"A haven of peace and tranquility, wide open spaces, big skies and friendly staff. What more could you want?"

Guest review at Hartfield

Hartfield House - Applecross Hostel...

Are you looking for somewhere to stay that will leave a lasting impression? A base for your adventures that is peaceful yet right at the heart of the action? Or just somewhere to get away from it all and read a good book. We might just have what you're looking for.

The Applecross peninsula boasts a breathtakingly beautiful and dramatic landscape. The main township of Applecross (or A'Chomraich in Gaelic, meaning sanctuary) is located around the picturesque bay and enjoys uninterrupted views out over the island of Raasay and the Cuillin Hills of Skye.

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Applecross is reached by one of the highest routes in the UK, the Bealach na Ba; from the top, on a good day, you can see the islands of the Outer Hebrides. With the sheltered waters of the Sound and spectacular mountains right on the doorstep, Hartfield House is an ideal place to base yourself for walking and trekking, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking and climbing.

Hartfield House is approximately 3/4 of a mile off the main road, part of the North Coast 500, which skirts the bay and stands at the foot of the glen following the line of the Applecross river. Originally the old hunting lodge on the Applecross Estate, it is a large old building set in its own grounds and sleeps up to 50 people in a mix of double, twin, triple and private bedrooms. There are ample hot showers, restful common areas, a dining hall, laundry, free wi-fi, small shop, large garden. function hall and meeting rooms. See further details of our facilities here.

The fantastic Walled Garden restaurant is just a short walk through the Applecross Estate, and the award winning Applecross Inn is a further 20 minute walk around the spectacular Applecross bay. A fully equipped shop can be found two miles away.

For cyclists, mountain bikers, (motor) bikers and car enthusiasts, we have covered areas for fixing and tinkering! And there is a sheltered bike area, drying rooms and plentiful outdoor space.

So, if you are looking for a wedding venue to celebrate into the small hours, a couple seeking solace, a group of friends about to embark on an adventure or a family wanting space for the children to run and make camp fires and go on scavenger hunts, you have come to the right place.

We cater for groups, individuals, exclusive use, weddings, and meetings or business gatherings, as well as yoga retreats and wellbeing.

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Housekeeping Assistant

Hartfield House, Applecross, IV54 8ND
Casual worker contract – £8.45 per hour, plus holiday pay

Venture Trust works with people experiencing complicated life circumstances. Through the provision of wilderness-based personal and social development programmes, we equip them with the confidence, motivation and core life skills that they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Venture Trust’s social enterprise, Venture Mòr, operates an Affiliate Youth Hostel, Hartfield House on the Applecross peninsula and also offers adventure holidays and activities plus corporate team building and wilderness experiences across Scotland. Essential to the effective operation of our Hostel is a bank of experienced and hardworking casual worker staff, to who we can offer work to meet business requirements. As a casual worker with Venture Trust hours offered and worked may differ week to week, and particularly in response to high season; this is a great opportunity for you if you’re looking to work around existing commitments or bolster your current income levels.

We’re currently looking to increase our bank of casual workers at Hartfield House, in the Housekeeping Assistant role. Our Housekeeping Assistants are responsible for ensuring a high standard of cleanliness throughout the Hostel, including bedrooms, washrooms and public areas; as such, high attention to detail and previous experience of general domestic work are essential.

Venture Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment, and follows an equal opportunities policy. As such, you will be asked to complete an equal opportunities form.

If you would like to be considered as a casual worker at Hartfield House, please write to Henry Robertson (henry@venturetrust.org.uk) outlining your previous experience, which role you’re interested in, and providing a note of two referees we can contact.



2017 EVENTS AT THE APPLECROSS ROUNDHOUSE (a must if you are visiting Applecross)
Applecross Walks and Traditional Crafts 2017 program of activities at the Applecross Roundhouse providing opportunities to learn and understand some of the uses of our native plants.

Everyone is invited to take part in our walks or workshops where we introduce activities connected to the nature of the area, leading to knowledge of our local plants and traditional skills

SUNDAY APRIL 23rd 'Make a dream catcher'

From 2.00 - 4.00pm

Using materials from nature; willow, wood, berries and plant dyed wool and linen.
Cost: £5.00 for materials.

Booking helpful. Donations for the 'Applecross Walks and Traditional Crafts'

SUNDAY MAY 14th 'Celebrating the Birch Tree'

'Birchcrafts' with Bryce Reynard, including making birchbark baskets.
Cost: £25.00 plus £5.00 for materials.
Limited places. Booking essential.

SUNDAY JUNE 11th 'Nadar air a Chomraich'

from 2.00pm - 4.00pm
A gaelic view of nature in Applecross and the wider Highlands with Roddy Maclean (Ruairidh an Ochain). The language of the workshop will be in English but Gaelic speakers and learners are particularly welcome. Come and learn the Gaelic names for many native plants.
Donations for the 'Applecross Historical Society'.

SUNDAY JULY 9th 'Celebrating the Elder Tree'

from 2.00pm
Elderflower cordial, champagne, fritters (from elderflowers, of course) make a peashooter or travellers flower and this year.....storytelling from 3.00pm with Ian Edwards.
Payment by donations.

SUNDAY AUGUST 13th 'Dyes from around the roundhouse'

from 2.00pm
Identify and gather the plants and lichens that grow around the roundhouse and discover the colours they can produce.

Cost: £5.00 for materials (samples to take home)
Donations for the 'Applecross Walks and Traditional Crafts'

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER. 3rd 'Nature Weaving'

From 2.00pm
Come along and create a woven piece on a branch using naturally dyed wool and plant material.

Cost: £5.00 for materials
Donations for the 'Applecross Walks and Traditional Crafts'

Booking helpful.

We have other activities and events on our wish list but not yet confirmed.
These include 'Outdoor cooking', 'Primitive Pottery', 'Growing Walking Sticks',
'Scything' and 'A Basket of Moss', watch this space!

For more information please contact: Lesley KilBride 01520755260
or Gill Fairweather 01520744259
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Did You Know?

Hartfield House is situated within the former hunting lodge on the Applecross Estate, and is owned by the Applecross Trust. The building is leased to our parent charity, Venture Trust to run as a hostel. As a charity, it works with thousands of disadvantaged adults who are at the margins of society, supporting them to move towards a more positive future. To find out more, visit the About Us page.

Venture Trust operates a social enterprise company Venture Mòr which provides high quality adventure holidays and tailor made expeditions. Check out what else we're up to and support our work by booking a holiday.