market and an inaugural Deepdale Hygge next March.
The owner said many of the changes, which have secured planning permission, are likely to take place in winter, though the business will be open as usual.
Lauren Cope - Eastern Daily Press